Our Austin surgeons use local anesthesia with intravenous sedation. This safe sedation technique is less prone to complications than general anesthesia, which affects the whole body. Local anesthesia, on the other hand, numbs only the treatment area, so no pain is felt. Sedatives are administered beforehand through an intravenous tube, which induces what is often referred to as ‘twilight sleep. The patient is not rendered completely unconscious and can still breathe on their own.
Liposuction techniques have undergone significant technological improvements over the past decades, greatly improving the safety and efficacy of the procedure today. At Personique®, we perform all of our liposuction procedures using the safest, most effective method, known as the Tumescent technique.
Once a wetting solution (minimizes bleeding and bruising) and local anesthetic have been injected into the treatment area, your surgeon will then make small incisions in the skin.
These incisions are typically less than 1/2″ in length and are made in inconspicuous areas like natural skin folds.
A narrow, wand-like device known as a cannula is then inserted through the incisions, this hollow tube is attached to a vacuum device.
Your surgeon can now gently break up and suction the excess fatty deposits that reside between the skin and muscle.
The duration of your lipo procedure will depend on the extent of your surgery and the number of areas being treated. However, a typical procedure usually lasts anywhere from 1 to 2 hours. Since Personique® uses the tumescent technique with local anesthesia, patients can return home the same day of their procedure.
Liposuction for Men
At Personique®, we see a number of Austin male liposuction patients each year. As more and more men begin to realize the benefits of looking and feeling their best, the number of men seeking cosmetic surgery continues to rise with each passing year. Liposuction for men is an especially popular procedure here in Austin. With warm temperatures just about year-round, Texas weather often means pool, river, and lake season lasts a lot longer than it does in other regions. Just as women desire to look fit and trim when swimsuit season rolls around, Austin men also want to look athletic and lean when hanging out poolside sans shirts.
This endeavor gets to be more difficult the older we get though. As men age, their body composition gradually begins to change as the metabolism slows and testosterone levels start to diminish. With each passing year, keeping the pounds off tends to get a little bit harder. Fat starts to accumulate in places it didn’t before. For men, the lower abdomen is usually a problem area. Following a strict diet and exercise regimen, only to have your results obscured by a stubborn layer of fat can be quite frustrating, to say the least. Men also tend to store excess fat more readily in areas like the chest and flanks (love handles).
Over the years, body contouring techniques have seen significant advances in technology and safety. Liposuction is less traumatic to the body than it was years ago, and recovery times are much quicker. During a liposuction procedure, small incisions are made within inconspicuous areas, often hidden in skin folds. Through these incisions, a thin tube (known as a cannula) is inserted into the treatment area. The surgeon will then dislodge the excess fat deposits using a controlled back-and-forth motion. Once the fat has been extricated, it is then removed from the body via a surgical vacuum that is attached to the cannula.
Upon completion of the procedure, the patient is fitted with a compression garment or elastic bandages in order to reduce post-op swelling. The length of the recovery period after liposuction really depends on the individual, however, most patients are able to return to work in a matter of a few days. Of course, if your job is more physically demanding, you will need to wait a little longer before returning to any laborious tasks such as heavy lifting.