Liposuction Austin, TX
What is Liposuction?
Liposuction is one of the most common plastic surgery procedures performed in the United States for both women and men. Liposuction has evolved over the past 20 years from a somewhat primitive and painful procedure to one that is refined and effective in most body areas.
Liposuction is a minimally invasive cosmetic procedure used to remove localized areas of fat through a small thin tube called a cannula. Energy application at the tip of the cannula, either through manually breaking up fat with standard suction assisted (SAL) or power-assisted liposuction (PAL), or heating the fat through ultrasonic energy (UAL) or laser light energy (LAL), each liposuction technique can refine, flatten and sculpt the body. Dr. Trussler of Austin, Texas offers multiple liposuction techniques, and with his experience, he can deliver safe and immediate results.
What Are My Liposuction Options?
The evolution of liposuction is attributed to the advances in science and technology. No longer is whole body liposuction safe, but large cannulas run a high risk of leaving contour deformities and even worse complications. Modern liposuction can be applied to most body areas, though ideally performed on focal fat deposits in the healthy patient.
The ideal liposuction patient has a persistent area of fat that does not go away with diet and exercise. Typically for men, it is their lower abdomen and for women their lower waistline and hips. There multiple types of liposuction (see below) and multiple methods of application, including liposuction performed awake with local anesthetic (tumescent) or in the operating room either as a stand-alone procedure or part of an excisional procedure like a tummy tuck.
Suction Assisted Liposuction (SAL)
Suction Assisted Liposuction (SAL) breaks up fat and suctions it out through varying sizes of perforated long hollow tubes called cannulas. SAL is typically a component of each other type of liposuction technique.
Power Assisted Liposuction (PAL)
Power Assisted Liposuction (PAL) utilizes a vibrating tip to help break up fat and it is suction through the same cannula.
Water Assisted Liposuction (WAL)
Water Assisted Liposuction (WAL) utilizes sterile saline spray to help break up fat deposits commonly recycled for fat injections in the same patient.
Ultrasound Assisted Liposuction (UAL)
Ultrasound Assisted Liposuction (UAL) utilizes ultrasound energy to help heat and destroy fat cells which are then suction through SAL technique.
Laser Assisted Liposuction (LAL)
Laser Assisted Liposuction (LAL) utilizes laser light energy to help heat and destroy fat cells which are then suction through SAL technique.
Considerations of Liposuction
Liposuction can be used to treat localized fat deposits within the:
- Thighs: inner and outer
- Abdomen: to provide definition and a flatter stomach
- Arms: commonly upper arms
- Back: upper and lower back liposuction can decrease back folds and bra strap folds.
- Hips: to provide a slimmer silhouette
- Buttocks: to provide n improved profile and is commonly performed with central buttock fat grafting.
- Chest: for male chest contouring
- Face: to improve the jawline and neck contour
This procedure may be performed alone or can be combined with other cosmetic procedures, such as a tummy tuck, thigh lift, or even a facelift to provide refinements to these common procedures. Safety in liposuction is of the utmost importance and patients should be healthy, in good physical condition, on a stable regimen of diet and exercise, and non-smoking.
Expectations for Liposuction
The ideal candidate for liposuction in Austin is someone who is in good overall health and maintains a healthy life but has one or more problem areas that are unresponsive to weight loss and exercise. It is also important for patients to have realistic expectations, and remember that liposuction cannot be used as a means for major weight loss. It is instead most effective at removing localized areas of stubborn fat that the patient has struggled to lose.
Liposuction in Austin, Texas is typically performed on an outpatient basis under deep sedation or general anesthesia. Small areas of liposuction can be performed in the office under local anesthesia using a tumescent technique. Dr. Trussler will make several tiny incisions and inject a local anesthetic into the area to numb, expand, and firm the area of fatty deposits, making it easier to remove.
The liposuction cannula is then inserted through the incisions to either apply energy or suction out the fat. The amount of fat removed is systematically recorded to help ensure symmetry, and visual and palpable inspection is used to determine if enough suctioning is done in each region. Stitches are typically used to approximate the small incisions to help scars heal in a fine line. Compression garments and foam padding are placed on the areas of liposuction to hold the contour in place and avoid collections of fluid.
After the liposuction procedure, patients may experience mild swelling, bruising and discomfort in the treated area. Compression garments or elastic bandages may be used to help reduce these symptoms over the first week to three weeks. Patients can return to work and other regular activities as soon as they feel comfortable, which is usually after a few days. Exercise and other strenuous activities should be avoided for a few weeks.
Dr. Trussler will give you special instructions on how to care for your treated area and encourage the healing process after liposuction. Results may not be visible until after swelling and bruising subside, but are usually noticeable in the days following the procedure. It does usually take about 3 weeks for swelling to subside, and the ultimate result is appreciated after diet and exercise are resumed.
The results of liposuction can be long-lasting, as long as patients maintain a healthy and active life. If substantial weight is gained after this procedure, the results may be altered, but commonly fat is deposited in other areas of the body.
*Disclaimer: Results and patient experience may vary
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