A good diet and exercise regimen are important keys to a healthy lifestyle. Despite taking care of themselves, many patients find that they have certain pockets of fat that remain resistant to weight loss and exercise. Whether it’s a double chin, love handles on the waist, saddlebags on the thighs, or a stubborn belly bulge, liposuction may be an option to remove the excess fat and improve the contour of these areas.
If you are ready to learn more about how liposuction can improve your look, request a consultation online with Dr. Steele, or call our office at 817-731-5330. We serve patients in Fort Worth, TX and surrounding communities and we welcome patients who wish to travel from outside the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex.
Liposuction is one of the most common cosmetic procedures performed in the United States. It is a technique that permanently removes unwanted fat by suctioning it out through very small incisions. It can be used safely in almost all locations throughout the body. It is important to remember that liposuction is not for weight loss or a treatment for obesity, but rather an opportunity to achieve a more attractive shape through body contouring which can improve your appearance in many ways:
Dr. Steele typically performs liposuction as an outpatient procedure under both general anesthesia and local anesthesia with mild sedation. Small incisions are made and a metal tube (cannula) is used to place saline solution containing adrenaline and lidocaine into the fatty areas to be removed. This is known as tumescent solution. Tumescent solution provides turgor (firmness) to the tissues which assists with fat removal, lidocaine provides pain relief, and the adrenaline (epinephrine) shrinks the blood vessels in the tissue to minimize bleeding.
A variety of different liposuction techniques are available, but Dr. Steele prefers the SAFELipo® technique pioneered by Dr. Simeon Wall Jr. This technique uses power-assisted liposuction (PAL) to safely separate the fat and then remove the fat in a smooth and even fashion which minimizes asymmetries and contour irregularities.
At the end of the surgery, foam pads may be placed over certain areas such as your hips, thighs, and waist, and then you will be placed into a compression garment. Drainage tubes may be necessary with very large amounts of fat removal.
The length of surgery will vary depending on the number of areas to be treated and whether or not another surgery is performed simultaneously. In some combined cases, such as a mommy makeover or lower body lift (post bariatric), an overnight observation may be required.
Although you will notice some swelling and bruising, you will notice an improvement in your contour right away. It is very important to wear the compression garments for 6-8 weeks to encourage skin contraction and the resolution of swelling. Normal activity and sedentary work can be resumed within 3-5 days. Cardio activity should be limited for at least 3-4 weeks. It will take at least 3-6 months for all of the swelling to resolve.
Will I have scars after liposuction?
What happens to the skin after liposuction?
How much fat can be removed with liposuction?
What’s the difference between a tummy tuck and liposuction?
- Removes some fat from the midsection
- Removes excess, loose/stretched-out skin
- Tightens the abdominal muscles which helps flatten the abdomen when viewed from the side and helps narrow the waist when viewed from the front.
- Redistributes the skin from the upper abdomen to the lower abdomen. This tightens the skin and helps thin the fat layer of the abdomen as well.
A tummy tuck will reverse the changes of pregnancy and weight loss, while liposuction is useful for removing fat from isolated areas. In order to get a good result with liposuction, the patient should be close to an ideal weight and have good skin tone. If liposuction is performed in an area without good skin tone (lots of stretch marks), the patient will very likely be left with loose skin that does not contract or shrink down.