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Liposuction in Houston, TX

Body sculpting with liposuction AT THE CLINIC FOR PLASTIC SURGERY

Thanks to aging, you may have stubborn pockets of fat that, despite your best efforts, seem unaffected by diet and exercise. As metabolism slows with age, it is almost inevitable that we accumulate stored fat in various body areas, especially in the lower abdomen, upper arms, thighs, hips, and buttocks.

This condition can worsen with increased skin laxity, hormonal changes, and other changes associated with pregnancy, breastfeeding, and other factors. Even weight loss can make such fat pockets more noticeable if some areas of the body lose more fat than others. The Clinic for Plastic Surgery offers the most advanced techniques for liposuction in Houston so you can achieve your ideal lean and youthful physique.

What is liposuction?

Liposuction permanently removes unwanted fat and tightens skin to achieve more youthful and athletic body contours.

With the use of a cannula (a long, thin, hollow tube), your surgeon can remove substantial volumes of fat from various areas of your body with minimal incisions and downtime. As a result of decreased volume beneath the skin, the overlying skin will be able to tighten around your slim and youthful shape. The board-certified Houston plastic surgeons at The Clinic for Plastic Surgery have the experience and finesse to produce consistently beautifully sculpted, natural-looking results.

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Liposuction vs. Tummy Tuck

With liposuction and tummy tuck, you can have a more sculpted midsection. Liposuction specifically targets those pesky fat deposits that just won’t go away with diet or exercise - love handles, muffin tops, abdomen bulges - to provide a slimmer waistline for your desired aesthetic look. Perfect for creating the hourglass figure of your dreams!

A tummy tuck, on the other hand, addresses excess skin and muscle laxity in the abdominal area, removing excess skin and fat while tightening and repositioning the abdominal muscles for a smoother, firmer, and more toned appearance. Liposuction is generally favored for patients with good skin elasticity and muscle tone who want to remove excess fat, while a tummy tuck is recommended for patients with loose, sagging skin and weakened abdominal muscles due to significant weight loss, pregnancy, or aging.

What are the benefits of liposuction?

Liposuction allows you to address excess fat that detracts from the appearance of youthful tone in your body. It may be the perfect procedure to supplement an active lifestyle for patients who are at or near their fitness goals yet still have unchanged excess fat. With slimmer, smoother contours, you’ll feel confident exposing your arms, legs, and other areas of your body, allowing you to live a fuller life. In addition, your shopping experiences will be enriched as clothes fit better and look better on your new body.

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LIPOSUCTION CANDIDATES

If you have hard-to-lose body fat and are at or near your ideal weight, you may be a candidate for liposuction. It is important to note that liposuction is not a weight-loss treatment. While it can resolve pockets of unwanted fat, it is not a replacement for a healthy and active lifestyle. You should also be healthy enough to undergo surgery safely and have realistic expectations for your surgery. Patients who are pregnant or breastfeeding should postpone their liposuction.

Consultation and Preparation

Before undergoing any cosmetic treatment, it’s essential to schedule a consultation with our team. During the consultation, we will assess the patient’s overall health, medical history, and aesthetic goals to determine if they are a good candidate for the treatment. The consultation will also allow the patient to ask questions, discuss any concerns, and learn more about their treatment options. This is the perfect time to discuss expected outcomes, risks, recovery time, and cost. Discussing lifestyle and dietary habits is important to ensure you are committed to long-term results. While the procedure is considered permanent, aging and poor lifestyle choices can result in weight gain and loss of skin elasticity, which can diminish the results.

To prepare for the procedure, you will typically need to follow a healthy diet and exercise routine for at least six weeks before the procedure. In some cases, our team may recommend taking certain medications or supplements. You may need to limit activities and exercise for several weeks before and after the procedure to ensure proper healing and recovery. You may also need to quit smoking, if applicable. Our team will provide detailed instructions before surgery to ensure you are well-prepared for the procedure.

Combining Liposuction with Other Aesthetic Procedures

Liposuction is often combined with other aesthetic procedures, such as breast surgery, facelift, or thigh lift, as part of a Mommy Makeover or other comprehensive cosmetic treatment plan.

For example, liposuction can be used to remove excess fat from the abdomen and thighs, while a tummy tuck is performed to tighten and contour the abdominal muscles. Breast surgery can be combined with liposuction to transfer fat from the abdomen or thighs to the breasts for a more natural and youthful look. You can discuss your desired outcome with our team to create a custom treatment plan. Combined recovery is also an essential consideration when combining liposuction with other procedures.

