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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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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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So What is Liposuction?Liposuction is basically the removal of fat from the body by suctioning it away.  After the instillation of a salt water-lidocaine mixture into the fat for anesthesia (tumescent fluid), a liposuction cannula is used to harmlessly vacuum fat cells away.  The cannula is a long tube with holes at the end that grab fat cells as it is passed through the fat layer.  The goal of the surgeon is to not only make the fat layer smaller, but to sculpt it into a more aesthetically pleasing shape, body contouring.How Do You Feel After Liposuction?The actual liposuction procedure will take only a few hours.  The longer and more important part of the procedure begins after liposuction.  Since a large amount of fat has been removed, a large amount of empty space is left behind.  The human body doesn’t tolerate empty space and will fill it with fluid. This fluid accumulation leads to the swelling we that see after liposuction.  Swelling after liposuction  is a normal side effect of the procedure.  The swelling will naturally resolve on its own.  But it is critical that the liposuction swelling be handled properly by the patient to achieve the best results.  After liposuction care is critical for great results.Swelling After Liposuction: Massage After LiposuctionSwelling after liposuction is expected and normal.  The three main methods to deal with liposuction swelling include compression, massage and exercise.  The compression garment is placed on the patient immediately after the procedure and will be worn as much as possible for the next several weeks to months.  The compression garment is designed to close the empty space caused by the liposuction and push out any fluid.  Massage after liposuction, specifically lymphatic massage is also vital .  The massage helps to squeeze out accumulated fluid and swelling and appears to help with tissue repair.  The last component of liposuction swelling management is exercise.   Immediately after the procedure, several of the incisions will be left open to drain.  Walking around helps the leftover anesthetic fluid and melted fat to drain from the body, lessening swelling and speeding recovery.  The fluid that accumulates in the liposuction areas are outside of the blood vessels and is normally propelled by muscle movement.  So the more the muscles are used, the faster the swelling resolves.  So exercise is great for liposuction recovery!What happens to the Fat After Liposuction?Normally the fat after liposuction is disposed of as medical waste.  However we are beginning to increasingly appreciate the value of this fat. This fat can be transferred and used as a natural filler for buttocks augmentation or the Brazilian Butt Lift, natural breast augmentation and facial rejuvenation. Even more exciting is the discovery of stem cells in fat.  Fat offers a higher concentration of stem cells than bone marrow and is much easier to harvest.  Stem cells have the unique ability to become any cell and have great potential for rejuvenation and tissue repair.Weight Loss After LiposuctionThe other important issue to discuss is what happens to your remaining fat after liposuction. Liposuction is not a weight loss procedure nor a guarantee against future weight gain.  Although fat will be removed from the body, the initial weight loss will be replaced by water retention (swelling).  It is critical that weight be maintained or even better, weight lost.  The body is designed to store extra calories as fat.  If extra calories are consumed, the body will look for areas to store fat.  If its normal fat storage areas have been removed by liposuction, the body will look for new areas.  So fat can show up in areas that normally were not a problem.  Even worse, fat found around the organs or visceral fat, can also increase.  Visceral fat has been found to be the most dangerous with links to diabetes, high blood pressure and many more diseases.  This is why it is critical to have a stable body weight going into liposuction that you will able to maintain after liposuction.  Recent studies have confirmed that exercise after liposuction is critical to prevent the return of fat.What about Liposuction Recovery?Modern liposuction utilizing tumescent anesthesia has much decreased recovery than traditional liposuction.  Patients are back on their feet immediately and go home numb.  The anesthesia wears off gradually and pain medicine is taken as needed.  The liposuction patient will then have some swelling and soreness to deal with. There are no activity restrictions and the patient can resume a normal routine almost immediately.When will I look like the liposuction before and after pictures?The healing process after liposuction depends on the patient’s participation in compression, massage, activity and weight control, the nature of the procedure and the body’s healing rate.  The body will work to resolve the swelling, reorganize the remaining fat and tighten the skin. This process will take weeks to months and is different for every individual patient.  As a result, some results will be evident within 3-6 weeks and final results make take 3-6 months to become evident.After Liposuction DietThere is no special after liposuction diet required.  It is important to realize that your body is in…

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