No matter how much you diet and exercise, you may still see stubborn pockets of fat that keep you from being completely confident in your body. Lou Plastic Surgery offers the most advanced treatments to effectively remove fat from the body. Liposuction surgery is a body contouring treatment that reduces pockets of fat from the flanks, tummy, buttocks, and thighs to create a more defined appearance. This cosmetic procedure at Lou Plastic Surgery can be combined to treat multiple body parts. When we see you for your consultation, Houston, TX plastic surgeon Dr. Derek Lou will assess areas of concern so you can attain your aesthetic goals. We want to help you feel and look your absolute best.
Fat removal surgery is a great treatment for patients who are at an ideal weight but have stubborn pockets of fat that cannot be lost with diet alone. Patients considering liposuction should have good skin laxity because liposuction is not a treatment for loose skin. It's also important to understand that liposuction is not a treatment for weight loss. Females undergoing liposuction should have childbearing behind them as this may compromise the outcome. At the time of your consult for surgery, Dr. Lou will set realistic expectations.
Liposuction is completed in an outpatient setting under general anesthesia. A punch-hole incision is placed through the skin so a cannula can be inserted. A cannula is a tool that makes it easier to work loose the fatty tissue that is being suctioned out. After the desired amount of fat deposits have been removed, Dr. Lou will seal the small incision. Based on the number of sections treated, your procedure may take several hours. In the separate area for recovery, your post-operation nurse will assist you in managing your pain and look after your treated areas until you are discharged.
What to Expect
You may be in recovery at home from liposuction for several weeks based on the number of treatments performed and the amount of fat removed. It's typical to have bruising and swelling for one or two weeks, and you should have stitches taken out 7 – 10 days after surgery. The most important thing to do after liposuction is to give your body time to rest and heal. Once you go back to your job after your surgery, you should do your best to take it easy. To increase your strength and stamina, try light workouts and go for walks as approved by Dr. Lou. Remember, you may notice some improvements soon after your surgery, but it will take around 6 – 10 months until your new body contour and shape is complete.
Frequently Asked Questions
How much does liposuction cost?
The cost for liposuction varies, depending on the technique selected and how many areas are being treated. During your consultation, Dr. Lou will create your unique treatment plan to meet your needs and goals. He will also consider your budget. When your plan is ready, estimated costs will be discussed. To help make your cosmetic surgery easier to afford, Lou Plastic Surgery takes several payment methods and we will help you find low-interest medical financing.
What about nonsurgical liposuction?
There are several nonsurgical procedures to reduce body fat. One that we offer in-house is the injectable Kybella. Although some of these nonsurgical procedures can help some patients reduce mild to moderate fat pockets, surgical liposuction is still best for most people. Liposuction surgery produces more dramatic and consistent results. Ask Dr. Lou about nonsurgical procedures in your consultation. He can explain the benefits of all your options and help you choose which is best for you.
What about cellulite and loose skin?
Liposuction surgery only corrects excess fat. For loose skin, Dr. Lou may recommend combining liposuction with a lift surgery. Lipo is often done along with skin tightening surgery, like a tummy tuck, thighplasty, or arm lift, to give you your best results. To correct cellulite, there are many minimally invasive and nonsurgical treatments available. During your consultation, talk to Dr. Lou about all your concerns, like cellulite and loose skin, so your best treatment plan is created.
Will I have scars?
Since liposuction is an invasive surgery, incisions will need to be made and sutured. This will leave scars; however, Dr. Lou does his best to reduce their appearance. This starts with making small, thin incisions in less visible areas or the natural folds of your body. After your surgery, Dr. Lou or a member of his team will go over how to care for your incisions so they heal properly and fade.
Will my results last?
Before liposuction, it is important to be prepared to maintain your results. Although liposuction reduces the amount of fat cells in an area, you can still lose and gain weight. Dr. Lou suggests that you be at or close to a healthy weight prior to liposuction. Afterward, it's best to remain within 5 – 10 pounds of your post-surgical weight. Getting pregnant after liposuction will also affect your results; however, another surgery, like a mommy makeover, may be done to refresh your body.
Look Fit and Toned
Fat removal with liposuction at Lou Plastic Surgery offers individuals the chance to have annoying fat diminished almost instantly. Without the help of liposuction, it can be difficult to get the slimming outcomes you desire. We can recommend various options for liposuction treatment, depending on your individual aesthetic desires. We welcome you to call our office in Houston, TX and set up your personal consultation with Dr. Derek Lou.