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Patrick W. Hsu M.D., F.A.C.S.
Kendall R. Roehl M.D., F.A.C.S.
Patrick W. Hsu M.D., F.A.C.S.
Kendall R. Roehl M.D., F.A.C.S.


Memorial Plastic Surgery (Clear Lake)

The Truth About Liposuction Procedure

Last Updated: October 30, 2014 | Author: MPS Group


liposuctionLiposuction is a procedure for the removal of excess fat from specific areas of the body. These areas typically do not respond to traditional methods of weight loss. A liposuction surgeon uses the procedure to contour a shapelier figure for the recipient. Lipo is a permanent solution for the removal of these fat deposits. There are numerous liposuction techniques available for a surgeon to use, and new developments assist the surgeon in achieving exact results, and help in faster recuperation for patients. Lipo is routinely performed on both genders. Age is not a factor, but the skin elasticity in younger patients usually yields better results.


A good candidate for the liposuction procedure will be close to their ideal weight. They will be in good general health and free of any serious health conditions such as heart disease or diabetes. They have reasonable expectations about the outcome of the surgery and what it will do for them. The areas affected by unwanted fat deposits are the abdomen, waist, hips, buttocks, thighs, and the jowls and neck. Patients who maintain a healthy lifestyle post lipo that includes a nutritious diet and exercise, will see the best results. Before you start an exercise program, you should consult with a physician.


When you are considering liposuction surgeons, you should look for surgeons that are board certified. Any medical doctor can perform liposuction if they wish; however it is in your best interest to engage a surgeon who is certified, and who has a lot of experience with the procedure. This will lessen the risk factor and ensure better results. When you entrust your health and well-being to a doctor, you want them to have the best qualifications, and to be highly skilled at what they do. Board certification guarantees extensive training and experience.


Even though liposuction is considered to be a very safe procedure, as with any surgery, there are risks, and the possibility of complications.  The procedure is performed thousands of time in Houston and the rest of the country each year, with great results and very happy patients. Still, you need to be aware that there is the potential for infection, bleeding, and reaction to anesthesia.


When you consult with your surgeon about the liposuction procedure, it is important that you communicate your goals for the outcome of the surgery. Feel free to ask questions. A good surgeon will go over the surgery in great detail, and will welcome any question that you may have. They will need to know what types of medication, if any that you are currently taking, and they will evaluate your health and skin elasticity. They will use this information to help them to determine if lipo is right for you, and if so, what specific procedure they will perform. His or her goal is to make the surgery experience and outcome as low risk and positive as they possibly can.

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