Liposuction is a highly sought-after cosmetic procedure that targets and removes excess fat from various areas of the body. It is an effective solution for those who struggle with stubborn pockets of fat that are resistant to diet and exercise. With minimally invasive methods, liposuction can sculpt and define nearly any area of the body. This procedure gently suctions out fat cells to precisely restore tighter contours and promote an overall slimmer physique.
Dr. Steven Kronowitz is an award-winning, double board-certified plastic surgeon who specializes in liposuction and other body contouring procedures. With over 25 years of experience, he customizes his approach to meet each patient’s needs and aesthetic desires.
If you have been struggling to achieve your ideal body shape despite your best efforts, liposuction may be the solution you’ve been searching for. Contact Kronowitz Plastic Surgery by scheduling a consultation through our contact form, or by calling us at (713) 523-0300. We have offices in the following locations:
- 1 Before and After Photos
- 2 About Liposuction
- 3 Candidates for Liposuction
- 4 Personal Consultation
- 5 Preparation
- 6 Liposuction Procedure Steps
- 7 Recovery and Results
- 8 Corresponding & Complementary Procedures
- 9 Cost of Liposuction in Houston, Texas
- 10 FAQ
- 11 References
Before and After Photos
Liposuction remains one of the most popular cosmetic procedures; in 2016, surgeons conducted over 230,000 procedures in the United States alone. (1) Liposuction remained in the top 5 most performed procedures in a 2020 report by the American Society of Plastic Surgery. It also boasts low complication rates due to the use of tiny incisions- studies show that the infection rate for this procedure is only 0.1%. (2) Since fat sculpting procedures were developed in the 1970s, researchers have found numerous ways to get patients healing optimally and quicker than ever. In just the past decade, over 50 new devices and techniques have been used to make liposuction more efficient and safe for patients looking to feel renewed confidence and improve their body-image. (3) Dr. Kronowitz has extensive experience with removing subcutaneous fat from the following areas:
- Upper Arms
Candidates for Liposuction
Many patients consider liposuction after pregnancy or weight loss to reduce or eliminate the fat deposits that are resistant to diet and exercise. Candidates for liposuction are non-smokers, close to their ideal weight, have no medical conditions that could affect their ability to heal, and have realistic expectations of their results. They should also have good skin elasticity so that the fat removal process won’t leave loose skin post-surgery. Finally, liposuction is not a weight loss procedure, and it should not be used to replace a healthy diet and exercise routine.
When considering liposuction, it is essential to begin with a personal consultation with a trusted and experienced plastic surgeon like Dr. Steven Kronowitz. During your consultation, Dr. Kronowitz will take the time to thoroughly understand your medical history and discuss your specific cosmetic concerns. This comprehensive assessment allows him to tailor the liposuction procedure to meet your unique needs effectively. He will thoroughly examine the target areas, evaluate the quality of your skin, and assess its elasticity. To get in touch today, call (713) 523-0300 to book in one of the following areas:
- Houston Heights
- The Woodlands
Alternatively, you can request to schedule a consultation by filling out your information through our contact page.
Before your procedure, Dr. Kronowitz will run a few blood tests and take an evaluation of your overall health. He will review your medications and supplements in order to advise you on what should be adjusted. For example, you should stop taking blood thinners and anti-inflammatory drugs in order to prevent the risk of excessive bleeding and/or bruising.
If you are a smoker or consume nicotine products, Dr. Kronowitz will require that you quit for a certain length of time to get your blood circulation and healing mechanisms working at their best. Finally, on the day of your appointment consider wearing loose clothing that will be easy to change out of post-procedure. Since you may be tender for several days after, you may want to stock up on comfortable clothing.
Liposuction Procedure Steps
We will first begin the procedure by placing you under general anesthesia for your comfort and safety. Dr. Kronowitz will then inject tumescent fluid into the area that needs sculpting. This fluid is composed of lidocaine to completely numb the subcutaneous tissue and epinephrine to help the fat tissue separate from important underlying structures with ease. Epinephrine also works to shrink blood vessels to keep bleeding to an absolute minimum. He will then make an incision 1.5 to 3 mm in length in order to introduce a long, thin suction device called a cannula.
For a fat transfer procedure, Dr. Kronowitz will use tumescent liposuction to harvest fat from areas you wish to contour, but he will purify the fat and reinject it to enhance another area of the body. With this method, you can increase volume in your natural feminine curves, such as in the buttocks and breasts. Since it is your own tissue being used, there is no risk of rejection and the results feel incredibly natural to the touch.
Recovery and Results
Liposuction is an outpatient procedure, and you can return home shortly after your anesthesia wears off. A family member or friend should take charge to ensure that you get home safely, since you won’t be able to drive yourself.
Initially, you can expect to be sore, bruised, and swollen. Your treatment areas may be wrapped with compression garments/dressings that will facilitate the healing process by reducing swelling and promoting circulation. You will have to wear your compression garment for a total of 3 to 5 weeks. You can expedite your recovery further by taking leisurely walks as soon as you feel well enough—you do not want to overexert your body too soon. Most patients require 1 week off of work and their day-to-day activities and 4 to 6 weeks away from any strenuous activity or exercise.
Corresponding & Complementary Procedures
Fat Transfer to the Face
One of the most beneficial uses of liposuction is for fat transfer to the face. Dr. Krnowitz removes excess fat from one area of the body and carefully injecting it into areas of the face that need volume restoration or contouring. This innovative technique not only addresses facial asymmetry but also provides a minimally-invasive, long-lasting alternative to traditional fillers.
This procedure is ideal for patients who have undergone major weight loss and have an extra skin that needs to be removed. It is also an effective treatment for those who’ve experienced diastasis recti, a condition in which the abdominal muscles separate due to pregnancy. Tummy tucks address this issue through the placement of permanent sutures that shape and strengthen the midsection.
Lower Body Lift
A lower body lift may consist of one or more of the following: Brazilian butt lift (BBL), thigh lift, liposuction and a tummy tuck. It is a more comprehensive approach that incorporates fat transfer and skin removal in many areas of the lower body for a more uniform silhouette.
Cost of Liposuction in Houston, Texas
At Kronowitz Plastic Surgery, the cost of your liposuction of abdomen may vary significantly depending on the number of treatment areas and the volume of fat that is removed.
Liposuction is highly customized to you, and the total cost of your treatment will reflect this personalization. We will provide an accurate cost estimate during your consultation with Dr. Kronowitz. The surgeon’s fees, facility fees, anesthesia fees, and any combined treatments will be included.
Are the results of liposuction permanent?
After you’re fully recovered and no longer have to wear a compression garment, the results you see can be permanent if maintained well with diet and exercise.
Is liposuction painful?
During the actual procedure, you will be under general anesthesia, which means that you will not feel any pain. After the procedure, you will likely feel some discomfort. Any pain you may feel can be alleviated by medication and will dissipate over time.
Will I have scars after my liposuction procedure?
Any scarring from a liposuction procedure will be insignificant and less than a fraction of an inch. Surgeons often find inconspicuous areas to make incisions so they are even more subtle.
How many areas can liposuction treat in one session?
Though there is no single and definite answer to this question, as it really depends on the patient and size of the treatment areas, most liposuction procedures are limited to 3 or 4 different locations. This is to help protect the patient’s safety and minimize recovery time.
Is liposuction a type of weight-loss procedure?
Liposuction isn’t a weight loss procedure because it doesn’t involve modifications to the digestive system. Most patients do not attain significant weight loss, but they will have smoother, slimmer contours in areas where excess fat deposits used to be.
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