Liposuction

Liposuction – Body Contouring Surgery – Lipoplasty – Austin, TX

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Overview

Liposuction is one of the most requested cosmetic surgery procedures at the Breast and Body Center of Austin and is an ideal way to remove a small amount of fat from problem areas. Exercise and dieting may not be enough to look lean and tight, since it may leave some stubborn pockets of fat untouched. Liposuction surgery is typically performed on the legs, hips, stomach, inner and outer thighs, buttock, arms, chin, knees, and ankles. The concept of liposuction is surprisingly simple. Liposuction is a surgical technique that improves the body’s contour by removing excess fat from deposits located between the skin and muscle. Liposuction involves the use of a small stainless-steel tube, called a cannula. Fat removal is accomplished as the suction cannula creates tiny tunnels through the fatty layers. After surgery, these tiny tunnels collapse and thus result in an improved body contour. The end result of a liposuction procedure is a more toned, tighter physique, and a shapelier body. If you are interested in liposuction surgery, please contact us to find out more. Austin, TX board-certified Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon Dr. Ned Snyder IV can explore all of the options available with liposuction with you in a confidential conversation in our office.

Surgical Technique

Liposuction is a cosmetic surgery that removes stubborn fat from areas of the body that are resistant to diet and exercise. Men and women most commonly remove fat from the stomach, hips, lower back, thighs, arms, chin, and chest. Liposuction is an outpatient procedure performed under general anesthesia at a hospital or accredited surgery center. The length of time in surgery is dependent on how many areas will be addressed. It can be a stand-alone surgery or combined with other procedures. However, Dr. Snyder may suggest performing the surgeries over a period of time for safety.

This surgery involves small incisions, usually less than 1 cm in length made to introduce the cannula into the areas that need liposuction. The number of incisions is dependent on the location of the surgery and how many areas are being addressed. All incisions will be covered with a small, sterile dressing that can stay in place for several days. Sutures will need to be removed by a provider in the office approximately 7 – 10 days after surgery.

Tumescent "Super-Wet"

Tumescent liposuction, known as the "super-wet" approach, is a suction-assisted (SAL) technique that uses a solution and power-aided motor to help remove stubborn fat. Dr. Snyder injects the solution, made of saline, lidocaine and epinephrine (to control bleeding), into the problem areas. Then, the cannula (attached to a motor) is inserted to remove fat cells from the body at a controlled speed. The motor helps remove anywhere from several ounces to a few pounds of fat. 

Ultrasound-Assisted (UAL)

Another surgical technique commonly used is the ultrasound-assisted (UAL), or ultrasonic, approach. Dr. Snyder performs this dual process on denser areas of fat, such as in the thighs and stomach. During this technique, ultrasound waves loosen and melt fat into a liquid. The cannula is used to extract the solution. This surgical method is more popular among men wanting more defined and contoured muscles.

Laser-Assisted (LAL)

Laser-assisted liposuction uses laser technology on specified areas of fat to burst energy that will loosen and liquefy the fat for removal. 

During/After Surgery

After surgery, patients are required to wear a compression garment to help the body adjust to its new shape. The compression garment will need to be worn continuously for the first 3 weeks out of surgery. After 3 weeks, the garment will need to be worn most of the time, though at that point it would be okay to go without the garment for several hours at a time if cleared to do so.  After 6 weeks, the compression garment does not need to be worn.

Although most swelling resolves over the first month after surgery, swelling may persist anywhere from 6 weeks to 3 months. Wearing the compression garment as instructed plays a key role in reducing the amount of swelling post-operatively. Bruising from the procedure should be expected though it usually resolves within the first month after surgery. Liposuction does leave a small scar, but it fades over time. Make sure to follow all of your scar care instructions.

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Average Cost  
$4,000 - $10,000
Recovery Time  
3 – 10 Days
Average Procedure Time  
1 – 6 Hours
Post-op Follow-up  
7 Days
Procedure Recovery Location  
Outpatient
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Liposuction FAQs

Is it Safe?

While today’s surgical techniques are safe, patients can experience poor results from inexperienced surgeons. It is important for patients to do their research, and find an experienced surgeon that can help them achieve the best, most natural-looking results.

Permanent Results?

The results of liposuction can be seen for many years following surgery if the patient follows a healthy diet and exercise program. Removed fat cells do not come back, but patients can still gain weight if their remaining fat cells grow.

Too Much Fat?

Yes, there can be too much fat. The American Society of Plastic Surgeons does not recommend removing more than 10 pounds of fat for the safety of the patient. Removing more than 10 pounds is considered high-volume liposuction, which increases the chances of complications from the surgery. Patients are advised to be near or at their ideal weight before undergoing liposuction.

Skin Tightening?

While liposuction removes fat and improves contour and shape, it does not address sagging or drooping skin. If skin laxity is a concern, patients can talk to the surgeon during the consultation to discuss their options for improving skin texture, such as a tummy tuck, thigh, neck, arm or butt lift.

What type of incisions?

This surgery involves small incisions, usually less than 1cm in length, which are used to introduce the cannula into the areas that need liposuction. The number of incisions is dependent on what area and how many areas are being addressed.

Kind of dressings ?

The incisions will be covered with a small, sterile dressing that can stay in place for several days.

When will I see results?

You may start to see changes as quickly as three weeks after your treatment and will experience the most dramatic results after one to three months. Your body is still flushing fat cells and will continue doing so for up to four to six months after treatment.

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