Liposuction Surgery (Lipoplasty) - Fort Worth, TX

What To Expect During And After Your Procedure

Dr. Daniels is a plastic surgeon practicing in an accredited surgical facility. Liposuction procedures are performed on patients who are under general anesthesia. These procedures are done on an outpatient basis, and the length of each procedure is dependent on how many body areas are addressed. Typically, each body part (i.e. tummy, thighs, etc.) takes approximately 30 minutes to complete. Immediately following each procedure, compression garments are applied to treated areas to help control swelling. You should allow a full week for bruising and swelling to subside, and it is normal for final results to take several months to appear as the body heals. Minimal scarring will be present at the cannula entry incision site, but this, too, will lessen with time.

Plan Your Procedure

Average Cost $4,000 - $15,000
Recovery Time 1-2 Weeks
Avg Procedure Time 1-6 Hours
Post-Op Follow-Up 1 Week
Recovery Location Out-Patient

Surgical Techniques

Ultrasound-Assisted (UAL)

For larger body areas, Ultrasound-Assisted Liposuction may be the best technique to remove dense fatty deposits. Often referred to as hi-def liposuction, VASER® Lipo, or Vaser hi-deformity, UAL is a two-step procedure. First, painless ultrasonic energy waves are emitted into the target area. This helps to loosen and melt the fat. The second step is cannula suctioning of the liquified fat. UAL liposuction is especially effective for male patients seeking high-level of muscle definition.

Laser Assisted (LAL)

Another option is Laser-Assisted Liposuction, which loosens and melts fat prior to removal by use of focused laser technology. Short bursts of laser energy are aimed at a specified area of fat to ease its removal. Popular brand names of LAL include SmartLipo, SlimLipo, Lipolite Laser Liposculpture, LipoLite, and ProLipo PLUS.

Tumescent “Super-Wet”

Tumescent liposuction is a preferred technique because of its safety for patients and low bleed effect. In this suction-assisted (SAL) form of lipo, a liquid agent comprised of saline, Lidocaine (a numbing agent), and Epinephrine (to control bleeding) is infiltrated into the area to be treated. Lidocaine provides exceptional anesthetic effect, and the Epinephrine significantly constricts blood vessels so patients have less bleeding than they would with older lipo techniques. The targeted area becomes swollen (tumescent), and a cannula is then inserted and passed through the fat deposits, suctioning them out. The surgeon maintains continuous control of the speed of fat removal, from a few ounces to a few pounds depending on the body area and desired goal.

Why Liposuction?

Even with disciplined exercise and ideal diets, stubborn areas on our bodies can refuse to reduce as we would like. Isolated deposits of fat can resist our best efforts, leaving frustrating problem areas. In such cases, targeted liposuction may be the best solution. At Anderson Plastic Surgery in Fort Worth, plastic surgeon and liposuction specialist, Dr. Daniels, can slim the hips and thighs, flatten the abdomen, shape the calves and ankles, or eliminate a double chin. When liposuction is performed in conjunction with a tummy tuck or breast reduction, optimal aesthetic results can be achieved in one combination procedure.

Am I A Candidate for Lipo?

The best liposuction candidate is a patient who is already near their ideal body weight but who just needs some extra help in achieving their desired level of body contouring. Liposuction is not intended to reduce obesity, but rather to slim, shape, and define.

Liposuction FAQs

How Safe is Lipo?
While adverse outcomes can show up as a result of inexperienced and unqualified surgeons, liposuction procedures performed at Anderson Plastic Surgery use the most modern techniques and equipment available. These techniques are proven to be of the highest safety and predictability possible. Likewise, Dr. Daniels is a plastic surgeon, which means he has completed rigorous specialized training and met the highest levels of experience and ethics. Surgeon skill and experience should be the number one quality when choosing a plastic surgeon. The smoothest, most natural outcomes are attained by the most experienced surgeons.

Is It Permanent?
Fat cells do not regenerate, so once they are removed, they do not return. However, the remaining fat cells can still grow, making weight gain after liposuction possible. Maintaining a lifestyle of healthy eating and regular exercise is important to ensure that liposuction results last for years to come.
How Much Fat?
Once a patient has reached his or her ideal weight, the patient and their surgeon together will decide on the safest amount of fat to remove in order to reach the desired aesthetic goals for their body size. The American Society of Plastic Surgeons generally recommends 10 pounds of fat or less be removed, as anything higher is considered a high-volume liposuction and presents increased risks to the patient.
How Does Lipo Affect Skin Tautness (Laxity)?
Liposuction surgery removes fat and enhances the actual shape of the body, but imperfections may still remain in skin texture such as skin sagginess or cellulite under the skin. For these and other concerns, your surgeon can explain various options to improve skin laxity such as lifts or abdominoplasty, depending on the body area being treated.