Tummy Tuck Surgery in Houston and the Woodlands
For many people, it can be difficult to get rid of stubborn fat pockets and achieve a toned, sculpted look—even with a healthy diet and exercise routine. This is why liposuction is one of the most popular cosmetic surgery procedures, with more than 210,000 liposuction procedures performed in the year 2020 alone.1 But what if you could “upgrade” traditional liposuction to not only remove fat but also get better muscle definition and contour? With high definition liposuction, Dr. Rukmini Rednam is able to provide that to her patients in the Houston area.
1. What is High Definition Liposuction?
2. Benefits of High Definition Liposuction
3. What Areas of the Body can be Treated with High Def Lipo?
4. Who is a Candidate for High Definition Liposuction?
What is High Definition Liposuction?
High definition liposuction, also referred to as high def lipo or HD lipo, is a form of liposuction that not only removes fat but also creates a more sculpted look to underlying muscles.
High def lipo is a form of VASER (vibration amplification of sound energy resonance) liposuction. Unlike traditional liposuction that simply sucks away excess body fat, during VASER liposuction fat cells are liquified before they are removed. While traditional liposuction is focused on fat volume reduction, VASER technology makes it possible for a plastic surgeon to meticulously sculpt the treatment area, leaving fat over the muscles slightly thicker to create a defined, toned appearance.
High definition liposuction also lends itself particularly well to fat transfer. With fat transfer, fat is purified after being removed, then reintroduced into the body in areas where additional volume is desired. This is a popular option for patients who wish to achieve a more curvy physique, as with fat transfer breast augmentation and the Brazilian butt lift.
Benefits of High Definition Liposuction
Some of the most noteworthy benefits of high definition liposuction include:
- Removal of stubborn pockets of fat
- Enhanced muscle definition for a more sculpted look
- Multiple areas of the body can be treated at once
What Areas of the Body can be Treated with High Def Lipo?
High definition liposuction is actually most effective when multiple areas of the body are treated, so that the patient gets a more comprehensive sculpted appearance. Popular areas of the body for HD lipo include:
Who is a Candidate for High Definition Liposuction?
Like traditional liposuction, high definition liposuction is not a weight loss procedure. While liposuction can shave off a few pounds of excess fat, it is most effective on patients who are already close to their goal weight. A good candidate for high def lipo:
- Is within 10 pounds of their goal weight
- Has a BMI (body mass index) of 28 or below
- Has pinchable amounts of fat
- Has good skin elasticity
- Is in good overall health2
High Def Lipo: What to Expect
Preparing for High Definition Liposuction
The key to preparing for high definition liposuction is to attend a personal consultation with Dr. Rukmini Rednam. During this appointment, Dr. Rednam will conduct a brief examination and review of your medical history. You will have the opportunity to be candid with Dr. Rednam about your cosmetic concerns and goals, and together you will decide if high def lipo is right for you. Once your procedure is scheduled, you will be given detailed pre- and postoperative instructions.
The High Definition Liposuction Procedure
High definition liposuction may be performed under total IV sedation or general anesthesia and is an outpatient procedure.
Before the procedure, Dr. Rednam spends time studying your natural anatomy to make sure any enhancements look natural and age well. She then makes strategic micro-incisions and applies a tumescent fluid to help enhance the fat removal by adding fluid- and blood-loss reducing medications. Next, the VASER device is used to gently remove unwanted fat, which is then removed with a cannula. If fat transfer augmentation is also part of the patient’s treatment plan, the removed fat is purified and then reintroduced into areas of the body where more volume is desired.
High Definition Liposuction Recovery and Results
After high definition liposuction, you will be fitted with a compression garment or garments to help reduce swelling and aid in healing. Dr. Rednam may also place surgical drains to help clear excess fluid. Most patients are able to return to work within seven to ten days and get back to light exercise after two to four weeks.
Swelling from high definition liposuction may take up to twelve months to fully subside and lymphatic massage is highly encouraged to get the optimal results. As swelling gradually decreases you will be able to begin to appreciate your new contours.
Frequently Asked Questions About High Definition Liposuction
How much does high def lipo cost?
The cost of high def lipo is unique for each patient and depends on the number of areas of the body that are sculpted and whether fat transfer is also part of the treatment plan. When you consult with Dr. Rednam, you will be given a detailed cost break-down for your personal high definition liposuction plan. We offer a number of convenient payment and financing options to help you fit HD lipo into your budget.
Is HD lipo permanent?
No cosmetic surgery procedure can prevent the aging process. Still, patients who maintain a stable body weight are able to enjoy the results of HD lipo for many years.
What are the risks of high definition liposuction?
High definition liposuction is generally considered to be a safe procedure, especially when performed by an experienced plastic surgeon like Dr. Rednam. Still, any cosmetic procedure is associated with some risks and complications. Potential risks and side effects of high def lipo include:
- Body contour irregularities3
Contact Dr. Rednam
If you’ve struggled to get rid of stubborn fat pockets and achieve that sought-after chiseled look with diet and exercise, you may be a great candidate for high definition liposuction with Dr. Rednam in Houston. To learn more about your options, please contact us to schedule a consultation.
1 American Society of Plastic Surgeons. 2020 Plastic Surgery Statistics. Available: https://www.plasticsurgery.org/news/plastic-surgery-statistics. Accessed June 10, 2022.
2 American Society of Plastic Surgeons. Body contouring’s latest frontier: High-definition liposuction. Available: https://www.plasticsurgery.org/news/articles/body-contourings-latest-frontier-high-definition-liposuction. Accessed June 10, 2022.
3 High Definition Liposuction. Managing and avoiding complications of Vaser liposuction. Available: https://highdefinitionliposuction.com/managing-and-avoiding-complications-vaser-liposuction/. Accessed June 10, 2022.