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What is Liposuction?Basically, liposuction is the suctioning of excess fat from the body.  But that is an over simplification of what liposuction really is.  Liposuction is actually an artistic, body sculpting procedure designed to produce more aesthetically pleasing body contours.  The surgeon uses the liposuction instruments to carefully and skillfully remove excess fat to reveal new curves and profiles.  So, in the pursuit of liposuction results, the creative and artistic abilities of the surgeon are as important as their training.What is Liposuction 360?Like most sculptures, the body is 3 dimensional.  This means that treating one area, actually requires treating the neighboring areas to produce the best results.  For instance, let’s look at the waist.  You could just treat the abdomen and get a smaller waist.  But to really get the smaller, tighter waist (snatched), one would also need to treat the love handles and the back too.  This all-around liposuction, or liposuction 360 (lipo 360) will give the patient the results possible.So liposuction 360 involves circular liposuction around the body areas treated.  Liposuction 360 is critical in areas like the waist, arms and thighs, where the fat is contained in tight compartments.  The thing to know about these areas, is that the fat and the skin are all connected.  Best results require treating all the connected areas.  Removing fat from an area completely opposite the area that you are interested in, can produce even better results!How Does Liposuction 360 Work?As we mentioned above, liposuction 360 is critical for best results in areas like the arms, waist and thighs.  What do these areas have in common?  They are all basically closed compartments, tightly connected to each other.  As a result, removing fat with liposuction and inducing skin tightening, will produce results in the entire compartment.  For example, removing back and love handle fat, will produce a tighter waist on the opposite side, the abdomen.  Once you and more importantly, your surgeon understand liposuction 360, your liposuction results can be unlimited. …

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Beleza Medspa has provided liposuction procedures to thousands of patients in the Austin area, for more than 10 years.  We have assembled some of the most common questions asked by our patients:What is the Liposuction Definition & Liposuction MeaningIs Liposuction SurgeryWhat is the Liposuction Procedure likeWhat areas of the body can be treated with LiposuctionWhat kind of anesthesia is used for LiposuctionWhat are the Liposuction Scars likeWhat is Smart LiposuctionWhat is the Liposuction CostWhat is the Liposuction RecoveryWhat are the Liposuction Side EffectsWhat are the Liposuction RisksDo you have Liposuction Before and AfterWhere do I find Liposuction Near MeWhat is the Liposuction Definition & Liposuction Meaning?Liposuction basically means the suctioning of fat from the body.  It is typically used for cosmetic reasons to remove fat from areas  that are resistant to diet and exercise.Is Liposuction Surgery?Yes. Surgery is a field of medicine where the physician performs a procedure to produce a change in the body.  Liposuction is a cosmetic surgery procedure used to remove excess fat and produce body contouring.What is the Liposuction Procedure like?The safest way to perform liposuction, is while awake using local, tumescent anesthesia.  Prior to starting the liposuction, a salt water solution containing lidocaine is injected into the fat.  This solution provides anesthesia and prevents bleeding.  Once numb, thin hollow liposuction cannulas are used to suction away the fat.What areas of the body can be treated with Liposuction?Virtually any part of the body can be treated with liposuction.  Most common areas include abdomens, love handles and flanks, bra rolls, thighs, arms and chins.What kind of anesthesia is used for Liposuction?Liposuction can be performed under general anesthesia, but is safest performed while awake under local tumescent anesthesia.  General anesthesia is actually riskier than the liposuction procedure itself.  Tumescent anesthesia leads to a safer procedure and a much quicker liposuction recovery.What are the Liposuction Scars like?Liposuction does require multiple small incisions to be made in the skin.  The good thing is that they are very small and can be hidden in various parts of the body.What is Smart Liposuction?Smart liposuction has become to mean awake liposuction performed awake using small microcannulas and allowing drainage after the procedure.  Smartlipo involves the use of a laser while Vaser Lipo involves the use of ultrasonic energy.What is the Liposuction Cost?Liposuction is typically priced by the number of body areas treated.  Liposuction prices must also take into account the amount of fat present, as more fat means more work.  