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Refine & Rediscover Your Contours

By: Corpus Christi Institute of Plastic Surgery 

As you get older, regardless of how much you exercise or diet, getting rid of unwanted fat deposits can be very difficult. That is why liposuction, also known as lipoplasty, is America’s fastest growing and most popular surgical procedure. This procedure is not a method of weight loss but is a way to improve body contours, giving the best results in men and women who are close to normal weight and have an area of fat that does not respond to exercise and improved diet.

How do you determine if liposuction is right for you? During your initial consultation, you will have the opportunity to discuss your cosmetic goals. Your plastic surgeon will evaluate you as a candidate for liposuction and clarify what lipoplasty can do for you. Discussing your goals and medical background with a thorough evaluation will allow your surgeon to determine if an alternative or additional procedure would be beneficial. Liposuction is often combined with other procedures to enhance results. 

How does liposuction work? Liposuction removes fat from your body using suction.  Using a tiny incision and a small, thin tube called a cannula your surgeon breaks up the fat layer and suctions it out. The procedure can last anywhere from 1-5 hours depending on the amount of fat being removed and the areas of the body that are being treated.  Incisions are very tiny and depending on the area of the body typically placed in hidden areas.

After surgery, there may be some drainage from the incision sites. Compression garments or wraps will be given to you along with instructions on how to use them. These should be worn at all times, unless in the shower, until all the bruising has resolved and for a period of 2-4 weeks after that. This will minimize the amount of swelling in the area. It takes about 3 months for the treated areas to reach their final appearance.

Although individual results may vary, the most common outcome includes an accentuated waist and a tighter body contour. Each procedure is customized to achieve the patient’s desired results, boosting their confidence and providing a slimmer figure. Committing to a healthy diet and fitness regimen will help maintain your results.

Most of our cosmetic procedures are performed on an outpatient basis and in our private surgical suite accredited by AAAASF. There are some instances cosmetic surgeries need to be performed at the hospital and arrangements will be made with the patient to do so.

For more information or to schedule an appointment 361-888-7417.