Tell Fat Pockets Where to Go

Unless you’ve been on a hunger strike throughout this COVID-19 madness, odds are you have some areas of problematic fat that are as stubborn as a longhorn on an Amarillo ranch. No matter how many crunches or other targeted exercises you do, the fat just keeps on keepin’ on.

Reality is, after being stuck inside for a few months, most of us actually have added some fat to these areas. After all, watching Netflix and doing jigsaw puzzles doesn’t exactly burn a lot of fat!

Fortunately, now that we’re open again, you can come see Dr. Lipton at our Lewisville offices and he can suction away those pockets of unwanted fat with liposuction.

What is liposuction?

The human body is adept at fat storage. Sure, it’s a leftover from our caveman days when we didn’t have an idea when or where our next meal would come from, but it sticks with us today. Liposuction was developed in France in the late 1970s to address some of these fat storage locations. Originally, these procedures were quite violent, as a large cannula (a tube with vacuum suction) needed to be inserted under the skin and moved about quite aggressively to break loose and suction out the unwanted fat cells. This created some serious blood loss, tissue trauma, and bruising that could linger for months.

Today’s liposuction is night and day better. Dr. Lipton uses a thin cannula that can be inserted through very short incisions. The incisions are so small they typically don’t require any sutures; Dr. Lipton simply closes them with a Steri-Strip.

Also, the tumescent approach is now common. Dr. Lipton first injects a solution consisting of saline water, lidocaine, and epinephrine. The saline water swells the area; the lidocaine provides local anesthetic, and the epinephrine constricts the blood vessels for less blood loss and bruising. The tumescent solution also makes the fat cells easier to break loose.

In some locations, Dr. Lipton may use a cannula that delivers ultrasound energy under the skin at the same time. This energy can break up and partially liquify the fat, making it easier to remove.

Where or where can I have liposuction?

Liposuction has become excellent at addressing smaller areas that could not have been addressed even a decade ago. Dr. Lipton now performs liposuction across the body on these locations:

  • Lower abdomen
  • Flanks
  • Hips
  • Upper thighs
  • Bra line
  • Male breasts
  • Buttocks
  • Inner knees
  • Jowls

The hot days of August are a good time for liposuction as you can lay low for a couple days in the cool air conditioning after your session. Then you’ll be ready for a more contoured September poolside. Call Dr. Lipton at (972) 420-0023 to schedule your consultation for liposuction.

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