Every “body” is different. Some lucky individuals have just the right amount of body fat, distributed evenly and attractively. Most of us, though, have fat zones that just don’t respond to diet and exercise, even if we maintain normal BMI. Excess fat at the neck, chin, and jawline distorts your profile. Fat deposits around the midsection, thighs, and upper arms can be really stubborn. In addition to SculpSure®, a non-invasive fat reduction technique, Dr. Pamela Carr offers tumescent liposuction. Women and men in the Sugar Land, TX area are enjoying better-fitting clothes and a real confidence boost from this safe, effective fat removal method.
Dr. Carr uses a tumescent liposuction technique. An anesthetic solution is infiltrated beneath the skin, where it numbs the fatty tissue. The solution is made up of saline as well as lidocaine, a local anesthetic for more comfortable treatment. It also contains epinephrine, which constricts blood vessels to reduce bleeding and bruising. Small incisions are made in the skin and a cannula is inserted to break up fat deposits, and suck the unwanted fat out. With tumescent liposuction, there is no need for general anesthesia.
Candidates, expectations, and treatment
Good candidates for tumescent liposuction have a bit too much fat in localized areas for SculpSure®®, but are not obese. These individuals want body contouring in problem areas, and have reasonable expectations.
Following a consultation, Dr. Carr schedules routine bloodwork for your safety. This screening checks for infectious disease, appropriate clotting, and hemoglobin. If the blood panel reveals abnormalities, your internist will need to clear you for liposuction. Those with diabetes can be candidates for liposuction, and can actually see some health benefits from reduced fat percentage, but again, your internist must clear you for the procedure.
Ports necessary to harvest fat take about 48 hours to finish draining. Dr. Carr usually schedules liposuction on Friday, so that you have the weekend to recover. After the procedure you return home, drink plenty of water, eat a low-salt/high protein meal, and rest. Discomfort is similar to muscle pain from overexertion. It is important to get up and move around the next morning to alleviate soreness. You can return to work on Monday unless your job requires a great deal of physical activity. Plan to wear a tight compression garment for the first week, and one with lighter compression for the next three weeks. Then your new shape begins to emerge, with full results in about six months.
Liposuction is not a weight loss treatment, and it does not substitute for the overall wellness benefits of healthy eating and regular physical activity. However, tumescent liposuction is an effective body contouring technique. Call Carr Dermatology at 281.494.0034 to schedule a consultation with Dr. Carr.