Are you wanting to enhance the shape of your body and considering liposuction? You are not alone! It is the 2nd most commonly performed cosmetic procedure,  with breast augmenation being #1. In fact, many have both of these procedures in the same surgery.  Liposuction is a fat reduction procedure that targets stubborn pockets of fat for immediate results. Though it is not a weight loss solution, ideal candidates are those who are at or close to their target weight and who can benefit from sculpting out these troublesome areas.  Many patients can get excellent results from liposuction alone.  SAFE Liposuction is a body contouring procedure that utilize the PALS system to break up excess fat. It can then be aspirated out and finally the vibrating cannula can go in and smooth out any irregularities. This fat removal technique can be used in multiple  areas including- under the chin, jaw line, upper arms, abdomen, flanks, thighs, calves, or back. It is a versatile cosmetic tool that can tackle several areas on the body and can be used in conjunction with other procedures such as abdominoplasty.

Liposuction is one of many surgical and nonsurgical options offered by the board-certified plastic surgeons at Austin Plastic Surgery Institute. One of the most renowned cosmetic practices in the greater Austin, TX area, they are proud to offer the highest standard of quality care and concern to all their patients. When your lifestyle has given you a healthy body you can feel proud of, but you’re still frustrated with specific areas, then liposuction can be the right solution. Patients wanting a slimmer, more fit contour in Austin can learn more below about this body contouring procedure and how Austin Plastic Surgery Institute can help.

Key points about liposuction

Many men and women have been freed of excess fat that won’t change with diet and exercise with liposuction. This body contouring can provide the right candidates with fantastic results, especially with the experienced, qualified plastic surgeons at Austin Plastic Surgery Institute. Here are some other key facts about liposuction:

  • Ideal candidates have good skin quality
  • Liposuction is usually carried out under general anesthesia
  • A fat removal procedure that provides profound to subtle effects depending on the individual, but it is not a weight-loss tool
  • Will not eliminate cellulite or stretch marks
  • Permanently removes excess fat cells in that area and should not recur there if patients maintain a healthy lifestyle

What are the main areas for liposuction?

Liposuction procedures are cosmetic and are designed to give patients a more desirable contour by removing excess fat. Liposuction can permanently get rid of fatty deposits in troublesome spots in one procedure. Patients who maintain a stable weight post-surgery can enjoy their new body contouring results for years. Common areas for liposuction are:

  • Face and neck to give patients a more defined profile and to eliminate fatty jowls or a double chin
  • Upper arms to remove excess fat and create a thinner appearance
  • Waist, hips, and flanks to dramatically change a patients’ profile by removing excess fat in those areas
  • Thighs can be sculpted on the outer, inner, or sides for a thinner look
  • Chest or breast areas for men and women to create more definition and create a more desirable profile

Does liposuction really work?

Liposuction permanently removes excess fat cells, contouring the shape of the body. Though not an answer for weight loss, this fat removal technique is excellent for men and women who are near their ideal weight and want to shed excess fat that can’t be improved through diet and exercise. Body contouring with liposuction is one of the top five cosmetic procedures performed in the United States, mainly because individuals can get immediate results. If you feel self-conscious about one or more areas of your body, then it might be time to schedule a consultation with one of the board-certified plastic surgeons at Austin Plastic Surgery Institute.

How does liposuction work?

The surgical experts at Austin Plastic Surgery Institute in Austin, TX utilize the Microaire PALs unit and the SAFE technique. This stands for S-separation of fat A- aspiration of fat and FE- Fat equalization.  The PALs is a power assisted unit that facilitates the emulsification and liquefying of the fat cells. Tumescent fluid instilled at the beginning of the surgery into each area allows the fat cells to separate. This enhances and optimizes the fat removal process.  The tumescent fluid has lidocaine and epinephrine to provide a numbing component. and to minimize oozing and bruising.  Austin Plastic Surgery Institute uses the SAFELipo with Power-assisted liposuction (PALS)  to liquefy and emulsify excess fat before it is aspirated out. It provides a less invasive fat removal option for liposuction candidates that allows the most fat to be removed and the best overall contour.

How much does liposuction cost?

A primary concern with most patients is how much does liposuction cost and is it worth the money? Compared to noninvasive techniques such as CoolSculpting, it is much more effective and often less expensive when you consider that CoolSculpt recommends 3 treatments for optimal results. Liposuction results do last for patients who make the appropriate lifestyle changes with proper diet and regular exercise to enjoy permanent results. On average, the national cost for liposuction is about $6,100. Liposuction costs, like most cosmetic procedures, vary based on multiple factors:

  • The surgeon and geographic location
  • The volume of fat removed
  • Number of treatment areas
  • Target area being treated


Today’s liposuction techniques are more predictable and safer for patients. However, surgeon skill is still the main factor in getting the right results. The goal of any liposuction procedure is to attain smooth, natural results. The board-certified plastic surgeons at Austin Plastic Surgery Institute can provide this outcome. During a private consultation, you can discuss your aesthetic goals and address any issues to determine the right treatment plan to meet your needs.

If you are considering liposuction and have more questions needing answers, then we invite you to schedule a consultation with one of our board-certified plastic surgeons at Austin Plastic Surgery Institute in Austin, TX. Get the transformative, body contouring help you desire today.

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