Liposuction is one of the most popular cosmetic surgeries in the world. It’s a highly effective way to remove unwanted fat and sculpt a shapely body contour.
WHAT CAN LIPOSUCTION DO
Liposuction can slim virtually any area of the face and body, including the:
- Bra Line Area
FAQ: HOW MUCH WEIGHT WILL I LOSE
Dr. Wiener receives this question quite a bit from patients considering their options for liposuction. The reality is that liposuction is not a weight loss surgery – it’s a body contouring procedure. As such, it is best for men and women who are close to their ideal weight, but have localized pockets of fat that are not responsive to diet and exercise. Dr. Wiener also frequently does liposuction when there is excessive fat of the abdomen prior to doing a tummy tuck or abdominoplasty.
CANDIDATES: ARE YOU READY FOR LIPOSUCTION?
Candidates for our liposuction in Houston should:
- Be close to your ideal body weight.
- Have pockets of excess fat that are unresponsive to diet and exercise (such as “love handles” or “saddlebags.”)
- Have good general health.
- Have realistic expectations for what liposuction can accomplish.
- Have a healthy lifestyle with regular exercise and proper eating habits.
How to prepare for your procedure
Before scheduling your liposuction in Houston, you will need to complete an in-person consultation with Dr. Wiener. During that meeting, he will determine your candidacy by:
- Evaluating your overall health
- Assessing the unwanted pockets of fat that you’d like removed
- Examining skin tone
He will also talk to you about additional body-contouring procedures that may be appropriate depending on your goals, such as a tummy tuck.
Once your procedure is booked, Dr. Wiener will provide you with additional guidelines. For example, you will be instructed to avoid alcohol, nicotine and certain medications and vitamins. If you develop a cold or infection in the days leading up to your surgery, it will need to be postponed. And finally, you will need to arrange for a friend or family member to drive you home after your appointment.
I have been a patient 19 years and he never disappoints. I had lipo of the abdomen and flanks and it was honestly instant gratification. It has now been two months since the procedure and I am still in disbelief at how good my results are. I know my lifestyle at the gym and my nutrition plays a huge part but after years of trying to lose weight, everything was responding except for my stomach and sides. Dr. Wiener is phenomenal at what he does and always on the up and up. There are many plastic surgeons to chose from in Houston but there are only a few that are exceptional at their job. Dr. Wiener is truly talented and I am a very pleased patient.
THE MAIN EVENT What to expect during surgery
Dr. Wiener uses the tumescent technique when performing liposuction, which results in optimal aesthetic results and less recovery time when compared to alternative procedures. This approach also allows him to remove maximum fat volume with minimal blood loss.
To begin your liposuction surgery, Dr. Wiener will inject a large amount of fluid and medication into the location of your excess fat. He will then insert a cannula through that incision, which is essentially a hollow tube that is connected to a suction. The tip of the cannula will break the fat apart, and the suction will remove it from your body.
Your liposuction will be performed in Dr. Wiener’s AAAASF accredited in-office operating room, where a board-certified physician anesthesiologist will administer intravenous anesthesia. This form of anesthesia is called Total Intravenous Anesthesia or TIVA. This is a full general anesthetic (you are asleep) but without using inhaled anesthesia gases. This helps to reduce certain risks associated with inhaled anesthetics.
THE RECOVERY What to expect after liposuction
FOLLOW YOUR AFTERCARE INSTRUCTIONS
It’s important that you follow Dr. Wiener’s aftercare guidelines closely to ensure an optimal healing process.
REST + RELAX
After liposuction, your top focus should be on healing. Soreness, tenderness and some discomfort in the treatment area is normal. To minimize these effects, avoid strenuous activity and rest often but walking frequently after surgery helps reduce the risk of blood clots in the legs. It is also important to drink plenty of fluids the first 24 hours after liposuction.
STAY HOME FROM WORK
Most of our Clear Lake, TX patients are able to return to work and their normal daily routine within two to three days.
WEAR YOUR COMPRESSION GARMENTS
You will need to wear compression garments after liposuction to minimize swelling and skin laxity.
You will likely notice some swelling and bruising in the treatment area immediately after surgery. These effects should subside gradually over 2-3 months.
HOW TO CHOOSE A LIPOSUCTION SURGEON
As a popular procedure, there is no shortage of liposuction surgeons in Houston, TX. However, if you want the best liposuction Houston has to offer, along with beautiful aesthetic results, it’s important to be selective with choosing your doctor.
To that end, we recommend looking for a surgeon with the following characteristics:
A board-certified plastic or cosmetic surgeon will be specially trained in performing liposuction.
A PROVEN TRACK RECORD
Ask to review before-and-after photos of your doctor’s actual patients to evaluate their technical and artistic abilities.
A POSITIVE BEDSIDE MANNER
This is an often overlooked quality that can make or break your experience. A patient and compassionate surgeon that is willing to invest time in you is priceless.
I have been on a long journey with my health. No matter how much I workout and being conscious of what I’m eating my stomach was not responding to anything. I consulted with Dr. Wiener about my options to improve this area. I went in last week for liposuction of my abdomen and flanks. One week post-opt and I can honestly say my that this surgery could not have went any better. I was worried about pain and my recovery. I had no pain at all, although I took my pain medications as prescribed but after they were gone (2-3 days) I didn’t need to take anything for pain. I was getting into and out of bed just fine, I am a little sore but that is it. I had my surgery on a Wednesday and by Friday I was ready to get out of the house. The abdominal binder is the biggest nuisance but I would take that over pain. If this is something you are thinking about, I would highly recommend you to do this for yourself.