Are You a Good Candidate for Liposuction in Houston?
According to the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, liposuction is the most popular surgical cosmetic procedure in the United States. The procedure, which involves suctioning fat from the body, can be used to trim the chin area, neck, jowls, cheeks, arms, inner and outer thighs, buttocks, knees, hips and abdomen.
The best candidates for liposuction in Houston are patients with good skin elasticity who have had difficulty reducing localized fatty deposits through other methods. Although this procedure reduces body fat, severely overweight patients are not typically good candidates for the procedure.
Liposuction is For Reshaping, Not Weight Loss
Because liposuction reduces body fat, it is erroneously thought of as a weight loss alternative. While losing weight may be a side effect of the procedure, it is not the primary goal. Liposuction is meant to sculpt and reshape the body. After undergoing the procedure, it is essential to follow a proper diet and exercise routine to maintain results.
Before the Liposuction Procedure
There are two methods to perform liposuction: traditional suction assisted lipoplasty and laser-assisted liposuction or Smartlipo®. Prior to suctioning fat, both methods require injecting fluid into the treated areas to decrease side effects, such as bleeding, swelling and bruising. In suction assisted lipoplasty, the fluid helps make the fat easier to suction. In laser assisted liposuction, the fluid enhances the effect of the laser on the fatty tissue. Dr. Schusterman will determine which method is best for you, and it is not uncommon to use a combination of both methods.
The Liposuction Procedure
The original technique, suction-assisted lipoplasty, draws loose fat cells into a small, hollow tube called a cannula. In laser assisted liposuction, a laser is used to liquefy the fat prior suctioning with the cannula.
Depending on the area to be treated, either general, intravenous or local anesthesia is required for liposuction. The procedure typically takes 45 minutes per section.
After Liposuction Treatment
Recovery time can vary from one day to two weeks, depending upon the areas treated, the extent of fat suctioned and the general condition of the patient. We recommend the use of compression clothing for a short time post-op to help reduce swelling.
Is a Second Treatment Necessary?
The results of liposuction are long-term, meaning that follow-up treatments are not usually necessary. However, if you gain additional weight, you may need to have more fat suctioned. Other patients may require a touch-up to improve contouring. If multiple procedures are required, we recommend spacing the liposuction treatments at least six weeks apart to allow the body time to heal between treatments. Because final results aren’t immediately visible, we recommend waiting at least six months before deciding to undergo a second treatment.
Are you considering liposuction in Houston? If so, contact Dr. Schusterman’s office at 713-794-0368 or email us today.