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Liposuction The Woodlands

There are a lot of surgical procedures that allow patients to change and sculpt the various features of their body according to their preferences. Such surgeries are mainly done to achieve better body proportions and a perfectly contoured appearance.

Some of the most popular forms of cosmetic surgeries available today are fat-reduction procedures. People who have pockets of extremely difficult-to-burn fat often come in for liposuction. Liposuction is the surgical procedure of removing fat from various locations in the body, giving the patient an overall slimmer appearance.

Liposuction is popular because of its simple and low-risk nature. The downtime associated with this process is very short when compared with traditional fat-loss therapies. This makes it suitable for those looking to shed excess fat in a very short period of time.

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Good Candidates for Liposuction

Here are some of the main parameters that decide the candidacy for liposuction:

  • The patient should be within 30% of their expected body weight.
  • The patient must have healthy and elastic skin.
  • The patient should not consume alcohol or cigarettes for at least two weeks prior to the operation.

Any kind of health problems related to the heart, blood flow, or immunity might result in the patient being declared unfit for the surgery.

For liposuction, it’s important to have realistic expectations. We can only remove as much fat as is medically safe. Liposuction is not meant to be a dramatic transformation process and is very different from weight-loss procedures. Liposuction is also not meant to help with cellulite.

Before the Procedure

Liposuction can be carried out in several areas of the body, such as the abdomen, thighs, arms, hips, buttocks, back, and neck. Before the liposuction procedure, Dr. Gill marks the various locations of the body where fat deposits are located and where the incisions are to be made.

Photographs are also taken of the body and the selected treatment locations in order to show the difference before and after the procedure.

During the Procedure

At the start of the liposuction procedure, anesthesia is administered. The operation is carried out under general anesthesia for major fat removal. For smaller deposits, local anesthesia with sedation often suffices.

Once the anesthesia has taken effect, Dr. Gill makes incisions at pre-planned locations. Through the openings, fat is removed using a cannula (a tube with a sharp end) with the help of medical suction.

After the Procedure

After the procedure, if the amount of fat removed is quite large, then the patient might be required to stay for the night for observation and recovery. Otherwise, they will be able to return home the same day as the procedure.

The patient will need to wear a post-surgical elastic garment over the treatment area for a time in order to help control post-surgical swelling and bruising. Any physically strenuous activities, including heavy lifting and sports, are forbidden for the first two weeks or longer if directed.

The patient is advised to follow a healthy diet and exercise plan after liposuction in order to maximize the benefits of the procedure and maintain its results for as long as possible.

Scheduling Your Consultation

If you would like to learn more about liposuction, it’s best to schedule an informative consultation with Dr. Gill. Contact our office today to set up your consultation.

RealSelf Q&A with Paul S. Gill, MD