Liposuction is a very safe and effective way to remove localized areas of unwanted fat from under the chin, upper arms, chest, abdomen, back, thighs, and knees. It can be done in the office under local anesthesia with oral sedation, known as awake liposuction, or in a surgery center with IV sedation or general anesthesia. Liposuction does not remove excess skin nor tighten muscles, but just concentrates on removing excess fat. A thin layer of fat under the skin is kept to prevent skin damage.
Tumescent liposuction is involves inserting fluid with Lidocaine for numbing the area and epinephrine to minimize bleeding before the actual liposuction begins. This process makes the surgery safer with much less bleeding, and is less painful since the numbing may last several hours.
Along with tumescence, skin tightening treatment can be done with laser or radiofrequency like ThermiTight. These procedures are done just before or just after liposuction, depending upon the surgeon’s preference. Ultrasound can also be used with liposuction to help remove the fat more easily with less bleeding. Still other types of liposuction include “tickle” liposuction in which a vibrating cannula is used to remove excess fat. Because of the vibration, this liposuction may tickle when close to the ribs or hips.
You might be a candidate if:
- You are healthy enough for elective surgery.
- You are not pregnant nor breastfeeding.
- You are localized areas of excess fat. Liposuction is not a weight loss procedure even though you may lose some pounds.
- You have realistic expectations and do not have excessive skin that you expect to be removed.
Dr. Hiers has had over 30 years of experience with liposuction, and does offer awake liposuction in the office. She will examine you and develop a personalized plan to help remove the excess fat from the areas that concern you, and help give you the body you want.
For more information, please contact Dr. Hiers at 210-494-8446 or use our form to schedule a consultation to Find Your Beautiful.