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Liposuction Austin


For those who have stubborn fat deposits that cannot be eliminated through healthy diet and exercise alone, liposuction at Austin Plastic Surgery Institute is the ideal procedure. Although it is not designed primarily for weight loss, liposuction will sculpt certain areas of the body into a more desirable contour by removing excess fat. Liposuction can be applied to the arms, back, flanks, abdomen, hips, thighs, and calves. Several small incisions are made in the selected area, through which a cannula will be inserted. A board-certified plastic surgeon at Austin PSI will maneuver the cannula back and forth beneath the skin to remove the fat in the area.

The best candidates for liposuction can relate to the following:

  • Have excess fat in the areas listed above
  • Have firm, elastic skin
  • Maintain a relatively healthy body weight
  • In good overall health
  • Over the age of 18

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Surgical Technique

Tumescent “Super-Wet”

Tumescent liposuction is a common approach used by surgeons. It is a suction-assisted (SAL) form of lipo that first injects a liquid agent into the area that is to be treated. The liquid agent includes saline, Lidocaine (a numbing agent) and Epinephrine (a medication that controls bleeding). A cannula is then inserted and passed through the fat deposits, suctioning them out. An attached power-aided motor allows the surgeon to control the speed of the fat removal, which can be as great as a few pounds or as little as several ounces.


The latest greatest in liposuction is SAFELipo. The technique was popularized by Dr. Wall and uses Power Assisted Liposuction (PALS) to emulsify and liquefy the fat so that it can then be aspirated (think squashing grapes and then pulling out the juice). This is much less traumatic and gives a smoother contour with more fat being removed in this manner and ultimately better results. The SAFE part really differs from other types of liposuction because you can go back in at the end after all the aspiration is done and even things out. Much fewer irregularities and a better contour is achieved.

During/After Surgery

Liposuction is performed under general anesthesia in an accredited surgical facility. It is considered an outpatient procedure. On average, each body part (i.e. tummy, thighs, etc.) will take approximately 30 minutes to complete. After surgery, patients will wear a compression garment on the treated areas. It takes about a full week for the bruising and swelling to dissipate, and can take several months for the final results to appear. Liposuction will produce scars where the cannula incision was made, but these are usually small and will fade over time.

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Recovery Time  
1 week
Post-op Follow-up  
2 weeks
Procedure Recovery Location  
In & Out-Patient

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Liposuction FAQs

  • How Safe is Lipo?

    The media sometimes tells stories of liposuction patients who have endured bad results at the hands of inexperienced surgeons. Today’s liposuction techniques are much safer and more predictable than ever before, but surgeon skill still remains the number one factor when researching this procedure. The goal is to attain a natural and smooth result. An experienced surgeon will be able to provide this outcome.

  • Is it Permanent?

    Fat cells that are removed during liposuction do not come back. Unfortunately, patients can still gain weight after surgery because the remaining cells can expand and become larger. However, patients who adhere to a healthy diet and exercise program will continue to see results years after surgery.

  • How Much Fat?

    The amount of fat removed really depends on the size of the patient and their aesthetic goals. From a safety standpoint, the American Society of Plastic Surgeons recommends roughly 10 pounds of fat or less. Otherwise it is considered a high-volume liposuction, which does present an increased set of risks. It’s advised to get down to your ideal weight before undergoing a liposuction procedure.

  • Skin Tautness (Laxity)?

    Liposuction is a surgery that removes fat and enhances the actual shape of the body. It does not address skin imperfections caused by sagging skin or cellulite under the skin. During your consultation, a discussion can be had regarding the available procedures, which address and improve skin texture. Some procedures recommended to correct skin laxity include abdominoplasty, thigh lift, neck lift, and butt lift surgeries.

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