Liposuction

If you have localized areas of fat that are resistant to healthy lifestyle practices, you may be interested in liposuction at San Antonio. Many people find that there is at least one area of their body with stubborn fat. This stubborn fat persists even when we diet and exercise. Our highly regarded plastic surgeon, Dr. Delio Ortegon, can perform liposuction to target and remove stubborn fat.

Who Is A Good Candidate For Liposuction?

The best candidates for liposuction are healthy non-smokers who are not obese. Men and women who have a stable body weight and localized fat deposits that are resistant to diet and exercise may want to consider liposuction. The best results are achieved when the patient is in good health, but desires body-slimming in those resistant areas. Liposuction, or lipoplasty, is the surgical removal of fat, and can remove fat where other methods have failed. Liposuction is not a method for losing weight, and is not effective in eliminating cellulite, or tightening loose and sagging skin.

Common areas that are treated by liposuction include the thighs, abdomen, arms, back, hips, buttocks, chest, face, calves and ankles.

Benefits of Liposuction

Liposuction is a minimally invasive procedure that will help you achieve a slimmer and more refined look by removing that stubborn fat. Benefits of liposuction include:

  • Targeted removal of stubborn fat
  • Improved contours on the body
  • Improved proportions of the body 

*Individual results may vary

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Liposuction Procedure

Liposuction is a multi-step process, and is performed under general anesthesia or local anesthesia with sedation. First, the area being treated is infused with tumescent fluid. This fluid helps keep the proper balance of fluid in the area, since some fluids are removed along with fat. Then, small incisions are made, so that one of our plastic surgeons can access the targeted fat. The doctor uses a thin tube to suction fat from the area being treated. After the proper amount of fat is removed, your small incisions are closed.

Liposuction Recovery

Following your liposuction with Dr. Ortegon, you will need to spend some time resting, and will need wear special compression garments to ensure proper healing. During a follow-up visit soon after surgery, your drains and stitches will be removed. Swelling and bruising is common, but these are temporary side effects. As the swelling subsides, you should see results of your liposuction procedure. Patients can return to work and regular activities as soon as they feel comfortable, which can be as soon as a few days after surgery. Exercise and other strenuous activities should be avoided for a few weeks.

How Long Do Liposuction Results Last?

As long as your weight remains stable, your liposuction results should be long lasting. Fat will not return to the treated area after surgery. However, liposuction does not remove all fat cells from the area, so it is possible to re-gain weight. For optimum results, you must maintain a good diet and rigorous exercise regimen.

Schedule A Consultation

If you’re interested in liposuction and reside near the San Antonio or Austin area, we invite you to call Dr. Ortegon’s office today to schedule a consultation. Call (210) 951-2483 or use the contact form to email our San Antonio office. Our plastic surgery practice is located at 11130 Christus Hills Suite 108 San Antonio, TX 78251.

 

Liposuction FAQs

 

Does liposuction really work?

Liposuction effectively contours the body by permanently removing fat cells. It is not a weight-loss procedure but works to remove stubborn areas of fat and create a slimmer, more toned appearance.


How long does it take to recover from liposuction?

There are a few steps to liposuction recovery. Patients will typically need to rest for a few days after the procedure before returning to work. After about two weeks, most swelling, bruising, and discomfort will subside and you may return to all regular activities. However, most patients should continue to wear compression garments for 1-2 months as directed by their surgeon.


Is liposuction painful?

Liposuction can result in minor pain, which some patients describe as similar to feeling bruised throughout the area where the procedure was done. It should not be overwhelmingly painful, and discomfort can be lessened by getting up and walking around through recovery and by taking medications.


What are the risks and side effects of liposuction?

Without proper care through recovery, there are some risks associated with liposuction including infection or damage to the skin. Some common side effects include bruising, swelling, change in skin sensation, and discomfort.

 
Does skin tighten after liposuction?

Liposuction does not tighten the skin. If you have a more significant amount of fat removed, it may be necessary to undergo additional procedures such as body lift to address loose skin.


Does fat come back after lipo?

During liposuction, fat cells are permanently removed. However, it is possible to regain weight through new fat cells, which usually develop in other areas of the body.