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Liposuction of the Abdomen

The abdominal area holds significant importance for liposuction procedures due to several reasons. Both men and women frequently develop localized fat deposits in this region, making it one of the most sought-after areas for liposculpting. Surgeons often gain initial experience by treating these abdominal fat deposits, which present unique anatomical and procedural challenges to ensure optimal outcomes in liposuction surgery.

Anatomically, the abdomen comprises the lower and upper sections, delineated in some individuals by a visible transverse furrow called the waistline sulcus. The upper abdomen, particularly at the waistline sulcus, tends to be more fibrous and tender, requiring careful attention during liposuction. Conversely, the lower abdomen extends below the waistline fibrosis, often featuring pronounced fat deposits around the peri-umbilical area, alongside potential muscle tone issues, especially post-pregnancy.

Post-pregnancy effects like diastasis (separation and stretching of abdominal rectus muscles) contribute to increased lower abdominal protrusion, which might not be responsive to liposuction alone. Surgical rectus sheath plication becomes necessary for improvement. Liposuction also does not significantly affect abdominal stretch marks (striae distensae), and there haven’t been reports of adverse effects on subsequent pregnancies post-abdominal liposuction in young women.

The preoperative evaluation involves discussing the multifaceted nature of abdominal bulging, identifying diet- and exercise-resistant fat deposits, and addressing potential factors like muscular laxity and rectus diastasis. For marking and photographing, patients arrive in comfortable attire, facilitating easy access during the procedure, and are photographed both with Polaroid and 35-mm slide cameras.

Sedation and anesthesia administration vary among physicians. Some opt for mild sedatives preoperatively, while others use a combination of medications like meperidine, promethazine, or midazolam for preoperative sedation.During the operative technique, fat extraction proceeds systematically from deep to superficial fat deposits, employing a cannula in a violin-bow motion. The nondominant hand assists in directing the cannula, assessing its depth, and monitoring the remaining fat quantity.

Postoperative care, including compression, fluid elimination, and avoiding impact activities, varies among surgeons. While some suture incision sites, others focus on promoting fluid egress, with compression being a crucial aspect. Complications associated with traditional liposuction, like significant blood loss or peritonitis, have been minimized with the conscious patient approach employed in true tumescent liposuction. Careful cannula advancement and continuous awareness during the procedure help prevent adverse sequelae.

liposuction axilla

Axillary liposuction is a procedure that targets a specific area of the body—addressing a problem many women face, yet might not be familiar with. It’s surprising how often women struggle with axillary fat, and this treatment offers a solution, leading to a more slender and toned silhouette. Here, we delve deeper into what axillary lipo entails and its significance.

The axillary area refers to the space between the breast and the armpit, commonly referred to as “armpit fat” by women. This fat accumulation manifests as a bulge near the armpit, persisting outside clothing like swimsuits or bras. Axillary fat affects the appearance of tank tops, lingerie, and swimwear.

It’s a misconception that only overweight individuals develop axillary fat—genetics largely dictate fat distribution. Even women of average weight and breast size might contend with axillary rolls. As breast tissue, it’s responsive to hormonal changes, leading to varying textures and size throughout the menstrual cycle, significantly impacting clothing lines and self-confidence.

Axillary liposuction is performed under local anaesthesia. Surgeons make small incisions in the armpit area, inserting a cannula to break up and suction out fat, sculpting the region to achieve a slim and toned look.The benefits of this procedure include improved underarm contours, enhanced arm mobility, reduced clothing irritation, better appearance in sleeveless clothing and swimwear, heightened confidence, and long-lasting, natural-looking results.

Even slim women can experience distress due to an armpit bulge that affects their clothing’s appearance. For some, this bulge can be pronounced, altering the appearance of the arms and upper body. Often, accumulated fat in this area doesn’t respond to diet and exercise, necessitating surgical intervention.

In addition to axillary liposuction, patients might opt for simultaneous treatment of other areas such as the bra bulge and upper back, arms, shoulders, or various breast procedures like lifts, reductions, or enhancements as part of a comprehensive body contouring approach.

Thigh liposuction

Thigh liposuction is a popular procedure aimed at reducing excess fat in the thighs, commonly targeting inner thigh fat to enhance appearance and alleviate chafing. It can also involve addressing ‘saddlebags,’ prominent fat bulges around the hips. The technique involves loosening fat cells with specialized vibrating cannulas, then gently suctioning them out, resulting in slimmer and more contoured thighs. While stretch marks and cellulite typically coexist with excess thigh fat, these conditions are not treated by liposuction; however, other treatments like CelluTite for cellulite and Morpheus8 for stretch marks are available at Centre for Surgery.

The procedure usually involves accessing excess thigh fat through small incisions, effectively breaking up fat cells using specialized liposuction cannulas, and gently removing them, often using power-assisted liposuction. This gentle fat removal method allows for the potential use of fat cells in a fat transfer procedure, often chosen by patients seeking additional body contouring like Brazilian butt lifts or natural breast augmentation.

