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Liposuction Plastic Surgery Procedure Steps

Liposuction Plastic Surgery Procedure Steps | HoustonLiposuction procedure has been around for over three decades, and it still continues to rank among the top three cosmetic surgery procedures in the US.

The procedure has become less invasive over the years due to the introduction of cutting edge techniques and new technologies such as laser and ultrasound. But the basic steps involved in the procedure remain largely unchanged.

Dr. Paul Fortes is a board certified plastic surgeon providing liposuction other surgical and non-surgical aesthetic procedures. During the pre-op consultation, Dr. Fortes will educate the patient about the steps involved in liposuction and familiarize them with the overall procedure. He provides liposuction to patients in Houston, Texas, Beaumont, Port Arthur, TX, and other neighborhoods and suburbs in this part of the country.



General or local anesthesia with mild sedation may used to perform liposuction plastic surgery, depending on the extent of fat tissue to be removed and the number of surgical sites involved. In case of general anesthesia, a qualified anesthesiologist or a registered anesthetist nurse may remain present in the surgery room to monitor the patient’s response.

In many cases, the surgeon may use tumescent liposuction technique, which will only require local anesthesia. But if a patient is allergic to local anesthetic lidocaine, they may have to avoid this technique.


Placement of Incisions

Following anesthesia, the next step will be to place small incisions in discreet sites within the affected area. The size of incisions usually ranges from a quarter to a third of an inch. The goal of the surgeon will be to minimize incision exposure so that subsequent scarring is less obvious.

Patients in Houston, Texas, Beaumont, Port Arthur, TX, and nearby areas have an opportunity to receive liposuction and other procedures for the breast, body and face from pragmatic, sensational, and dependable cosmetic surgeon Dr. Fortes.  


Reducing Excess Fat Tissue

Once the incisions have been made, the surgeon will introduce a thin cannula into the deeper tissue layers to dislodge the targeted fat tissue. The cannula will be gently manipulated to cause the disintegration of the stubborn fat cells. Thereafter, these fat cells will be suctioned out using a pump or a syringe attached to the outer end of the cannula.

As per the customized surgical plan, the surgeon may apply laser, ultrasound or RF energy techniques at this stage of fat reduction to make liposuction less invasive. Replacement fluids will be administered to the patient through IV in any case during the surgery to compensate for the blood and fluid loss.


Wound Closure

The surgeon will carefully close the wounds with traditional or absorbable sutures after the fat removal has been completed. Drain tubes may be inserted below the skin in the incision sites for a few days for fluid collection to minimize the risk of post-surgical complications.

In about a week to 10 days, the patient will be required to visit the surgeon for a review of the condition. Drain tubes and sutures may be removed during this visit. The steps involved in liposuction may be slightly modified if liposuction is performed in combination with other procedures.

For more information about the cosmetic surgery treatments and procedures performed by Houston Plastic Surgeon Dr. Paul F. Fortes please click here or call 713-354-5123. Serving patients in Houston, Katy, The Woodlands, Beaumont, Port Arthur and other surrounding areas of Texas.

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