Liposuction in San Antonio, TX

Liposuction is a minimally invasive cosmetic procedure that uses a thin, hollow tube called a cannula to remove localized areas of body fat. The cannula is inserted through extremely small incisions, and then moved back and forth to loosen excess fat, which is suctioned out using a vacuum or a cannula-attached syringe. Treated areas look slimmer and more contoured, and in better overall proportion to the rest of the body. However, liposuction is not a method for losing weight, and is not effective in eliminating cellulite, or tightening loose and sagging skin.

The ideal candidate for liposuction is in good overall health, but has one or more areas of fat that do not respond to diet or exercise. Areas that are often treated with liposuction include the thighs, abdomen, arms, back, hips, buttocks, chest, face, calves and ankles. Liposuction can be performed alone, or in conjunction with other cosmetic procedures, such as thighplasty and abdominoplasty.

The Liposuction Procedure

One of the most common liposuction techniques is tumescent liposuction, which may get an assist from ultrasound or laser. It is performed on an outpatient basis.

During tumescent liposuction, a solution comprising saline solution, lidocaine (an anesthetic) and epinephrine (a blood-vessel contractor) is injected into the area being treated. The solution causes the targeted tissue swell and become firm, which makes it easier to remove via the cannula. The advantages to this technique are that the anesthetic is built in, so there is no need for general or IV sedation, and blood loss is minimized because the epinephrine constricts blood vessels.

In laser-assisted tumescent liposuction, a laser is used to liquefy the fat, which makes removing it easier. The laser can also be used to tighten treatment-area skin after fat is removed. Similarly, ultrasound-assisted liposuction uses ultrasound energy to liquefy fat.

Recovery from Liposuction

After liposuction, patients experience mild swelling, bruising and discomfort in the treated area. Compression garments or elastic bandages are typically worn to help reduce these symptoms as the area heals. Patients can return to work and other regular activities as soon as they feel comfortable, which is usually after a few days. Exercise and other strenuous activities should be avoided for a few weeks.

Risks of Liposuction

In addition to the usual risks associated with surgery, risks associated with liposuction include the following:

  • Loose or rippled skin
  • Worsening of cellulite
  • Asymmetry
  • Contour irregularities
  • Pigmentation irregularities

When large amounts of fat are removed, surgery to remove excess skin may be necessary.

Results of Liposuction

Results of the liposuction procedure may not be apparent until swelling and bruising subside, which usually takes a week; swelling should completely subside within a few months. Incisions are rarely sutured, and scarring is almost nonexistent, because the incisions used for the cannula are so small. The results of liposuction are long-lasting, unless a substantial amount of weight is gained.

Who Is the Ideal Candidate for Liposuction?

Ideal candidates for liposuction are adults who are within 30% of their ideal weight. Candidates should also have firm, elastic skin, as well as good muscle tone, to make for an effective liposuction procedure. Candidates should be non-smokers and free from any underlying health conditions that may complicate the recovery process.

Is Liposuction Painful?

Liposuction requires patients to go under anesthesia for the procedure, so while this is a surgical procedure, no pain or discomfort should be felt during the surgery at all. Under the care of Dr. Ferguson, who prioritizes patient comfort during each procedure, patients can expect to feel safe during their liposuction. However, it’s important to note that after liposuction, the recovery process may result in slight pain or discomfort as your body heals.

How Can I Prepare for My Liposuction Procedure?

Taking care to prepare for your liposuction procedure is one of the best things a patient can do to increase their chances of a successful, complication-free recovery. Not only does preparing for your surgery make the procedure easier, but precise planning can also make your recovery process easier. Before your liposuction, we recommend patients do the following:

  • Consult with your primary doctor about stopping any medications that may interfere with your liposuction.
  • Quit smoking as it can impact your health, prevent blood flow, and interfere with healing.
  • Avoid taking anti-inflammatory medications or supplements as they can increase bleeding.
  • Try to achieve your goal weight before your procedure. Maintaining a stable weight is key to optimal results.
  • Find a balanced diet you can stick to. Switching to healthy foods and snacks will make maintaining a stable weight easy before and after your liposuction procedure.
  • Build muscle through a workout routine that benefits you. Focusing on muscle strengthening and toning during workouts will help you achieve the best-looking results.
  • Arrange transportation plans with a loved one to take you to and from your liposuction procedure.
  • Invest in comfortable clothing. Wear comfortable clothing for your procedure, but be sure to have loose, easy-to-put-on clothing for your recovery.
  • Prepare your home for recovery. Recovery can be challenging, so making your clothes easily accessible, food easy to prepare, and items easy to reach can help make your recovery process easier.

Schedule a Consultation for Liposuction in San Antonio, TX

Liposuction can help you reach your goal weight, tone your body, and restore self-confidence. As a board-certified plastic surgeon, Dr. Earl E. Ferguson is proud to provide high-quality care to patients in San Antonio, TX, and the surrounding areas. To learn more about liposuction, click here to schedule a consultation or call 210.290.9078.

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