Dr. Koneru has extensive experience in liposuction, a minimally invasive body contouring procedure that suctions localized fat cells from the body. Liposuction is used to slim and smooth stubborn areas that have been unresponsive to traditional weight loss techniques such as diet and exercise. This procedure has successfully helped patients enhance their appearance for many years.
Although effective, the conventional liposuction procedure was often painful and involved long recovery times. Today, liposuction can be performed more accurately and with less pain, using the tumescent technique. As a result, liposuction in San Antonio is a much safer and less invasive procedure.
Who is a candidate for liposuction?
Liposuction is ideal for patients who are in good overall health and maintain a healthy lifestyle, but have one or more problem areas with unresponsive fat deposits. It is important to realize that liposuction is not a means for major weight loss. Rather, it removes localized areas of stubborn fat once the patient has attempted other natural weight loss methods.
What areas can liposuctions address?
Liposuction can be used to remove unwanted areas of localized fat from nearly any area of the body. We most commonly target the following areas with liposuction in San Antonio:
- Love handles
In many cases, you can treat more than one area during the same procedure, to reduce operating costs and recovery times. Dr. Koneru will develop a personalized treatment plan for you during your initial consultation
What happens during the procedure?
Liposuction is performed on an outpatient basis under local or general anesthesia. In most cases, tumescent technique is used to help patients achieve their desired results.
During your liposuction in San Antonio, several tiny incisions will be made while saline, a local anesthetic, and epinephine are injected to expand and firm the fat, making it easier to remove. This solution is the tumescent solution. A small, thin tube called a cannula is then inserted through the incisions to suction out the fat.
No stitches are usually needed after liposuction, since the incisions are small enough to heal on their own. Occasionally, Dr. Koneru may use some dissolving sutures to close the larger incisions. The entire procedure usually lasts from one to three hours, depending on the amount of fat being removed.
How long is the recovery?
You can return to work and other regular activities as soon as you feel comfortable, usually a few days after your liposuction in San Antonio. Exercise and other strenuous activities should be avoided for a few weeks. It is not uncommon to experience mild swelling, bruising, and discomfort in the treated area, which can be reduced through pain medication. Compression garments are worn routinely all the time for 2 weeks and then as much as possible for another 4 weeks. You may want to have a second compression garment available so that you always have a clean one available. Dr. Koneru usually recommends lymphatic massage of the areas of suction to begin approximately 2 weeks after surgery.
When will I see results?
The results from the liposuction procedure are often visible right away, but they will continue to improve as swelling and bruising subside. After having liposuction in San Antonio, results may appear gradually over a period of several months. Scars usually heal well, and they will fade with time to become less and less noticeable.
The results of liposuction can be permanent, as long you maintain a healthy and active life. The results may be altered if you gain substantial weight after this procedure.
What are the risks?
Liposuction is one of the most commonly performed cosmetic procedures, and it is almost always performed with no serious complications. Liposuction in San Antonio has only minimal downtime and a low occurrence of mild side effects. However, as with any kind of treatment, there is a risk of complications such as infection, scarring, allergic reactions, hematoma, or unsatisfactory results. You can minimize these risks by choosing an experienced doctor such as Dr. Koneru to perform the procedure, and by carefully following the instructions for pre and post surgery.