Let’s Learn About Liposuction!
Everything you need to know about liposuction and how it can reduce fat, enhance your contour, and help you achieve the body of your dreams!
Liposuction is fairly commonplace among men and women today – and for good reason! Stubborn pockets of fat that are unresponsive to traditional diet and exercise measures can be successfully targeted and eliminated through various liposuction techniques. Board-certified medical director Dr. Melanie Carreon of LCS Medical Spa in Seguin, TX is highly qualified and experienced in tumescent liposuction as well as the various liposuction alternatives. Also serving San Marcos, New Braunfels, San Antonio, Austin, and Houston, TX, Dr. Melanie Carreon and her expert team at LCS Medical Spa are conveniently located and easily accessible to assist with all of your cosmetic procedure needs.
When it comes to liposuction, most patients are only familiar with the traditional procedure. However, advances in modern cosmetic medicine have brought about the development of several different variations of liposuction, including less invasive options. To learn more about the treatments offered by board-certified medical director Dr. Melanie Carreon at LCS Medical Spa and to find out how liposuction can help you realize the body of your dreams, here are some of the basics:
What Is Liposuction?
Liposuction is a relatively routine, quick, and easy procedure to remove stubborn and wanted pockets of fat that do not respond to diet and exercise. Performed under local anesthesia, liposuction uses a cannula, an instrument that is inserted through a small incision, to effectively “suck” the fat out of the affected area.
Will Liposuction Help Me Lose Weight?
While patients in Seguin, TX and the surrounding markets of San Marcos, New Braunfels, Austin, Houston, and San Antonio report overwhelmingly satisfactory results following their liposuction treatments at LCS Medical Spa, it is important to remember that the procedure is designed specifically for fat reduction and not weight loss.
The number of fat cells a person has is established in very early years and remains consistent throughout the rest of their lifetime. As they gain or lose weight, the fat cells will shrink or swell, respectively, but the number of fat cells remains the same. Liposuction is used to remove some of these fat cells permanently, thereby reducing fat and inches.
Though liposuction is highly effective at reducing and removing fat, it should not be considered a weight loss tool. Men and women in Seguin, San Marcos, New Braunfels, Austin, Houston, and San Antonio considering liposuction should be at or near (within 5 – 10 pounds) of their goal weight and have maintained that weight for at least 6 months before liposuction is performed.
Can Liposuction Tighten Skin and Reduce Cellulite?
Liposuction is specifically designed to reduce and remove fat and fat cells from stubborn areas that are not able to be corrected with diet and exercise. Patients seeking liposuction should keep in mind that loose skin and cellulite will not improve with liposuction alone. The ideal candidate for the procedure should have good skin elasticity, be done having children, be in relatively good health, and have maintained their ideal body weight – within 5 to 10 pounds – for about six months.
Although liposuction cannot improve the appearance of cellulite or the presence of excess skin, LCS Med Spa medical director Dr. Carreon may suggest other procedures and noninvasive treatments to address these issues. To learn more about the other procedures offered at LCS Medical Spa, call to set up your consultation today.
What Can I Expect During The Procedure?
A fairly routine procedure, liposuction is performed under local anesthesia with little downtime and a quick and easier recovery than traditional liposuction. Depending on the areas you are having treated, the procedure can take about 2 – 4 hours in total. Using a small incision, the surgeon will insert a cannula and employ suction to remove fat. At the conclusion of the case, sutures will be used to close the incision. As with any incision, there will be some scarring, but LCS Medical Spa medical director Dr. Carreon uses state-of-the-art SmartLipo techniques and her wealth of knowledge and experience – having performed thousands of liposuction procedures – to ensure the scar is as minimally visible as possible. In the unlikely case that a patient is concerned about the appearance of their scar after healing is complete, the helpful and professional team at LCS Medical Spa in Seguin, TX can recommend and provide additional procedures to minimize scarring.
I’m Not Sure About Having Surgery; Are There Any Alternatives To Liposuction?
For patients considering liposuction in Seguin, San Marcos, New Braunfels, Austin, Houston, and San Antonio who are not quite ready to undergo a surgical procedure, Dr. Carreon is proud to offer a wide array of minimally invasive and nonsurgical options to liposuction that are also useful in reducing and removing fat and inches:
Smartlipo: This laser-based procedure, called Smartlipo Triplex, is one of the newest FDA-approved, less-invasive options for diminishing fat. Using a triple-wavelength laser, Smartlipo has the ability to shrink and break up fat cells so that they can be more easily suctioned out of the body.
CoolSculpting: A completely noninvasive treatment, CoolSculpting remains incredibly popular for Seguin, TX fat loss patients. Also FDA-approved for certain areas, CoolSculpting effectively freezes and permanently destroys stubborn fat cells. For patients who are looking for a nonsurgical option, CoolSculpting can be useful.
While Smartlipo, CoolSculpting, and other similar less invasive or nonsurgical procedures offer the benefit of fat reduction, the results realized with liposuction cannot be rivaled. The first step toward finding out how liposuction and complementary or alternative procedures can help you achieve your cosmetic goals is to be evaluated by board-certified medical director Dr. Melanie Carreon. Call the LCS Medical Spa office to schedule your consultation today, and take the first step toward melting the fat forever and having the body of your dreams!