Liposuction is one of the most common cosmetic procedure with a proven track record over many years. Men and women alike have been amazed by this surgery’s capability to remove stubborn fat where exercise, diet, and other attempts have been unsuccessful. Liposuction works by surgically eliminating excess fat from many parts of the body, using a device that suctions fat from underneath the skin. Dallas plastic surgeon, Dr. Steven J. White, is a specialist in fat removal and body contouring and performs many methods of reducing fat and shaping the body. Each unique body is different, and a patient consultation with Dr. White will help gain clarity on the best possible approach to meet your aesthetic goals. Liposuction is commonly used on the hips, thighs, abdomen, flanks, inner knees, arms, and beneath the skin. The results from liposuction typically remain for many years as long as the patient adheres to a healthy lifestyle.
Best Candidates for Liposuction
Surgical liposuction is reserved for patients who are near or at their ideal weight. It is not a solution for weight loss and should not be looked at as a weight loss method. Good candidates for liposuction are men or women who demonstrate:
- A healthy skin tone with minimal to no excess or sagging skin
- A reasonable and stable weight
- Localized excess fatty deposits that diet and exercise cannot improve
"An excellent doctor and a beautiful result – My results from a liposuction procedure performed by Dr. White this year far exceeded my expectations. I consulted with a number of plastic surgeons and did extensive reading about liposuction before deciding on Dr. White. My choice was based on several factors: (i) his reputation, which is excellent, (ii) his willingness to explain liposuction, and how it works, and (iii) how he explained his particular way of doing liposuction, which may take more time, but brings about a smoother and more natural look. I had been warned by another plastic surgeon that I would have sagging, dimpled skin in one area on my legs after the procedure, which could not be helped. Dr. White explained how he would fix that problem, and his explanation was so clear, I understood how it could be fixed. And fixed it was. I am a woman in my late forties, and the lower half of my body looks better than it ever has in my life. I have never looked decent in a swimsuit, but next summer I will. Dr. White has an sculptor's eye for what the body can become and the surgical skill to make it happen. I highly recommend him!"- E.D. / Citysearch / Dec 10, 2010
"Don?t waste your time. You know what you need to do. Fatty breasts on a man won?t generally resolve without surgical help. Take it from me. I tried. I tried drugs, natural remedies, fat loss creams, weight loss overall, and even Cool Sculpting. None of those will work well on gynecomastia especially if it is longstanding. However, there is good news. I know you are dreading the thought of surgery probably but Dr. Steven White is Michelangelo with a liposuction cannula and scalpel. He knows how to resolve this problem amazingly well with virtually invisible (yes, almost imperceptible) scarring and no loss of sensation in the nipple or elsewhere. I had almost no bruising and healing/down time was very easy/minimal. The foregoing items were my biggest obstacles to getting the surgery done. The result from his proprietary liposuction technique is phenomenal. It is one of the best things I have done for my self-image. I would have gotten this surgery done years ago in my 20s when the issue first started bothering me. But then, Dr. White would not have had his technique perfected as he does today. I have never met a more passionate and perfectionistic doctor. I am so delighted that I found Dr. White and his wonderful team. I searched the Web and visited three other doctors in Denver and Houston who were supposed to be the best in the field. They are not. Dr. White and his team are the best I found. They guided me so well through the whole process from start to finish. The data provided were more than enough to make an informed decision. The team is very thorough (i.e. safe) and realistic. They have changed my life and I owe them a debt of gratitude. P.S. Please ask Dr. White to show you my before and after pictures. I am the tall one."- Anonymous / RateMDs / Feb 08, 2015
"I'm a 51 year old male that would never take off my shirt, my own kids never seen me with out a shirt on. So my wife had Dr. White to do a breast lift for her a few months before. She was very pleased with the results. I asked him to look to see if he could help remove my love handles and man boobs. It was hard for me to take my shirt off for him. So in Sept. 2012 I had Dr. White to do liposuction on my upper torso, he removed 18 lbs from around my waist and chest area. To get to the point I always had good muscle underneath the fat. I worked out for years and never could get rid of the love handle. It took one day for Dr. White to remove all the excess fat around my belly and around my chest area. My pant size went from a 36 to a 31. I got my V shape back. I looked at my self in a 180 degree mirror. I was amazing. People ask if I was a body builder, I had a six pack for the first time in 30 yrs. So this past summer on a vacation in Destin Fla. all my kids seen dad for the first time with out a shirt. It felt so good and comfortable not having to suck my stomach in all the time, because it was flat being just relaxed. I know that I looked ok before the surgery & my wife and kids love me no matter what. But when your 50 years old and have a body build of a 20 yr. old. just from liposuction you feel so much better about yourself. Now my wife and kids & I can take beach vacations & not have to wear a shirt. Thanks to Dr. White for being a perfectionist and going to the extreme to do the best that can be done. So I highly recommend this procedure. "- R.M. / Google / Jan 30, 2014