Some of our average liposuctions costs can be found here.What is the Liposuction Recovery?The recovery after liposuction performed under local anesthesia is pretty quick.  After Liposuction, patients are back on their feet immediately and should resume light activities.  Patients may return to work in 3-5 days as tolerated.What are the Liposuction Side Effects?The main side effects after tumescent liposuction are drainage, numbness and swelling.  The first 1-2 days after the procedure will be marked by the drainage of the tumescent fluid.  After the drainage stops, the liposuction areas will swell.  This swelling will take 1-2 months to resolve and is treated with massage, a compression garment and activity.  Most patients will also have some numbness in the liposuction areas for several weeks.What are the Liposuction Risks?Like any surgical procedure, liposuction risks include infection, bleeding and pain.  The good thing about tumescent liposuction is that these risks are minimized.Do you have Liposuction Before and After?See some of our liposuction before and after photos here.Where do I find Liposuction Near Me?Beleza Medspa has provided awake, tumescent liposuction to thousands of patients in the Austin area since 2008.  Beleza Medspa has a custom built, AAAHC accredited surgical suite specifically designed to provide safe liposuction surgery.  When looking for liposuction near me, consider Beleza Medspa and Plastic Surgeon Dr. Staci Hix-Hernandez MD for your free liposuction consultation.…

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Beleza Medspa has helped thousands of patients over the past 10 years, successfully remove stubborn fat from their bodies with liposuction.  However, liposuction is more than just fat removal, but more of an artistic body contouring procedure.  Over the years, we have collected some of the most common liposuction questions by our patients: How much does liposuction cost?The liposuction cost depends on the number of body areas treated and the amount of fat needed to be removed. Somebody with more fat to be removed, will require more work and therefore more cost.  The good thing is that the cost of liposuction is affordable more than ever with use of local anesthesia.   Beleza Medspa liposuction prices start at $1199 an area, with the average liposuction cost of $5000.  A free consultation is required to determine individual pricing.2.  How much swelling will I experience after liposuction?All patients will experience some degree of swelling after liposuction.  The empty space under your skin where the fat is removed, will naturally be filled with fluid by your body. This swelling will eventually resolve with time.  How long the liposuction swelling takes to resolve and how much swelling there is, depends on how much fat is removed and is different for every patient.  Liposuction swelling is helped by wearing a compression garment, massage and exercise.  Most patients will have most of their liposuction swelling resolve in one month, but sometimes it lasts another few months.3.  What are the non-surgical alternatives to liposuction?The best non-surgical alternative to liposuction is Coolsculpting.  Coolsculpting allows for the reduction of stubborn fat without any recovery or downtime.  However, Coolsculpting cannot remove as much fat as liposuction or perform true body contouring.4.  How long do I have to wear compression garments after liposuction?As we discussed in the liposuction swelling question, wearing of a compression garment helps with the resolution of swelling.  We generally recommend our liposuction patients wear their compression garments for 4-6 weeks.  As the swelling resolves, we recommend switching to smaller garments to maximize your results.5.  How much downtime is there after liposuction?The use of local tumescent anesthesia during liposuction has greatly decreased liposuction downtime and liposuction recovery.  The tumescent fluid actually protects the surrounding tissues while the fat is removed.  After liposuction, our patients go home pain-free and are back on their feet immediately.  We encourage light activity the next day and gradual resumption of normal activity over the next week.  Most patients will miss less than a week of work, depending on what they do.…

