For women and men who have isolated areas of fat despite a healthy lifestyle, Dr. Decherd and Dr. Isakson offer liposuction to help slim the body and improve one’s appearance and silhouette. Liposuction is not used for weight loss, nor should it be considered a part of any diet plan, but it can be helpful to reshape a specific body area. Common body parts where liposuction has proven to be successful include the tummy, the outer thighs, inner thighs, and flanks. In order for liposuction to be successful, one needs skin that will retract. After the fat is removed, the skin needs to shrink down to show the new shape. Therefore, San Antonio patients with loose and sagging skin may be better suited for a tummy tuck or other skin-tightening procedures.
There are good candidates for liposuction, and some patients who it simply will not work for. Patients considering lipo must have relatively good skin tone. For example, if someone has experienced a massive weight loss, liposuction is probably not a good option. A skin-tightening procedure will garner better results. In addition, women who have had children are usually not good candidates for tummy liposuction, although they might be good candidates for outer thigh lipo. The ideal candidate is someone who is in pretty good shape and has a healthy skin tone that has areas that need reshaping. For example, there are some women who are in great shape but who have some fat deposits in the "saddlebag" area of the outer thigh. Removing this fat helps bring this one spot into proportion with the rest of their legs.
"Dr. Dechard gave me my tummy tuck a year ago this month (+ liposuction), and it has been absolutely life changing! When I first wen to him I wasn’t sure he would do it since I was overweight at 215lbs. But he did and a year later I’m still in awe and so thankful to him and his amazing staff, especially Heather! I am going to be 50 years old on Tuesday, this is a great way to kick off the decade! Thank you. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you! DIRECT RESULTS: 1. Got rid of 10 lbs of fat 2. Got rid of my FUPA 3. Got rid of my hideous hysterectomy scar 4. Got rid of my side hip bags 5. Made me a new beautiful belly button 6. Repaired my stomach muscles and gave me abs 7. Gave me the motivation to change my over all health, and life INDIRECT RESULTS: 1. Motivated me to drop an additional 30 lbs 2. Eliminated my diabetes risk 3. Helped me lower my BMI from 34 to 28 4. Chronic back issues almost non existent 5. Knee issues are gone 6. I can wear clothes I have never been able to wear before, as you can see in my after pic"- D.L. / Google / Feb 19, 2023
"Dr Isakson performed Breast Augmentation and lipo on this mom of 3! Having children certainly changed my body. Dr Isakson walked through my specific areas of concern and spoke to what he could do to make me look and feel better. He was super informative and his bedside rapport was excellent. I cannot decide if I am happier with the augmentation (which I wanted for 25 years) or the lipo which sculpted my flanks, abs, outer and inner thighs. If you’re considering either of these procedures-go see Dr Isakson. This was truly was a great experience. And his nurse Katy is amazing and compassionate."- K.D. / Google / Oct 07, 2023
"Dr. Isakson and all the office staff were incredible and made me feel very welcoming. They have great communication and answered all the questions I had before my surgery. Dr. Isakson did an amazing job with my tummy tuck and it has been the best decision I have ever made. He did so good and will recommend him to anyone. He is also a very nice and down to earth person! Thank you Dr. Isakson!!!"- A.M. / Google / Jan 22, 2024
"Dr. Isakson has changed my life completely for the better. I have gone up and down in weight by more than 50 lbs, two babies, 1 c-section and numerous prior abdominal surgeries. To say my stomach had seen better days is an understatement. For only being 30, I was ashamed of my body. I underwent an extended tummy tuck, muscle repair, Lipo to the flanks, mons and submental area. At 6 weeks out, I have no pain anymore, back to normal anct and am healing nicely. My scar is already fading and I can’t wait to see how it progresses. Dr. Isakson is blunt but honest and is truly an artist with body sculpting. The amount of compliments I have already received is insane and I expect to look even better as the swelling subsides."- Anonymous / Healthgrades / Nov 16, 2023
"Title: Life-Changing Mommy Makeover Experience! Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ I recently had a mommy makeover procedure performed by Dr. Isakson and I cannot express enough how thrilled I am with the results! From the initial consultation to the post-operative care, Dr. Isakson, Katy, and their team provided an exceptional level of care and professionalism that exceeded my expectations. Dr. Isakson took the time to listen to my concerns and understand my desired outcome. He thoroughly explained the procedure, addressing any questions or doubts I had, which put my mind at ease. His expertise and attention to detail were evident throughout the entire process. The mommy makeover procedure involved a combination of breast augmentation, tummy tuck, and liposuction. Dr. Isakson’s surgical skills were truly remarkable. He sculpted my body with precision, restoring my pre-pregnancy figure and giving me newfound confidence. Not only did Dr. Isakson deliver outstanding results, but he also provided exceptional post-operative care. He closely monitored my recovery, ensuring that I healed properly and addressing any concerns promptly. His genuine care and attentiveness made me feel well-supported throughout the entire recovery journey. I cannot recommend Dr. Isakson enough for anyone considering a mommy makeover. His expertise, professionalism, and genuine care for his patients are unmatched. The transformation I experienced has been life-changing, and I am forever grateful to Dr. Isakson, Katy and their team for their exceptional work. If you are looking for a plastic surgeon who is not only skilled but also compassionate and dedicated to providing the best possible results, look no further than Dr. Isakson, you won't be disappointed! Thank you, Dr. Isakson, for helping me regain my confidence and making me feel like the best version of myself again! Sincerely, Amy Scott"- A.S. / Google / Jan 12, 2024
A common approach for liposuction among experienced surgeons is the tumescent liposuction method. During this procedure, we put in tumescent solution, which includes lidocaine and other medicines to help the process and decrease blood loss. Using a small incision, a metal tube with holes in the end is inserted via a fanning motion; during this process, fat is removed from the affected areas. As the procedure continues, we switch to progressively smaller tubes (cannulas) to prevent contour irregularities.
Liposuction is an outpatient procedure performed under general anesthesia. Once the patient is released to go home, they wear a tight compression garment to try and promote skin contraction and help obliterate the potential space where the fat once existed. After a short period of rest, patients are encouraged to move around as best they can in order to promote healthy circulation. Bruising will most likely occur. In most cases, the bruising is gone after a few weeks. Patients will also be swollen, which can last up to 1-2 months. It takes several months for the final results to appear.
Plan Your Procedure
- Recovery Time
- 1 Week
- Average Procedure Time
- 1-5 Hours
- Post-op Follow-up
- 2 Weeks
- Procedure Recovery Location
Will I Lose Weight?
Liposuction is not a weight loss plan. It is a plan to reshape a specific body area. That being said, when it is all healed, there most likely will be a small drop-off at the scale, simply because fat is physically removed.
How Bad Is The Scarring?
During liposuction, small incisions are made. These incisions will lead to some scarring, but generally this is not a huge issue.
Will The Fat Reappear?
Patients that gain weight after completing a liposuction procedure will cause fat to distribute throughout the body. Because there will be less fat cells at the site of the liposuction, it may seem as though another area is gaining fat. For example, if a patient gains weight in the outer thighs, and then gets liposuction there, there are fewer fat cells there to accept new fat. So if this patient eases off a healthy diet and exercise program some, he or she may notice weight gain in other areas.
Can't I Just Exercise?
Exercise is always a good thing, but we see many women who are in great shape but still have pockets of fat that simply will not go away. These pockets are amenable to liposuction.