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What liposuction does to your body?

by gregore

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Liposuction is one of the most popular cosmetic procedures in Houston, and the rest of the United States. Celebrities and non-celebrities, men and women both benefit from the procedure, to the tune of several hundred thousand each year. Flat tummies and tight behinds are the goal, and for many of us, despite old-fashioned diet and exercise can’t quite achieve the look we want. Thanks to modern medical science and skilled cosmetic surgeons, we can have the sculpted body we desire, within a few short hours (about 45 minutes per section), plus some recovery time. A surgeon will target certain specific areas, typically the tummy, thighs, hips and buttocks, and using a thin tube will suction the fat, shaping and contouring your body as they go.


If you have a significant amount of excess fat, you may not be a good candidate for the procedure. Liposuction is not a weight loss surgery. There is surgery available for the morbidly obese, to help you with weight loss, (though nothing is really a substitute for a healthy diet and regular exercise), but the ideal weight for liposuction should be close to “normal” range. Lipo targets trouble spots in areas where fat accumulates and is difficult to lose. You should be in general good health, with good skin elasticity. Your surgeon will assess your physical condition, and your psychological outlook prior to the procedure.


Liposuction in Houston is typically performed with a local anesthetic. A general anesthetic might be used for an extensive procedure, or if other cosmetic surgeries are part of the process. The surgeon makes a small incision and inserts a thin tube into the fat layers. This is used to remove the fat.


Lipo is not considered its own medical specialty. There is no special training required other than being a physician to perform the procedure. It is advisable to make sure that the cosmetic surgeon you select is board certified and has the training to perform the surgery. Ideally, your surgeon should have performed a number of liposuction procedures. Do not be afraid to ask how many surgeries he or she has conducted. Lipo is surgery, and although it is a safe procedure, particularly in the hands of a qualified and skilled surgeon, there is a potential for complications. The more experience the surgeon has, the safer and more effective the surgery will be.


If you would like to consult with a board certified, experienced surgeon about liposuction, contact Memorial Plastic Surgery. We are a prominent Houston clinic specializing in plastic, cosmetic, and reconstruction surgical treatments. Our chief surgeon, Dr. Patrick Hsu, is highly qualified in the liposuction procedures, as well as other cosmetic surgery.  He holds numerous awards and is the author of a textbook that is used to train residents in plastic surgery. He is a long time advocate of patient safety in cosmetic surgery, and his focus is on providing the safest and most effective procedures for his many patients. Schedule an appointment to talk to him about how liposuction can reshape your figure.

 A surgeon will focus on selected areas, in most cases the tummy, thighs, and buttocks, and employing a thin tube will suction the fat, shaping and contouring the body. The recommended weight for liposuction should really to be near to "normal" range. A general anesthetic may be utilized for a comprehensive procedure or if other cosmetic surgeries are part of the process. Lipo is a surgical procedure and though it is a safe method, notably in the hands of an experienced surgeon, there exists a potential for complications. The surgeon who performs the procedure should have completed many liposuction procedures.

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