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Liposuction, also called lipoplasty or liposculpture, is a cosmetic surgical procedure that permanently removes fat from the body via vacuum suctioning. The goal of liposuction is not weight loss but rather to reduce fatty deposits from stubborn areas, enhance muscle definition, provide a more feminine or masculine shape, and/or improve the contours of the body.
Liposuction alone does not remove excess skin or cellulite, but Dr. Agullo can create a customized approach that meets those needs by combining liposuction with other procedures. At your initial consultation, you and Dr. Agullo will discuss your goals and expectations to arrive at the best surgical plan.
Dr. Agullo offers all his patients a combination of tumescent and power-assisted liposuction (PAL). Although there are other power-assisted systems such as Vaserlipo® (ultrasound-assisted liposuction) and Smartlipo® (laser-assisted liposuction), Dr. Agullo has not seen an advantage with these systems but rather the added risk of burns and longer surgical times.
The best candidates for liposuction are healthy men and women who wish to improve the appearance of stubborn fat deposits or who wish to have more visible muscle definition. Those who experience the best results are at or near their ideal weight and have maintained their weight for at least three months.
Patients should know that liposuction is not intended for significant weight loss, cellulite removal, or skin removal. Results with liposuction may not be apparent for several weeks until the swelling has fully subsided. Your more slender contours are generally permanent, but childbirth or weight gain after surgery will influence your final outcome.
If a patient needs to have a significant amount of fat removed with liposuction, Dr. Agullo may recommend dividing the procedure into smaller targeted surgeries over the course of a month because an extensive procedure involves greater risks. Complications with liposuction are rare, but the risks include infection, edema, hematoma, seroma, and problems with anesthesia. In general, liposuction is considered a safe cosmetic procedure.
Virtually any cosmetic procedure can be performed in conjunction with liposuction. The advantage of combining procedures is a lower overall cost and less time spent in surgery and recovery. Tummy tuck surgery is most commonly chosen as an adjunct to liposuction because it removes excess skin and fat at the same time. Since liposuction does not remove excess skin, other skin removal surgeries, such as the arm lift, body lift, and thigh lift, are also performed along with liposuction to produce the best results.
The extent of recovery will depend on the area treated with liposuction, the number of incisions, and whether or not it was combined with other procedures. Liposuction is commonly an outpatient procedure, but a hospital stay may be required for combination procedures.
After surgery, there may be some tenderness, swollen areas, or pain, which is all temporary. Any discomfort can be managed with pain medication, and compression garments help to significantly reduce swelling. Walking will prevent blood clots, poor circulation, strokes, and other complications. Most patients are cleared to resume exercise after two weeks.
Most El Paso liposuction procedures will range from $3,800 to $12,000. The cost will vary depending on the extent of the procedure and whether it was combined with other procedures. A more precise estimate will be determined at your initial consultation.
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