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Liposuction

Body Contouring in Dallas with Dr. Bryan Armijo

Though a nutritious diet and regular exercising are excellent ways to maintain a healthy weight, these habits don’t always create the body contours we want. Genetics, hormones, and normal aging can all contribute to the development of stubborn fat deposits, especially around the abdomen. If you’re close to your ideal weight but find yourself struggling to achieve balanced proportions or visible muscle tone, liposuction can help. Board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Bryan Armijo offers liposuction to safely and permanently remove diet-resistant fat.

How does Liposuction Work?

Liposuction involves the use of gentle suction to remove unwanted adipose tissue. During liposuction, a thin tube called a cannula is inserted into the patient’s fatty tissue through a keyhole incision. This incision is very small, so it doesn’t typically leave a noticeable scar. The patient’s unwanted fat is then prepared for removal before being carefully siphoned out. To make this process as noninvasive as possible, Dr. Armijo employs two state-of-the-art liposuction techniques: suction and laser-assisted liposuction.

Tumescent liposuction, an advanced approach to traditional suction-assisted liposuction, increases safety, precision, and comfort during the procedure. A sterile solution consisting of anesthetic and epinephrine is carefully administered, causing the treated area to become numb and slightly swollen. This allows Dr. Armijo to easily insert the cannula into the keyhole incision for the targeted removal of excess fat, resulting in the desired shape and contour. The tumescent technique decreases post-operative bruising and promotes faster healing.

Laser-assisted liposuction combines non-surgical laser fat removal technology with traditional liposuction techniques, creating a hybrid procedure that offers rapid results with minimal healing time. Like other forms of liposuction, laser-assisted liposuction uses a thin cannula to remove unwanted fat. However, no tumescent solution is used during this procedure; instead, a thin fiber emits laser energy directly into fat deposits, liquefying them for easy removal. Laser-assisted liposuction is much less invasive than conventional liposuction because it doesn’t require that adipose tissue is mechanically dislodged before it is removed. This procedure also produces gradual improvements in skin tone because laser energy stimulates the production of collagen, a skin-firming compound. Laser-assisted liposuction is therefore ideal for patients who have concerns about mild skin laxity, stretch marks, or cellulite, in addition to unwanted fat.

What are the Benefits of Liposuction?

Liposuction offers several advantages that make it an appealing choice for patients struggling with diet-resistant fat.

Though most patients choose to have liposuction performed on common problem areas, like the belly, back, or thighs, this procedure is extremely versatile. Cannulas are available in a wide variety of sizes and shapes, so liposuction can be used on even small parts of the body, such as armpits, ankles, above the knee and under the chin.

One of the greatest advantages of surgical fat removal has over non-surgical fat removal is its ability to create dramatic results almost immediately. Most non-surgical fat removal systems require multiple treatment sessions, and results manifest gradually over several months. With liposuction, on the other hand, patients only require one appointment, and their results become visible as soon as swelling subsides.

Even if you gain a moderate amount of weight after having liposuction, the areas that you had contoured will remain proportionally slimmer than they were previously. For example, if you have your waistline slimmed with liposuction, you will retain an hourglass figure, even if you gain weight. As such, liposuction can create long-lasting positive changes in body shape.

Having liposuction also makes it easier for some people to achieve a visible muscle tone. Women often have a higher percentage of subcutaneous fat (diet-resistant fat that lies just below the skin), which makes it hard for them to obtain defined abdominal muscles or biceps. By removing some of this subcutaneous fat, liposuction makes visible muscle definition possible.

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Who Makes a Good Candidate for Liposuction?

The ideal liposuction candidate is a healthy adult who has a BMI under 30. Liposuction cannot induce dramatic whole-body weight loss, so patients need to be close to their ideal weight before they can have this procedure. Liposuction is used to spot-reduce fat in areas that remain poorly toned even after successful dieting.

All liposuction candidates must be current non-smokers. If you smoke, you’ll need to quit at least three weeks before and after your procedure, as smoking increases the risk of surgical complications and delays healing after surgery.

Liposuction Recovery

Liposuction recovery is typically brief, and most patients don’t report significant discomfort while they heal. If you have liposuction, you’ll need to rest at home for five to seven days after your procedure. At first, your results may be obscured by swelling, but this swelling will gradually subside over the following three to four weeks, revealing your lean new shape.

Arrange a Liposuction Consultation in Dallas with Dr. Bryan Armijo

Not getting the results you want after dieting or working out consistently can be frustrating and demotivating. If you’re feeling fed up with stubborn fat, liposuction provides a safe, effective option for slimming down. To learn more about this procedure and how it can help you, contact Dallas plastic surgeon Dr. Bryan Armijo at (214) 540-1434 to arrange your consultation.