When patients possess good skin elasticity along with stubborn pockets of fat, our plastic surgeons often recommend liposuction as a solution. This procedure can suction out small amounts of fat that are not responsive to diet and exercise. Liposuction is not a weight loss alternative, but it’s a very effective way to smooth and contour the body.

Liposuction:

Is it right for you?

With age, many men and women find that the body doesn’t respond to exercise like it used to, and stubborn fat clings to certain “problem areas.” If your body weight is stable and you want to change the contour of your figure, liposuction may be a solution. Common treatment areas include:

  • Abdomen and flanks
  • Hips, thighs and buttocks
  • Chest and back
  • Chin, neck and face
  • Upper arms 

Am I a candidate?

In general, the ideal candidate for liposuction:

  • Is in good health
  • Can maintain a stable body weight
  • Has good skin tone and elasticity

Who isn’t a good candidate for liposuction? If you have a substantial amount of weight to lose, or if your weight has fluctuated within the past six months, our surgeons won’t recommend this procedure until you’ve reached (and stayed at) your goal weight. If this is something you are struggling with, we can help get you ready for surgery by guiding you in establishing a healthy diet and exercise routine.

Your consultation: Planning your transformation

Liposuction may seem like a relatively straight-forward procedure, but our surgeons at Austin Face & Body elevate it to an art form. For us, it’s not only about removing fat; it’s sculpting the figure you want – the body that boosts your confidence and fits easily into your favorite clothes and swimwear. 

During your initial consultation at our Austin office, we will get to know you – your medical history; your weight loss journey thus far; and your goals for liposuction. From there, we will make recommendations that are customized for you and designed to give you the best chance at achieving the body you deserve. 

Which liposuction is right for you?

  • Tumescent liposuction. This is the most common form of liposuction. It involves injecting a sterile solution into the targeted fat to make removal easier, minimize bleeding, and numb the area. Then, the surgeon will make a small incision in the skin and insert a cannula, which is connected to a vacuum. This tool will suction fat and fluids from the area while your body’s fluids are replenished with an IV.
  • Power-assisted liposuction. Power-assisted liposuction is performed with a cannula that moves rapidly beneath the skin, allowing the surgeon to target tough fat with greater ease, precision and speed. 
  • Laser-assisted liposuction. This approach uses laser light to break down fat before removal. A laser fiber will be inserted through a small incision to emulsify the fat deposits. A canula will then be inserted to remove the fat. 
  • Ultrasound-assisted liposuction. During this procedure, the surgeon will insert a metal rod that emits ultrasonic energy into the treatment area. This ruptures the fat cells and makes removal easier. 

The procedure: 

What to expect

Liposuction is often done under local or regional anesthesia. Once the area is numbed and you are comfortable, the surgeon will create a tiny incision in the area of the excess fat. From there, the cannula will be inserted at varying depths and degrees, removing fat in a way that sculpts and contours the area. 

Because the incisions are typically very small, your surgeon will leave them open after the procedure. In addition, temporary drains will be placed to prevent fluid from building up beneath the skin. 

Recovery

Post-surgery pain, swelling, and bruising are to be expected. Our Austin team will provide you with antibiotics to reduce the risk of infection, along with pain medication to manage your discomfort. You will need to stay home from work for several days, and it will be a few weeks before you’re able to resume your normal activities. 

Your results

Post-liposuction swelling usually persists for a few weeks. At that point, the area should look slimmer and leaner. In general, liposuction results are very long-lasting, as long as you don’t experience any drastic weight fluctuations. 

Liposuction FAQ

Why is skin elasticity important to liposuction?

Good skin elasticity is critical to a successful liposuction procedure. When extra fat is suctioned from the body with a cannula, the skin will mold to the new contours of your body. If you have sufficient elasticity, the skin will be smooth. If your elasticity is poor, or your skin is too thin, it may appear loose.

Making the choice: 

Liposuction or tummy tuck

Many of our patients who are interested in liposuction on their abdomen want to know if they should undergo a tummy tuck instead. Both procedures offer an excellent, safe way to contour the midsection, but they are ideal for different patients. 

While liposuction can remove small pockets of excess fat through tiny incisions, a tummy tuck can remove a larger volume of fat and skin. It can also tighten weakened abdominal muscles. The results are more dramatic than those achieved with liposuction, but the incisions are also longer. Neither procedure is a substitute for weight loss, but both can help you achieve your ideal body contour.

What is non-surgical body contouring?

CoolSculpting, BodyTite, and other non-surgical body contouring procedures use different techniques and modalities to target unwanted fat cells. They are less invasive than their surgical alternatives and the results appear over time, typically within several weeks and months. 

Although liposuction offers more dramatic results, non-surgical body contouring can be an ideal solution for patients who have a small amount of fat to target and want to avoid surgery and anesthesia. 

Schedule a consultation today

If you’re considering liposuction, please contact Austin Face & Body today and schedule your private consultation to discover what this procedure can do for you.

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