About the Liposuction Procedure
Liposuction is a great procedure for those in Austin who are looking for a noticeable transformation of a specific area of the body. If you are looking to trim the extra fat and skin around the abdomen, arms, legs, or all over, liposuction could be a good option for you. The way liposuction works is through a tube and vacuum device known as a cannula. The cannula removes fat deposits from the body that don't respond to diet and exercise. At Austin PSI, our surgeons can perform liposuction in one of two ways. They can either use the tumescent technique, which uses local anesthesia, or through ultrasound-assisted lipoplasty (also known as UAL). The most common liposuction locations on the body include the chin, cheeks, knees, calves, thighs, above the breasts, abdomen and buttocks.
We most recently adopted a new procedure called VASER LipoSelection, which has been widely featured in the media. The technology involves using ultrasound energy to break up and safely remove fatty tissue. It is a precise and efficient process of advanced, patented fat removal that helps contour a shapely body with low to minimal pain. Thousands of VASER LipoSelection procedures have been performed worldwide with no serious complications attributed to the VASER Lipo System. The results are smooth, patient recovery is quick and tissue trauma is minimized. For more information about VASER LipoSelection advances and procedures, please visit www.vaser.com.
Austin Liposuction Facts
The length of the procedure is usually 1 to 2 hours or more. The UAL-type liposuction can take 40 percent longer than regular liposuction procedures. Side effects can include temporary soreness, swelling and bruising. With the tumescent technique, temporary fluid drainage from incision sites is the main side effect. With the UAL technique, larger incisions are used for the cannula, therefore the scars may be more prominent.
Recovery time can very with each individual patient and can depend on which technique you choose. Typically, patients may go back to work in 1 to 2 weeks. More strenuous activity can be resumed after about 2 to 4 weeks. It may take up to 6 months or more to fully recover from swelling and bruising, however the use of tumescent technique or UAL may decrease post-operative swelling and bruising for some.
The risks included with liposuction in Austin are asymmetry and rippling or bagginess of skin. Other risks include pigmentation changes, skin injury, infection and fluid retention. Please be aware that excessive fluid loss may lead to shock. With the UAL technique, heat from the ultrasound device may cause thermal burn injury in some cases. You will be able to further discuss the risks of liposuction with you surgeon during a consultation.
The results of liposuction are permanent, but sensitive to diet and exercise. To best maintain your results, make sure you keep up with a diet and exercise regimen to reduce the risk of weight gain. Excessive weight gain can reverse the effects of the liposuction procedure.
To learn more about liposuction in Austin, or similar body contouring procedures such as tummy tuck, please contact our office by clicking the "schedule consultation" button at the top of this page or call us at (512) 327-3773.
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