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Looking for Plastic Surgery in Killeen?If you’re in the market for plastic surgery in the Killeen area, rest assured, there is an AAAHC accredited office based surgery suite just 50 minutes from you in Cedar Park, Texas. To make your plastic surgery experience even more stress-free, we are happy to conduct all of your free consultations right in Killeen with our very own Board Certified Plastic Surgeon, Dr. Staci Hix-Hernandez. Beleza Medspa has been offering cosmetic surgery and medical aesthetic services for over 10 years and proud to have served Killeen patients for over two years.Plastic Surgeon KilleenBeleza’s Board Certified Plastic Surgeon Staci Hix-Hernandez MD FACS, formerly with Baylor Scott & White Health in Round Rock, Texas, brings over seven years of experience of Plastic Surgery to Beleza. Her specialties include advanced and complex cosmetic and aesthetic surgeries with a primary emphasis on Mommy Makeovers, Liposuction, Breast Augmentation and Reduction, Tummy Tucks, Body Contouring, and Cosmetic Revisions.In 2018, she was named Austin Monthly’s Top Doctor for the 3rd year in a row. It’s safe to say you are in great hands with this surgical genius.Mommy Makeover KilleenBy definition, a Mommy Makeover is surgical intervention designed to address issues that occur in the body as a result of pregnancy or childbirth. It’s important to know that there is no “cookie cutter” approach to a Mommy Makeover. No two pregnancies are alike, no two women are alike. When Dr. Hix-Hernandez meets with a potential client regarding their post-baby body goals, she starts with what they would like to fix. Every single time, it’s something different for each patient.These Mommy Makeovers could range from needing a tummy tuck, or it could mean they need breast reduction, or it could be they need a breast lift. The needs always vary from patient to patient. Dr. Hix-Hernandez’s specialty with Mommy Makeovers is to customize a Mommy Makeover package that will suit the patient’s needs and end goals.Liposuction KilleenDr. Hix-Hernandez has performed thousands of liposuction procedures. She is a master at Vaser Liposuction, Fat Transfer procedures, and Liposculpture. Depending on the client’s needs, Dr. Hix-Hernandez can formulate a body contouring plan to meet the client’s underlying goals.Breast Augmentation and Reduction KilleenSome might call Dr. Hix-Hernandez the “breast master”. Breast augmentation and reductions (as well as revisions) are a specialty of Dr. Hix-Hernandez. With her experience at a major referral and teaching hospital, she was tasked with extremely complex breast surgeries on a regular basis. Her unique skill set in breast augmentations, revisions, and reductions truly sets her apart from her counterparts.Tummy Tuck KilleenFrom mini tummy tucks to advanced abdominal wall reconstructions, Dr. Hix-Hernandez has extensive experience in giving patients that sought after flat abdomen. No matter how complex the case, Dr. Hix-Hernandez has seen it all.Plastic Surgery KilleenThere’s no denying Dr. Hix-Hernandez’s experience and skills make her one of the top plastic surgeons in Central Texas. Her extensive experience in cosmetic surgery combined with Beleza Medspa’s AAAHC surgery suite make Beleza the place to go for your plastic surgery needs.To schedule a free consultation in the Killeen area with Plastic Surgeon Dr. Hix-Hernandez, patients may call or email a spa coordinator at 1.800.509.9785 or info@belezamedicalspa.com, or submit an appointment request online.…

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Looking for Liposuction in Austin TX?Beleza Medspa has been providing Smartlipo Laser Liposuction and Vaser Liposuction procedures for Austin area patients for more than 10 years.  We are experts at safe, awake liposuction using tumescent anesthesia.  No need to go under or have a long recovery.  Tumescent anesthesia involves the use of the local anesthetic lidocaine.  Once placed in the fat, the lidocaine makes the area numb for up to 12 hours.  This means no pain during the procedure or when you head home.  You are back on your feet immediately and you can resume normal activities as soon as you are ready.Liposuction Meaning Liposuction is basically the removal of fat from the body.  Once the area is numb, a hollow cannula connected to suction, is moved through the fat to suction fat cells away.  This is the easy part that anyone can do.  The harder part requires expert training and experience.   Just like sculpting, the liposuction cannula has to be creatively used to suction the fat in visually pleasing contours.  Body contouring is more of an art than a science.Laser Liposuction Austin Beleza cosmetic and plastic surgeons have been performing Smartlipo laser liposuction for more than 10 years.  Smartlipo involves the use of a small laser fiber that generates heat.  The heat can melt fat and also when applied under the skin, improve skin tightening.  The use of laser liposuction has evolved over the years.  Beleza surgeons have learned to use the laser where it is more effective.  This includes smaller areas of loose skin such as in arms and chins.  Beleza surgeons are also skilled at using aggressive liposuction alone to produce skin tightening.Vaser Liposuction Austin Beleza surgeons are also masters at the application of vaser ultrasonic energy during liposuction.  Vaser involves the use of sound waves to break up fat cells.  