What is liposuction?

Liposuction is a cosmetic surgical procedure performed to remove deposits of stubborn excess fat from the body. During the procedure, the targeted fat cells are typically loosened using either a cannula, ultrasound energy, or lasers. The fat is then suctioned out of the body through a narrow cannula.

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Who Is a Candidate for Liposuction?

Adults who would like to eliminate pockets of stubborn excess fat could be good candidates for liposuction. Ideal candidates for the surgery should:

  • Be in generally good physical health
  • Have one or more excess fat deposits that exercise and dieting have failed to eliminate
  • Be relatively close to their ideal weight
  • Have good skin elasticity
  • Not be currently pregnant or breastfeeding
  • Be non-smokers
  • Have realistic expectations for the procedure

Top Areas for Liposuction

Liposuction surgery can be used to eliminate fat deposits in many different areas of the body, including:

  • Abdomen
  • Flanks
  • Hips
  • Upper arms
  • Back
  • Face
  • Thighs
  • Chest

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How Much Does Liposuction Cost?

The average cost of liposuction in Houston is between $3,500 and $4,500, but the price of the procedure tends to vary. There are quite a few variables that can impact the cost of liposuction in Houston, including the area of the body being targeted and fees for things like anesthesia, lab work, and compression garments. During your consultation with Dr. Lind, he’ll be able to give you more detailed information about the price of your treatment.

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What Is the Recovery Like After Liposuction?

After your liposuction procedure, Dr. Lind will give you thorough instructions to ensure that the recovery process goes smoothly. You will likely experience some swelling, bruising, and soreness after your procedure, but these symptoms should gradually subside on their own.

  • Week #1 - For the first week of your recovery, you should rest frequently and keep your activities to a minimum. However, it’s important to periodically take light walks, as doing so will keep your blood flowing and help your body heal.
  • Week #2 - Most patients can return to work and ease back into their normal routines after their first week of liposuction recovery. By the second week, most of your discomfort should be gone.
  • Week #3 - During the third week of your recovery, you should be able to resume light exercise, and your swelling should have mostly disappeared.
  • Week #4 - Approximately four weeks into your recovery, your swelling and bruising should be entirely gone, and the results of your procedure should start to become more visible.
  • Weeks #5 & #6 - Once you’re in the fifth or sixth week of your liposuction recovery, you should be able to fully resume your workout regimen, including high-intensity exercise.

Liposuction for Men

Although liposuction is especially popular with women, it can also be a very effective procedure for men who are dealing with stubborn fat deposits. Liposuction can be quite helpful if you’re trying to achieve a firm, sculpted physique and enhance your muscle definition.

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Other Body Contouring Options

If you’re interested in making additional enhancements to your figure, there are several other body contouring procedures that you may want to consider. These procedures can be combined with liposuction to provide more comprehensive results.

  • Tummy Tuck - A tummy tuck is a popular surgery performed to create a firmer, more toned abdomen. The procedure typically involves the removal of excess skin and fat as well as the tightening of the abdominal muscles.
  • Breast Surgery - Many women choose to combine liposuction with breast enhancement surgery, such as breast augmentation or a breast lift. Breast augmentation is performed to enhance the size and shape of the breasts using customized implants, while a breast lift is meant to lift and reshape sagging breasts.
  • Brazilian Butt Lift - A Brazilian butt lift is a surgical procedure performed to enhance the shape and appearance of the buttocks. During the surgery, excess fat is removed from another area of the patient’s body and injected into the buttocks.
  • Fat Transfer - If you’re having excess fat removed with liposuction, you can choose to have that fat added to another area of your body to create natural-looking volume. Areas commonly augmented with fat transfer include the face, breasts, and buttocks.

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Why Choose Dr. Lind for Your Liposuction Procedure?

Dr. Jeffrey G. Lind II is a double board-certified plastic surgeon known for his precision, skill, and expertise in the field of cosmetic surgery. Throughout his career, Dr. Lind has worked hard to become an authority on plastic surgery, and he takes great pride in being someone that his patients can always trust. He will work closely with you to understand your unique aesthetic goals and create a personalized treatment plan that fully caters to your needs. Dr. Lind and his dedicated team will ensure that your liposuction procedure provides the life-changing results that you deserve.

Liposuction  FAQ

How do I best maintain my results?

Will I lose weight with liposuction?

Will there be scarring?

Are results permanent?

What type of anesthesia will be used?

Should I get liposuction or a tummy tuck?

Is liposuction safe?

Will liposuction tighten my skin?

Should I wait until I’m done having children to have liposuction?

How should I prepare for the surgery?

How long does the treatment take?

How do I best maintain my results?

The best way to maintain your liposuction results long-term is to maintain a healthy lifestyle and stable weight.

Will I lose weight with liposuction?

Although liposuction is not a weight loss procedure, most patients lose several pounds during the surgery.

Will there be scarring?

Any scars from your liposuction surgery will be discreet and fade over time.

Are results permanent?

As long as you keep your weight stable and your lifestyle healthy, the results of your procedure should be permanent.

What type of anesthesia will be used?

Typically, liposuction is performed using local anesthesia with IV sedation.

Should I get liposuction or a tummy tuck?

Liposuction is a good choice if you have pockets of excess fat, whereas a tummy tuck is a better option if you’d like to tighten the skin and muscles of your midsection.

Is liposuction safe?

Yes, when performed by a qualified plastic surgeon like Dr. Lind, liposuction is a very safe procedure.

Will liposuction tighten my skin?

No, when performed on its own, liposuction will not typically tighten your skin.

Should I wait until I’m done having children to have liposuction?

You will still be able to have children after undergoing liposuction, but pregnancy and childbirth may negate the results of the procedure.

How should I prepare for the surgery?

Before your liposuction surgery, you should avoid smoking and drinking alcohol, talk with Dr. Lind about any medications you’re taking, and prepare your home for your recovery period.

How long does the treatment take?

Depending on the specifics of the procedure, liposuction can take between one and two hours.

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