Even with a strict, healthy lifestyle, certain areas of the body can hold on to excess fat creating unwanted bulges. Dr. Lapuerta offers fat removal surgery with liposuction, a procedure that reshapes problematic areas resulting in a slimmer figure. During this surgery, a “cannula” is inserted under the skin and used to help loosen and remove fat. Common treatment areas for liposuction are the arms, abdomen, buttocks, thighs and knees. It can also be performed on the neck. Dr. Lapuerta is proud to offer this surgery to patients throughout Houston, Katy, and Pearland.
"I had liposuction performed by Dr. Lapuerta a couple of months ago. I went on several consultations before consulting with Dr. Lapuerta. Once I came to his office, I scheduled my procedure right away! Dr. Lapuerta has the best bedside manner of any doctor I have ever met! He even gave me his cell phone number after surgery so that I could contact him in the event of an emergency. My whole experience was wonderful. The surgery was nearly painless and I saw results INSTANTLY! I will definatley be back for more procedures and I will refer all of my family and friends to him. Thank you Dr. Lapuerta!"- Google User / Google / Jun 06, 2011
"I had liposuction on my chin performed earlier this month and am amazed that I can see a "sneak peek" of my final result. Dr. Lapuerta did an awesome job, he made me feel at ease during the consultation and moreI had liposuction on my chin performed earlier this month and am amazed that I can see a "sneak peek" of my final result. Dr. Lapuerta did an awesome job, he made me feel at ease during the consultation and surgery because he is genuinly patient and caring. My face feels so much lighter and tighter from all of the fat removed (200 cc to be exact), I even noticed that I look 2 years younger. He is also just as nice and accomedating during recovery, I am so happy I chose him for my chin lift."- L.P. / Yahoo / Aug 23, 2011
"In 45 minutes, Dr. Lapuerta was able to take away all of my years of being self conscience. I had a chin lift wtih liposuction performed a coulple months ago and it was the best decesion I made this year. He is very articulate and pleasant to be around and never rushed me when answering my questions. His team is also very customer service focused. I now have a new slimmer profile and a new start on life!"- Anonymous / Vitals / Sep 21, 2011
"AMAAAAAAAAAZING!!!!!I have never looked better. I had 2 liposuction's with Dr. Leo and the results are truly incredible.The whole staff is very sweet, understanding, knowledgeable and friendly. I would refer anyone to them."- K.P. / Google / Aug 04, 2015
"Dr. Lapuerta and the entire staff did a wonderful job. I am pleased with the results. Thank you everyone!"- KL / Office Visit / Sep 01, 2014
Tumescent "Super-Wet" Lipo
Tumescent liposuction is a common approach used by surgeons. It is a suction-assisted (SAL) form of lipo that first injects a liquid agent into the area that is to be treated. The liquid agent includes saline, Lidocaine (a numbing agent) and Epinephrine (a medication that controls bleeding). A cannula is then inserted and passed through the fat deposits, suctioning them out. An attached power-aided motor allows the surgeon to control the speed of the fat removal, which can be as great as a few pounds or as little as several ounces.
Liposuction is performed under general anesthesia in an accredited surgical facility. It is considered an outpatient procedure. On average, each body part (i.e. tummy, thighs, etc.) will take approximately 30 minutes to complete. After surgery, patients will wear a compression garment on the treated areas. It takes about a full week for the bruising and swelling to dissipate, and can take several months for the final results to appear. Liposuction will produce scars where the cannula incision was made, but these are usually small and will fade over time.
The price for liposuction will vary depending on the technique used and the extent of the surgery. The average cost of liposuction in the U.S. for the most common body parts are outlined below:
- Abdomen: $3,000-$7,000
- Arms: $2,500-$5,000
- Buttocks: $2,500-$4,000
- Chin: $2,500-$4,500
- Inner Thigh: $2,500-$5000
- Outer Thigh: $2,500-$5,000
- Hips/Waist: $2,500-$5,000
Plan Your Procedure
- Average Cost
- $2,500 - $10,000
- Recovery Time
- 1-2 Weeks
- Average Procedure Time
- 1-6 Hours
- Post-op Follow-up
- 1 Week
- Procedure Recovery Location
How Safe is Lipo?
The media sometimes tells stories of liposuction patients who have endured bad results at the hands of inexperienced surgeons. Today’s liposuction techniques are much safer and more predictable than ever before, but surgeon skill still remains the number one factor when researching this procedure. The goal is to attain a natural and smooth result. An experienced surgeon will be able to provide this outcome.
Is Lipo Permanent?
The good news is, fat cells that are removed during liposuction do not come back. Unfortunately, patients can still gain weight after surgery because the remaining cells can expand and become larger. However, patients who adhere to a healthy diet and exercise program will continue to see results years after surgery.
How Much Fat?
The amount of fat removed really depends on the size of the patient and their aesthetic goals. From a safety standpoint, the American Society of Plastic Surgeons recommends roughly 10 pounds of fat or less. Otherwise it is considered a high-volume liposuction, which does present an increased set of risks. It’s advised to get down to your ideal weight before undergoing a liposuction procedure.
Skin Tautness (Laxity)?
Liposuction is a surgery that removes fat and enhances the actual shape of the body. It does not address skin imperfections caused by sagging skin or cellulite under the skin. During your consultation, a discussion can be had regarding the available procedures, which address and improve skin texture. Some procedures recommended to correct skin laxity include abdominoplasty, thigh lift, neck lift, and butt lift surgeries.