Many people struggle with stubborn or isolated fat deposits that do not respond to diet and exercise. If you are not able to achieve the lean look you want, despite a healthy lifestyle, liposuction could be the solution. Liposuction is one of the most popular cosmetic procedures in the U.S. because it can contour and sculpt the body, including the arms, back, stomach, breasts, flanks, hips, thighs, knees, and calves. It is also often performed in conjunction with other procedures, such as tummy tuck surgery or a facelift where it may be used to eliminate a double chin.1 Houston Liposuction Specialist Dr. Rukmini Rednam is a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon with experience in a range of advanced liposuction techniques. Dr. Rednam uses her eye for detail and artistic hand to contour and reshape target areas, providing patients with the aesthetic results they desire.
How Liposuction Works
Liposuction typically offers patients immediate results with a quick recovery time. To ensure patient safety, Dr. Rednam takes a conservative approach to liposuction and limits the volume per surgery, meaning that only the appropriate amount of fat is removed in order to minimize complications and risks. Additionally, the procedure is performed at a AAAASF (American Association for Accreditation of Ambulatory Surgery Facilities)-accredited facility, ensuring an excellent environment and a comfortable procedure for patients.
This procedure is performed under general anesthesia or IV sedation or at times awake under local anesthesia with pronox. During the procedure, Dr. Rednam makes very small incisions on the treatment site. She inserts a small tube called a cannula through the incisions, and aspirates the excess fat, safely suctioning it from the body.
The most commonly treated areas include:
- Flanks (love handles)
- Inner and outer thighs
Onsite Awake Liposuction
Dr. Rednam offers liposuction with local anesthesia for select arm and neck procedures. This method requires less than 24 hours downtime and is especially effective for what Dr. Rednam’s patients call “red carpet arms”. Since you are able to move your arms during liposuction, Dr. Rednam can specifically target around your muscles in order to make precise adjustments and provide next-level arm contouring.
Preparing for Liposuction
If you are interested in liposuction, the first step is a consultation appointment with Dr. Rednam at her Houston office. She will learn about your goals, discuss your medical history, and assess the area to be treated in order to determine if you are a candidate. If you decide that liposuction is right for you, Dr. Rednam will provide you with pre surgical instructions, which will include abstaining from nicotine products.
Your recovery will depend on the area you have had treated. Typically, liposuction only requires a downtime of a couple of days. You may experience some mild swelling, bruising, and discomfort, which can be managed with medication. Liposuction often creates “pooling” of excess lymphatic fluid in treated areas. This can result in discomfort and swelling. Manual lymphatic massage is recommended by Dr. Rednam following liposuction to accelerate the recovery period. After your liposuction procedure, you will need to wear a compression garment. Dr. Rednam will give you detailed after care instructions and schedule any follow up appointments that may be needed.
Results from liposuction are both immediate and progressive. While most patients see good results right away, some may have to wait for the swelling to recede in order to see the maximum effects of the surgery. The results of liposuction are long lasting, and patients can enjoy them for many years to come, as long as they avoid gaining significant amounts of weight. Studies show that liposuction patients who exercise regularly maintain better results than those who don’t, so try to keep up an active lifestyle in order to optimize your liposuction results!2
FAQs About Liposuction
Am I a candidate for liposuction?
It is important to understand that liposuction is not a weight loss surgery. It is a body contouring procedure that is best suited for patients who are at a healthy, stable weight, with good skin elasticity and a desire to smooth away excess fat deposits.3 The best way to determine if liposuction is right for you is to schedule a consultation appointment with Dr. Rednam.
Is liposuction safe?
In general liposuction is considered safe when performed by an experienced board-certified plastic surgeon.4 However, as with any surgery liposuction does have some risks which include anesthesia risks, changes in sensation, bruising, infection, asymmetries, irregular contours, and swelling.5
Can I combine any other procedures with liposuction?
How much does liposuction cost?
The cost of liposuction can vary based on several factors including the number of areas treated and the amount of fat removed. The best way to determine your exact cost is to schedule a consultation with Dr. Rednam.
Contact Dr. Rednam for Liposuction in Houston
Dr. Rednam is dedicated to helping patients look and feel their best. Our team is happy to answer any questions you have about liposuction or other body contouring procedures. Contact us to schedule your consultation.
1 American Society of Plastic Surgeons. 2018 Plastic Surgery Statistics Report. Available: https://www.plasticsurgery.org/documents/News/Statistics/2018/plastic-surgery-statistics-full-report-2018.pdf
2Benatti F, Solis M, Artioli G, et al. Liposuction Induces a Compensatory Increase of Visceral Fat Which Is Effectively Counteracted by Physical Activity: A Randomized Trial. The Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism, Volume 97, Issue 7, 1 July 2012, Pages 2388–2395, https://doi.org/10.1210/jc.2012-1012
3American Society of Plastic Surgeons. Liposuction. Available: https://www.plasticsurgery.org/cosmetic-procedures/liposuction/candidates
4 ASPS. Frequently asked liposuction questions. Available: https://www.plasticsurgery.org/news/blog/frequently-asked-liposuction-questions. Accessed December 8, 2022.
5 ASPS. What are the risks of liposuction? Available: https://www.plasticsurgery.org/cosmetic-procedures/liposuction/safety. Accessed December 8, 2022.