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Board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Aisha White offers liposuction for Austin patients looking to remove excess stubborn fat. If you’ve noticed pockets of fat in areas like your hips, stomach, and thighs and you’ve tried diet and exercise without results, this fat-removal surgery may be the ideal solution.
The Benefits of Liposuction
Liposuction, or lipo, provides a way to remove stubborn body fat from specific regions of the body to create a more tight and toned appearance.
Liposuction can be used to address large areas like the back and abdomen, buttocks, thighs, chest, as well as smaller areas like the upper arms, neck, knees, calves, and chin.
Liposuction is often used as an essential part of other surgical procedures. It is used to remove fat during an arm lift and is a key part of fat grafting. It is also commonly performed to resolve gynecomastia (oversized male breasts) and as a part of a mommy makeover.
To better understand the numerous benefits of this body-contouring procedure, look at liposuction before and after photos online.
Am I a Good Candidate?
Good candidates for liposuction have excess fat in one or more areas of the body. These candidates have already tried diet and exercise but have found these methods to be ineffective in reducing stubborn fatty tissue.
Ideal candidates are aware that liposuction is not suitable for use as a weight-loss or massive weight-loss procedure. It is specifically effective for fast and efficient spot reduction and contouring.
Patients who are at or near their ideal body weight and are committed to maintaining this weight after the procedure are excellent candidates for lipo. Weight fluctuations after the surgery can negatively affect the results of the procedure.
The best candidates for lipo are in overall good mental and physical health, since the likelihood of complications is reduced for healthy patients. Good candidates also have realistic expectations regarding the results of the procedure.
Additionally, ideal candidates do not smoke. Smoking increases the chance of complications during surgery and during the healing process, and it also prolongs the healing process. Smoking negatively affects the health of the skin. Smokers are encouraged to stop smoking at least two weeks before the date of the surgery and for the entirety of the recovery process.
The first step in the liposuction process is arranging a consultation with Dr. White. During this consultation, the two of you will discuss your complete medical history. This will include any allergies, past procedures, and medications or supplements you are currently taking. Dr. White will also perform a physical examination.
You will tell Dr. White your needs and goals for the lipo procedure, which will help her create a surgical plan. She will walk you through the details of the surgery, including preparation and the recovery process. You will be able to ask any questions that you may have.
The Lipo Treatment Process
The specifics of this fat-removal treatment will vary according to factors like the technique that will be used, the size and number of areas targeted for treatment, and the amount of fat to be removed.
At the start of liposuction surgery, the areas targeted for fat removal will be marked as a guide. Next, either local anesthesia with sedation or general anesthesia is administered. This will depend on your preferences and the recommendation of Dr. White.
General anesthesia results in a temporary unconscious state, local anesthesia creates numbness in the injection area, and sedation creates a relaxed state. Regardless of the type used, the result will be a comfortable procedure that is free of any pain.
Next, a small incision will be created in the area where there is excess fat. A cannula will be inserted into this incision. A cannula is a thin tube with a pointed end. The sharp end is used to break up the stubborn fatty tissue. When the fat is loosened, it is removed through the tube using medical suction.
Once the desired amount of fat is removed, all incisions will be dressed appropriately, and the procedure will be complete.
Recovery After Your Liposuction
Liposuction recovery varies according to the specifics of the procedure and the case. Dr. White will give you post-surgical care directions that must be followed as closely as possible. Making sure to carefully follow these instructions can lead to optimal results and a shorter recovery time.
Generally, once your liposuction surgery is complete, you will be able to return home, since it is usually an outpatient procedure. You will need to wear a post-surgical compression garment over the treated areas during recovery. This will aid in controlling bruising and swelling, and it will also help the skin conform tightly to the new contours of your body.
In some cases, temporary surgical drains may be placed in the treatment regions. These plastic tubes serve to carry excess fluids out of the area in order to avoid complications like hematomas and seromas.
Within a few days of the surgery, you may be able to go back to your job. All activities can be resumed within two weeks, as long as you are cleared first by Dr. White.
Once all the swelling has ameliorated, you will be able to see your final results. When performed by an experienced medical professional like Dr. White, liposuction results can look natural and attractive.
Patients considering this fat-removal option are often concerned about the price of the procedure. Generally, liposuction cost varies and is impacted by the amount of fatty tissue being removed, the number and size of the treatment areas, and the length of the procedure.
Set Up a Consultation
To find out if liposuction surgery is right for you, take the first step – contact Quintessence Plastic Surgery to arrange your consultation for liposuction in Austin. Dr. White will be available to explain the procedure in greater detail. The two of you will discuss your aesthetic goals, and she will perform a physical examination to ensure that liposuction is the best way to achieve those goals.