Vaser has been found to be ideal in breaking up fibrous fat in areas like the back and love handles.   Your Beleza surgeon will decide which procedure is best to give you the results you want.  Vaser vs Smartlipo.Liposuction Austin Cost Once you have decided on getting liposuction, you have to worry about the liposuction cost.  Beleza Medspa liposuction prices are determined by the body areas treated.  Each body area is approximately what can be covered by 2 hands.  So a lower abdomen and an upper abdomen are each considered separate body areas.  A complete liposuction of the abdomen would be priced as 3 areas, the upper, lower abdomens and the love handles.  As the liposuction is performed under local anesthesia, the extra cost and risk of general anesthesia is avoided.  This makes the liposuction Austin cost at Beleza Medspa, very affordable.  Financing is also available.Liposuction Near Me Beleza Cosmetic & Plastic Surgeons have performed liposuction on more than 3000 patients.  Many Beleza patients have come from Austin, Round Rock, Cedar Park, and Killeen Texas.  Our Cedar Park AAAHC accredited office based surgery suite, is conveniently located and easy to get to.  Liposuction consultations can be performed at any Beleza office and are always free.  So if you are looking for liposuction near me, contact us for your free consultation.  Liposuction Cost.Liposuction Vs. Tummy Tuck Coolsculpting Vs. Liposuction…

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Looking for Plastic Surgery in Round Rock TX?Beleza Medspa offers a AAAHC accredited office based surgery suite just 10 minutes from Round Rock.  Plus at our Round Rock office, you can be seen for a free consultation.   Beleza Medspa has been offering cosmetic surgery and medical aesthetic services to Round Rock patients for more than 10 years. Plastic Surgeon Round Rock Plastic Surgeon Dr. Staci Hix-Hernandez MD FACS has been providing plastic surgery services to Round Rock residents for more than 7 years.  At her previous position at Scott & White, she concentrated on complex cosmetic and reconstructive cases.  She is Board Certified in both General Surgery and Plastic Surgery.  She possesses the skills, experience and artistry to help you achieve your cosmetic surgery goals. Liposuction Round Rock Dr. Hix-Hernandez has performed thousand of liposuction procedures.  She is skilled at Vaser and Fat Transfer procedures.  Her specialty is body contouring. Tummy Tuck Round Rock From mini tummy tucks to advanced abdominal wall reconstructions,  Dr. Hix-Hernandez has tremendous experience helping many patients achieve a flat abdomen. Breast Augmentation Round Rock With her experience at a major referral and teaching hospital, Dr. Hix-Hernandez  was tasked with the most complex breast augmentations, revisions and reconstructions.  She has a unique skill set to provide optimal breast augmentation results for her patients. Mommy Makeover Round Rock One of Dr. Hix-Hernandez’s favorite procedures are the mommy makeovers.  Being a mom herself, she know how much this procedure can mean to a mom after childbirth.  She excels at combining breast augmentation and tummy tucks to return moms to their pre-childbirth figures.Plastic Surgery Round RockWe believe that Dr. Hix-Hernandez’s experience and skills make her one of the top plastic surgeons Austin TX.  Her 7 years in Round Rock combined with Beleza Medspa’s AAAHC surgery suite make Beleza the place to go for your plastic surgery Round Rock needs.  Make a free consultation with her today to see how she can help you achieve your goals.…

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Which is better, Coolsculpting or Liposuction? It depends on what you are looking for. Both Coolsculpting and Smartlipo are excellent procedures for body sculpting. They both offer the ability to shape your body with minimal discomfort and downtime.  However, both Coolsculpting and Liposuction are not right for every patient.  Let’s look more at Coolsculpting Vs Smartlipo.Coolsculpting: Freezing the fat. Coolsculpting by Zeltiq is now a proven technology that has been around for years.  Millions of patients have been treated with this non-invasive and non-surgical procedure.  Performed in-office in as little as 35 minutes, Coolsculpting can reduce troublesome fatty areas on your body as much as 25%.  The procedure is very comfortable and there is no downtime or need for anesthesia.  Coolsculpting can be repeated for even better results.  New Coolsculpting applicators are faster and cover more body area and can treat double chins as well as almost any body area.Smart Laser Liposuction or Smartlipo. First introduced as the use of the Smartlipo laser to melt fat and tighten skin, Smart Liposuction has evolved into an even better procedure.  Using safe, tumescent anesthesia, smart liposuction can be performed while awake. There is minimal discomfort and patients are back on their feet immediately.  