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If you’re troubled by localized pockets of fat that refuse to budge despite your best dieting and exercise efforts, liposuction could be the answer. Liposuction is one of the most common cosmetic surgery procedures performed today, and it’s popular for good reason. It offers you visible results with minimal recovery time and discomfort.
Liposuction is a reliable body sculpting tool, effective at eliminating fatty accumulations in almost any area of the body, although it is most frequently used on the abdomen, flanks, thighs, back, arms, and neck. People often get liposuction to smooth “love handles” on the waist, “saddle bags” on the thighs, or jowls/double chin.
While liposuction provides a smoother contour and a slimmer appearance in the areas treated, it is not a weight loss treatment, nor does it remove excess skin or cellulite. The best candidates for liposuction are those who are close to the ideal weight for their height and build. Patients who have firm and elastic skin tend to have optimal results.
If you have loose skin, a procedure that both removes the fatty deposits and trims the loose skin may be necessary. Liposuction is often performed along with other surgeries that remove loose skin, such as tummy tuck, neck lift, arm lift, thigh lift, and lower body lift.
Dr. Beale also performs fat grafting (fat injections) – using the fat harvested from one area to enhance another area. For example, you could remove pockets of fat from your abdomen and inject that fat (after it has been properly treated) into areas of the face that have lost volume. This anti-aging technique is used as an alternative to dermal fillers. Read more about fat grafting.
Dr. Beale has many years of experience with liposuction, and has provided numerous patients with excellent liposuction results. He approaches every patient as an individual and creates a surgical plan that is customized to your needs, goals, and anatomy.
Types of Liposuction Procedures
There are a number of different types of liposuction for reshaping the body, and Dr. Beale is up to date on all techniques, including the latest advances in the field. After an evaluation, Dr. Beale will be able to recommend the technique that will best provide you with the results you want. Not all methods work for all patients.
In all cases, however, liposuction is a two-step process. First, tiny incisions (5-10 mm in size) are made adjacent to the area to be targeted. A “tumescent” solution is then injected through a small tube inserted under the skin, called a cannula. This solution contains small amounts of numbing medication, as well as medication to control bleeding. After the solution is allowed to take effect over a few minutes, cannulas attached to a suction machine are used to aspirate the fat from the targeted areas. The cannula is moved in and out, and the fat is removed until the appropriate body contour is achieved. The incision is then closed.
The above is a description of traditional liposuction or tumescent liposuction. All other types of liposuction are similar except for the type of device used by the surgeon. All techniques, including laser liposuction, require incisions:
- Power-Assisted Liposuction (PAL) involves the use of an electric motor to move the cannula in and out.
- Ultrasound-Assisted Liposuction (UAL) uses ultrasound to liquefy the fat.
- Safe-Lipo is called “safe” because it perhaps better protects the surrounding tissue as the fat is removed. It also includes a final equalization process that further smooths transitions between treated and untreated areas.
Recovery from Liposuction
Most patients may resume normal activity within a week or less and can exercise fully at three to four weeks*.
Some pain, swelling, and bruising are to be expected, but most patients find that these symptoms are not severe. A compressive garment to reduce swelling is worn for three to four weeks but can be removed for showering. During the initial recovery, you will be given pain medication to keep you comfortable, but these meds are not usually necessary after a few days.
Dr. Beale will see you during post-operative examinations to ensure that your body is healing well. Our patients are very happy with the results of liposuction with Dr. Beale.
Frequently Asked Questions About Liposuction – Dallas
Is liposuction a weight loss procedure?
Although patients do tend to lose around 5-10 pounds thanks to the removal of fat*, liposuction should never be considered a weight loss procedure. Surgeons would need to remove so much fat from the body for substantial weight loss that it would put the patient’s health at risk. Ultimately, a liposuction in Dallas is for patients who just want to remove isolated pockets of fat in the body that don’t respond to diet or exercise.
Many surgeons actually recommend that patients be fairly close to their ideal weight before undergoing liposuction. When patients are in good shape and stay in good shape, they’re more likely to maintain their results. Maintaining your weight after your liposuction means preventing the possibility of another liposuction procedure in the future or the development of loose, excess skin.
