Thanks to recent advances in technology and improvements in technique, liposuction in Houston is more versatile and effective than ever before.
When the body has accumulated fatty deposits, it can be nearly impossible to reduce these areas with exercise and dieting as the fat cells shrink and grow with dieting. Our Houston liposuction treatment extracts the fat cells, leaving a trimmer and more fit body profile.
When done correctly, our clients enjoy a host of benefits from receiving liposuction in Houston, TX. Benefits include:
You may be able to achieve your ideal body with our Houston, Texas liposuction procedure through Dr. Lyos if you are:
The traditional tummy tuck is the most common version of this procedure. It involves an incision that extends from hip-to-hip and allows Dr. Lyos to remove flab and skin from the entire abdomen. This procedure often requires the belly button to be repositioned to ensure a natural outcome.
The mini tummy tuck is a less intensive option for patients who are close to their ideal body weight. With this approach, Dr. Lyos exclusively sculpts the lower abdomen, below the belly button. Because only one small incision is made, the recovery is shorter and easier when compared to other surgeries.
This approach is also known as the minimally invasive tummy tuck. It involves using a tiny camera to guide the surgery, thus eliminating the need for a lengthy incision. The endoscopic tummy tuck is best for patients with weak or separated abdominal muscles and minimal loose belly skin.
When our Houston patients need to remove abdominal fat and "love handles," an extended tummy tuck is performed. This comprehensive procedure requires a lengthy incision that extends behind each hip. Although the incision is quite long, Dr. Lyos places it strategically so that it can be easily hidden with clothing.
For most of our clients, Dr. Lyos believes that the tumescent or ultrasonic approach will achieve the best results in liposuction. In both of these cases, the procedure will be done under local or general anesthesia in our state-of-the-art surgical suite.
Once you are sufficiently numbed, Dr. Lyos will create small incisions in the treatment area. Through those openings, he will insert a cannula, moving it back and forth to break up and suction out your unwanted fat cells. During this process, a substantial amount of blood and fluids will be lost, so you will receive replacement fluids via an IV. Once your unwanted fat has been removed, Dr. Lyos will close the incisions.
Your recovery period will vary depending on the size of the treatment area and the type of liposuction you had performed. However, here's a general overview of what to expect:
Some pain and discomfort. Some of our Houston patients experience discomfort during the first 24 hours after their procedure. However, this pain is typically mild and can be treated with medication.
Plenty of rest. You will need to get plenty of rest during the initial recovery period. However, it's important to walk around the house as soon as possible to promote healing.
Swelling. Swelling is a common side effect after even the best liposuction procedure. It can persist for several months and will need to dissipate completely before your results can be considered final.
Compression garments. During the first few weeks after your procedure, you will need to wear a compression garment to support the treatment area, promote healing and ensure a swift recovery.
Removing fat via liposuction is no guarantee that you will not gain weight in the future. Although the cells removed during the procedure will not return, you will still gain weight in other areas. Following liposuction in Houston, you will need a healthy diet and exercise routine to maintain your results.
Liposuction removes stubborn fat that you cannot shed with diet and exercise. While you will lose some weight with liposuction treatment, it is not a method to treat obesity. Liposuction is often part of a body contouring procedure after bariatric surgery, as some pockets of fat can remain. Liposuction will enhance the results of your efforts to lose weight but is not a treatment for obesity. It is necessary to be at a healthy weight to undergo the procedure – it is geared to remove pockets of fat that linger at tummy, thighs, buttocks, or at love handles, back or other area.
Liposuction is less invasive and only involves the removal of fatty deposits on the body, including the abdomen. A tummy tuck involves removing excess skin as well as tightening the abdominal muscles in addition to fat removal. Liposuction is often used as part of a tummy tuck to remove pockets of fat in the abdomen. Liposuction does not involve the removal of excess skin, or skin tightening. Those who have very lax skin quality may be candidates for a tummy tuck, rather than liposuction.
Liposuction is generally safe, especially when performed by our Houston board-certified plastic surgeon, Dr. Lyos. The key to safety during liposuction is the care with which the procedure is performed, along with a conservative removal of fat, rather than extensive, which poses more risk. The more fat that is removed, the greater the likelihood for complications. The risks include bleeding and infection, but these complications are rare under the care of a highly-qualified and experience plastic surgeon. Always ensure you are being treated in an accredited surgical center that follows stringent safety protocols, as you will find at Lyos Plastic Surgery and Dermatology Associates in Houston.
The length of a liposuction treatment varies from patient to patient, depending upon the quantity of fat to be removed. The procedure length also depends upon what areas require fat reduction, or if multiple procedures are being performed, such as a tummy tuck or other procedure. An average treatment time for liposuction is roughly two to three hours.
Side effects of liposuction include bruising and swelling in the treatment area as well as the potential for numbness. Lumpiness or unevenness on the surface of the treated area can sometimes occur as well as risk of bleeding, infection, or damage to internal structures such as veins or nerves, although these are rare. It is imperative that liposuction is performed by a qualified and board-certified surgeon who uses the most advanced liposuction techniques for smoother, more attractive results.
Liposuction can be combined with other procedures. It is often performed in combination with a tummy tuck, breast reduction, or other procedures. When combined with a tummy tuck, liposuction allows the excess fat to be removed, along with removing drooping excess skin. The abdominal muscle structure will be tightened for a smooth, more attractive profile – free from unsightly bulges. This is perfect for someone who has already lost a considerable amount of weight and requires more than just fat removal to achieve a trim body contour.
There will be minor scars at the incision sites, but these are minimally visible. The visibility of scars depends on the surgeon’s skill in the procedure and your body’s healing response. The incision points are very small, and tiny scars may remain, typically only a few millimeters long, but the incisions are carefully placed so they are hidden from view.
With liposuction, the fat cells that are removed are gone forever. The area from which fat has been extracted will be less likely to develop fatty deposits as there are fewer remaining fat cells. Maintaining your slimmer look will depend on your diet and lifestyle.
If you gain weight after liposuction, the results of the liposuction are somewhat reduced depending on the amount of weight you put on. Fat cells that remain in the body will swell with weight gain, affecting your trimmed figure, but with less fat accumulating in the area treated. Most patients are inspired to maintain and enhance the slimming results by following a healthy diet and engaging in a regular exercise program.
It is not necessary to wait until you are finished having children, especially if you are considering minor fat reduction with liposuction. There should be time allowed between having liposuction and becoming pregnant to allow your body to heal from treatment. If you are worried about gaining weight during pregnancy, then it is best to wait until you are finished having children before undergoing liposuction.
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