Even better, an experienced surgeon can actually sculpt your body to accentuate your curves and transfer fat to other areas.  The actual liposuction procedure itself also induces significant skin tightening.Coolsculpting vs Smart Liposuction. So Coolsculpting is great for small fatty areas where just reduction is needed.  It is ideal for those who don’t like needles or have no time for recovery.  However it does not tighten skin, perform sculpting or offer fat transfer. Smart liposuction offers the abilities of the surgeon to perform body sculpting.  The surgeon can also remove more fat in multiple areas than Coolsculpting can.  When performed under local anesthesia, the procedure is very safe and downtime is minimal.  Smart Liposuction also offers skin tightening and the ability to fat transfer.So which fat reducing procedure is best for me? It depends on your body type and expectations.  Coolsculpting can definitely deliver great results.  If you are looking for ‘wow’ results, smart liposuction may be the better procedure.  Smart liposuction can address more areas at once and can remove more fat immediately.  There is swelling after smartlipo that takes time to resolve but this is comparable to Coolsculpting that takes 2-4 months for results.  So if you are just looking for some quick and easy fat reducing treatments, Coolsculpting is for you.  If you want a dramatic change of your body shape, smart liposuction may be better.  A free consultation is the first step necessary to decide if Coolsculpting vs Liposuction would be right for you.Coolsculpting does it work? Do I need liposuction or a tummy tuck?

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The age of selfies is here and may of us are seeing a second chin!  Double chins can occur for many reasons including being overweight, loose skin with aging and genetics.  Whatever the cause, double chins are unsightly and can make you look older and tired.  The good thing is that there are now many possible treatments to lose double chins. Double Chin Exercises There are some easy to do exercises to tighten the chin and neck muscles.  They are designed to tone the muscles of the face, jaw, chin and neck.  They include the chin lift, neck roll, jaw release and platysma exercise.  They may help or they may not but they are free! Kybella Introduced in 2015, Kybella consists of s series of small injections into the chin and neck area.  This FDA approved, non-surgical treatment is easily administered in the office.  Kybella consists of deoxycholic acid, which naturally occurs in the body and aids in the digestion of fats.  When injected into the fat cells of a double chin, the Kybella causes the fat cells to dissolve. It usually takes 12-20 painless injections per visit.  Results can be seen in 4-6 weeks and 2-6 treatment sessions spaced one month apart may be required to see optimal results.  Swelling and redness is a common side effect of Kybella. CoolMini Another new entrant in the double chin treatment market is CoolMini.  CoolMini is a specialized applicator of the non-invasive fat reduction procedure, Coolsculpting.  The CoolMini applicator grabs the fat under the chin and freezes it for one hour in a controlled fashion.  Over the next several months, up to 25% of the fat cells will die.  83% of patients were satisfied with their results after 1-2 treatments. Kybella Vs CoolMini These 2 non-surgical FDA approved procedures both offer satisfaction rates in the 80% range.  They both offer simple, in-office treatments with little pain, risk or downtime.  Kybella does appear to produce redness, swelling and soreness in some patients after the injections.  CoolMini has a lower incidence of post procedure side effects.  So when it comes down to deciding about Kybella vs Coolmini, you have to look at several factors.  Do you just not like needles?  What happens if you have prolonged swelling?  How many times do you have to repeat the procedure and how much does each cost?  The great thing is that both work and you will see results no matter which you choose. SmartLipo Chin Kybella and CoolMini can do a great job reducing fat under the chin.  However, they require several treatment sessions and cannot tighten loose skin.  Smartlipo of the chin offers a safe and effective procedure that is easily performed under local anesthesia while awake.  A laser is used to melt the chin fat which is then easily suctioned away.  The heat produced by the laser also stimulates skin tightening.  Even better, the surgeon can expertly sculpt the chin and neck and even reduce jowls.  So compared to the non-surgical treatments, Smartlipo offers better results after one procedure, produces skin tightening and offers sculpting of the chin and neck.  Downtime after smartlipo of the chin is minimal with several days of swelling requiring massage and a chin wrap and occasional bruising.If you are considering getting rid of your double chin, the best first step is a free consultation at Beleza Medspa to decide which procedure is best for you. …

