Rafi Bidros, MD, FACS

920 Frostwood Drive Suite 690, Houston, TX 77024

MyBodyMD
Rafi Bidros, MD, FACS

920 Frostwood Drive Suite 690
Houston, TX 77024

All You Need to Know About Liposuction

Lipoplasty or liposuction refers to the medical procedure of removing fat from various parts of the body offered at MyBodyMd Plastic Surgery. It is a cosmetic procedure that helps remove excess fat under the skin. The most common areas for liposuction are the abdomen, buttocks, back, hips, and flanks. Lipo360 is a great option if you want an overall fat reduction. Typically, the fat is removed by a cannula, a piece of medical equipment that is inserted into the skin to remove fluids or gather samples. As long as all the guidelines are followed, liposuction is safe and can potentially have numerous health benefits.


Types of Liposuction


Although the basic strategy for liposuction is the same, there are several different methods Dr. Bidros can go about it. And, unlike CoolSculpting, these liposuction options will provide you with immediate results.


Ultrasound-Assisted Liposuction

Also known as UAL, it utilizes sound waves, which are sent under the skin. Dr. Bidros will use waves to rupture the walls of the fat cells, allowing the fat to be easily sucked out. UAL is suited for liposuction in the back and breasts, and also areas where it has already been done previously.


Tumescent Liposuction

The area below the skin to be suctioned is pumped with several liters of a saline solution along with epinephrine, a vessel-constrictor, and lidocaine, an anesthetic. This allows for the area to become slightly swollen and the suction of fat significantly easier. This is the most popular form of body contouring liposuction performed by Dr. Bidros.


Other Liposuction Techniques

  • Laser-Assisted Lipolysis
  • Smart Lipo
  • Power-Assisted Liposuction
  • Vaser Liposuction


The Procedure


Pre-Operation

Patients must go through a health check-up with MyBodyMD Plastic Surgery before they undergo liposuction. This is to ensure that the patient is fit for the procedure. Typically, those undergoing the procedure must not be smokers, must have elastic skin, and be within 30% of their ideal weight. Good skin elasticity will allow the skin to fold itself into new contours, leaving very few signs of the procedure being performed. Those suffering from chronic health issues such as weakened blood flow, a weakened immune system, diabetes, or heart disease are not recommended to undergo the procedure. If the health check-up comes clear, then Dr. Bidros marks the areas of the body that require treatment.


During

Most patients receive a general anesthetic that lasts anywhere between one and four hours. The operation may take anywhere between 30 minutes to several hours. Once the procedure is finished, Dr. Bidros will leave the incisions open so that blood and fluids can drain out of the body.


Post-Procedure


Anesthetics

Liposuction is performed by Dr. Bidros under general anesthesia at a fully accredited outpatient facility. After surgery you may recover in the comfort of your own home.


Medication

Antibiotics are given immediately after the operation. Painkillers will also be prescribed by Dr. Bidros to help reduce inflammation and pain.


Bruising and Numbness

You can expect bruising and swelling to be present in the area where the liposuction occurred. Numbness may also be present in some cases, and reduces over the course of a few weeks.


Results

Bruising can be expected with liposuction, although it will drastically reduce over a few days. Most people will be able to get back to normal activity within two weeks. The results of the procedure are not apparent until inflammation around the area has gone down. Typically, it settles down in about 4 weeks, and the area from which fat was removed will appear significantly smaller. Individuals who maintain their weight can ensure that the fat loss is permanent and will see the best results.

Following surgery you will wear a compression garment for up to four weeks, and you may return to work after five to seven days.




* All information subject to change. Images may contain models. Individual results are not guaranteed and may vary.