Liposuction The Woodlands
What Is Liposuction?
Liposuction is also sometimes called body contouring or lipoplasty.
Who Benefits From Liposuction
Clients that can benefit from this surgery are those with a stable body weight that have localized pockets of body fat (neck, arms, chest, abdomen, flanks, hips, thighs, etc) that are not responsive to diet and exercise. These clients must also have good skin elasticity, as well, because liposuction will not tighten the skin.
Smokers should stop at least two months before liposuction surgery. All medications that can cause bleeding should be stopped at least two weeks prior to the liposuction surgery if approved to do so by the doctor that prescribed them.
Very small incisions are made in various places depending on where the liposuction will be performed. These very small incisions are typically well hidden. After the incisions are made, a tumescent solution is injected into the area. This solution typically has epinephrine in it to decrease the amount of bleeding (by constricting the small blood vessels). Sometimes, lidocaine (a local anesthetic) will also be added to the solution for added patient comfort…especially if the liposuction procedure is being done under IV sedation. After the tumescent has been given time to work, the liposuction is performed by either of the following methods: suction-assisted liposuction, power-assisted liposuction, or VASER (using ultrasound frequency). After the appropriate amount of fat has been removed, the small incisions are all closed.
The operation is usually performed in an outpatient surgery center and the client will go home the same day. The operation can be done under general anesthesia or sometimes under IV sedation. The operation can take from two to four hours depending on how much liposuction is being performed.
Liposuction Post-Operative Care
You will be wearing a compression garment when you wake up from your lipossuction procedure. This will typically be worn for six weeks in order to prevent fluid accumulation in the areas that underwent liposuction. A prescription for narcotic pain medication will be given to you for pain control. The incisions can leak fluid for the first several days and this is considered normal. Swelling and bruising is common over the first couple of weeks. The first follow-up appointment will be between five and seven days. Sutures typically are absorbable and do not need to be removed. Clients can typically return to light duty/work in one week. You should be able to return to full activity and exercise in six weeks. Although the result is appreciated very soon it is important to understand that you may have swelling for several months and the final result may not be evident until four months to a year after the operation.
Potential Complications From Liposuction Surgery
Complications can include post-op bleeding, infection, or the development of seromas (fluid collection) that may need to be drained in the office. Patients can also develop blood clots in the legs and these can lead to pulmonary embolisms (life threatening). Fat embolism (again, can be life threatening) can also occur although extremely rare.
Unfavorable results can include increased or decreased pigmented spots on the skin overlying the areas that have undergone liposuction. Also, contour irregularities can occur in the skin.
Jeffrey G. Lind II, MD and The Lind Institute of Plastic Surgery extend, to their clients, life changing liposuction surgeries in The Woodlands, Houston, Conroe ,and College Station Texas area.