Liposuction Surgery Houston
After its debut as a cosmetic procedure, liposuction quickly became the most popular surgery among patients. Women and men with “figure faults” can benefit from this procedure when diet and exercise aren’t enough. Dr. Patrick Hsu can improve your body shape in the chin, knees, outer thighs, hips, neck, cheeks, and jowls in addition to the lower abdomen and arms.
Before the Liposuction Procedure
The process begins with the injection of a fluid into the areas that will be treated. This fluid assists in the process of making fat easier to remove, and also decreases the possibilities of bleeding, bruising, and major swelling. This is required for both methods of liposuction, whether our plastic surgeons uses one method or a combination of both. For suction lipoplasty, the fluid helps make the fat easier to remove; for ultrasonic assisted liposuction, the fluid enhances the effect of the ultrasound on the fat tissue.
Types of Liposuction Procedure
- Suction-Assisted Lipoplasty: This is the original technique, what most people think of when they think of liposuction. It involves sucking loose fat cells into a small tube known as a cannula. For the most part this method is very effective, but if the fat cells are too tightly held by your body this method may not be able to remove all the desired fat.
- Ultrasonic-Assisted Lipoplasty: This method also uses a cannula tube to suction fat, with the addition of an ultrasound generator that vibrates and causes the fat cells to rupture, allowing the fat to be removed. In general this technique allows for a smoother, more predictable result, though nothing is guaranteed. This technique is also preferred because there is less blunt trauma to the surrounding tissues, since the ultrasonic pulse breaks up the fat before suction and then doesn’t disturb the surrounding tissues as much.
Depending upon the surgeon’s evaluation of the patient, general, intravenous or local anesthesia is required for liposuction. The procedure typically lasts 45 minutes per section.
After Liposuction Treatment
Your recovery time will depend on the extent of liposuction performed and may last from one day to two weeks. Most women report little discomfort and can return to normal activities almost immediately.