Liposuction is one of the most commonly performed techniques worldwide and very common in Houston, The Woodlands, and Conroe, Texas. In Dr. Paul S. Gill’s practice, we typically perform liposuction as an adjunct to several of my cosmetic procedures.
I find that I can obtain outstanding results in tummy tuck, breast surgery, facelift surgery, and general body contouring by utilizing liposuction in combination with body contouring procedures. I recommend liposuction as an independent procedure to shape and contour a problem area. Liposuction is not a method of weight loss or weight reduction. It does very little to treat loose skin and loose muscle and is primarily utilized to address problematic fatty tissue areas.
The two common techniques that I utilize are tumescent liposuction and ultrasonic liposuction. Tumescent liposuction involves the use of a standard tumescent solution which is infiltrated into the tissues to help soften the fat cells and provide pain medication and a hemostatic effect. We then allow adequate time for this solution to take effect and then utilizing a small liposuction cannula to remove the fatty tissue utilizing a power assisted liposuction technique. This allows for better control in shaping during the liposuction procedure.
Another technique commonly utilized in my practice is ultrasonic liposuction. Dr. Gill strongly believe in this technique for revision liposuction procedures and for the treatment of dense fibrous tissue. This works wonderful for male breast tissue, areas of denser fatty tissue like the upper and lower back, and any areas that have had previous surgery or scar tissue. The technique involves the placement of a tumescent solution, followed by the use of an ultrasound probe in a continuous fashion to help dissolve and soften dense fatty tissue. We then utilize our standard liposuction cannulas to harvest the fatty tissue in several different planes and angles to obtain a soft smooth elegant result.
Dr. Gill believes the key to an elegant result in the postoperative process is the right compression garment. Strong compression that is worn in a continuous fashion allows swelling and bruising to quickly resolve. I closely follow liposuction patients during the first three weeks and if I notice that the swelling has not appropriately resolved, we will quickly begin to discuss deep tissue massage. Deep tissue massage is wonderful at breaking up swelling and stimulating lymphatic drainage, which will decrease the risk and likelihood of scar tissue or contour deformity. We usually recommend continuous garment use for a period of six weeks.
Liposuction is simply a contouring and shaping procedure. It does not affect one’s weight or overall health. The key to a lasting result is a healthy lifestyle with diet and exercise and maintenance of a stable weight. In addition, good skincare with moisturizers that contains ceramide, sunscreen, and healthy diet will also contribute to a healthier and longer lasting liposuction result.