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What affects liposuction recovery? The good news is that recovery from liposuction surgery has markedly improved over the years.  The widespread use of local, tumescent anesthesia has not only decreased liposuction recovery time, but has also made it safer, faster and less expensive.  Tumescent anesthesia involves the injection of a dilute saline lidocaine solution into the fat layer before the procedure.  This solution provides anesthesia and prevents bleeding.   As the solution expands the fat layer, it also moves nerves, blood vessels and other tissues out-of-the-way.  As a result, there is less trauma to these structures as the fat is removed and liposuction recovery is improved.  Plus, at the end of the procedure you are numb and back on your feet immediately.Other factors affecting liposuction recovery include overall health prior to the procedure, duration and intensity of the procedure and individual variations in pain tolerance.  Some of these factors can be controlled, like being in good shape, but some are out of your control.So what is liposuction recovery time? The great thing about liposuction is that at the end of the case you will see the fat that has been removed from your body.  You know that your results are going to eventually be there.  It is at this point that the liposuction recovery period begins.  The areas where the fat has been removed now have empty space.  Your body doesn’t like empty space and begins to fill them with fluid, causing swelling.  This swelling begins in the first 48 hours after the procedure and will last for weeks to months.  The good news is that your body will remove this swelling on its own.  While we wait for this, we help the process by wearing a compression garment, doing daily massage and moving our muscles with exercise.  We also allow you to drain the anesthesia from your body for several days to further speed your recovery.  Everyday the swelling will resolve and your new sleeker shape will become evident. The other concern after liposuction is pain.  The tumescent anesthesia will provide from 8-12 hours of anesthesia after the procedure.  It also wears off gradually and most patients report a mild to moderate soreness at this point.   Pain medication is provided in case it’s needed, but the need for refills is rare.  Bruising is another concern.  Tumescent anesthesia contains epinephrine that constricts blood vessels and prevents bleeding.  The combination of the epinephrine and moving the blood vessels out-of-the-way, makes bruising relatively rare.  However some patients tend to bruise more than others.   The good thing is that bruising always resolves on its own.Liposuction recovery timeline. During the first 1-2 days after surgery you will be very thin, moderately sore and little swelling.  You will drain from some of the lower incisions for 1-2 days.  Between days 1-2 the swelling will increase and the pain begins to diminish.   Most patients return to work and normal activity after 2 days (some sooner!). Over the next several weeks to months, you will be wearing a compression garment as the swelling subsides.  Pain is usually absent and is replaced by some isolated areas of sensitivity and numbness.  At the 4-6 week mark, much of the swelling has subsided and skin has tightened and we get an idea of your results.  Final results take 3-6 months as you fully recovery.Liposuction recovery tips. There are several things you can do to improve your liposuction recovery time.  Choose a liposuction surgeon who is experienced at performing liposuction totally under tumescent anesthesia.  As discussed above the advantages for speedy recovery with local anesthesia are unmatched.  Eliminating the recovery after general anesthesia further accelerates your recovery.   You should also go into the procedure as strong and as healthy as possible.  The healthier you are, the faster your liposuction recovery will be.  It is also important to follow your post liposuction instructions carefully.  This means wearing your compression garment, performing daily massage and moving your body.  The faster you get back into the full swing of things, the faster you will recover.Smart Lipo Recovery Time. Smart Lipo or Smartlipo, entails the use of a laser during liposuction.  The smart lipo laser will help to melt fat and tighten skin.  In terms of recovery, smart lipo can reduce recovery time by allowing less trauma from liposuction as well as cauterizing blood vessels, reducing bruising.Chin Liposuction Recovery Time. Chin or neck liposuction recovery time is significantly improved over other body areas.  We tend to use more smartlipo laser in this area, causing less trauma.  The chin and neck have a great blood supply and healing is faster.  We can usually remove the compression garment in the first week and swelling subsides quickly. Click here to find out more about Smartlipo Laser Liposuction.…

