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What is Liposuction?

Liposuction in San Antonio is done through multiple small incisions using cannulas and suction. Liposuction can also be used as the first stage for certain procedures. For example, if aggressive liposuction is needed in an area of the body, it is considered safer to do the liposuction first in one initial procedure and the removal of excess skin in a separate, second procedure.

Liposuction Introduction

Liposuction Can be Performed Over Many Areas of the Body Including:

Liposuction can be Combined with a Variety of Procedures Including:

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Why Choose the Surgeons at Hill Country Plastic Surgery?

At Hill Country Plastic Surgery, we are proud to offer our patients the highest quality of care possible. Our practice was founded by two board-certified plastic surgeons, Dr. Scott Farber and Dr. Amita Shah. We believe that quality should always come before quantity, which is why we are focused on offering high-quality service and advanced surgery, not high volume. Your surgeon will be closely involved throughout the entire process, from pre-op to post-op, ensuring that you receive the best possible care. In addition, we offer efficient and effective combination surgery (multiple procedures in one surgery), for a safer procedure and more rapid recovery. 

What Sets Hill Country Plastic Surgery Apart from Other Plastic Surgery Centers?

Patient experience is always our top priority, and we go above and beyond to ensure that each one of our patients feels like a VIP. Our practice is set up to enhance the patient experience by making the surgeons easily accessible before and after surgery and providing personalized, hands-on care. If you are looking for the best possible care, look no further than Hill Country Plastic Surgery.

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Am I a Good Candidate for Liposuction?

Liposuction in San Antonio is not a weight loss surgery, and the results are not as drastic as with some other surgical procedures, however, it can help with problem areas. Once the fat is removed, the surrounding skin will shrink to some degree. An exception to this is patients with damaged or extremely loose skin (such as skin with a lot of stretch marks). In these cases, removal of the excess skin is recommended. Liposuction is not a treatment for cellulite. During your consultation, we will discuss if you would benefit from liposuction and/or another procedure.

The Best Candidates for Liposuction are:

  • Patients who are healthy and within 30% of their ideal weight 
  • Patients who have deposits of fat that won’t go away despite proper diet and exercise 
  • Patients should be healthy and non-smokers. Smoking can significantly affect healing after surgery. 

How is Liposuction Performed?

Liposuction can be performed under local anesthesia, sedation, or general anesthesia. Liposuction is performed through multiple small incisions which are at the most 5 millimeters in length. A dilute local anesthetic solution is placed in the areas to be treated prior to starting the fat removal process.

Cannulas are used to dislodge the fat while power-assisted suction is used to remove the fat from the body. Immediately after the procedure, you will be placed in compression garments. It is common to have some swelling, bruising, and retention of fluid right after surgery. 

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What Kind of Anesthesia Will Be Used?

The type of anesthesia used will be determined by your surgeon based on the extent of fat removal, the patient’s medical history, and other factors. General anesthesia may be necessary if large amounts of fat are being removed or if the surgeon anticipates the procedure will be longer than average.

Local anesthesia numbs the area while sedation relaxes the patient; however, both types allow the patient to remain awake during the procedure. Once the anesthetic has taken effect, a thin tube called a cannula is inserted through the incisions and used to suction out the unwanted fat. 

Limitations, Risks, and Complications 

The risks of liposuction are:

  • Reactions to anesthesia
  • Bruising
  • Changes in skin sensation
  • Damage to surrounding structures
  • Clots
  • Irregular contours
  • Asymmetry
  • Persistent swelling
  • Rippling or loose skin
  • Worsening of cellulite
  • Need for revision
  • As with any surgery, you can minimize risks by having an experienced plastic surgeon perform your procedure.

Before & After

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Your Private Consultation – What to Expect.

During your initial consultation with your surgeon at Hill Country Plastic Surgery, we will discuss your concerns and goals before recommending treatment options that are tailored specifically to your needs. Prior to your consultation, we recommend that you review the procedures on our website so you are familiar with the terms we will be using during our discussion. The following will be addressed during your consultation:

  • Once we identify your concerns and surgical goals, we will discuss all the treatment options that are available to you. Every patient is unique, and we will develop a tailored surgical plan that addresses your specific goals. 
  • We will thoroughly review your medical history, surgical history, medications, allergies, family medical history, and other important details. It is very important that we obtain accurate information in all areas, as it may impact the outcome of your surgery.
  • While discussing different treatment options, we will perform a physical exam and take measurements that are necessary for planning your surgery. Pre-operative (before surgery) photos will be taken either at your initial consultation or during your pre-operative visit.
  • After your consultation, you will receive access to your notes on the patient portal in addition to information about your specific surgery. If you have not activated your patient portal, this can be done at your appointment by asking any of our staff to assist you. 

Recovery from Liposuction

During your recovery period after liposuction, there will be bruising, swelling, and some numbness in the treatment area. You will have a compression garment to wear that will help minimize swelling. Cool packs will also help to reduce these effects and improve the healing process. Do not exert yourself, but do engage in light walking to stimulate circulation and reduce the risk of blood clots.

Most patients are able to return to sedentary work within about one week after their liposuction procedure. After about two weeks, you will be able to resume moderate exercise. To enhance your healing process, follow a healthy diet and stay hydrated with plenty of fluids. By the four-to-six-week mark, swelling will be mostly gone.  At this point, you can resume strenuous exercise.

What to Do After Your Consultation Visit

If you have questions after your appointment, you can contact our office or message us through the patient portal. Some patients will require medical clearance from their primary care physician or a specialist or additional tests before undergoing surgery. Once you have determined that you would like to have surgery and have completed any clearances and tests that were requested, contact our office at (210) 658-3555 to schedule a pre-operative appointment with one of our surgeons.

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Liposuction FAQs

Where is the procedure performed?

What do I have to wear after surgery?

Are my results permanent?

I have saggy skin, will liposuction help?

When can I resume normal activity and exercise?

How much does liposuction cost in San Antonio?

Will my insurance cover liposuction in San Antonio?

Where is the procedure performed?

The procedure is performed at an accredited surgical center or in a hospital. For longer procedures, it may be recommended that you stay overnight in the facility for additional monitoring.

What do I have to wear after surgery?

You may need to wear compression garments after your surgery. You will be fitted for these garments prior to your surgery so you have them available right away. As the swelling goes down and your new figure is revealed, you may need a newer, smaller garment. The garment is usually worn for at least 6 weeks, but it can be worn longer if needed.

Are my results permanent?

The results are technically permanent but only if you maintain a stable weight.

I have saggy skin, will liposuction help?

Liposuction removes excess fat but does not tighten skin. If you have hanging skin, liposuction may make it worse. It is possible to do liposuction to improve the contour of the area and then remove the skin in the same or in a separate procedure.

When can I resume normal activity and exercise?

You can start light exercise two weeks after surgery when most of the swelling and bruising has gone down. You can return to all activities without restriction 6 weeks after your surgery.

How much does liposuction cost in San Antonio?

The cost of liposuction depends on the number of areas to be treated, how much is to be removed, and the facility. You will get a quote on how much the procedure will cost after consultation with your surgeon.

Will my insurance cover liposuction in San Antonio?

Insurance does not cover cosmetic liposuction.

Contact Hill Country Plastic Surgery – We are Here For You.

As life progresses, your body experiences changes that can be seen and changes that remain unseen. These may limit your abilities and your level of confidence even if you still feel as though you can take on the world. At Hill Country Plastic Surgery, our board-certified surgeons, Dr. Farber and Dr. Shah understand this and have devoted themselves to journeying beside each of our patients to help them achieve transformation. 

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