Houston Liposuction body surgery surgery in Houston may be considered to treat areas of excess fat in the stomach, buttocks, hips, love handles, saddlebags, thighs, calves, ankles, breasts (including male breast enlargement), back, arms and neck. Liposuction is equally effective in both men and women.
How Liposuction is Performed
The basic technique of liposuction involves the removal of fat via a hollow metal tube (cannula) that is passed through the fatty tissue. One of the most common types of liposuction involves the aspiration of fat by attaching a pump that generates a vacuum. This is known as suction assisted liposuction (SAL). In addition, a motor may be used on the cannula that causes the cannula to vacillate back and forth, thus performing much of the “work” of liposuction know as power assisted liposuction (PAL). An ultrasonic generator may produce sound waves above audible frequency that “breaks” the fat cells and the broken down fat is removed by SAL. A laser can also be employed to break down the fat cells. Each of the methods has advantages and disadvantages. These methods will be discussed with you at the time of the consultation. Additionally, the above techniques may be combined to yield optimal results.
Frequently Asked Questions
Am I a Good Candidate for Liposuction in Houston, TX?
Any one or combination of the following conditions may indicate that you are a good candidate for liposuction surgery in Houston:
Areas of fat deposits that are out of proportion with the rest of your body and do not go away with diet and exercise — so called “diet resistant fat.’
Areas with minimal amounts of excess skin (liposuction removes fat not skin) and good skin elasticity.
What Results Can I Expect from Liposuction?
Liposuction surgery usually improves contours. In some instances it may be used in a circumferential fashion, thinning an area. Since the healing process is gradual, you should expect to wait at least several months to get an accurate picture of the results of your surgery. The small incisions used for access of the instrument — known as a cannula — will fade over a number of months usually becoming barely visible.
The results of liposuction surgery are usually long lasting, but they may be affected by weight gain, aging, pregnancy and lifestyle factors. Liposuction may also be used in tummy tuck and breast reduction surgeries.
How Will I Be Evaluated for Liposuction Surgery?
During your initial Houston liposuction consultation, you may be asked to look in a mirror and point out exactly what you would like to see improved. Pictures may be taken of you especially if the areas that will be treated are on your posterior (back, buttock, etc.). This will help your plastic surgeon to understand your expectations and determine whether they can realistically be achieved. A determination of the elasticity of the skin will also occur.
A discussion concerning your ideal weight and realistic weight will most likely occur. Plans such as future pregnancies, may be discussed. You should come to the consultation prepared to discuss your medical history, including previous surgeries, past and present medical conditions, allergies and current medications. It is important for you to provide complete information. High blood pressure, thyroid problems, diabetes and other medical conditions should be reviewed as these conditions may increase some risks associated with surgery.
Maintaining a Relationship with Your Surgeon After Liposuction in Houston
You will return to our office for follow-up care at prescribed intervals, at which time your progress will be evaluated as a result of your liposuction surgery.
Please remember that our relationship with you does not end when you leave the operating room. If you have questions or concerns during your recovery, or need additional information at a later time, you should contact us by phone or email.
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