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Even when the scale gives you the number you want in the morning, your body contour may not quite meet your expectations. Isolated pockets of fat can develop that are unresponsive to even vigorous exercise and calorie-counting. The fat deposits may not be large, but they can be significant enough to affect how your clothing fits or how you feel about your body.

Liposuction Austin, also known as liposculpture, is a body contouring procedure that targets specific areas of fat deposits in the body for permanent removal. The treatment can be used to address nearly any area of the body where localized fat exists, making this one of the most versatile body contouring treatments available today. Multiple regions can be addressed in a single operation. In addition, Dr. Sharma offers a variety of liposuction techniques at his Austin office, giving patients even more flexibility in customizing treatments to the unique needs of each patient.

Who is it for?

Liposuction is available for both Austin adult men and women who are in relatively good health and have achieved a stable weight. Areas of the body that can benefit from liposuction include:

  • Face and neck
  • Upper arms
  • Hips and flanks
  • Waist and abdomen
  • Upper and lower back
  • Inner thighs
  • Outer thighs (saddlebag area)
  • Knees and calves

In some cases, breast fat and male breast enlargement (gynecomastia) respond well to ultrasonic-assisted liposuction as well. The procedure was not created for weight loss and should not be performed as such. Patients with significant skin laxity may not see the best results from this treatment and might be better served with a surgical lift procedure that addresses loose skin and areas of fat at the same time. Dr. Sharma will evaluate you at your in-person consultation to determine whether liposuction is the right procedure for your body contouring needs.

Options in Liposuction

Dr. Sharma offers the following liposuction techniques so that he can directly address the needs of each patient:

Tumescent Liposuction

This process uses a tumescent fluid to make the fat cells easier to remove and reduce the amount of bleeding that occurs during and after the procedure. Also known as the wet technique, the tumescent approach has resulted in a process that is more comfortable and safer for the patient. It also tends to produce a superior outcome compared to traditional forms of liposuction that are rarely still performed today.

Ultrasonic-Assisted Liposuction

Also known as VASER, this innovative form of liposuction takes body contouring to an entirely different level. The cannula used for this process delivers ultrasound energy into the treatment spot, liquefying fat cells so they can be easily removed with less trauma to surrounding tissue. The precision of this technique allows it to be used effectively on even small areas like the chin and neck. It is also preferred for contouring areas that require advanced sculpting ability, such as the breasts and abdomen.

Dr. Sharma will determine which liposuction will work the best for you based on the area treated, the amount of fat to be eliminated and the results you hope to achieve.

How does it work?

The liposuction process will depend in part on which technique is used, although it is always done as an outpatient treatment. In the majority of cases, the procedure can be done using local anesthesia with IV sedation. If tumescent liposuction is performed, a sterile fluid is infused into the treatment area to start the process. The solution also contains a numbing agent to make the procedure more comfortable. Other techniques do not necessarily require this step.

Next, tiny incisions are created so that a narrow tube called a cannula can be inserted into the fat deposit. The cannula loosens the fat cells, either through gentle movement, mechanical vibration or ultrasonic energy. Once the cells are loosened, they can be suctioned away using a vacuum device attached to the cannula. The incisions may require a couple of sutures or they may be small enough to close using tape alone. Noticeable scarring after liposuction is rare.

Understanding the Recovery Process

Recovery from liposuction is typically a quick process compared to other surgical procedures. You may experience some swelling and soreness around the incision sites. Dr. Sharma will prescribe pain medication to keep you comfortable during the first few days, and you may have a compression garment to wear that will reduce swelling and help the skin conform to the new contour. Patients are generally ready to return to regular activities within one week after a tumescent liposuction procedure and even sooner if other techniques are used. Strenuous exercise should wait for about two weeks to prevent complications and ensure the body heals fully from the procedure.

What does it do?

Liposuction is a safe procedure when performed by trained, experienced Austin plastic surgeons in an accredited facility. New techniques have been developed to decrease both operative and recovery times, which improving outcomes and restoring patient confidence in their bodies. Patients achieve a slimmer and better-proportioned figure and are often motivated to make lifestyle changes that will help them maintain their new form more effectively. Contact our office today to schedule a consultation with Dr. Sharma, one of Austin’s premier body contouring experts. Give us a call at 512-838-3658 to get started.


Contact our office to schedule a private consultation with Board Certified Plastic Surgeon, Sanjay K. Sharma, M.D., F.A.C.S.