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Liposuction: Choosing the Right Option for You MARK A. SCHUSTERMAN, MD, FACS

Fellow of the American College of Surgeons American Society of Plastic Surgeons American Board of Plastic Surgery American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery American Board of Cosmetic Surgery Association of American Physicians and Surgeons Texas Surgical Society Texas Society of Plastic Surgeons

Liposuction in Houston continues to be a popular option for men and women who are having trouble getting rid of excess fat through proper diet and exercise. There are a couple of choices patients can choose from today: traditional suction-assisted lipoplasty and ultrasonic-assisted lipoplasty. You are not expected to make the decision on your own regarding which method is best for you. Instead, a reputable plastic surgeon will go over your options and help determine what is best for you. It is common to use a combination of both types of lipoplasty to get the desired results.

Traditional Suction-Assisted Lipoplasty

Before fat is suctioned from the body, a fluid is injected into the treated areas that will help reduce the risk of complications such as bleeding, bruising, and swelling. It also makes the removal of fat easier. Your surgeon will then remove fat cells through a small, hollow tube. This method is best for those whose fat is not tightly held by their body since suction lipoplasty has difficulty removing that fat.

Ultrasonic-Assisted Lipoplasty

Similar with suction lipoplasty, ultrasonic-assisted lipoplasty like BodyTite liposuction in Houston begins by an injection into the areas that are to be treated to reduce the chances of complications, as well as making it easier to find the fat tissue on the ultrasound.This liposuction method also uses a hollow tube to remove fat but it is connected to an ultrasound generator which causes the fat cells to rupture due to its vibrations. There is also less movement required to suction out the fat which results in less trauma.

If you are considering liposuction, the best way to find out if you are a good candidate and which type of lipoplasty is right for you, contact a board-certified plastic surgeon for a consultation to go over your medical history, lifestyle, and surgery expectations.


The Houston plastic surgeons at MD Aesthetics Plastic Surgical Center are experts in the disciplines of cosmetic and reconstructive surgery in Houston.  In addition to providing their patients with tummy tucks, Makeover for Moms and SmartLipo laser liposuction, they are leaders in the TRAM flap procedure for Houston breast reconstruction and Houston breast implants.

Contact us today to schedule your appointment with the renowned plastic surgeon and breast & body specialist Dr. Mark Schusterman. Take your first steps to a more beautiful you.

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