Post-procedure, a specialised compression garment is worn for 4 to 6 weeks to aid in reducing post-surgical swelling and optimising thigh contour. Recovery typically spans 6 to 8 weeks, with initial results noticeable around the six-week mark and final results expected between 3 to 6 months. It’s important to note that thigh liposuction is a body contouring procedure, not a weight loss treatment, and it’s advised for patients with a BMI below 30.

Candidates for thigh liposuction are those in good physical health, with a BMI below 30, concerned about thigh fat or irritation due to inner thighs rubbing. The procedure can be combined with other body contouring surgeries, such as knee liposuction or stomach liposuction, and often involves a thigh lift for patients with loose thigh skin. Fat removed during the procedure can also be used for fat transfer to other body areas, like gluteal fat transfer or breast fat transfer.

At Centre for Surgery, patients choose thigh liposuction for its minimally invasive nature, leading to enhanced self-confidence, better clothing fit, and emotional well-being. The cost typically starts at £3500, varying depending on additional areas treated. While lifestyle factors like diet and exercise play a role in thigh fat development, surgical intervention becomes necessary in many cases where genetic predisposition or hormonal changes contribute significantly to stubborn thigh fat. Thigh liposuction offers a targeted solution for patients seeking a slimmer, more contoured appearance.

Arm liposuction

Arm liposuction is a popular procedure sought by many, particularly women, aiming to eliminate excess fat in the upper arms. This technique involves using a tube to suction out fat from beneath the arm skin, often resulting in a more toned appearance. Despite attempts through diet and exercise, some individuals struggle with stubborn upper arm fat, making arm liposuction an appealing solution.

Eligible candidates typically possess excess fat in the upper arms accompanied by loose skin that hasn’t responded to weight loss efforts. Good overall health and skin condition are essential for optimal results. However, individuals who are overweight or obese due to excessive fatty deposits or those with certain medical conditions such as diabetes or pregnancy are not suitable candidates for this procedure.

The process generally involves anaesthesia administration—often local anaesthesia—resulting in minimal discomfort during the surgery. Recovery varies among patients, with bruising and swelling being common side effects that may persist for several weeks.

Costs for arm liposuction depend on multiple factors, including the extent of work required, the surgeon’s expertise and reputation, anesthesia type, facility amenities, post-surgery care, etc. Typically ranging from $1500 to $5000 for both arms, it’s important to consider this as an investment in oneself and to plan finances accordingly.

It’s important to note that while arm liposuction effectively removes excess fat, it doesn’t address loose skin. Results can be long-lasting, provided a healthy lifestyle is maintained post-surgery. Choosing the right cosmetic surgeon is crucial for a successful outcome. Seeking recommendations from friends, family, or online reviews, along with verifying the surgeon’s qualifications, past work, and behaviour during consultations, can aid in selecting the ideal professional for the procedure.

A surgeon’s qualifications, demeanour, and ability to communicate effectively with patients are critical factors. They should be empathetic, open to discussions about realistic outcomes and risks, and demonstrate a genuine interest in the patient’s well-being. A comfortable and trusting relationship between the patient and surgeon is vital for a successful outcome.

Neck liposuction

Neck liposuction is a procedure aimed at removing excess fat from the neck’s subcutaneous tissue layer, enhancing the contours and creating a more refined jawline. Suitable candidates typically have excess fat and adequate skin and muscle tone in the neck area. For individuals with loose skin or muscle tone, additional procedures such as a neck lift may be recommended after assessment by Dr. Parker during a consultation.

This procedure is quite popular in cosmetic surgery and can be combined with other surgeries like facelifts, blepharoplasty, or chin augmentation, if suitable. Dr. Parker typically performs this surgery by making small incisions under the chin and behind each earlobe. Through these incisions, excess fat is removed using a thin liposuction cannula, sculpting an improved neck contour. In cases with moderate skin tone, Dr. Parker employs the Vaser ultrasonic liposuction system to emulsify fat and tighten the skin before removal.

The procedure usually takes about 30 minutes under local anesthesia supplemented with light intravenous sedation. Patients are discharged shortly after the surgery, experiencing minimal pain and having dissolvable sutures closing the incisions. Swelling and discoloration generally fade within 7 to 10 days, allowing for the application of makeup after a week. Normal activities can resume in 3 to 4 days, with exercise possible in 10 to 14 days. The results often yield a more youthful and attractive neck appearance.

For individuals with neck skin laxity or sagging muscles, a neck lift may be recommended. Dr. Parker assesses this during consultation and discusses suitable options. The components of a neck lift typically involve fat contouring, lifting and tightening of the platysmal muscle, skin re-draping, redistribution, and skin removal.

