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Liposuction | Eric S. Schaffer, MD FACS | San Antonio TX

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 board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Schaffer’s expertise using tumescent or conventional liposuction, you can get rid of those areas that diet and exercise just could not help. Dr. Schaffer 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 patients elect for liposuction to remove excessive, stubborn fat from various parts of their body. Liposuction is minimally invasive and can assist in creating a natural looking and proportionate body shape. This is especially true when an area of your body proves to be immune to the effects of diet and exercise. 


Liposuction Treatment Areas

Liposuction can be used on almost any part of the body to remove any excess fat cells. After treatment, the following areas will look slimmer, more contoured, and in proportion to the body. Treatment areas include:

  • Abdomen
  • Ankles
  • Arms
  • Back
  • Buttocks
  • Calves
  • Chest
  • Face
  • Hips
  • Thighs

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.


The Liposuction Procedure

Dr. Schaffer offers conventional as well as tumescent liposuction. Dr. Schaffer starts conventional liposuction 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, he places a long tube, called a cannula, into 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.

Alternatively, Dr. Schaffer performs 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 to swell and become firm, which makes it easier to remove through 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.


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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 can enhance 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 treatment areas. Dr. Schaffer recommends compression garments or elastic bandages to help reduce these symptoms. Many patients can return to work and other regular activities shortly after surgery but should avoid exercise and other strenuous activities for a few weeks.


Liposuction Results

Patients will likely not notice results immediately. Once swelling and bruising have faded results will become more apparent. The incisions, since they are so small, typically result in little to no scarring. Liposuction results are long-lasting unless patients gain a substantial amount of weight after the procedure.

“I can’t thank Dr. Schaffer and his staff enough for giving me my self confidence once again. Dr. Schaffer completed a tummy tuck and lipo around my waistline needed after having three kids. He and his staff are very professional and personable. His work is top notch and I couldn’t be more thrilled with the results.” – Misty M.


Risks of Liposuction

Risks associated with liposuction can include the following:

  • Asymmetry
  • Contour irregularities
  • Loose or rippled skin
  • Pigmentation irregularities
  • Worsening of cellulite

Liposuction Alternatives

Liposuction, while effective, is not a method for losing weight or tightening loose or sagging skin. Therefore, patients may be better suited for a different surgical procedure. 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.


Schedule a Consultation

If you are interested in conventional or tumescent liposuction, call 210-227-3223 to schedule a consultation with Dr. Eric Schaffer. Our practice serves San Antonio, Austin, and surrounding areas in TX.

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