Liposuction in San Antonio
We all know that nobody’s perfect, but who wouldn’t want a perfect body? And even though you might spend many hours at the gym and eat a well-balanced diet, you may still have areas that bulge. With Dr. Schaffer’s expertise using tumescent, ultrasonic or conventional liposuction, you can get rid of those areas that diet and exercise just could not help.
Dr. Eric Schaffer is a board-certified plastic surgeon with credentials from Harvard Medical School and at the University of Texas Health Science Center. With a wealth of experience, Dr. Schaffer employs his knowledge to ensure that the procedures he performs on all of his patients are safe and successful. He has a proven track record in providing his patients the look that they want.
What is Liposuction?
Liposuction is one of the most popular cosmetic surgery procedures. By using suction, liposuction removes fat from under the skin. Many plastic surgeons and their patients elect to use liposuction to remove excessive, stubborn fat from various parts of their body. Liposuction assists in creating a natural looking and proportionate body shape, especially when an area of your body proves to be immune to the effects of diet and exercise.
Areas Treated with Liposuction
Liposuction can be used on almost any part of the body to remove any excess fat cells. These areas include the
Candidates for Liposuction
Although liposuction can help shed some pounds, it is not a weight loss solution. Patients who maintain good mental and physical health as well as a balanced diet, are the best candidates for liposuction. This procedure is ideal for patients who have tried diet and exercise to remove excess fat but have not had the success that they wanted.
Before & After Liposuction
There are different types of liposuction procedures. A typical liposuction is performed by making tiny incisions. These incisions are made as inconspicuous as possible and uses the body’s natural curves and contours to hide them. Then, a long tube, called a cannula, is placed in the incisions to suck out any fat cells. Dr. Schaffer will move the cannula around to break up the fat cells and then suction them out using a vacuum.
Another type of liposuction procedure is a tumescent liposuction. During this procedure Dr. Schaffer will inject a saline solution, lidocaine and epinephrine into the treatment area. The solution causes the targeted tissue swell and become firm, which makes it easier to remove via the cannula. Since the anesthetic is built in, there is no need for general or IV sedation and blood loss is minimal because the epinephrine constricts blood vessels.
Recovery from Liposuction
After your liposuction procedure, Dr. Schaffer will develop a customized plan to ensure that you recover quickly and achieve the results that you want. Patients should follow this plan as closely as possible as it depends on the speed and final outcome of the procedure. Our staff will give you any necessary medication and materials to help you through the recovery process.
Patients typically experience mild swelling, bruising and discomfort in the treated area(s). Dr. Schaffer recommends compression garments or elastic bandages to help reduce these symptoms. Many patients can return to work and other regular activities soon after surgery but should avoid exercise and other strenuous activities for a few weeks.
Individuals who are more overweight, have significant loose skin or stretch marks might be candidates for procedures other than liposuction. At your consultation, Dr. Schaffer may recommend alternative procedures such as abdominoplasty, back lift, arm lift, thigh lift, breast lift, and a tummy tuck. These procedures can be done alone or in conjunction with liposuction to improve the overall shape and contour of the body. Dr. Schaffer will help you choose the procedure that best meets your needs.