Liposuction in Houston, TX
Dr. Newall draws patients from all over the world for the dramatic body contouring results he is able to achieve through liposuction. Whether you desire large volume liposuction or a more moderate level of fat removal, he will work with you to help you to achieve your shaping goals. Dr. German Newall, board-certified plastic surgeon, helps patients in Houston, Post Oak, Sugar Land, Katy, and all other surrounding areas achieve their desired results.
What is Liposuction?
Liposuction, also known as lipo, reshapes the body and improves its proportions through the removal of excess fat. Despite exercise and good eating habits, fat can be resistant to removal in certain areas due to genetics and the body’s hormonally influenced tendency to store fat in certain areas for men and women. Liposuction allows you to achieve the contouring you desire on almost any area of the body, including:
- Lower body (hips, thighs, and buttocks)
- Abdomen and waist
- Legs (knees, calves, and ankles)
- Arms (arm liposuction)
- Neck and chin
What are the Benefits of Liposuction?
While liposuction is generally considered to be an elective, aesthetic procedure, Dr. Newall has found that there are added health benefits to removing excess fat from the body. Liposuction can produce significant physical and mental benefits, particularly when weight loss and exercise have been ineffective at reducing resistant fat.
Dr. Newall and his colleague, Dr. Henry Mentz, conducted a study to examine the health risks or benefits of large volume lipo. They found that cholesterol and triglyceride levels dropped over the 27 weeks following liposuction surgery. They also found some interesting behavioral changes in most patients that underwent the procedure. About half of the patients that had liposuction improved their exercise habits, and about a third of the patients improved their dietary habits. The patients that adopted these positive lifestyle changes saw lower cholesterol levels and maintained their post-operative weight.
Though liposuction is not intended as a large-scale weight-loss method, it is an effective tool to change the shape of the body, alter the areas where the body stores fat, and enhance body contours through the selective removal of fatty tissue. Dr. Newall can reshape almost any area of the body where unwanted fat exists, including the buttocks, thighs, hips, abdomen, chest, waist, neck, and chin. The result is a more proportionate and attractive shape and a heightened self-confidence due to the improvement in one’s appearance.
What is Tumescent Liposuction?
There are many types of liposuction available today, but Dr. Newall prefers the tried-and-true method of tumescent liposuction for its safety and consistent results. He has been using this method for more than a decade for moderate and large volume liposuction procedures.
A solution called tumescent is injected into the areas targeted for liposuction, causing the fat to become easier to suction out with a thin hollow tube called a cannula. Dr. Newall prefers the tumescent method of liposuction to ultrasonic because of three key benefits of the tumescent solution: it helps to minimize bleeding, contains pain medication to relieve discomfort on the first day of your recovery, and it swells the tissues where it is injected, allowing Dr. Newall to perform more precise liposculpting.
Tumescent refers to the type of anesthetic solution used during liposuction. The solution contains a vasoconstrictor that allows the blood vessels to shrink which minimizes blood loss during the procedure. Tumescent contains a dilute anesthetic (a combination of lidocaine and epinephrine) which aids in minimizing post-operative pain and recovery.
What Happens During Liposuction?
In a liposuction procedure, Dr. Newall makes small, inconspicuous incisions in the skin. After infusing a sterile liquid tumescent solution to reduce bleeding, bruising, and pain, he inserts a thin, hollow tube called a cannula. This allows him to suction out the fat in a manner that achieves the desired shaping goals.
What Happens After Liposuction?
After your liposuction procedure, you will be fitted with a compression garment that is worn for approximately 4 weeks to help reduce swelling and compress the skin to its new contours. Swelling may take a few months to fully dissipate. Once fluid retention and swelling subside, your improved body contour will become more evident.
What Results Can I Expect from Liposuction?
The results of liposuction are typically long-lasting, providing that a stable weight is maintained. For many individuals, liposuction inspires them to develop a healthier lifestyle that not only maintains their new shape but also improves their overall fitness and feelings of confidence.
Can Liposuction Be Combined with a Tummy Tuck?
