Say Goodbye to Fat with Liposuction
Fat is not usually an invited guest in our bodies, but that doesn’t stop it from settling in and becoming a long-term tenant in some cases. Despite your hours at the gym and the calories you count before you put them on your plate, some of those stubborn fat cells just don’t seem to be going anywhere. Now, there is a way to say goodbye to fat that has overstayed its welcome. Liposuction is an efficient method of fat removal that Dr. Rappaport offers at Houston Center for Plastic Surgery. With a variety of techniques available, you can rest assured there is a liposuction method that is just right for you.
The Lowdown on Liposuction
Liposuction is a surgical procedure that combines state-of-the-art technology and suction techniques to eliminate stubborn areas of fat that won’t respond to your weight loss or toning efforts. The procedure has been used for decades and has a proven track record of safety and efficacy. Liposuction is less invasive than other surgical methods of body contouring but offers the same permanency in results as long as you avoid gaining weight after your procedure.
Weight Loss vs. Fat Reduction
Despite liposuction’s ability to trim and tone the problem areas of the body, this treatment is not recommended for weight loss. In fact, patients that have achieved a healthy, stable weight often see the best results. However, liposuction is highly effective in eliminating those localized bulges and rolls you simply cannot get rid of by your efforts. In this context, liposuction is the perfect way to reduce body circumference and help your smaller clothing sizes fit more comfortably.
The liposuction procedure uses a thin tube called a cannula, which is inserted directly into the fat deposit via a tiny incision. The cannula is responsible for loosening the fat and suctioning it out of the body. This basic process can be further enhanced through the following techniques:
Before removal of the fat, a sterile solution is infused into the area. This tumescent solution makes the fat easier to remove, reduces bleeding during the procedure and numbs the tissue for a more comfortable procedure overall.
The cannula for this procedure uses mechanical vibration to loosen the fat cells before suctioning them away. The result is more efficient fat removal with less trauma to surrounding tissue and a quicker, more comfortable recovery process.
Also referred to as liposculpture or VASER, this procedure harnesses ultrasound energy both to loosen fat cells and visualize the treatment are for the most precise results. Ultrasound-assisted liposuction is the method of choice for sculpting the coveted six-pack abs or creating detailed contouring in smaller areas like the upper arms and neck.
Treatment, Recovery and Results
Depending on the technique used and the amount of fat to be removed, Dr. Rappaport may perform your liposuction procedure under general anesthesia or local anesthesia with sedation. Incisions will be made for the insertion of the cannula, which will deliver the appropriate technology and suction action to remove the fat cells effectively. The procedure may take an hour or two to complete, and you will be able to head home a few hours later.
Recovery from liposuction will also vary based on the technique used and how much fat is taken. Less invasive procedures may have you back in action within a matter of days, while more extensive treatment may require a recovery period of one week or longer. Bruising and swelling is common after any liposuction procedure, but these side effects subside within a week or two when your results will start to become fully apparent.
If you are tired of looking at those stubborn bulges of fat, now is the time to do something about it. Contact Houston Center for Plastic Surgery today at 855-853-7926 to find out how our liposuction techniques can help you say goodbye to fat for good.