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Liposuction

Liposuction in Katy and Houston, TX*

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Overview

Liposuction is a safe, reliable technique of removing unwanted fat and cellulite in areas particularly around the belly, buttocks, thighs and knees. Trained surgeons, such as Dr. Morales in the greater western Houston/Katy area, are able to contour and sculpt a patient’s body. Liposuction can provide men and women alike with newer and better body proportions while taking care of pesky areas that are resistant to diet and exercise. While there are varying procedures to consider, standard liposuction is generally one of the more reliable methods in removing cellulite and unwanted fat effectively and safely.

During the Surgery

Liposuction is done on an outpatient basis under local or general anesthesia. The duration is based on the amount of fat being removed, the technique used, and the size of the area being treated. Small incisions are made on the areas being treated, and a tumescent solution, containing saline and lidocaine, is injected into the tissues to facilitate the fat removal, and minimize blood loss. A cannula is inserted through the incisions to disrupt fat cells before they are suctioned out. However, there is a limit to the amount of fat that can be removed safely.

Recovery

During the recovery period, it is important for patients get up and move around several times a day to help speed the recovery process, and reduce the risk of blood clots forming in the legs. After surgery, patients often feel somewhat sore, tired and stiff. Fluid drainage from the incisions, swelling and mild bleeding are also common. Dr. Morales may prescribe pain medication to help with discomfort, as well as antibiotics to prevent infection. Patients wear a compression garment for several weeks to support the skin, control swelling, and help the skin retract smoothly to the new contour.

Expected Cost

The price for liposuction will vary depending on the technique used and the extent of the surgery. The average cost of liposuction in the U.S. for the most common body parts are outlined below:

  • Abdomen (upper/lower):                    $3,000-$7,000
  • Arms:                                                  $1,500-$5,000
  • Buttocks:                                             $1,500-$4,000
  • Chin:                                                    $2,000-$4,500
  • Inner Thigh:                                         $2,000-$5000
  • Outer Thigh:                                        $2,000-$5,000
  • Hips/Waist:                                          $2,000-$5,000

Plan Your Procedure

Average Cost  
$4,100 - $7,500
Recovery Time  
3-5 Days
Average Procedure Time  
1-3 Hours
Procedure Recovery Location  
Out-Patient
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Liposuction FAQs

Combine With Other Procedures?

Liposuction is often combined with other body contouring procedures such as a tummy tuck, breast augmentation and fat grafting. However, there is a limit to how many procedures can be done safely as it relates to surgical recovery and the amount of time the surgery takes.

When Can I Go Back To Work?

Every person recovers differently. The recovery period depends on how many procedures were performed at the same time. The average return to work for liposuction alone is 1 week.

When Can I Exercise Again?

The average return to routine exercise is usually about 2 months. Post-operative swelling usually persists for several months after liposuction.

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* All information subject to change. Images may contain models. Individual results are not guaranteed and may vary.