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Even with a strict, healthy lifestyle, certain areas of the body can hold on to excess fat, creating unwanted bulges. Luckily, there is a surgical treatment called liposuction that can remove unwanted fat, revealing a thinner and more beautiful appearance. Dr. Lapuerta is a trusted liposuction expert, with over 20 years of experience performing liposuction in Houston and helping patients unveil their ideal form.

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Dr. Lapuerta offers fat removal surgery with liposuction, a procedure that reshapes problematic areas. By targeting areas that have an unwanted accumulation of fat, the procedure results in a slimmer and curvier figure. When performed by an expert specialist, liposuction is a safe, outpatient procedure that can permanently change the shape of the patient’s body. Dr. Lapuerta is proud to offer this surgery to patients throughout Houston, Katy, and Pearland.


Liposuction surgery is used to treat any area that accumulates excess fat and is resistant to diet and exercise. Common treatment areas for liposuction are the chin, arms, abdomen, hips, back, the inner and outer thighs and the fat rolls below the buttocks. In some cases, liposuction can also be performed on the neck. To determine if liposuction can treat an identified problem area, it is best to schedule a consultation with Dr. Lapuerta to decide the best treatment moving forward.


A good candidate for lipo in Houston is an individual who has an unwanted accumulation of excess fat in one or more areas. Despite exercising, eating healthy, and being in reasonably good shape, the stubborn pockets of fat refuse to go away, and the patient wishes to change the shape and contour of their body. Patients under 60 and patients whose skin texture is in good shape will generally have better outcomes.

A good candidate for liposuction in Houston should also be in good health with no pre-existing serious health condition and have an understanding of what to expect both during and after treatment. Dr. Lapuerta is an excellent resource in this regard, communicating with patients the details of the surgery, as well as answering all questions to make sure the patient goes into liposuction surgery with proper expectations.



Tumescent liposuction, also called the “super wet technique,” 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). The liquid agent causes the fat in the target area to become swollen and firm, preparing it for extraction. A cannula (a hollow tube) is then inserted and passed through the fat deposits, suctioning them out. This results in the permanent removal of the fat cells that are suctioned out.

Unlike non-surgical treatments that utilize lasers or “fat-freezing” this technique has a proven history of being both safe and producing immediate, significant and lasting results. Patients who maintain their weight after surgery can expect their results from liposuction to be maintained as well. Tumescent liposuction is a safe and effective procedure, especially when performed by Dr. Lapuerta, a liposuction expert with over 20 years of experience and a reputation for successful body contouring through liposuction.


Before liposuction surgery, Dr. Lapuerta will make sure to explain to the patient both his technical approach and precisely what will occur during the surgery. The key to success in any procedure is an open line of communication with the patient, and Dr. Lapuerta partners with the patient to make sure all of their goals are met.

The procedure is performed under general anesthesia in an accredited surgical facility. It is considered an outpatient procedure, that can last between 2 and 4 hours normally, depending on the areas to be addressed. One of the many benefits of undergoing lipo in Houston with Dr. Lapuerta is that he can address multiple body parts during one surgical procedure that makes sense in regards to healing and comfort, which also saves the patient time and energy from having to do singular procedures.


After liposuction in Houston, TX, patients will wear a compression garment on the treated areas to help speed up the healing process. With proper post-operative treatment, it takes about 2 weeks for the bruising to dissipate. While some patients will see an immediate change, It is also important to remember that the final results are not immediately noticeable, as it can take several months for all residual swelling to resolve. Liposuction will produce scars where the cannula incision was made, but these are usually small and will fade over time. Dr. Lapuerta’s experience with the surgical procedure will help minimize any scarring and make the recovery process proceed as smoothly as possible.


The price for liposuction will vary depending on the technique used and the extent of the surgery. With Dr. Lapuerta liposuction costs will depend on the number of areas to be addressed and the time associated with those areas. Typically liposuction can range from $4500 to $10,000.

A detailed and exact estimate of the cost of liposuction will be decided upon after a surgical consultation with Dr. Lapuerta. During the consultation, the extent of the surgical procedure will be outlined, and at that point the expected liposuction in Houston cost can be accurately determined.


  • Recovery Time
  • 1-2 Weeks
  • Average Procedure Time
  • 1-6 Hours
  • Post-op Follow-up
  • 1 Week
  • Procedure Recovery Location
  • Outpatient


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.
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.
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.
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