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Liposuction vs Tummy Tuck.This is an age-old plastic surgery question that both patients & surgeons have struggled with.  In except the most obvious cases, there is no one right answer for everyone.  There are many individualized factors that come in to play. Both liposuction and tummy tucks have their advantages and certain downsides.What is Liposuction? Simply put, liposuction is the suctioning of fat from the body.  Now it’s more complicated than that, as liposuction technique approaches an art form.  Removing fat in the right amount from the right areas to achieve body contouring, requires an artistic eye.   So liposuction is ideally suited to remove fatty deposits from around the body. The other lesser known effect of liposuction is skin tightening.  We routinely see at least 50% skin tightening after a liposuction procedure.  This is important, as the fat layer gets smaller we want the skin to follow along.  This is the basis of shrink-wrap liposuction.  There are several advanced liposuction techniques to try to achieve even more skin tightening.  They involve performing superficial liposuction, right under the skin to maximize the post-procedure skin retraction.  Laser Liposuction using Smartlipo can also be used to introduce heat which further tightens the skin. The best thing about liposuction is that it can be safely performed under local anesthesia.  There are no big incisions, just multiple small entrance points.  The patient can resume normal activity almost immediately and downtime is minimal.What is a Tummy Tuck? A tummy tuck (abdominoplasty) is a surgical procedure mainly indicated to deal with loose skin and muscles of the abdomen.  In many women, the weight gain during pregnancy stretches out both the abdominal wall and skin.  This leads to droopy, protuberant belly.  The tummy tuck deals with this by removing the loose skin and tightening the abdominal wall.   The tummy tuck procedure requires a rather large incision below the bikini area.   The loose skin is then pulled down and the excess removed.  Usually this requires the belly button to be repositioned.  Deep stitches are then placed to sew the loose abdominal muscles together.   Liposuction can be combined with a tummy tuck for body contouring. The advantages of a tummy tuck is that it will leave you immediately with a flat abdomen, remove stretch marks and tighten your muscles.  It can be performed under local anesthesia, but usually, general anesthesia is required.  The downside includes the large scar, higher rate of complications, more downtime and limitations, a ‘surgical’ looking abdomen and added cost.So Liposuction Vs Tummy Tuck, which is right for me? If you have excess abdominal fat and no loose skin, liposuction is your best bet.  If you have mild loose skin that snaps back after tugging it, liposuction with targeted skin tightening will also work.  If you have a large apron of skin that has lost its elasticity or have had massive weight loss, a tummy tuck is required.   These are just generalized recommendations.  What is right for you depends on your amount of fat and loose skin, your tolerance for a scar and downtime, desired results and available funds.   This a where a plastic surgery consultation comes in, to help you assess your situation and give you options for liposuction vs tummy tuck.  Procedure     Liposuction     Tummy Tuck Anesthesia            Local Awake             General AsleepScars                      Small                         LargeResults                  1 Month                    ImmediateSkin Tightening  >50%                         100%Muscle repair      No                              YesStretch Marks     No                              YesDowntime           1 Week                       1 MonthCost                      $$                               $$$$ Mommy Makeover Of course, there are many other changes to a woman’s body during pregnancy besides her belly.  A mommy makeover can combine breast rejuvenation procedures like a breast augmentation and/or breast lift with a tummy tuck for decreased downtime and better overall results.Plastic Surgeon Austin TXDr. Staci Hix-Hernandez MD has 7 years experience performing complex abdominal wall and breast reconstructions at a major teaching hospital.  She brings her experience and talent to Beleza Medspa to provide cosmetic surgery services.  Make your free consultation with her now to discuss how liposuction vs tummy tuck can help you.More About Liposuction.More About Tummy Tucks.…

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