Piazza Center for Plastic Surgery and Advanced Skin Care
7900 Farm to Market Road 1826, Bldg 2, Suite 206
Austin, TX 78737
Phone: (512) 288-8200
Monday–Thursday: 8 a.m.–5 p.m.
Friday: 8 a.m.–2:30 p.m.

Liposuction

For many people, despite exercising regularly and eating a healthy diet, pockets of fat in certain areas of the body will not disappear. While you may be doing everything you can to slim down in certain areas, you may not be able to achieve the results you want. In this instance, liposuction in Austin, TX from Dr. Rocco Piazza, a board-certified plastic surgeon, can help improve your body contours and create a slimmer, more proportional appearance.

At The Piazza Center, we believe that beautiful surgical results are enhanced by a healthy lifestyle. Our aim is to help you achieve your cosmetic goals and desires. If you would like to find out more information regarding liposuction, you can request a consultation online, or call our office at (512) 288-8200.

Your Liposuction Consultation

If you live in or around Austin and liposuction treatment is something you are considering, Dr. Piazza will consult with you to discuss your cosmetic goals and desires. It is important to note, that while liposuction may help provide optimal body contouring results, it should not be regarded as a substitute for weight loss or healthy lifestyle habits. We recommend that our liposuction patients be at or close to their ideal body weight, with localized areas of fat that they would like to slim down. For patients with smaller areas of fat, or those who’d rather not undergo surgery, Dr. Piazza may recommend CoolSculpting®, a non-invasive fat reduction procedure that’s been cleared by the FDA.

Your Liposuction Procedure

After determining the target areas that you would like to treat, Dr. Piazza will begin your procedure using the power-assisted liposuction approach. This method of liposuction is time tested and has provided beautiful results for countless women and men. A tumescent fluid will be injected into the specified area in order to separate the fat cells from surrounding tissue, constrict blood vessels, and provide anesthesia. This greatly reduces the chances of bruising and increases safety. Small incisions are made for the cannula (suction tube), which is passed through the treatment area to break up and suction away fat. Dr. Piazza uses a special port that protects the skin by keeping the incision as small as possible. He firmly believes that the incisions must be placed strategically to minimize visibility.

To achieve the best results for you, Dr. Piazza uses MicroAire’s PAL® Power-Assisted Liposuction System, which enables him to carefully contour each area he treats. This device is superior to traditional liposuction because it makes it easier to achieve smooth contours. Dr. Piazza also feels that this technology is superior to laser liposuction because the fat is easily removed without leaving behind liquefied fat that the body must break down.

Once the fat has been suctioned, your incisions will be closed with dissolvable sutures and sealed with a dressing. Treated areas will then be wrapped with compression garments. Frequently, Dr. Piazza uses a compressive foam padding beneath the garment to minimize swelling and ensure a specific contour is realized at the treatment area. In addition to enhancing Dr. Piazza’s meticulous technique, compression minimizes contour irregularities and encourages skin tightening.

After your procedure, you may be sore for a few days or as long as several weeks. Over time, discomfort will subside, and you will be able to enjoy your new shape.

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Liposuction at a Glance

Goal:

Areas commonly treated with liposuction include:

  • Waist: Contour the waistline (reducing flanks, love handles, muffin top) and lower back
  • Upper arms: Restore slim contours and reveal muscle definition
  • Thighs: Reduce the presence of saddle bags and reveal an inner thigh gap
  • Bra line: Improve the contour of the back and sides of the breasts

Procedure:

Liposuction is performed by suctioning fat through a thin tube called a cannula that is inserted through incisions concealed near the targeted areas, which include:

  • Waist: Between the buttocks and in the lower waist or pubic region
  • Upper arms: In the axillary and elbow areas
  • Thighs: In the groin, bikini line, and inner knee area
  • Bra line: Underneath the breast and along the midline in the bra line

Anesthesia:

General anesthesia

Procedure length:

  • Waist: 1 hour
  • Upper arms: 1 to 1.5 hours
  • Thighs: 1.5 to 2.5 hours
  • Bra line: 1.5 hours

Aftercare:

Once the surgery is complete, the incision sites will be closed with dissolvable sutures, a small steri-strip, and sealed with a clear dressing. Treated areas will be covered with a thick foam pad and then wrapped in a compression garment to minimize swelling, bruising, and recovery time. Compression also helps to maintain the shape Dr. Piazza created during the procedure.

Recovery:

Typically ranges from 1 to 2 weeks. The foam compression pads will be removed on day 4 and the bandages placed over the incisions will be removed 5 to 6 days following surgery. The compression binder will be used for the first 2 weeks and then replaced with a less compressive garment that will support the treated area for the next 3 to 4 weeks.

Timeline

  • Surgery
  • Day 4 to 5: Foam Removal
  • Day 5 to 6: Dressing removal
  • Day 5 to 7: Return to work and social activities
  • 2 to 3 weeks: Return to exercise
  • 3 months: 80% healed
  • 6 months: 100% healed

Dr. Piazza Answers Common Questions

Can liposuction be combined with other procedures?

Liposuction can be used to complement other surgical procedures, such as a tummy tuck or a face lift. I like to use liposuction for patients who would like additional contouring. Used sparingly in these instances, I’ve found that it can provide the finishing touch to another procedure, and can produce optimal cosmetic results.

Will the fat return after my procedure?

Many of my patients ask me if the fat will return to the area treated with liposuction. At my Austin, Texas plastic surgery center, I make it a point to tell my patients that while the fat will not return to that specific area, an unhealthy lifestyle may result in weight gain in other areas of the body. Liposuction is not meant to be perceived as weight loss surgery; liposuction is a way to help improve areas that are resistant to other, more traditional fat loss methods.

What are some of the diet-resistant fat pockets that are treated most frequently?

This is a great question because some of the areas where fat is hardest to lose can be the ones most easily treated with liposuction with minimal recovery. The area that I like to call the anterior axillary fold (AAF) is a rewarding area to treat. This is the stubborn area of fat located in the upper outer area of the breast that bothers patients when they wear certain dresses or tank tops. It takes approximately 30 minutes to treat the AAF using a tiny concealed incision. Another nearby area is the upper arm in which fullness is removed between the elbow and the armpit. This is a great area to treat in patients with good skin quality. The inner knees at the top of the legs, which may be treated in under 20 minutes, are really rewarding to treat as patients appreciate the contour change after surgery.

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Your Liposuction Results

After your liposuction procedure, the suctioned areas will be wrapped in compression garments. You will likely experience some swelling and soreness after surgery, as this is common. This will subside in the next few days to weeks after your treatment. Many patients can return to their everyday activities after about a week, and can resume exercise in about 3 to 4 weeks.

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