Liposuction Plastic Surgery In Houston
For patients with stubborn localized fat deposits, liposuction is the best way to permanently reduce fat in a variety of areas to create smoother, firmer body contours. Houston plastic surgeon Dr. Bob Basu performs liposuction procedures to help you realize a slimmer silhouette.
Who is a good candidate for liposuction?
Liposuction can be used to fine-tune the body, removing fat from problem areas that are resistant to diet and exercise. Houston plastic surgeon Dr. Bob Basu performs liposuction on many parts of the body, including the buttocks, thighs, legs, arms, back, hips, tummy, or abdominal area and around the face.
Patients who are nonsmokers at a stable body weight may be ideal for liposuction. To ensure a great result, good skin elasticity is also key.
Unlike dieting, fat removal through liposuction is permanent because it actually removes fat cells from the body. However, liposuction is not a weight loss method, and following a healthy diet and exercise program is still important after your procedure to maintain your results.
What is involved in liposuction?
Houston plastic surgeon Dr. Basu will discuss your concerns with you and explain the details of liposuction cosmetic surgery during your consultation. There are a number of options to consider, including whether you would like other procedures, such as tummy tuck or breast augmentation, performed at the same time. Dr. Basu will work with you to determine a surgical plan that best suits your needs to achieve your aesthetic goals.
Though the techniques Dr. Basu uses during liposuction surgery can vary greatly depending on your needs, for smaller fat removal procedures, you will be given a local anesthetic with sedation. The procedure may last as little as 45 minutes. If you undergo a more extensive liposuction procedure, it could last two hours or more and you will be given a general anesthetic.
When he begins your liposuction treatment, Dr. Basu will make one or more small incisions at the site to be treated. Through these incisions he will insert a thin tube called a cannula. In some cases, a tumescent solution may also be injected. This solution makes the fat cells easier to remove and works as an anesthetic. When inserted, the cannula will be used to suction out the excess fat cells. Dr. Basu will take care to create aesthetically pleasing contours that complement the natural shape of your body. When finished, Dr. Basu will close the incisions with sutures and apply a dressing and surgical tape.
What are the recovery steps?
As you recover from your liposuction procedure, you will likely experience some swelling and some discomfort, which can be managed with medication. You will also wear a compression garment at this time. This will help both to minimize swelling and to maintain the new contours of your body. You will need to limit your activity during the initial recovery period, but Dr. Basu will ask you to ambulate within 24 hours after surgery.
Call Houston plastic surgeon Dr. Basu at 713.799.2278 to schedule a consultation or for more information about liposuction.