Despite the promises of late night infomercials promoting the latest miracle device to get rid of fat, there is only one way to target a troublesome fatty area; liposuction. Many people find that the last step to achieving the silhouette they’ve been working so hard to get is to schedule liposuction with Dr. Bryan Correa. Dr. Correa is a board-certified plastic surgeon with many years of experience with liposuction and other cosmetics procedures. If you have pockets of fat that have not responded to diet and exercise, you should consider liposuction to finally rid yourself of these stubborn fat deposits.
What areas can be treated using liposuction?
Liposuction replaced breast augmentation surgery as the number one cosmetic procedure performed in the United States in 2013. It is a safe and effective procedure if it is performed by a licensed plastic surgeon. Residents of Houston who are considering liposuction should keep in mind that it is the skill of the surgeon which determines outcome: to get the best liposuction possible, you’ll need a highly trained plastic surgeon to perform the procedure.
Liposuction targets fat stored in areas that typically don’t respond well to exercise such as:
- Upper arms
- Abdomen and waist
- Inner knee
- Calves & ankles
- Chest (male breasts)
- Hips & buttocks
- Neck & chin
Liposuction is now a safe treatment thanks to the work of doctors who developed methods of removing excess fat without the risk of anesthesia and blood loss that accompanied treatments prior to the early 1980s. From this work there are three main methods used by plastic surgeons today including tumescent liposuction, ultrasound-assisted liposuction, laser-assisted liposuction.
Tumescent liposuction (SAL)
This is the most common method used today. The method refers to injecting the treatment area with a large volume of an anesthetic solution containing lidocaine and epinephrine prior to the procedure. This causes tumescence, or swelling, of the tissue as well as a constriction of the blood vessels which greatly reduces any bleeding during the treatment. The anesthetic is so effective at blocking pain that liposuction does not necessarily need general anesthesia, although many patients still prefer this.
Ultrasound-assisted liposuction (UAL)
This technique uses sound waves to liquefy fat which is then removed by suction. UAL is a great method for large volume liposuction, or areas with ‘tough’ fat such as the back. Because of this, it is a treatment of choice for removing fat in the central body such as the back. It is also used to treat enlarged male breast conditions. This method isn’t recommended for use in removing fat from the inner thighs, knees, face of neck.
Who is a candidate for liposuction?
Healthy people of normal weight, who have localized resistant fat pockets and realistic expectations regarding body sculpting, are good candidates for liposuction. Liposuction is not intended to treat obesity and is not a permanent solution to the accumulation of fat.
Liposuction is a procedure that can make a profound difference in your body shape in one operation. Dr. Correa has worked with many Houston residents who need liposuction to achieve the aesthetic goals they have been working so hard to achieve. Come in to our facility for an initial consultation—Dr. Correa will be happy to answer any question you have about what you could expect from liposuction.