Liposuction can be performed alone or along with other procedures. One of the most popular combinations is with a tummy tuck. By combining lipo and tummy tuck procedures, Dr. Newall is often able to achieve extensive reshaping of the body as an alternative to a body lift. While liposuction removes excess fat, a tummy tuck addresses loose skin and weakened muscles in the abdominal area that can be due to large weight loss or pregnancy. A tummy tuck effectively restores a flat, smooth contour to the abdomen through the removal of loose skin and tightening the underlying abdominal muscles.
Will Liposuction Improve Cellulite?
Cellulite is persistent subcutaneous fat that causes dimples to appear on the skin. There are several treatments that may help to reduce the appearance of cellulite. Learn more about our cellulite treatment. Liposuction alone may not improve cellulite.
Where will the procedure be performed?
All of our plastic surgery procedures are performed at our award-winning ACPS, The Aesthetic Center for Plastic Surgery (ACPS), which is the largest private plastic surgery center in Texas. The ACPS exceeds accepted standards for private surgical facilities and is licensed by the Texas Department of Health. The ACPS offers four surgical suites, pre-operative consultation suites, and seven comfortable post-operative recovery suites, all staffed with medical professionals handpicked by our surgeons.
How Much Does Liposuction Cost?
While cost should not be the final factor on which you base your decision, we understand that it is an important consideration. You should first realize that even though you are considering elective surgery, it is still surgery. Safety must be your surgeon’s highest priority followed by patient satisfaction. At German Newall, MD we work to provide excellent service at a fair price. We feel that an investment in yourself is one of the most important investments that you could ever make; as such, we offer a variety of payment options including financing to help make your aesthetic dreams a reality.
What is intra-abdominal fat?
Visceral fat, also known as intra-abdominal fat, is located inside the peritoneal cavity, packed in between internal organs and torso, as opposed to subcutaneous fat, which is found underneath the skin.
How do you know if you have intra-abdominal fat?
The fat you can pinch is subcutaneous fat which lies outside of the abdominal cavity. If you press on your stomach and it is hard and still protrudes then you may have intra-abdominal fat.
What can I do about intra-abdominal fat?
Proper diet and exercise can reduce intramuscular fat over time. Liposuction for cosmetic fat removal doesn’t reach inside the abdominal wall. Liposuction can only address the subcutaneous fat which is the fat you can pinch.
Consistent Exercise. Exercise can help reduce your waist circumference. Even if you don’t lose weight, you lose visceral fat and gain muscle mass. This is not a quick fix but with consistency, you will notice a change.
Proper Diet. Choose a balanced diet that helps you achieve and maintain a healthy weight. Include plenty of calcium. Avoid products that seem to encourage belly fat deposition, including trans fats (hydrogenated vegetable oils) and fructose-sweetened foods and beverages. Making the right choices in your diet will help eliminate the intra-abdominal fat that Dr. Newall can’t address with liposuction.
Results WITH addressing the intra-abdominal fat before surgery:
If you notice you have intra-abdominal fat and decide to diet and exercise prior to your cosmetic surgery with Dr. Newall you will have better results. You’ll have a flatter stomach after your surgery since you have addressed the intra-abdominal fat. Keeping up with this lifestyle change will have your results looking better and better.
Results WITHOUT addressing the intra-abdominal fat before surgery:
Dr. Newall will address the subcutaneous fat above the abdominal wall so you will notice a smoother and flatter appearance but you may still notice a protruding appearance of the abdomen. This is because there may still be intra-abdominal fat beneath the abdominal wall which can only be addressed with diet and exercise.
What can be done if you already had a tummy tuck and didn’t address the intra-abdominal fat prior to cosmetic surgery:
With consistent diet and exercise, you can bring down the intra-abdominal fat over time bettering your cosmetic surgical results.
Dr. German Newall, a board-certified plastic surgeon, focuses on the needs of his patients and assures that you will be met with a caring, dedicated, and experienced staff. If you are considering body sculpting or body contouring in Houston, Post Oak, Sugar Land, Katy, or any surrounding communities, please contact us today to schedule your consultation.