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What Is Liposuction?

Liposuction is a plastic surgery procedure, also commonly referred to as ‘lipo.’ It is the process of body contouring and sculpting by removing unwanted pockets of fat that are resistant to diet and exercise. Some commonly treated areas are the abdomen, hips, arms, thighs, saddlebags, around the bra line, and love handles. However, any area of the body that displays unwanted fat can be an effective target for liposuction.

At Town and Country Plastic Surgeons, our doctors can perform liposuction surgery alone or combine it with other procedures such as a tummy tuck, facelift, fat grafting, breast augmentation, or any other cosmetic procedure.

Am I a Candidate for Liposuction in Houston & Lake Jackson, TX?

To qualify as an ideal candidate for liposuction, Houston and Lake Jackson experts Dr. Yarish and Dr. Bartlett require you to meet health qualifications and have realistic aesthetic expectations.

Although liposuction can produce excellent results, there is no cure-all for optimal body shaping, and individual results may vary. It’s important to note that liposuction doesn’t stop new fat cells from forming, and it is not an alternative to weight loss; it is best used for body contouring.

Additionally, you must be healthy and have no contraindicating medical conditions before performing the procedure.

Health issues that may be a factor include:

  • Disorders of the immune system
  • Disorders that impact blood clotting
  • Diabetes
  • Past reactions to anesthesia

The best course is to make an appointment with Dr. Yarish or Dr. Bartlett to evaluate your unique health profile.

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Other than being healthy, deciding factors for liposuction at Houston & Lake Jackson include:

  • You have a localized area of fatty accumulation disproportionate to the rest of your body.
  • You want your figure to have more definition and a smoother contour.
  • You are physically fit, and your weight is stable.
  • You have good skin elasticity.

Before & After Liposuction

Patient: Liposuction (Post-Op/ 3 Months)

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What Is the Liposuction Process?

You will be made comfortable during your liposuction procedure in our Houston or Lake Jackson locations. Depending on the area, patient preference, and safety, the procedure can be done under local or general anesthesia.

After your procedure, you will be given a compression garment and can go home once you feel comfortable. For a day or two after the procedure, drainage from the liposuction sites may occur. In anticipation, it is wise to protect your couch and bed with towels or sheets.

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What Techniques Are Used for Liposuction in Houston and Lake Jackson, TX?

Multiple techniques exist for removing excess fat from your body through liposuction; however, generally, the fat is removed through a thin, hollow tube called a cannula

During liposuction, we use a solution of local anesthetic and epinephrine, a medication that constricts your blood vessels and produces temporary numbness in the area. We then insert a thin tube into a small incision and gently remove the fat using a liposuction machine.

This technique allows us to remove fat from your body to minimize blood loss, bruising, and post-surgical pain.

What Is Ab Etching with Liposuction?

Commonly referred to as “ab etching,” abdominal etching is a technique that sculpts the abdominal muscles to create the appearance of more defined abs. Liposuction is used to remove excess fat on the abdomen while also deliberately leaving some fat to strategically enhance the appearance of your abdominal musculature. At Town and Country Plastic Surgeons, our doctors use the process to highlight the natural contours of your body.

Can You Combine Liposuction and Fat Transfer Procedures?

The short answer is yes! Liposuction is the process of removing unwanted fat cells from several areas of your body. In comparison, fat transfer is the process of taking fat cells from donor sites, cleaning and processing them and injecting them into another part of your body where you desire volume.

By combining liposuction and fat transfer, specialists Dr. Yarish and Dr. Bartlett will kill the proverbial two birds with one stone. This is because as the fat is removed from one area of your body, it is immediately transferred to another. Examples combining liposuction and fat transfer in our locations are:

  • Liposuction and fat transfer to the face can restore volume to the cheek area and smooth out wrinkles.
  • Liposuction and a Brazilian Butt Lift to enhance or fill out your bum.
  • Liposuction and fat transfer to the hands to minimize noticeable veins’ appearance and make them look less bony.
  • Liposuction and then fat transfer to your breasts for a “natural” breast augmentation

What Is Recovery from Liposuction Like?

The recovery period from liposuction may vary, but most people return to work after a week. Our doctors will make the determination based on your liposuction procedure or procedures and your unique patient profile.

Some swelling and bruising could persist for a few weeks after this procedure. Discomfort is easily controlled with prescription medication and aftercare instructions provided. Following all aftercare instructions and taking pain medications when needed is essential.

You will be in a compression garment for three months after surgery. You will require lymphatic massage after your procedure, which will help minimize swelling, discomfort, and fibrosis. Our doctors will recommend a lymphatic massage specialist who can deliver exceptional results.

For Houston & Lake Jackson men and women who qualify, liposuction typically does not carry significant post-surgical complications or include extensive recovery time. Dr. Yarish and Dr. Bartlett will monitor your healing through follow-up appointments to ensure the best results.

Want to Learn More About Liposuction in Houston & Lake Jackson, TX?

At Town and Country Plastic Surgeons, we want to maximize your results with minimal downtime, so we customize all our surgical plans to the individual. To learn more about the liposuction process or schedule a consultation, please call us at (281) 645-0355 (Houston office) or (979) 217-2382 (Lake Jackson office) or fill out our online contact form today

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