"For years, I've been considering surgery for gynecomastia (male breast reduction), never feeling comfortable when wearing tight shirts or for that matter...wearing no shirt. I went to several cosmetic surgeons for consultations, and eventually was referred to Dr. Steven White by a close friend and medical doctor. He told me that Dr. White would be his personal choice and I could expect nothing short of perfection?. I am now two months after the procedure and have indeed had an outstanding experience with Dr. White as well as his staff throughout this journey. The results are truly magical. Dr. White's approach was very different than all the other surgeons I consulted with. He uses a liposuction cannula (the "straw" that is used for liposuction) that is half the diameter of that commonly used by the rest of the profession. He also targets not only the breast area, but also the upper torso down to just above the navel. This procedure takes a bit longer...I was "asleep" for nearly 5 hours, though it seemed like a minute to me. However, the narrow cannula allowed for more precise suction, speeded up my recovery time, made the incision around the nipple area invisible and healed nicely to provide a very natural result, given the shrinking of the larger surface area treated. Dr. White was also very patient and compassionate, answering any questions I had and providing great support, together with his top-notch staff at the office and at the Texas Institute for Surgery. I?ll add"- Anonymous / RateMDs / Oct 23, 2014
"For a long time I wanted to get gynecomastia (male breast reduction) done but had been putting off because I didn't know about any good Dr's in the area. I actually found Dr. White online one day because one of my relatives wanted to get some surgery done. She decided to go with him and when i saw the results she got, I didn't think twice in proceeding with mine. I'm very excited to say that I feel much better about my self and it also helped improve my self-esteem and confidence level, as well. Dr. White is extremely professional and so is all of his staff. I would greatly recommend Dr. White to anyone thinking about getting any surgery done. He not only performs the surgery but also checks up on you personally throughout the healing process."- F.R. / Google / Jun 06, 2013
What to Expect with Liposuction
Our acclaimed doctor will evaluate the areas of fat that the patient wishes to improve upon. Our team will tailor an individualized treatment plan that lists the areas to address, as well as the desired amount of fat to be removed. During surgery, a device known as a cannula is inserted through the skin and gently removes fat cells. A solution containing local anesthetic and tumescent fluid is introduced beneath the area of concern to help minimize bleeding, bruising and overall patient discomfort. Controlled removal of fluid and fat is accomplished in layers to produce an improved contour. During liposuction, a motor helps control how much fat is removed and at what speed. Fat removal can range from several ounces to a few pounds.
Liposuction is an outpatient procedure that is performed under general anesthesia. The results will not be evident for several weeks as there will be some swelling after surgery. Compression garments will be required to control the swelling and to help the overlying tissues adapt to the new contour. Patients can return to light activities within 1-2 weeks and can expect a full recovery within about 4-6 weeks. Liposuction does leave a small scar where the cannula was inserted, but it is not noticeable once it fades over time.
Remove Pesky Fat!
Liposuction is a safe and effective way to remove unwanted fat from the body. If you are battling pesky bulges and areas of fat and are ready for a little assistance to help achieve the look you want, we encourage you to schedule a consultation with our surgeon to learn how liposuction can benefit you. Our talented staff will discuss the various options and create a tailored approach specific to your aesthetic goals.
Plan Your Procedure
- Recovery Time
- 1 Week
- Average Procedure Time
- 1-5 Hours
- Post-op Follow-up
- 2 Weeks
- Procedure Recovery Location
What is Liposuction?
Liposuction is the surgical vacuuming of fat from beneath the surface of the skin. It is used to reduce fullness in any area of the body. It is an excellent method of spot reduction but is not an effective method of weight loss.
The tumescent technique involves injection beneath the skin of large volumes of salt water containing small amounts of adrenaline, a naturally occurring hormone that shrinks blood vessels. By injecting this solution into the fat prior to performing liposuction, the plastic surgeon shrinks the blood vessels thereby reducing and minimizing bleeding, bruising and swelling.
Generally people who have localized areas of protruding fat achieve the most dramatic results. Patients who are slightly overweight can benefit from liposuction. It is best to be at or near your normal weight. Good skin elasticity permits the skin to shrink easily to the reduced contour. There are no absolute age limits for liposuction.
Frequently Treated Areas?
In women, the single most frequently treated areas are the outer thighs, followed by the stomach. In men, the flank area or "love handles" are treated most frequently.
If there is excess fat in the area under the chin and the skin is taut, liposuction alone can produce a more sculpted, angular and youthful jaw line. If, however, the skin of the neck is loose, even if there is excess fat, liposuction alone will not produce the desired result. Patients with loose skin usually require a face and neck lift in addition to or instead of liposuction. In general, most patients who benefit from liposuction of the neck are under 40. Most patients over 40 will require some surgical skin tightening. Learn more about neck liposuction.
Although liposuction is very safe and effective, it is a surgical procedure and can cause complications such as infection, bleeding and nerve damage. In addition, aesthetic complications such as skin irregularity or waviness can occur if too much fat has been removed. Fortunately, complications are uncommon and most patients are satisfied with their results.