Candidates for Liposuction
Women and men who are of almost normal weight but who have isolated deposits of fat in certain areas of the body are generally good candidates for liposuction. Optimal results are achieved when the skin has good elasticity. When the skin lacks elasticity, an additional skin-tightening procedure may be necessary to produce the desired result.
Liposuction is also best for candidates who:
- Have a positive outlook and realistic goals for what surgery can accomplish
- Individuals committed to leading a healthy lifestyle, including proper nutrition and fitness
Patients who are continuously gaining and losing weight are not good candidates for liposuction because if lifestyle changes are not permanently implemented to stabilize weight, the results will not be satisfactory. Patients who have loose or sagging skin, poor skin elasticity may not be a candidate for liposuction.
Procedure and Liposuction Technology
During the liposuction procedure, fat is removed by inserting a small hollow tube called a cannula into one or more tiny incisions near the treatment area. The incisions are usually less than a quarter of an inch and placed in natural skin folds, making them less visible. During liposuction, the area to be treated will be instilled with a tumescent solution containing local anesthetic and water that will reduce bleeding during the procedure and reduce pain, bruising, and swelling after the procedure. After injecting this fluid into the target area, the cannula is inserted and the fat removed.
We offer several liposuction techniques at our practice, including conventional, ultrasound assisted, and power-assisted methods. None of these techniques has proven superior to the others, but at El Paso Cosmetic Surgery, we can tailor your liposuction procedure to your body type.
Now there is a way to eliminate unwanted fat and reveal that smooth, new shape you dream about: VASER Lipo, the next generation in body contouring. An alternative to the harsh techniques of traditional liposuction, VASER Lipo uses state-of-the-art ultrasound technology designed to gently reshape your body.
Tissue can now be tightened thanks to an innovation we have at El Paso Cosmetic Surgery called Smartlipo TriPlex™, the most advanced laser-assisted lipolysis system available. This minimally invasive procedure, Smartlipo TriPlex™, tightens tissue, permanently destroy fat cells, and improve your overall body shape and all with minimal downtime and less pain.
At El Paso Cosmetic Surgery, we specialize in Tumescent Liposuction, a procedure which is more effective, safer, less painful and has a quicker recovery time than traditional liposuction. Good Tumescent Liposuction candidates are individuals who are in relatively good shape and have good skin quality, but have trouble losing unwanted fat in specific areas including the abdomen, hips, thighs, knees, upper arms, chin, cheeks, and neck.
Liposuction Treatment Areas
It’s important to realize that the number of areas treated has no direct impact on safety. The amount recommended (not absolute limit) of fat removal is 5 litters. Other factors such as height and weight can contribute to the amount of fat is removed.
Almost any part of the body can benefit from liposuction, including the neck, upper arms, breast, chest, back, abdomen, waist, hips, buttock, thighs, inner knee, and ankles.
Liposuction Recovery and Results
Due to swelling and bruising after the surgery, you may not fit into the clothes that you would normally wear. To promote proper healing, you will need to wear a special garment over the treated areas for four to six weeks. Swelling and bruising will usually subside in a few weeks, at which point you will be able to wear your regular clothes again. Your improved body contour will become apparent 2-6 months after the procedure. Most patients can go back to work within 3-5 days.
Liposuction is not a replacement for diet and exercise and is not considered a way to lose weight rather for body contouring. The average weight loss is between 3-5lbs. Liposuction is permanent unless you fluctuate in weight or should become pregnant.
Risks and Complications
All surgery has risks and potential complications. Although the risks are not common, it is important that you understand the potential complications and know that no surgeon can offer risk-free surgery or guarantee of perfect result. Dr. Sozer or Dr. Phillips will discuss any possible risks in detail during your consultation and will be sure to answer any questions or concerns that may arise.
Liposuction procedures are considered outpatient surgery and are performed under general anesthesia. Our surgical center, El Paso Cosmetic Surgical Center, is in our West El Paso state-of-the-art facility which offers a comfortable and private setting. El Paso Cosmetic Surgical Center has been certified by the American Association for Accreditation of Ambulatory Surgery Facilities. This is a voluntary program of certification, meaning that at El Paso Cosmetic Surgery we choose to have our plastic surgery center inspected to ensure excellence and quality care to our plastic surgery patients. Only those facilities that meet the most stringent requirements for patient care, cleanliness, and equipment are accredited by the AAAASF.
The next step is to schedule your consultation. During your consultation, Board Certified Plastic Surgeon Dr. Sozer or Dr. Phillips will evaluate you and discuss all your questions, concerns and desires before undergoing surgery so you can have realistic expectations. You may call our office at (915) 351-1116 to schedule your consultation or may fill out our “Schedule Your Consultation” tab and someone will contact you to make that appointment. Experience the Science of Beauty.