Liposuction The Woodlands
What Is Liposuction?
Liposuction (Lipo 360) is also sometimes called body contouring, lipoplasty, or liposculpture. It can also be referred to as Lipo 360 which typically includes liposuction to the abdomen, waist, hips, and back.
Who Benefits From Liposuction?
Clients that can benefit from liposuction (Lipo 360) are those with a stable body weight that have localized pockets of body fat (neck, arms, chest, abdomen, flanks, hips, thighs, back, etc) that are not responsive to diet and exercise. These clients should also have good skin elasticity, as well, because liposuction will not tighten the skin. However, if a patient isn’t concerned about loose skin, liposuction (lipo 360) can still be performed.
Smokers should stop at least six weeks 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 (lipo 360) 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). Our preferred method is to use the Microaire power-assisted liposuction system as it is very efficient at removing fat and gives a very nice, smooth result after liposuction (lipo 360). After the appropriate amount of fat has been removed, the small incisions are all closed but can sometimes be left open to drain.
The operation can typically be done with just a little bit of IV sedation and the patient will go home the same day. 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 to three days. You should be able to return to full activity and exercise in three to 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 six months after your liposuction (Lipo 360) procedure.
Jeffrey G. Lind II, MD and The Lind Institute of Plastic Surgery extend, to their clients, life changing liposuction and Lipo 360 surgeries in The Woodlands, Houston, Conroe ,and College Station Texas area.