Liposuction is a cosmetic procedure for men and women to improve body contouring and reduce the number of fat cells in a specific area of the body. This procedure is great for targeting stubborn areas of fat that are resistant to diet or exercise. If you are considering liposuction, Houston plastic surgeon Dr. Mark Schusterman will help you make the most out of your procedure by creating a bespoke plan to maximize your slenderizing results.
Liposuction (or lipoplasty) is a procedure that uses a wand (known as a cannula) to suction fat from specific areas of the body. Various forms of liposuction can also contour these areas to give a taut and smoother appearance.
Liposuction is one of the oldest and most popular modern plastic procedures, due to its safety and its dramatic results. While there have been many innovations in recent years to improve efficiency and results, the core process of sucking out fat through liposuction has remained (more or less) unchanged during that time. Liposuction can be performed in the following areas:
Liposuction will remove existing fat cells, but it will not prevent your remaining fat cells from growing if you gain excessive weight or quit exercising after treatment. Liposuction is meant to sculpt and contour your body to help you achieve a more youthful shape. It is not a weight loss surgery. Liposuction is an ideal choice for removing small, stubborn pockets of fat in key areas of the body, such as stubborn love handles or the 'mom pooch,' and when diet and exercise are ineffective. It's important to reach a stable body weight before undergoing liposuction surgery.
It is vital to be in overall good health and have a positive outlook on your liposuction procedure's expectations. If you experience the following conditions, liposuction may not be suitable for you:
It is best to discuss your medical conditions with Dr. Schusterman during your consultation for liposuction in Houston to determine if it is the best procedure for you.
There are three types of liposuction procedures to consider. While they all remove fat in the same way - via suction; they differ in how they break down fat. During your consultation, Dr. Schusterman will determine which method is best for you and will recommend a combination of techniques, which is common when trying to maximize results.
Lipoplasty draws loose fat cells through a small incision via a tube called a cannula. When a laser is used to enhance the traditional liposuction, the laser will liquefy the fat before removal. Depending on the areas being treated, you will most likely receive local anesthesia. The overall procedure is relatively short and typically requires 45 minutes per section.
After liposuction, the skin smoothes and forms itself to the new contours of the treated areas and will look tighter and smoother. Depending on the area or areas treated, recovery can be between 2 days or 3-6 weeks. You must refrain from smoking before surgery and after as your body needs proper blood flow to heal.
It is customary to see further contour changes as your body heals. Total results can take up to six months to see your optimal results. As long as your weight remains stable, the contour changes made to your body through liposuction are generally permanent.
During your consultation with Dr. Schusterman, you can learn more about the various liposuction techniques available. He will help you find the best procedures to give you the stunning results you seek. Schedule your consultation today!
Liposuction cannot remove cellulite stretch marks or other skin irregularities. After your procedure, your skin will form new contours. The better your skin tone and elasticity, the more likely your skin will appear smooth. However, if your skin is thin with poor elasticity, the treated areas' skin may appear loose.
Complications are rare but may increase if you are having liposuction over large surfaces of areas of your body or having multiple procedures during the same operation. Call Dr. Schushterman if you are experiencing any of these complications.:
The scars are usually slightly smaller than the incision itself, ranging from 2 millimeters to 5 millimeters. They are almost always in discrete areas of the body, like just below the waistline or on the side of the abdomen, or below the armpit.
We accept cash, personal checks, and most major credit cards, including Visa, Mastercard, American Express, and Discover. We also offer you the option of financing your elective procedures. Liposuction is generally regarded as an elective procedure and not covered by most insurance carriers, though there are some exceptions.
If you gain additional weight, you may wish to have additional liposuction treatments. Some patients may require a touch-up to improve contouring. The six-month mark is appropriate for assessing the final results and deciding if a second session of liposuction is necessary for additional fat removal.
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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