Fat Removal for the Dallas-Fort Worth Area
Eating a balanced, healthy diet and exercising on a regular basis are the best ways to maintain a good figure. However, these health and fitness efforts don’t always provide the results you desire. This is due to the fact that your body is genetically predisposed to store fat in certain regions of your body, and often you may not be happy with the areas where this fat ends up. For many men and women, liposuction can provide the finishing touches on your efforts in order to help you achieve the figure you’ve worked so hard to obtain.
You can learn about your liposuction options and receive individualized treatment recommendations by speaking with Dr. Farris in person. Please call (214) 363-1073 today to schedule a consultation. We serve patients in the Dallas-Forth Worth area.
What is Liposuction?
Liposuction is a body contouring procedure that is performed to remove targeted pockets of fat that have been resistant to your diet and exercise efforts. Dr. Zachary Farris is a double board-certified plastic surgeon with over 15 years of experience performing liposuction procedures. He can develop a customized procedure that will help you achieve the toned, fit figure you desire.
Benefits of Liposuction
For many men and women, liposuction can be a truly life-changing experience that helps you look and feel your very best. Some of the benefits you’ll experience after liposuction include:
- More toned, fit body
- More balanced and proportional body contour
- Improved appearance in clothing and swimsuits
- Increased self-confidence
Many of our liposuction patients find that they have greater motivation to maintain an active, healthy lifestyle after their procedure in order to ensure their results last a long time. These lifestyle changes will often have a far-reaching impact on your life that extends well beyond your appearance. This newfound motivation to remain fit can help you stay healthier as you get older.
Liposuction Results - Before And After
What areas can liposuction treat?
Liposuction is an extremely versatile procedure that allows you to remove fat from just about any area of your body that can benefit from additional contouring. At Farris Plastic Surgery, we regularly perform liposuction on the following treatment areas:
- Flanks (to reduce the appearance of “love handles” or “muffin tops”)
- Face, neck and jowls
- Upper arms
- Chest (as part of a male breast reduction procedure)
Liposuction is often included as part of a mommy makeover to help women restore the figure they enjoyed prior to pregnancy and childbirth.
Ideal Liposuction Candidates
Liposuction is an excellent option for the vast majority of men and women who would like to remove one or more stubborn pockets of fat that have been resistant to diet and exercise efforts. However, in order to be considered a good liposuction candidate, you must meet the following criteria:
- Good overall health
- Realistic expectations for the outcome of the procedure
- Exercise regularly and are relatively fit
- Have good skin elasticity
- Are able to maintain a healthy, stable weight
- Have one or more localized areas of fat to be removed
- Do not smoke or are willing to quit smoking prior to surgery and throughout the recovery process (smoking can adversely impact healing and results)
In addition, it’s important to understand that liposuction is not a tool for weight loss or a substitute for maintaining a healthy lifestyle. It is a body contouring procedure intended to put the finishing touches on your fitness efforts. The best results are achieved with patients who are near their ideal weight and who only need to remove a moderate amount of fat. You must accomplish your weight loss goals before you can be considered a good liposuction candidate.
Your Customized Liposuction Procedure
A carefully crafted surgical plan will be devised, tailored to address your specific needs. In addition to your exam and photo evaluation, your input will contribute to the design of the procedure. It’s truly an artistic collaboration!
The art of liposuction involves way more than the removal of superfluous fat. It involves contouring and sculpting the body to unveil underlying muscle structure. It involves formation of hills, valleys, proper shadowing and achieving symmetry, proportion and aesthetically pleasing ratios. Each patient is different and requires a customized plan to optimize results.
Your liposuction procedure will be performed on an outpatient basis using general anesthesia at our AAAASF-accredited surgical facility. Occasionally, small limited areas of fat can be addressed with “awake liposuction” where local anesthesia alone is used without being put to sleep. The length of time required for your surgery will vary based on the area(s) being treated and the amount of fat being removed. Typically, it takes about one hour per treated area of liposuction.
While there are several methods for liposuction, Dr. Farris prefers the VASERlipoTM System for most liposuction cases. VASER® liposuction is the latest advancement in ultrasound assisted liposuction (UAL) that uses acoustic energy to fragment and emulsify fat, improving procedure efficiency while minimizing trauma to surrounding tissue. It allows for more precise contouring and is a great alternative to the harsher techniques of traditional liposuction which cause more pain and downtime.
Compared to traditional suction assisted liposuction (SAL), VASER liposuction has the following advantages:
- Allows for precise sculpting - high definition liposculpture (hi-def lipo)
- Greater skin retraction
- Less surgical trauma
- Less blood loss
- Less bruising
- Less post-op pain
- Less downtime
- Gentle enough to treat delicate areas
- Highlights muscle contour
- Lower risk of contour irregularities
- Removes large amounts of fat with minimal effort
In addition, the fat obtained using VASER maintains a high fat cell viability, making it a great tool for fat transfer procedures, such as a Brazilian Butt Lift.
How does VASER work?
