What Does Liposuction Do?

Dr. Jane Rowley tells her Lubbock patients that on the right person in the right areas, liposuction can have exceptional results. It has been the most popular type of cosmetic surgery in America for the last four years in a row, according to The American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery. However, despite its growing popularity, many people are still unclear about what the procedure actually does.

Eliminating the Fat

If you are having plastic surgery for fat removal, it’s most likely because you have not had success with traditional diet and exercise. Liposuction targets specific areas on the body that resist your efforts to keep up that healthy lifestyle in Lubbock. A tiny tube is inserted into the problem area, and the fat tissue is suctioned out. While you will lose a good amount of noticeable fat, it is important to remember that it is not a weight loss surgery.

Shaping Up

When people are working to slim down, they often put too much emphasis on the numbers on the scale. Yet, for many of us in Lubbock, the figure we want can’t be achieved by losing a certain number of pounds. Liposuction is a way to cosmetically improve the contours of your body. It gets rid of the flab that does not respond to any amount of resisted cravings or time at the gym. Lipo works well on areas of the body that have good skin tone and elasticity. The following are good areas to consider:

  • outer thighs
  • flanks (love handles)
  • hips
  • back
  • submental region (chin area)

Talk to a board certified plastic surgeon about which areas of your body would respond well to liposuction. Dr. Rowley will be able to create a plan with you that will eliminate your stubborn fat and improve the shape of your body. Call today for an obligation-free consultation.


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The struggle to rid the body of excess fat in specific areas is a common problem for many people. Sometimes, even diet and exercise just don’t give us the results we want. Liposuction can help you by targeting those trouble spots to achieve the look and feel you desire. Lubbock locals who are considering this procedure can expect a smooth and comfortable process under the care of Dr. Jane Rowley.

Before the Big Day

You and your doctor will consult about the exact areas that will respond best to liposuction, and you will probably end up with (temporary) markings on your body to designate where you will be treated. Be ready to smile for the camera so you’ll have the all-important before and after photos!

The Procedure Itself

Keep in mind that individual experiences will vary depending on how much fat needs to be removed. Typically, either a local or general anesthesia will be administered. The doctor will insert a tiny tube called a cannula into the skin and inject a sterile fluid. Next, the fat will be suctioned out, and your vitals and comfort level will be monitored. Your body will take on a lot of fluid at this time so do expect to allow time for it to completely drain.

Road to Recovery

While the procedure itself is generally painless, you may experience some discomfort as you would with any other surgery. But rest assured, it’s all part of the healing process, and you shouldn’t miss more than a few days of the everyday routine. More rigorous activities, such as working out, will likely have to wait a few weeks to be reintroduced. A compression garment is usually worn to help achieve the desired contour and to help swelling go down.

The End Results

You will be able to see immediate results after your procedure; however, complete results could take several months as your body gradually heals. Maintaining a healthy weight and continuing to take care of yourself will optimize your outcome.

Board Certified plastic surgeon Dr. Jane Rowley understands the needs of her patients and is always willing to explain and answer any questions they may have. With over 20 years of experience providing plastic surgery in Lubbock, she is committed to helping you achieve the look and feel you deserve. Call today to schedule a no-obligation consultation and learn more.

Take the Plastic Surgery Pop Quiz

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Many people can describe the term ‘plastic surgery’ in their own words, but not everyone knows the terms of the various procedures that are available. Do you know the difference between submental liposuction and otoplasty? Test your plastic surgery knowledge here with this plastic surgery pop quiz.

1. What happens in a breast augmentation procedure?

A. Breast tissue is removed to make the breast smaller.

B. Breast skin is tightened and an implant may be inserted or tissue may be removed.

C. Implants are inserted into the breast to make it larger.

2.     What is the common name for blepharoplasty?

A. Face lift

B. Eyelid lift

C. Chin implant

3.     Which of the following is NOT a procedure that involves reducing ear prominence?

A.     Submental liposuction

B.     Ear pinning

C.    Otoplasty

4. Which of the following procedures does not require the removal of excess skin?

A. Abdominoplasty (tummy tuck)

B. Brachioplasty (arm lift)

C. Liposuction (removal of fatty tissue)


1: C. Augmentation increases the size of the breast. Answer A refers to a breast reduction. Answer B refers to a breast lift. All these procedures are offered by Dr. Jane Rowley, and she is the only plastic surgeon in Lubbock offering “Ideal Implants,” a structured implant that combines the natural look and feel of silicon with the safety of saline.

2: B. This can be performed on the upper or lower eyelid, and both can be done at the same time. In this procedure, excess skin is removed from the eyelid. Liposuction may be done to eliminate any fatty deposits that may be in the way.

3: A. Ear pinning is the common name for otoplasty, a process that pins the ears back closer to the head. Submental liposuction is a procedure that reduces the fatty tissue under the chin and creates more definition in the chin and neck area.

4: C. Abdominoplasty is commonly known as a tummy tuck, and involves the removal of excess skin, and possibly liposuction of the hips. Brachioplasty is also known as an arm lift, and involves the removal and tightening of excess skin on the upper arms. Liposuction alone, however, is just the removal of fatty tissue.

How well did you do? Don’t worry if you don’t know all the answers; Dr. Jane Rowley does and specializes in each of these and more with unmatched expertise. If you are interested in one or more of these primary procedures, schedule a no-obligation consultation today.