Every year, millions of Americans struggle with weight loss. Despite efforts through diet and exercise, it can be difficult to get rid of unwanted excess fat from the body. This is why many men and women in Texas have chosen to undergo liposuction surgery. This procedure can improve overall physique and contour by removing stubborn fat from all areas of the body. Final results are then maintained through continuing a healthy lifestyle.
Our board-certified plastic surgeons, Dr. Patrick Hsu, Dr. Kendall Roehl, and Dr. Vasileios Vasilakis* are consistently regarded as the Top Doctors in Houston. Their combined surgical experience has yielded over 5,000 successful procedures to patients in the city of Houston and surrounding areas such as Clear Lake, Sugar Land, and Katy.
Is Liposuction Right For Me?
Liposuction surgery is a procedure available to both women and men. Our doctors recommend the following criteria:
- You are within 25 – 30lbs of your ideal body weight.
- You maintain a Body Mass Index (BMI) under 30.
- You have stubborn fat that is resistant to diet and exercise.
- You have good skin elasticity.
Patients outside the above criteria may be considered at the discretion of the plastic surgeon. To learn more, we recommend that all prospective patients schedule a consultation.
To see the before and after photos of our liposuction patients’ transformations, visit our gallery page.
Types of Liposuction
Traditional (Suction-Assisted Lipectomy)
This involves the use of the tumescent solution to remove fat, which improves both safety and pain control. The final results leave patients with a smooth contour. SAL is perfect for areas that require the removal of small amounts of fat such as the neck and chin.
Developed by MicroAire, PAL® is a technology that capitalizes on the added power from a special, vibrating cannula (or narrow tube). The reciprocating head enables doctors to more easily and quickly break down and suction large volumes of fatty tissue. This method can be very helpful in procedures such as the Brazilian Butt Lift.
This type uses an ultrasonic device that increases the efficiency of the procedure by breaking down and separating scar tissue. Depending on how much energy is utilized, this technique helps lyse and separate fat, which then makes it easier to suction out of the body. VASER liposuction is used to treat denser areas of fat and scar tissues. This can be very helpful for revisional liposuction and gynecomastia surgery.
“Depending on the desire of each patient, there are a variety of surgical techniques we can use at Memorial Plastic Surgery, to ensure our patients obtain the best possible result to achieve their goal.” – Dr. Patrick Hsu
How is Liposuction Done?
Liposuction surgery can last between 30 minutes and 6 hours, depending on the number of targeted areas and how much fat needs to be extracted. Target locations include the arms, abdomen, flanks, back, hips, thighs, and sometimes the chin and neck. Based upon your surgeon’s evaluation, as well as your personal preference, local or general anesthesia may be used for surgery.
Once sedated, our board-certified plastic surgeons will mark small incisions along with the treatment areas in your body. Your doctor and the team of medical personnel will then insert a cannula through the incision lines to remove the unwanted fat from your body. Drains may be placed to prevent complications such as seroma (fluid build-up). Upon completion of the surgery, incisions will be closed and post-op garments will be used to mold your new contour.
Cost and Financing
The average cost for liposuction, per treatment area, at our Houston & Clear Lake offices are:
The prices above are inclusive of anesthesia and operating room (OR) fees, and follow-up visits with your doctor after surgery. It also includes the professional fees of your surgeon, which vary per doctor. The final cost of your surgery may increase if you exceed the maximum BMI range or if liposuction is combined with other popular body contouring procedures, including Mommy Makeover and Brazilian Butt Lift.
In addition, liposuction is also used for fat grafting procedures such as Breast Augmentation and Breast Reconstruction, among others.
We encourage you to ask as many questions as possible during your initial consultation to obtain the most accurate quote.
We accept personal checks, credit cards, and Cryptocurrency as payment methods. In addition, we provide various financing options that can help you with the price of surgery.
Recovery and Results
Liposuction is an outpatient procedure and you may return home once cleared by your surgeons. It will take 3 – 4 months for your final results to settle. You can read the chart below for an estimated breakdown of your recovery period:
|POST-OP OBSTACLES||ESTIMATED TIME|
|Physical discomfort (bruising & swelling)||6 – 8 weeks|
|Compression Garment use||4 – 8 weeks|
|DAILY ACTIVITIES||ESTIMATED TIME|
|Full body showers||1 – 2 days|
|Work||1 – 2 weeks|
|Driving & household chores||1 – 2 weeks|
|Regular exercise & strenuous activities||4 – 6 weeks|
Patients must follow our surgeon’s post-operative care instructions, inclusive of prescribed pain medication and compression garments usage. Additionally, patients will be seen at regular follow-up appointments with our doctors to ensure they are recovering properly.
Liposuction Frequently Asked Questions
Can I have a secondary procedure?
It best for patients to wait at least 6 months before undergoing a second surgery in the same area. Six months allows enough time for swelling caused by the initial procedure to decrease so that the appropriate area can be re-targeted.
For new body areas that have never undergone liposuction, the waiting period may not be necessary. It is always best to consult with your surgeon by scheduling an appointment with them.
Are the results permanent?
Yes. Patients who maintain their weight after the surgery will have permanent, improved results.
Can I also have a tummy tuck with liposuction?
Yes, both procedures are commonly combined, especially following pregnancy, weight loss, and aging. These procedures may also be performed at different times, depending on the assessment from your doctor.
*The content and images on this page are provided with the sole intention of educating potential patients on the procedure discussed above. Results vary per individual and are dependent on our doctor’s consultation prior to the procedure. We strongly recommend undergoing a formal consultation with a board-certified plastic and reconstructive surgeon prior to scheduling and undergoing any surgical or non-surgical treatment.