If you’re worried about meeting your target weight before your procedure, make sure to contact Dr. Beale about your options for getting in shape before your liposuction in Dallas.
What’s the difference between liposuction and a tummy tuck?
They’re both amazing body contouring procedures, but liposuction and the tummy tuck have completely different objectives. The tummy tuck is designed to give patients a sleek, more athletic abdomen; it removes stubborn pockets of fat on the abdomen, removes excess skin on the belly, tightens loosened abdominal muscles, and narrows the waist.
Liposuction, however, works all over the body; it sculpts a patient’s figure by extracting stubborn pockets of fat through a metal tube called a cannula. Because it doesn’t specifically address loose skin, it’s highly recommended that only patients with excellent skin elasticity undergo liposuction.
While a tummy tuck leads to a scar of some length below the abdomen, liposuction only results in small mole-sized scars—although it’s important to point out that it is still a major surgical procedure.
Is liposuction painful?
Because of advancements in pain medication, many patients report that their liposuction is fairly tolerable and not painful. Patients will feel some discomfort like soreness and bruising in the treatment areas, but these side effects will dissipate as the patient heals. In fact, many patients tend to go on over-the-counter pain medication a few days after their procedure.
Am I a candidate for liposuction in Dallas?
The ideal candidate for a liposuction in Dallas:
- Should be in relatively good health, meaning they have no major untreated conditions or diseases.
- Should be somewhat close to their ideal weight (and is able to maintain it).
- Have family, friends, or caretakers that can drive them home after the procedure and help them through the recovery period.
- Should have realistic expectations for what liposuction can do for them.
- Should have good skin elasticity
- Should be fairly fit, but still want to remove stubborn pockets of fat from their body that can’t be affected by diet and exercise.
- Wants to remove stubborn pockets of fat on the abdomen, flanks, thighs, back, arms, neck, “love handles” on the waist, “saddle bags” on the thighs, and the jowls/double chin.
How long do liposuction results last?
A liposuction is a major surgical procedure because it extracts fatty tissue from the body; once this fatty tissue has been removed, they can’t grow back or be replaced with new fatty tissue—so the results of a liposuction are longlasting*.
Of course, liposuction won’t remove all the fatty tissue in the treatment area, so if a patient gains weight, the areas treated by liposuction will be affected. This is why it’s important for patients to maintain their weight after their liposuction.
What happens if I gain weight after liposuction?
If you do gain weight after liposuction, your fat will be evenly distributed throughout your body.
What is scarring like after a liposuction in Dallas?
Again, liposuction is performed using small metal tubes called cannulas. These cannulas are inserted through small incisions made throughout the target areas. Once these incisions have healed, they should resemble small moles. After your liposuction in Dallas, you should be able to enjoy a sleek, new figure with very minimal scarring.
What happens if I get pregnant or gain weight after my liposuction in Dallas?
Liposuction doesn’t pose any danger to pregnancies, but some women find that they develop new pockets of stubborn fat after pregnancy or gain additional weight that’s hard to keep off. It’s possible that you may need an additional treatment of liposuction after pregnancy and childbirth. If fact, many women opt for a mommy makeover, a combination treatment that targets changes to the body after childbirth using procedures like breast augmentation, the tummy tuck, and of course, liposuction.
Can I do multiple areas at the same time?
It is possible to perform liposuction on multiple areas in the same session, but it depends on how healthy the patient is and the amount of correction that needs to be done on each area. Minimizing operative time is essential for the patient’s safety, but if the patient is fit and healthy enough it might be possible. Many surgeons will err on the side of caution and choose to stage liposuction procedures, so make sure to talk to your surgeon about whether performing on multiple areas is possible for you.
How do I find the right surgeon for my liposuction in Dallas?
Here are a few specifications you should have if you’re looking for a surgeon to perform your liposuction in Dallas:
- Should be certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery
- Should have extensive experience with liposuction
- Should be proven to be safe with liposuction
- Should have hospital privileges to perform liposuction
- Should be willing to show extensive before and after results
- Helps you feel comfortable during the consultation
- Has a professional medical staff
Call us for an appointment to discuss liposuction to reduce and contour problem areas of your body or neck/chin.
*individual results and experience may vary