When done correctly, our Houston, TX clients who have had liposuction enjoy a host of benefits, including:
You may be able to achieve your ideal body with liposuction 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 in Houston and the Woodlands, Dr. Lyos believes that the best liposuction approach is either tumescent or ultrasonic. 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. As such, you will need to follow a healthy diet and exercise routine moving forward to maintain your results.