Who is a Good Candidate?
Individuals who are close to their ideal body weight who have stubborn areas of fat can often benefit from liposuction. Candidates should have good skin elasticity and muscle tone, as well as be healthy, nonsmokers. It is important to understand that liposuction is not a weight loss solution for those who are obese. A consultation with Dr. Homas can help to determine if this is the right procedure for you.
Liposuction involves the creation of small incisions, through which a hollow tube called a cannula is inserted. Through a back and forth motion, the cannula loosens excess fat, which is then suctioned out of the body. Liposuction can be used to target fat in many areas of the body, including the inner and outer thighs, hips, buttocks, abdomen, upper arms, back, chest area, cheeks, calves, and more.
Dr. Homas prefers to perform liposuction using the Tumescent Liposuction technique, which involves injecting a wetting solution of IV fluid mixed with a local anesthetic at the start of the surgery. This allows for liposuction to be done largely under local anesthesia, and also minimizes blood loss and post-surgical pain.
Following liposuction, you will need to wear special compression garments on the treated areas. This will help to reduce swelling and helps the skin to re-drape over the underlying tissues. Bruising and swelling will occur, but should disappear within three weeks. Any discomfort can be treated with pain medication. Patients should avoid strenuous activity for about six weeks. Healing is gradual, so it may be several months before you will be able to see the final results of your surgery. Be sure to follow Dr. Homas’ post-surgical instructions for a safe recovery.
If you are interested in liposuction for a slimmer body silhouette, contact our San Antonio office today to schedule your initial consultation with Dr. Homas.