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Liposuction in Houston, TX

Sometimes it doesn’t matter how much you exercise or what kind of diet you follow – there are still pockets of stubborn fat that seem impossible to get rid of. Premier Plastic Surgery provides targeted fat reduction with liposuction by well-known plastic surgeon Christopher Hankins, MD. We are located near Houston and Friendswood, TX, and serve all of Houston, Pearland, Lake Jackson, and the surrounding areas of South Houston.

What is Liposuction?

Liposuction, also known as suction-assisted lipectomy, is one of the most popular cosmetic procedures with thousands of procedures done annually in the United States. It can be performed on its own or used in combination with other body contouring procedures like a tummy tuck, Brazilian butt lift, and more. Men and women who desire to remove localized fat deposits in various parts of their bodies can benefit from expert liposuction to remove targeted fat deposits and shape their bodies.

At Premier Plastic Surgery, Dr. Hankins has helped his patients remove unwanted fat from their:

  • Abdomen
  • Upper arms
  • Back (bra roll in women)
  • Buttocks
  • Chest
  • Face (cheeks, chin, and neck)
  • Waist and hips (saddlebags)
  • Knees (inner)
  • Thighs

Types of Liposuction

Liposuction is a popular cosmetic procedure used to remove targeted excess body fat by suction with specialized liposuction equipment. Liposuction procedures can be performed with a number of techniques to safely and effectively remove pockets of excess fatty tissue and slim the contours of your body. The technique used typically depends on how much fat is being removed and the area being treated.

Liposuction in Houston, TX

Tumescent Liposuction

The most common type of liposuction is tumescent liposuction or fluid injection. It’s often considered traditional liposuction surgery. This type of liposuction employs injecting a large amount of a specialized solution of diluted lidocaine and epinephrine into the targeted areas before the fat is removed with a cannula.

Lidocaine is used to numb the treated area(s) during and after surgery and is typically the only anesthesia used. Epinephrine is used to reduce blood loss, swelling, and bruising. The length of time of the liposuction procedure varies and will be addressed by Dr. Hankins during your consultation.

Super-Wet Liposuction

Similar to tumescent liposuction is the super-wet technique. The main difference is that a lesser amount of fluid is used during the procedure. This technique typically takes less time than tumescent liposuction, but it requires IV sedation.

Ultrasound-Assisted Liposuction (UAL)

This technology uses ultrasound waves (vibrations) to liquefy fat cells. Once the fat cells are liquefied, they are vacuumed out with a cannula. UAL may be combined with the tumescent technique to allow for more precision in removing stubborn, dense fat or fibrous tissue.

Laser-Assisted Liposuction (LAL)

The laser liposuction technique uses laser energy to liquefy fat cells. After the cells are liquefied, they are vacuumed out or will drain out through small tubes. The laser energy also stimulates collagen production which tightens skin after liposuction.

Am I a Candidate for Liposuction?

Before liposuction, patients may need to lose weight if they are obese or significantly overweight. If you are close to your ideal weight and haven’t been able to lose or exercise away stubborn fat deposits, talk to Dr. Hankins about which lipo or body sculpting surgery is right for you.

Liposuction Recovery

After liposuction, mild to moderate swelling and bruising are common so it is important to rest and allow your body to heal. Most patients can return to work and most normal activities after 1-2 weeks but more strenuous exercise should be avoided for about six weeks. After your surgical procedure, it is important to maintain a healthy diet and exercise routine. Although fat cells in the treatment area are permanently removed, fat in the surrounding areas can grow if patients gain weight after surgery.

How much does liposuction cost? Premier Plastic Surgery proudly offers financing options for our patients – call our office for pricing information.

We understand how stubborn those fat pockets can be to get rid of, and it’s no reflection on your hard work if they persist. If you’ve done all you can do, it’s time to call in some help. Dr. Christopher Hankins at Premier Plastic Surgery can use liposuction to eliminate excess fat for TX residents in Houston, Pearland, Lake Jackson and the surrounding communities of South Houston. To learn more about the various lipo treatments we offer and to schedule a free personal consultation, contact our office today.

Frequently Asked Questions about Liposuction

How much weight can I lose with liposuction?

Depending on the size of the treatment area, patients can expect to lose up to 10 pounds with liposuction.

Is liposuction permanent?

Liposuction results will be permanent as long as you maintain a healthy diet and exercise routine after surgery. Liposuction removes fat cells from the body, but fat cells in other areas can grow with additional weight gain.

How painful is liposuction?

During the liposuction procedure, the treatment area will be numbed so you will not feel any pain. Mild to moderate discomfort can be expected from swelling and bruising but most of these symptoms improve significantly within the first week.

Is a tummy tuck or liposuction better?

Liposuction can target pockets of stubborn fat on the abdomen and other areas of the body. If you are more concerned with loose abdominal skin, a tummy tuck might be the better option, but it can be combined with liposuction.

What not to do after liposuction?

After liposuction, patients should avoid strenuous activities for about 3-6 weeks. Continue to wear your compression garments during this time and maintain a healthy diet. Dr. Hankins will advise you when you can start resuming more strenuous exercise.

How soon can I walk after liposuction?

As soon as you are awake and alert and feel stable, you can walk. However, it is advised that you move carefully to avoid straining yourself.

Does liposuction leave loose skin?

Over the age of 35, skin retraction after liposuction is not as efficient. However, we have seen good skin retraction in patients over 35 as well.

What is the ideal BMI for liposuction?

There is not a concrete answer for this as everybody is different. Generally, if the patient is over a BMI of 35, they will be asked to lose weight in order to get the best results.

What are the side effects of liposuction?

Recontouring of the area treated and skin retraction, depending on your age.

What happens to your body years after liposuction?

The liposuction results should be permanent, so long as you maintain a healthy diet and exercise routine.

How many times can you get liposuction?

There is no arbitrary limit, but whether or not a patient is a candidate would be up to the prospective surgeon.