No matter how strict your diet is and how much you exercise, you may never be able to eliminate some pockets of fat from your body. These stubborn, fatty areas are typically the result of genetics, age, pregnancy, or childbirth and may be in area of the body, but is typically found in the stomach, hips, butt, thighs, upper arms, back, neck, calves, and ankles. Liposuction can help patients who are at or near a healthy, stable weight, but still need help with small areas of fat. Dr. Rafi Bidros, a plastic surgeon in Houston, offers face and body liposuction (lipoplasty) to slim and reshape specific contours of the body for an improved appearance and greater confidence.
Liposuction is one of the most popular cosmetic procedures for men to achieve a more masculine body shape. Men typically get liposuction in the chest to eliminate "man boobs" and the stomach to remove "love handles" and a "beer belly."
"Great Doctor! I Recommend Him to Anyone! - Houston, TX - Great bed side manners!!!! Very caring!!! Treats you like family!!!"- M. / RealSelf / Sep 15, 2014
"Much-Needed Mid-Life Makeover - Houston, TX - On the day of my procedure, Dr. Bidros made me feel completely comfortable and confident in all he was going to do during my surgery. His assistant, Sonia, was wonderful. I had not met her prior to the day of my operation. She greeted me with a huge smile and assured me that everything was going to be ok. The anesthesiologist, Dr. Smith, was incredible. I felt like her long-lost best friend that she was personally going to treat and care for. After the surgery, Dr. Bidros' staff went out of their way to make me feel comfortable and showed me all the proper steps to care for my wounds. Thank you, Dr. Bidros - you truly are the best!"- M. / RealSelf / Jul 14, 2015
"40 Year Old, 3 C-sections- Liposuction Only - Houston, TX - Dr Bidros is the best plastic surgeon and was the perfect match for me. He was so easy to talk to, his bedside manor was great! Of course we care about bedside manner, but we all know honestly that our number one goal is good results. I am only four days post label section and I already can tell the results will be excellent. I am wearing a compression garment 24 seven. I'm taking ibuprofen 600 mg three times a day. And I'm also taking Arnica three times a day. The swelling was significant from day one but it gets better significantly each day. For any breakthrough pain I'm using one Percocet tablet. I'm not over doing it I'm trying to take it easy. I am so glad I took the full 10 days of work."- M. / RealSelf / Mar 29, 2016
"Liposuction and Fat Transfer (Bbl) - Houston, TX - He is such an awesome Doctor ! I'm so glad I came in for a consultation. I would not hesitate to get any other procedures with him."- M. / RealSelf / Sep 11, 2016
Liposuction is performed with a suction cannula that is inserted below the skin to remove excess fat cells while leaving the skin and muscle undisturbed. Dr. Bidros will make small incisions near the areas being treated in places where the scar can be easily concealed or hidden. Depending on the amount of fat being removed and the number of areas being treated, Dr. Bidros may split the liposuction into two or more procedures to give the patient an easier recovery. Liposuction may be performed alone, but it is often paired with a body contouring surgery, such as a thigh lift or tummy tuck to remove the excess skin for the patient's best results.
Dr. Bidros generally performs liposuction as an outpatient surgery in an accredited facility with the patient under general anesthesia. For the comfort and safety of his patients, Dr. Bidros prefers using a "tumescent solution" to complete the liposuction. The length of the surgery will depend on the number of areas being treated, but patients are typically able to leave after they have been given instructions and put in a compression garment to recover at home. Patients will have swelling and bruising in the treated areas for 4 - 6 weeks, but they should start to see their results after this. Patients are expected to follow all post-operative care instructions carefully and return for check up appointments with Dr. Bidros.
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- Average Cost
- $4,800 - $6,900
Some patients may consider having the fat removed during liposuction put into the fine lines of their face. This is called fat transfer (fat grafting) and a great option for facial rejuvenation. Dr. Bidros can transfer the purified fat that is removed during liposuction to any area of the body. The most common transfer sites are to the face, buttocks (which is called a Brazilian butt lift), and breasts.
Most patients want to know if the fat will return and while the fat cells that are removed cannot be regenerated, the remaining fat cells can still get bigger if a lot of weight is gained after the surgery. Dr. Bidros suggests that patients be at or near a healthy, stable weight before their liposuction and committed to a healthy diet and exercise after their procedure to maintain their results. If a significant amount of weight is gained after liposuction surgery, areas that were not treated will become larger.
Some plastic surgeons offer laser or ultrasound liposuction that claim to melt the fat before it is removed, but Dr. Bidros prefers traditional, gimmick-free liposuction surgery. Dr. Bidros has studied other types of liposuction, but he believes that it is not more effective, it may add more time to the surgery, and it will increase the risk of complications and irregular results.
Fat cells are at a deeper level of the body than cellulite, so liposuction does not affect the appearance of cellulite. If you are concerned about cellulite, talk to Dr. Bidros about other treatment options.