Liposuction The Woodlands
In Houston, liposuction is one of the most popular plastic surgery procedures. Performed for localized fat removal, liposuction can slim down specific body parts or assist in procedures like male breast reduction, abdominoplasty or neck contouring. It’s not a procedure for weight reduction, but a surgical procedure for targeted removal of fatty tissue.
In Houston, plastic surgeon Paul Gill M.D. offers liposuction as a single procedure or in combination with other body contouring techniques.
If You’re Considering Liposuction in Houston
Liposuction in Houston is typically recommended for men and women who are bothered by persistent (difficult to remove) fat deposits that will not go away, despite their efforts with physical fitness and a healthy diet. The best candidates are relatively young (with great skin elasticity) and have a stable body weight. Obese patients are not typically considered suitable candidates for liposuction.
Liposuction in The Woodlands can target body areas such as:
- Neck and chin
- Thighs and arms
Liposuction in The Woodlands: The Procedure
A liposuction procedure at our Houston plastic surgery practice may require 45 minutes up to 2 hours, depending on the extent of the procedure. Limited procedures are often done in an outpatient center or even an office, while large volume liposuction may require a hospital stay. Anesthesia also varies, with general anesthetic used in large volume fat removal and local anesthesia for limited procedures.
Small incisions are made near the specified areas. A tumescent solution infiltrates the fatty tissue, which makes it firmer and easier to dislodge and remove. A tumescent technique also offers the benefits of lidocaine and epenephrine, which promote comfort and ease of the procedure. With a narrow tube, Dr. Gill removes the fat with suction. Bodily fluids that are lost during surgery are replaced intravenously.
Recovering from Liposuction in Houston
After your liposuction, you may experience some fluid drainage from the incisions. With a small drainage tube beneath the skin, fluid build-up is prevented. A snug elastic garment will help control swelling and to help your skin contract to the new contour. Dr. Gill may also prescribe antibiotics to prevent infection. Don’t expect to look or feel perfect immediately after liposuction. Although the latest techniques can reduce post-operative discomfort, you may still experience some pain, burning, swelling, bleeding and temporary numbness. Pain can be controlled with medications prescribed by Dr. Gill, but you will likely feel stiff and sore for a few days.