The latest liposuction techniques can contour the body to improve contour and to address stubborn pockets of fatty tissue. Top Austin plastic surgeon Steven Holzman, MD offers body sculpting for virtually every area of the body, including popular “trouble spots” like the flanks (love handles), thighs, abdomen, and upper arms. Talk to us today to learn more or to schedule a consultation.
What Is Liposuction?
Liposuction is a cosmetic procedure designed to spot reduce fatty tissue in targeted areas of the face and body and create a more sculpted and contoured appearance. Liposuction can be performed alone or in conjunction with other procedures to achieve more comprehensive results, and skilled plastic surgeons, like Dr. Holzman, provide natural-looking results that can last indefinitely.
What Areas of the Body Can Liposuction Treat?
Unwanted fat can develop anywhere, and liposuction can often address even small areas. At our practice, Dr. Holzman offers liposuction for the following regions:
- Chin and neck
- Flanks (“love handles”)
- Inner and outer thighs
Who Is a Good Candidate for Liposuction?
If you’re in good general health, have reasonable expectations for your treatment, and would like to address focused areas of stubborn fatty tissue, you may be a good candidate for this technique. It’s important to understand that liposuction is not a weight loss method, and patients should be at or close to their goal weight before considering this procedure. Dr. Holzman will review your needs, discuss your goals, and develop a customized cosmetic program to best suit you at your initial consultation.
What Is Tumescent Liposuction?
The tumescent liposuction technique offers patients increased comfort by injecting an anesthetic solution into the treatment site(s) before the fat extraction begins. The introduction of the tumescent solution also causes the fat at the treatment site to firm and swell, giving a plastic surgeon greater control while sculpting and removing it—oftentimes leading to superior cosmetic outcomes. Additional benefits can include:
- Decreased swelling and bruising
- Reduced risk of potential bleeding/blood loss
- Minimized discomfort during and after surgery
- A smoother overall recovery
Additionally, the tumescent liposuction technique typically utilizes thinner cannulae for extraction than traditional liposuction, which may lead to less noticeable scarring. During an initial discussion and evaluation, Dr. Holzman will be able to determine the best method for individual treatment.
What Is Recovery from Liposuction Like?
Part of the healing process involves the use of a compression garment to help prevent and treat the areas of swelling that liposuction generates. This garment is usually worn for about 18 hours daily for four to six weeks. Light exercise can be resumed at about 7-10 days. Most patients will be off work for 7-10 days depending on your job description and duties. People that work from home can resume their job in as little as two to three days. While some improvement is seen almost immediately, full recovery and attainment of the final contour can take up to four to six months, though you may look and “feel” healed long before this point.
Liposuction does not require lengthy incisions or adjustments to the underlying musculature, so patients can expect a relatively swift recovery time and little scarring. After healing, the skin should conform to the newly contoured shape of the body to reveal a slender, well-proportioned figure. The art of liposuction is to figure out how much to remove. Under removal results in less than optimal results and over resection causes irregularity and dimpling. This is where experience counts. Dr. Holzman has over 20 years of experience and his extensive surgical training and knowledge of anatomy will help to ensure that your new contours are a perfect fit.
What Will My Liposuction Scars Look Like?
The incisions made for a liposuction procedure are very small—typically less than half an inch—so upon healing, the degree of noticeable scarring is quite minimal. The number of incisions needed will depend on the amount of fat to be extracted and the number of treatment areas. Dr. Holzman will review the exact placements during an initial consultation, so you know what to expect from your surgery. He makes every effort to place the incisions in discreet locations, so scars are less conspicuous.
How Long Do Liposuction Results Last?
Liposuction can provide lasting results without the need for retreatment in many cases, and patients who maintain a healthy weight and active lifestyle often experience permanent results. Small fluctuations in weight are normal and should have little effect on your outcome. With that said, if you gain significant weight, the contours in the treated area may be affected, or the contours in other areas may be affected. Everyone responds differently, and Dr. Holzman will provide additional details at your first appointment.
Is Liposuction Safe?
Generally, liposuction is considered to be a safe procedure, especially when the patient is under the care of a highly trained and experienced plastic surgeon who is certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery. As experts in this field, they are able to best determine appropriate candidacy, optimal surgical techniques, and quality care to provide a safe, successful experience with reduced risk of complications. Liposuction is one of the most well-researched and clinically supported cosmetic surgeries available, with continuing advancements being made to improve aesthetic outcomes and ease the recovery process. However, as with any incisional procedure, there are some possible risks, including infection, negative reaction to anesthesia, fluid accumulation, loss of sensation, and other side effects. Dr. Holzman, a board-certified plastic surgeon, thoroughly explains the potential risks associated with liposuction during the consultation process. He also conducts a thorough review of each patient’s health and medical history in order to ensure they are a good candidate.
What Does Liposuction Cost?
The price of liposuction costs about $3,637* on average; however, this number only includes the surgeon’s fee. Patients should know that other fees, including costs for the hospital facility and anesthesiology, will also be a part of the total estimate. It is Dr. Holzman’s practice to provide a full quote that includes all anticipated fees for your treatment plan. Factors like size and number of areas treated will play a role in determining your total price. We want you to be well-informed about your options, including your plastic surgery financing options, and will provide comprehensive details at your consultation.
*According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons’ 2021 statistics