Common problem spots like the love handles, inner thighs or upper arms that don’t respond to diet or exercise can be more finely contoured with the help of liposuction. Liposuction safely and permanently removes fat cells for a slimmer, smoother look and enhanced muscle tone.
Dr. Ricardo A. Meade is a board certified plastic surgeon and liposuction specialist serving the entire Dallas-Ft. Worth metro area, with offices in Dallas and Plano, Texas. In addition to liposuction, Dr. Meade offers a full range of body contouring procedures for both men and women, and has helped thousands of patients feel more confident about their appearance.
Liposuction can sculpt away isolated fatty deposits so that your body looks sleeker and more streamlined. However, it’s important to maintain realistic expectations about the results that lipo can deliver. If you have concerns such as excess skin or lax abdominal muscles, you may be a better candidate for a tummy tuck. Dr. Meade will go over more details with you during your consultation to ensure that a liposuction is the best solution to meet your cosmetic goals.
Please contact us online or call 214.823.1691 for more information on liposuction at our Dallas or Plano plastic surgery offices. We encourage you to view liposuction photos in our real patient before and after photo gallery to get a better sense of what this procedure can achieve.
A consultation with Dr. Meade is an essential step toward ensuring the best possible liposuction results. During this time, Dr. Meade will discuss your goals for surgery with you and conduct a physical evaluation in order to make sure that liposuction can help you meet those goals. Dr. Meade will also talk about the impact that liposuction will have on your physical health and wellbeing. Your consultation will also include an explanation of the surgical steps Dr. Meade will take during your procedure, and you’ll be provided with a cost estimate for your liposuction along with detailed price information.
Preparing for Surgery
As your liposuction date gets closer, Dr. Meade may request certain lab tests or medical evaluations in order to give you the best possible care, including taking pre-surgery photos for documentation purposes. Pre-surgery instructions will also be given to you, which may include making adjustments to any medications, vitamins or supplements you’re currently taking. It’s important to avoid the consumption of alcohol and drugs before and after surgery, and abstain from smoking for a certain amount of time as well.
The Liposuction Procedure
Although some smaller, more localized treatment spots may be addressed right in our office under local anesthesia, liposuction is most often performed as an outpatient procedure using either general or IV anesthesia instead.
To begin, tiny incisions are made near the target treatment area, just large enough to allow easy access with a cannula, or hollow surgical tube. These incisions are typically small enough that they fade dramatically with time, often becoming so inconspicuous as to be virtually unnoticeable. Through these incisions, a sterile saline solution is injected to help loosen fat cells for easier extraction. Finally, the fat is removed using suction, sculpting the entire area for smooth, natural-looking contours.
Recovery & Results
While the recovery experience is unique for every patient, most men and women feel comfortable enough after surgery that they don’t even finish a prescription of 40 pain pills. While it’s important to strictly follow Dr. Meade’s post-surgical instructions to avoid complications, the majority of liposuction patients are back to their normal daily routine relatively quickly. You can expect some bruising along with initial swelling as the body works to expel any remaining saline solution. Bruising normally fades quickly, and swelling may be alleviated with the help of a compression garment.
You should see an improvement in your body contours almost right away, with results becoming more visible as swelling dissipates and healing continues. Your end result should be a more well-defined body shape minus the problem spots that were previously a concern.