WHY SHOULD I CHOOSE RESTORA AUSTIN FOR MY LIPOSUCTION PROCEDURE?
We believe there are many reasons, but our name, RESTORA, explains it all.
Results. Our “Before & After” (obviously a link to our photo gallery) pictures speak for themselves. Natural, beautiful results in a wide range of sizes and types of patients.
Experience. Our board-certified plastic surgeons are arguably the busiest aesthetic surgeons in Austin. Without question, they perform more Liposuction than anyone else in Central Texas.
Safety. It is a privilege when you choose us, and we don’t take that responsibility lightly. Your well-being and comfort are our primary concerns, so your procedure will be performed in a fully accredited operating room with a board-certified anesthesiologist.
Team. Our team is a group of overachievers focused on delivering the best plastic surgery experience possible. Over half of us started out as patients of Dr. Gordon or Reid, so we have an intimate understanding of the anxiety and excitement that come with this decision.
On the Cutting Edge. Our surgeons never rest on their past and present achievements. Their practice is a constant evolution in the “how” and “why” of aesthetic surgery, always perfecting techniques that minimize scarring, discomfort, and downtime but give maximal results in the safest setting.
Respect. Our practice is built on word-of-mouth referrals from happy patients and our medical colleagues. For example, Drs. Reid and Gordon have been named Texas Super Doctors from 2013 to the present. Super Doctors identifies top doctors as selected by their peers and only 5% of physicians are named to Super Doctors. We have two of those docs under one roof!
Artistic Approach. We don’t believe in “one operation or one type of implant fits all” cookie cutter approach to aesthetic surgery. Our doctors will create an individualized plan to exceed your expectations and bring out the best version of yourself.
I’VE HEARD A LOT ABOUT “LASER LIPO” AND SMARTLIPO™. ARE THOSE GOOD CHOICES?
‘Laser lipo’ and SmartLipo™, like all thermal liposuction methods, use tremendous heat to burn the fat before removal. SmartLipo™ generates this heat by using laser energy. VASER liposuction is different from Smartlipo, because it works by ultrasound, and does not damage the tissue as SmartLipo™ does. The unfortunate by-product of all of this heat from laser is burning and coagulation of the blood vessels and supporting tissues that keep the skin and remaining fat healthy and supple. An inflammatory process follows the death of these fat cells, which leads to dermal adhesion and scarring. In rare cases, these burns can be so severe, as to actually burn through the outer skin leaving horrific scars. Ultimately, this heat-induced trauma can result in the contour irregularities, often associated with a “bad” liposuction outcome, with wavy, uneven skin that appears damaged and unnatural. Fat from VASER Liposuction is not burned and makes an ideal graft for fat grafting when needed.
IS THERE REALLY A DIFFERENCE BETWEEN LIPOSUCTION AT RESTORA?
The latest technological advancements inspired Dr. Reid and Dr. Gordon to look at body contouring in an entirely new light. For decades, traditional liposuction, although considered the gold standard, was plagued with complications, such as contour irregularities, excessive blood loss, excessive pain and bruising, skin burns, and loose skin, just to name a few. Surgeons were frustrated with the limited technology available, but in 2007, everything changed, and there was an influx of new liposuction devices, like SmartLipo™, Cool Lipo, and Body-Jet. It was a promising time, but it was short lived. Unfortunately, these technologies delivered more complications than solutions, and the complications were much harder to treat than in the past, primarily because of tissue damage from heat generated by these “fat-melting devices”. The multi million-dollar companies behind these devices invested in slick direct to consumer marketing instead of scientific research. To make matters worse, they sold the majority of devices to non-plastic surgeons whose only training was a weekend course. Liposuction was being offered in family practice, gynecology and dermatology offices across the country. Body contouring centers were set up and staffed by emergency room physicians. Although the providers were doctors, many weren’t surgeons, much less board-certified plastic surgeons. Complications skyrocketed and plastic surgeons saw an influx in revisionary liposuction cases.
AM I A GOOD CANDIDATE FOR LIPOSUCTION?
We want to know what’s motivating you to consider Liposuction, so we can help you best achieve your aesthetic goals. Liposuction is not a weight loss alternative.
You are an ideal candidate if you are:
- Your BMI is <30% of your ideal body weight for height and frame.
- Generally healthy and physically active.
- Have good skin quality. This is the key to great results because after Liposuction your skin must mold itself to your new contours.
- You are internally motivated and are doing this for yourself and not from pressure by your spouse or partner.