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Advanced liposuction at The Clinic for Plastic Surgery

The surgeons at The Clinic for Plastic Surgery utilize the most innovative liposuction techniques to offer you the body definition and contours you want with minimal downtime and a mild recovery.

Vaser liposuction

Vaser liposuction is an advanced body contouring treatment that incorporates ultrasound energy for improved precision. Using this specialized technology, your surgeon can remove fat from virtually any area of your body while increasing definition. As a result, you can achieve more shapely buttocks, toned and athletic-looking arms, and even a six-pack with our VASER liposuction treatment.

PowerX

PowerX liposuction is the fastest fat removal method, also allowing for an expedited healing process as it is less damaging to surrounding tissues. During your consultation for liposuction Houston plastic surgeons at our clinic will determine the technique that is best suited to your needs.

LIPOSUCTION Recovery AND AFTERCARE

You should plan to take about one week off from work to give your body ample time to recover. By this time, you will be able to perform all of your regular daily tasks. However, you will need to wait several weeks to return to more strenuous activities and exercise. Your surgeon may also dress you with a compression garment to help your skin tighten around your newly-slimmed body contours.

After the procedure, the patient can expect some downtime and must take proper care of their incisions to ensure optimal healing and minimize the risk of infection. Depending on the extent of the procedure, you may need to take a week off work or regular activities to rest and recover. During this time, the patient should avoid strenuous exercise or heavy lifting and follow their surgeon’s instructions for post-operative care. You should exercise regularly and follow a healthy diet to maintain your results. While liposuction removes excess fat cells, it doesn’t prevent the remaining fat cells from growing, so weight gain can still occur if the patient doesn’t maintain a healthy lifestyle. To prevent scarring, take proper care of your incisions by keeping them clean and dry and avoiding exposure to the sun.

LIPOSUCTION Results

While the reduction in fat from liposuction is immediate, your final results will develop over one to three months. However, you will notice substantial improvement as soon as swelling and fluid retention subside.

Book your consultation for Houston Liposuction with The Clinic for Plastic Surgery

If you are ready to achieve a slimmer, more defined physique with the most innovative liposuction technologies available, our friendly staff are happy to assist you with scheduling your consultation with one of our highly reputable Houston plastic surgeons.

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Liposuction FAQs

Liposuction is a surgical procedure, so some pain and discomfort can be expected during recovery. However, the level of pain experienced can vary depending on several factors.

As with any surgical procedure, it carries some risks, including infection, bleeding, fluid accumulation, and adverse reactions to anesthesia.

The procedure typically involves making small incisions in the skin, which can result in small scars. However, the incisions are usually placed in inconspicuous areas and are designed to be as small as possible to minimize scarring.

While the volume decrease will be substantial, you will likely lose somewhere between two and five pounds from your liposuction treatment. This is because fat is significantly lighter than muscle and other tissues in the body. Liposuction is intended to remove stubborn pockets of fat and is not a weight-loss treatment.

Once the fat is removed, it is gone for good. However, the remaining fat cells in the treated area will continue to swell and shrink in proportion with any change to your overall weight. Therefore, you can best maintain your Houston liposuction results with a healthy lifestyle.

Yes, wearing compression garments after the procedure is typically recommended. Compression garments help reduce swelling and promote proper healing by providing support to the treated areas.

No, the procedure is not recommended for women who are pregnant or breastfeeding. The hormonal changes and physical demands of pregnancy and breastfeeding can affect the body’s response to the procedure.

Yes, as the procedure is typically performed under anesthesia, it is recommended that patients arrange for someone to drive them home afterward. This is to ensure their safety and reduce the risk of complications.

The timing of when to start exercising again depends on the complexities of the procedure and the patient’s individual healing process. Patients are generally advised to avoid strenuous exercise for at least two to four weeks after the procedure to allow for proper healing.

Yes, liposuction can be combined with other cosmetic treatments to enhance overall results. Commonly combined procedures include breast surgery, tummy tuck, and fat transfer procedures such as Brazilian Butt Lift (BBL) or facial fat transfer.

Yes, there are non-surgical alternatives to liposuction, such as CoolSculpting and SculpSure. These treatments use non-invasive methods to target and destroy fat cells, which are then eliminated from the body naturally.

The cost varies depending on several factors, such as the size and number of areas being treated.

Insurance usually does not cover the procedure since it is considered an elective procedure.

The Clinic for Plastic Surgery loves to be a part of our patients’ journeys. That starts with a consultation. No matter which path you choose, you will feel more knowledgeable and confident about your decision after a meeting with our board-certified Houston plastic surgeons. Schedule a consultation today.

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