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.
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:
Inner Thigh: $2,500-$5000
Outer Thigh: $2,500-$5,000