The neck lift procedure involves incisions behind each ear, allowing for the separation of neck skin from underlying muscles. Dr. Parker removes excess fat, lifts and tightens the fascia at the outer edges of the platysma muscles, creating a ‘hammock’ effect for lasting and natural neck shaping. For patients demonstrating significant laxity of the platysma muscles, the inner portion of these muscles is tightened through a limited incision beneath the chin, known as a ‘platysmaplasty.’ This procedure re-contours the underlying muscle and re-drapes the lax skin, achieving a more contoured and smooth appearance.

The surgery duration ranges from 45 minutes to 2 hours, depending on the extent of skin and muscle laxity. Patients may undergo intravenous sedation or general anesthesia. Recovery involves some tightness initially, with stitches removed within a week and swelling resolving within 10 to 14 days. Patients can typically return to normal activities in 10 to 14 days, with exercise resuming after two weeks.

Buttocks liposuction

This procedure isn’t exclusively sought after by women. Increasingly, men are turning to liposuction for enhancing the appearance of their posterior. Targeting the lower back, flanks, and buttocks, liposuction can yield a finely sculpted outcome.

Typically, this procedure involves a comprehensive approach, focusing on multiple areas to improve the appearance of the buttocks. However, it can also be tailored specifically for the buttocks alone if the goal is to reduce protrusion, particularly for patients considering a reversal or reduction of a Brazilian Butt Lift (BBL).

In cases where individuals are dissatisfied with a previous BBL surgery, our skilled liposuction surgeons adeptly reshape and reduce the buttocks to maintain an optimal shape while decreasing overall volume, aiming for an improved BBL outcome.

About the Procedure

Buttocks liposuction demands precision, expertise, and an understanding of both male and female anatomy. Each procedure is personalized to cater to individual gender, body frame, and aesthetic objectives.

The process, performed by our Houston Liposuction experts, commences with local anesthesia for patient comfort. Utilizing a specialized thin cannula designed for fat removal, the surgeon makes tiny incisions in strategic areas marked before the procedure. The outer fat layer of the buttocks and possibly adjoining regions is suctioned to craft a rounder, perkier contour. Following the achievement of the desired results, the surgeon applies surgical dressing and a compression garment.


Patients wear a compression garment consistently for the first two weeks after the procedure, ensuring optimal healing. Expect to take several days off work, especially if it involves prolonged sitting. Patients will need to rest and sleep on their stomachs until advised otherwise. Gradual resumption of normal activities is possible after a few days, with walking encouraged to promote healthy blood circulation. The beautifully contoured results become evident once swelling diminishes, typically within a month.

Price and Inclusions

At the Houston Liposuction Center, consultations are complimentary, and the all-inclusive fee for buttocks liposuction covers various components:

  • Pre-op Labs
  • Antibacterial Scrub and Antibiotics
  • Facility Fee and Tumescent Local Anesthesia
  • One Compression Garment
  • Post-op Supplies
  • All Follow-up Visits

Patients receive a prescription for pain medication upon discharge, available for filling at their own pharmacy. Some individuals opt to purchase an additional compression garment separately.

liposuction flank

Abdominal flank liposuction, commonly known as “love handle” reduction, targets excess fat deposits to contour and slim the figure, enhancing body proportions and boosting self-image. Using a small metal cannula, liposuction involves minimal incisions, typically only 2 to 5mm long, easily concealed post-procedure. Laser lipo, a form of liposuction, offers potential benefits, yet it’s crucial to seek this procedure from a qualified plastic surgeon. Although non-plastic surgeons might perform laser lipo, their training may lack the depth and expertise required, often limited to short courses. While laser lipo might claim improved skin tightening, conclusive evidence supporting this assertion remains elusive. When performed by a plastic surgeon, laser lipo is a legitimate method of liposuction.

Expectations, preparation, risks, safety, recovery, cost, and related procedures are integral aspects of this procedure.Anticipate the elimination of abdominal and back fat deposits, resulting in a contoured waistline and enhanced natural body curves. Many individuals use this improved contour as motivation to maintain or initiate fitness routines to preserve their new body shape.


Prior to the procedure, avoid aspirin, ibuprofen, or certain herbal supplements to minimize bleeding risks. Disclose all current medications and habits, no matter how trivial they might seem. Cease smoking and any nicotine products several weeks in advance. Your surgeon will provide comprehensive pre-procedural recovery instructions.


Post-procedure, expect some bruising, swelling, and temporary soreness. Risks may include skin laxity, yet individuals with youthful skin and good elasticity often experience skin tightening over a few months, revealing improved abdominal contours. Your surgeon will assess your skin quality and potential for optimal skin recoil post-liposuction.

Safety Measures:

Ensure the procedure is conducted by a properly trained plastic surgeon in an accredited facility. Request to review previous procedure results. Liposuction is typically an outpatient procedure and can be performed under local anesthesia with deep sedation, often eliminating the need for general anesthesia.


Following the procedure, wear a body garment around the treated area for 1 to 2 months to optimize contouring outcomes. Pain typically subsides within days, allowing most individuals to resume work comfortably within a week.