First, tumescent fluid is injected throughout targeted fat tissue after tiny incisions are made. This fluid contains epinephrine (controls bleeding) and lidocaine (controls pain). Next, the VASER ultrasonic probe is inserted into the targeted area and generates acoustic energy that results in rapid formation and collapse of very tiny gas bubbles in the tumescent fluid, which dislodges clusters of intact fat cells with minimal impact on surrounding tissue. A small cannula is then inserted to suction out the emulsified fat.
What is high-definition liposuction (hi-def lipo)?
High-definition liposuction goes beyond the simple unrefined removal of bulky fat and is focused on achieving an aesthetically ideal form by manifesting underlying structures like muscles and their contours. In addition to targeting deeper layers of fat, it focuses on the strategic removal of superficial fat close to the skin in key areas, allowing the sculpting of different parts of the body. Removal of fat around muscle groups results in better definition of the underlying muscles. These techniques avoid the undesired flat liposuction look. Instead, concavities, convexities, shadows, negative spaces, improved muscle definition and an overall aesthetically pleasing form become apparent.
Dr. Farris and his staff at Farris Plastic Surgery will provide specific instructions regarding your liposuction recovery. It’s important that you follow these aftercare instructions diligently in order to facilitate the healing process and ensure the best possible outcome to your procedure.
You will be able to go home the same day of surgery. Make sure you arrange for someone to drive you home since you will still be under the lingering effects of anesthesia. It’s also a good idea to have someone at home to assist you during the first day of your recovery. Dr. Farris encourages you to spend the remainder of the day resting, and make sure you drink plenty of fluids to prevent dehydration.
Post-operative pain is minimal, and Dr. Farris will prescribe medication to help you manage any discomfort you may experience. There may be some minor swelling and bruising that will gradually subside during the first few weeks of your recovery. A compression garment is typically worn for 3-6 weeks to control the swelling and ensure your new body contour achieves its desired shape.
Dr. Farris will schedule a follow-up visit with you 2-3 days after surgery in order to monitor your recovery. During this visit, Dr. Farris will advise you as to when it will be safe to return to work. In most cases, you should be able to go back to work in about a week, but this timetable may be altered slightly based on how your recovery is going.
Manual lymphatic drainage (MLD) massage, sometimes called “lymphatic massage” is a specialized massage technique that can be performed after liposuction to improve the recovery process. This massage will help clear fluid and toxins from your tissue through the lymphatic system. In turn, this will reduce swelling, reduce fibrosis, reduce hardened scar tissue, remove waste products, decrease recovery time and improve results. Manual lymphatic drainage massage should be performed by practitioners specifically trained in the technique. If advised, you may start a course of MLD as soon as 2 days following your procedure. Patients can have 3-5 treatments and as many as 8-12 treatments, twice or three times per week.
Resuming Exercise After Liposuction
Dr. Farris encourages resuming light walking as soon as you feel up to it in order to promote blood flow and prevent complications such as blood clots. In general, you should be able to gradually increase your activity throughout the first two weeks of recovery, and it is usually safe to participate in most of your everyday activities after this two-week period.
However, you will need to refrain from exercise and other strenuous activity for roughly 4-6 weeks. This is important ensure proper healing. While you will most likely be motivated to hit the gym and maintain your newly toned figure, patience will be crucial as your body recovers. Dr. Farris will monitor your progress closely throughout the recovery period, and he’ll let you know when it’s safe to resume exercise and other strenuous physical activity.
Initial results will be noticeable after a couple of weeks. You will continue to see gradual improvements to your figure over the following weeks as swelling subsides. However, your final results may not be visible for several months.
There will be very small scars at the incision points where the cannula is inserted during the liposuction procedure. Dr. Farris always takes every precaution to ensure these scars are placed as discreetly as possible. In most instances, these scars will be difficult to see.
Fat cells removed during your procedure will never return, making your results permanent. However, it is still possible to gain weight after liposuction, and often this weight gain may occur in unexpected areas of your body. If this happens, you may find that your figure lacks the proper proportions achieved after liposuction. In order to avoid this scenario, it’s important to eat a healthy diet and exercise regularly once you’re fully recovered from surgery. Living a healthy lifestyle is the best way to ensure your beautiful results last for years to come.
If you’re concerned that you may struggle to maintain a stable, healthy weight after your procedure, you may want to consider working with a personal trainer and nutritionist who can help you cultivate the proper habits necessary to maintain your new toned, fit figure.
Lipo with Fat Transfer – Put Your Excess Fat to Good Use
Dr. Farris can help you put this unwanted fat to good use in a fat transfer procedure. The fat removed during liposuction is purified and reinjected into another region of your body that you would like to enhance. This allows you to enjoy dual body contouring benefits from your liposuction procedure – the area where fat is removed will be toned and sculpted, while the fat transfer procedure allows you to improve the appearance of a different area.
Fat transfer is commonly used during a Brazilian butt lift to add volume to the buttocks. Dr. Farris can also perform breast augmentation with fat transfer. This technique can achieve excellent results if you’re looking for a modest increase in breast size.