Dr. Robert Bledsoe, a highly trained and experienced cosmetic surgeon, provides liposuction to help patients minimize pockets of unwanted body fat on various parts of their bodies. For many people, deposits of fat persist despite strict adherence to diet and exercise programs. Due to genetics or other factors, even the most rigorous efforts cannot always prevent unsightly bulges in the stomach, thighs, hips, back, buttocks, legs, arms, neck or other areas. Dr. Bledsoe can use liposuction to address excess fat in these and other parts of the body.
Who Are the Best Candidates for Liposuction?
The best candidates for liposuction are men and women who are in good health and have achieved a stable weight but have areas of fat that have proven resistant to exercise and dieting. Ideal candidates also have good skin quality so that the skin will re-tighten after the fat is removed. For Grapevine / Southlake liposuction patients whose skin has lost its elasticity—that is, its ability to adjust to the body’s new contours—Dr. Bledsoe may combine liposuction with additional procedures that involve the removal of excess skin, such as tummy tuck, body lift, thigh lift or arm lift.
The Liposuction Procedure
Dr. Bledsoe usually performs liposuction as an outpatient procedure using either general anesthesia or local anesthesia with sedation. The procedure can last from 45 minutes to two hours, depending on the number of body areas being treated.
To perform liposuction, Dr. Bledsoe first infuses the area to be “spot-reduced” with a wetting solution that includes epinephrine, a drug that prevents bleeding. Next, he makes small incisions in the skin. He then inserts a surgical tool known as a cannula through the incisions in order to break up and vacuum out excess fat from beneath the skin.
Dr. Bledsoe employs several sophisticated liposuction techniques, including:
- Power-assisted liposuction relies on a motorized cannula that breaks up the fat cells.
Each of these methods offers distinct advantages and disadvantages, which Dr. Bledsoe will discuss with you in detail during your one-on-one consultation.
Following surgery, patients will be instructed to wear a compression garment on the treated area to help prevent swelling and promote healing. Patients will experience swelling, bruising and soreness. Dr. Bledsoe will prescribe antibiotics to prevent infection and may also authorize medication to reduce pain. Most of Dr. Bledsoe’s patients can return to work within a few days and can resume light exercise within two weeks.
Dr. Bledsoe is honored to provide liposuction in a supportive Christian environment to patients from Grapevine, Southlake and the surrounding area. He and his staff believe that communication is key to a successful surgical outcome. To this end, they encourage questions from all of their liposuction, body lift, thigh lift and tummy tuck Southlake patients.