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In many cases, the only way to achieve your ideal figure and remove the stubborn pockets of fat is liposuction. Dr. Courtney uses liposuction to extract these fat deposits once and for all – leaving you with a trimmer, more toned, sexier figure.

What is liposuction?

Liposuction, also referred to as “lipo” or “liposculpting,” is a surgical procedure to slim and reshape specific areas of the body by removing localized fat. The most popular liposuction treatment areas include:

  • Thighs
  • Hips and buttocks
  • Abdomen and waist
  • Upper and lower arms
  • Back
  • Inner knee
  • Chest area
  • Cheeks, chin, and neck

Results speak for themselves.

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Dr. Courtney is a highly-skilled board-certified plastic surgeon who can re-contour your physique using state-of-the-art liposuction technology. Whether performed alone or as part of a tummy tuck or mommy makeover, liposuction can rid you of those unwanted areas or bulges once and for all, and help you look and feel your very best. Our motto, “Be Beautiful. Be You.” reflects our dedication to creating exquisite but natural-looking, balanced body contours.

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I have visited Dr. Courtney for multiple surgeries ranging from 360 liposuction, arm liposuction, thigh liposuction. Facial fat grafting, a torsoplasty & I was thrilled with my results, his stitching is exceptional!

Dr Courtney really listens to his patients, nothing is ever rushed & he gives me realistic expectations & I think that’s very important.

I see my procedures as a journey from start to finish & aftercare. Its very comforting to know that Dr Courtney is with me every step of the way, I highly recommend him!

- D.C.

Is liposuction right for me?

Today, non-surgical and surgical options exist to treat problematic, fatty areas. If you cannot undergo surgery or do not choose to, you may consider a non-invasive approach, such as CoolSculpting, which can reduce unwanted fat without incisions. If you are seeking a more dramatic, immediate, and long-lasting outcome, liposuction continues to be the gold standard for removing stubborn fat. Liposuction is ideal for men and women who are at a stable weight and who desire a sleeker, more attractive silhouette. It is effective at removing:

  • Unwanted bulges
  • Love handles
  • Double chin
  • Muffin top
  • Excess weight on your thighs
  • Excess weight on your arms
  • The layer of fat on your abdomen that hides your toned muscles
  • Excess chest fat in men

If an area looks disproportionate to the rest of your body due to excess fat, liposuction restores balance. If the skin has loosened, liposuction combined with skin excision can tighten the area after fat removal. Liposuction is not a weight-loss procedure or an alternative to diet or exercise. Since changes in your weight can affect your results, Dr. Courtney recommends that you consider liposuction when you are at or near your ideal weight.

Your private consultation with Dr. Courtney

Before liposuction surgery, you will have a confidential consultation with Dr. Courtney and his patient care coordinator to discuss your individual aesthetic needs and concerns. After thoroughly reviewing your medical history, Dr. Courtney will conduct a physical exam to assess your body’s natural structure and balance, and he will also discuss your lifestyle and personal habits. Carefully listening to your concerns and goals, Dr. Courtney will discuss the best surgical techniques and options available to help you achieve your individual needs. He shares before and after photos of his patients who have undergone the procedure.

Your consultation with Dr. Courtney will be a highly-personalized and individualized experience. Through open dialogue, Dr. Courtney ensures you understand the procedure, any risks associated, recovery time, and activity limitations, as well as the expected outcome and benefits. He welcomes all your questions. Providing the best and safest level of care is of utmost importance to Dr. Courtney, so please allow an hour to an hour and a half for your initial consultation and expect a thorough discussion and assessment.

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Your liposuction procedure

After being greeted by our award-winning staff in our state-of-the-art surgical facility, Dr. Courtney will begin the preparations for surgery. First, he marks the areas of your body for contouring. You will then meet with one of our highly-trained, board-certified anesthesiologists, who will administer anesthesia and manage it during surgery.  

Once you are under anesthesia, Dr. Courtney makes a small incision and inserts a cannula—a thin, blunt needle designed to minimize cutting of veins that permeate the fat layer. The cannula carefully breaks up the fat cells and removes them. Dr. Courtney meticulously sculpts the targeted area(s) until he arrives at the desired level of custom contouring. He closes incisions with sutures. Depending on the patient’s aesthetic goals, Dr. Courtney may treat several areas, requiring several small incisions.

The fat collected from liposuction can be transferred to another body area to restore or provide added volume when desired. This procedure is known as “fat transfer.” The harvested fat cells will be purified in sterile conditions and transferred to the breasts (augmentation), buttocks (for a Brazilian Butt Lift), or face to restore lost volume -- naturally.

Our state-of-the-art surgery center

Dr. Courtney conducts surgery in our AAAHC-certified ambulatory surgery center (ASC) rather than a hospital operating room. Our top-of-the-line surgery center far exceeds the health and safety standards most hospitals struggle to achieve, offering next-level safety features and sterility. Studies have shown that the possibility of post-operative infections is 50% lower in ASCs than hospitals, and we take this a notch further with carefully controlled sterilization methods for every procedure.

Recovery after liposuction

Liposuction is an outpatient procedure, and you can return home to rest the same day. When you awake from liposuction, you will have a compression garment in place to minimize swelling and support your body as it heals. Before leaving our surgery center, Dr. Courtney will explain how your compression bandage should be worn, as well as the healing process and any expected drainage from your incision sites.

Pain during healing is generally minimal, but Dr. Courtney will prescribe pain medication to alleviate any discomfort during the first few days. You are likely to have some swelling and bruising in the treatment areas, but these will subside over the following one to two weeks. Recovery is different for every patient, and while most patients return to work and perform light activities within the first week or so of surgery, others require more downtime.

It is important to start walking as much as possible, but exercise and strenuous activity must be avoided until Dr. Courtney clears you. Dr. Courtney will give you instructions on how to care for yourself after surgery, and it is essential to follow these recommendations to minimize swelling and maximize your results. Your surgical scars will gradually fade over the next several months.

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Your results

Liposuction is a safe procedure that provides immediate and dramatic results to your body’s shape and size that is not attainable through diet and exercise alone. While some of the reshaping effects are visible at once, your final results will be achieved several weeks after the procedure, as the swelling has fully subsided.

Maintaining your new slimmer, more attractive profile requires a healthy lifestyle, a nutritious diet, and exercise. Any weight fluctuations in the future may affect your results.

Contact us today

Our reputation reaches throughout Texas and beyond, and we often see patients from throughout Texas and other states. Some of our patients fly internationally to benefit from Dr. Courtney’s attention to detail and exquisite results. Wherever you are located, our award-winning staff will help you each step of the way and assist you in arranging your life so you can make your dreams of a new, beautiful you a reality.

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Out of town patients

If you are traveling to Houston for liposuction and need recommendations for nearby hotels and other services, our team is here to help. We have compiled full directions, lists of hotels, transportation services, and post-operative home nursing and recovery support staff services. We will also share the food and beverage delivery services that provide superior care.

Dr. Courtney and his team want your procedures to go smoothly from the moment you first arrive in Houston to your departure. If you have any questions or are looking to get started, do not hesitate to call our world-class plastic surgery center in Houston, or fill out our online contact form today. We are excited to hear from you!

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