- You have realistic expectations and understand that what nature has given you (body type, skin quality) may limit the outcome. This will be discussed in detail during your consultation.
Getting Ready for Your Big Day
Will I need any other tests or blood work done?
Lab work will be performed prior to surgery to ensure that you are not anemic, do not have an infection, and are not pregnant. Based on your medical history, you may be asked to have additional laboratory studies or other diagnostic tests to ensure your overall health and breast health.
Does smoking affect the healing process, and if so, how far in advance of surgery should I quit?
You should stop smoking for 4 weeks before and 4 weeks after surgery. Smoking decreases blood flow to your tissues and can lead to delayed wound healing, infection and nipple loss.
Will I need to stop any of my medications before surgery?
You will be advised to stop taking certain medications and vitamins or herbal supplements that can contribute to excess bleeding 2 weeks prior to surgery. You will be given a full list of medications to discontinue, but the most common ones are Advil, Aleve, Ibuprofen, Vitamin E and Aspirin. Please be sure to include all vitamins and supplements you are taking on your health history form.
The Day of Your Surgery
Your big day has finally arrived. The surgery is an outpatient procedure, but you need an adult to drive you home and stay with you for the first 24 hours after surgery.
HOW LONG DOES THE PROCEDURE ITSELF TAKE?
The duration of your particular procedure will vary according to the areas treated, the presence of scar tissue and many other factors. In general, Liposuction is applied comprehensively to body areas, usually treating circumferentially, as opposed to “spot” treatments commonly seen with other methods. Liposuction is also frequently utilized in combination with other cosmetic procedures, such as abdominoplasty, breast surgery, and chest surgery. Surgeries can range from one hour to many hours, depending on their extent and complexity.
WHAT TYPE OF ANESTHESIA IS USED?
Your Liposuction will be performed under general anesthesia administered by a board-certified anesthesiologist from Capitol Anesthesiology Association, who will monitor you during the entire procedure, ensuring your safety and comfort, and will remain with you until you are fully awake. Drs. Reid and Gordon prefer general anesthesia, so that you are asleep, your muscles are completely relaxed, your airway is protected, and you are completely comfortable. Safety, comfort and a fast recovery are paramount to Drs. Reid and Gordon.
WHERE WILL MY LIPOSUCTION BE PERFORMED?
Your Liposuction will be performed at INSPIRE Surgery Centre. (Obviously a link to the ISC page) INSPIRE is our state-of-the-art surgical facility that is certified by the American Association for Accreditation of Ambulatory Surgical Facilities (AAASF), which ensures the highest standard of surgical care. INSPIRE is conveniently located in the suite adjacent to Restora Austin and is staffed by a team of board-certified anesthesiologists and very experienced nurses and surgical techs, all of whom were hand-picked by Dr. Gordon and Dr. Reid. The facility is equipped with highly advanced monitors and the finest surgical equipment, and is fully equipped to handle an emergency situation if one should occur.
Recovery After Liposuction
You will wake up after surgery wearing a compression garment. The compression garment helps to reduce swelling, so you will wear it for 6 weeks after surgery. You can expect to be swollen for several weeks. You will have some bruising, but this should be minimal. You will have prescriptions to minimize your discomfort including a pain medication, a muscle relaxer and an anti-inflammatory. You will need to take it easy for several days to optimize your recovery and allow yourself time to heal. You can go back to work within 5-7 days, and your results will continue to settle for the first 6 weeks. Patience is a must, as it takes time for your tissues to adjust to your new contours. Diminished sensation of your skin in the treated areas is normal and will return with time. You will not be able to drive as long as you are using pain medication or muscle relaxers, and you can’t perform any heavy lifting or vigorous exercise in the first few weeks following surgery.
HOW LONG WILL IT TAKE BEFORE I’M COMPLETELY HEALED?
Within 4-6 weeks, you will be fully recovered, but your new contours will continue to refine over the next several months. It can take up to weeks for the swelling to completely subside and then your skin contraction will occur. Normal sensation can take 6-12 months to return.
WHEN CAN I BEGIN EXERCISING AFTER LIPOSUCTION?
You should refrain from any strenuous activity or heavy lifting for 3 weeks following surgery. You may return to light exercise around 3 weeks after surgery depending on your progress. You should avoid any twisting, weight lifting or high impact exercises for at least 3 weeks.
WHEN IS IT SAFE TO SOAK MY INCISIONS IN WATER – TAKE A BATH, GO SWIMMING, SIT IN A HOT TUB?
Do not submerge your incisions in water for 3 weeks after surgery.
HOW SOON CAN I SHOWER AFTER SURGERY?
You will be able to remove your garment and dressings and shower 48 hours after surgery. Steristrips directly on your skin incisions will remain in place until your first post-operative appointment.
ARE THERE ANY OTHER MEDICATION OR VITAMINS I SHOULD TAKE OR AVOID AFTER SURGERY?
Some pain medication can cause constipation, so we recommend that you start Colace, an over the counter stool softener, when you start taking the pain medication. During your pre-op appointment, we will tell you what medications to avoid before surgery and you will want to avoid them for 2 weeks after surgery. We will recommend vitamins and supplements, which will help to minimize bruising and swelling.
WHAT KIND OF MEDICATION WILL I HAVE TO TAKE AFTER SURGERY?
We use a rapid recovery method to limit the need for narcotic pain medication after surgery. You will be given several prescriptions at your pre-operative appointment depending or your unique situation and needs. These will include an antibiotic that you are required to take to prevent infection, an anti-nausea medicine if needed, a narcotic medication for pain if needed, a muscle relaxer and Celebrex, a strong anti-inflammatory or NSAID medication. Celebrex is the only NSAID that can be used after surgery because it is the only one in its class that does not interfere with platelet function or increase your risk of bleeding. For women, if you are prone to vaginal yeast infections while on antibiotics, please let us know so that we may prescribe oral Diflucan to prevent this. Also, please remember that some of these medications may interfere with the efficacy of oral contraceptive pills, so you must use another method of birth control during this time.
HOW LONG WILL THE DISCOMFORT LAST?
Most patients use the narcotic pain medication for the first few days after surgery. The soreness may last for several weeks.
Risks of Liposuction Surgery
Risks of Liposuction Surgery
Risks and uncertainties are inherent with any surgery. This is why it is important to choose a board-certified plastic surgeon that has knowledge and experience in managing any complication with the highest level of care. Liposuction is a very safe operation, and complications occur infrequently. Infection, loss of sensation, scarring, prolonged swelling, hematoma or accumulation of blood, seroma, contour irregularities, asymmetry, deep venous thrombosis (DVT) or dissatisfaction with your results. The most common reason for revisionary surgery after liposuction is contour irregularities. The techniques used in Liposuction greatly reduce the incidence of contour irregularities. It is important that you give us a complete medical history during your initial consultation and follow all post-op instructions. This will minimize your chances of experiencing a complication. Infection is prevented through the use of antibiotics during and after surgery. DVTs are prevented by early and frequent walking and movement. Hematomas are avoided by discontinuing the use of any medications that can affect bleeding like Aspirin, Advil or Ibuprofen for 2 weeks before and 2 weeks after surgery and by having you limit vigorous physical activity after surgery.
5 Myths About Lipo
REPLACES DIETING & EXERCISE = FALSE
Liposuction is not a weight loss solution. It is a means to contour disproportionate areas that are resistant to diet and exercise
WILL GIVE YOU A SIX-PACK = FALSE
- Only clean eating, crunches and lot of core work will give you a six-pack.
- A six-pack is your muscles under the skin and fat, so those rectus muscle needs working out.
LIPOSUCTION ELIMINATES CELLULITE = FALSE
- Cellulite isn’t fat, but rather a web of connective tissue bands that connect your skin to your underlying muscle.
- Liposuction does not make cellulite better and can sometimes make it worse.
FAT WILL NEVER COME BACK IN TREATED AREAS = FALSE
- Not all fat cells are removed in the treated areas
- Significant weight gain = return of your bulges(s)
LIPOSUCTION IS NOT REALLY SURGERY = FALSE
Doctor + Operating Room + Anesthesia = Surgery. Enough said. Don’t be fooled by marketing gimmicks.
Long Term Questions
HOW LONG WILL MY RESULTS LAST?
Obviously, genetics and lifestyle play a major role in our body composition, but your results can last for decades, as long as your weight remains stable and you take care of your skin.
ANY ADVICE ON MAINTAINING MY NEW LOOK?
Maintain a sensible diet and exercise routine. Liposuction doesn’t remove every fat cell in the treated area, so if you gain weight, it’s still possible to see changes in the treated areas. If you gain a significant amount of weight, other areas will begin to bulge.
Call 512.371.8817 or email us at INFO@RestoraAustin.com to schedule your consultation.