Liposuction is one of the most popular cosmetic procedures performed in the USA. In a recent year, the American Society of Plastic Surgeons has found that more than 265,200 people has undergone liposuction. The results from liposuction, when performed by Dr. Balinger, are exceptionally fine. This procedure can be used to address problem areas on any area of the body, including:

  • Tummy 
  • Love handles
  • Back
  • Bra fat
  • Buttocks
  • Outer thighs
  • Upper arms
  • Cheeks
  • Upper neck
  • Under chin

Who is a candidate for liposuction?

Liposuction is a surgical procedure that removes excess fat from specific body areas such as the lower abdomen, thighs, hips, and buttocks. The goal is to resculpt problem areas that have not responded to diet and exercise. You may be an ideal candidate for this procedure if:

  • You are in good physical and emotional health
  • You have stubborn fatty deposits you want to remove
  • You have a good level of skin elasticity 
  • You are close to your ideal weight with a Body Mass Index (BMI) of less than 30
  • You are already active but want to achieve a more sculpted figure 
  • You have realistic expectations about the outcome of liposuction 

When you visit Dr. Balinger for your first liposuction consultation in Houston, Texas, he will evaluate your condition and advise you if liposuction is the right procedure for you. It is a highly individualized procedure that can dramatically enhance your overall appearance, but it must be performed with precision to achieve the most natural-looking result. You will have the opportunity to have all of your questions and concerns answered to your satisfaction when you meet with Dr. Balinger, so you feel comfortable and secure while under his care.

Your health history

During your first Houston liposuction consultation, Dr. Balinger will ask questions and review your medical history to learn more about your health. He will also examine your level of skin laxity before moving forward to the next step. This initial consultation is offered free of charge at Balinger’s office. If you are in good general health, understand the procedure and recovery, and Dr. Balinger feels you would benefit from the procedure, a date will be set to perform custom liposuction.

What are the different types of liposuction?

There are several types of liposuction employed in body sculpting by Dr. Balinger:

Traditional liposuction

This is the more conventional type of liposuction. A tiny incision is placed in the area, and a special device known as a cannula is used to remove excess fat. This technique requires a longer recovery time. Many people will achieve superior results with a less invasive, modern liposuction technique, which has a faster recovery and smoother results.

Tumescent liposuction

This liposuction technique involves injecting a medicated fluid, such as lidocaine or epinephrine, to loosen the fat and expand the tissues for easier removal. A special device known as a cannula will then be used to remove it. The swelling may take several weeks to fade, with the final results achieved at about three months after the treatment.

Ultrasound-assisted liposuction

This is a technology-powered liposuction technique, using a special ultrasonic device to liquefy fat cells for easier, faster extraction. Ultrasound-assisted liposuction may be performed either internally with a small cannula or externally with a special surgical device.

Laser-assisted liposuction

This is another liposuction technique that uses laser energy to liquefy fat cells so they can easily be extracted with a small cannula. As the cannulas used in this technique are very narrow (compared to other liposuction types), this method is commonly applied for smaller areas of the face or body.

High definition liposuction

This lipo technique can be used to create the look of a six-pack at the abdomen by artistically removing fat beneath the skin to reveal or enhance the look of the underlying muscles.

Step by step: Liposuction procedure

Liposuction is usually performed as an outpatient procedure, but this may change based on the type of surgery and the extensiveness of the treatment. In a typical procedure, Dr. Balinger follows the steps below.

1. Anesthesia administered
The surgeon’s anesthesiologist will administer either general anesthesia or intravenous sedation to ensure your comfort and safety during the treatment. Feel free to discuss the choice of anesthesia at one of your pre-op consultation visits.

2. Place incision points
The incision points will be marked, and a tiny incision will be placed for the best access to the fatty deposits. A cannula is attached to a special suction pump and is then inserted into the problem areas. The unwanted fat is then carefully removed from the area.  

3. Close Incision
After all the desired contouring has been completed, the surgeon will close the incision using tapes, sutures, clips, or adhesives. The treated area will then be protected with a compression garment to limit swelling and speed healing.

The duration of surgery can vary greatly depending on the type of procedure and the extent of the sculpting procedure. You will be given full aftercare instructions and will be released to return home under the care of another adult.

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Recovery after liposuction

You will need to have someone to drive you home and help out with chores once you are released. The duration of recovery varies based on the number and size of the areas treated and your unique healing speed. You will be provided with a compression garment that should be worn to help shape the treatment areas.

Dr. Balinger asks that you move around as soon as possible, as this promotes healthy blood flow and faster healing. You may experience bruising, swelling, and some discomfort, and you will have prescription pain medication to help alleviate pain, as well as a course of antibiotics to prevent infections. You can expect to resume normal activities after about two to three weeks. Heavy lifting and strenuous exercise are prohibited until Dr. Balinger advises you it is safe. Make sure to follow all aftercare instructions and attend your follow-up appointments. Dr. Balinger’s office is available to answer your questions and provide the support you need throughout your liposuction recovery.

Meet Dr. Balinger

Houston, TX plastic surgeon Dr. Christopher Balinger offers liposuction procedures to patients in Houston, Conroe, and surrounding Texas communities. The surgeon understands that your best self reflects your feeling of self-confidence. Working with a team of experienced clinicians, Dr. Chris goes out of his way to make sure that each patient is comfortable, safe, and exceptionally pleased with the results. Dr. Balinger uses advanced, state-of-the-art liposuction equipment to achieve superior results and often combines liposuction with specialized, non-surgical skin tightening treatments for a smoother, more natural-looking result.

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Planning your liposuction

The cost of liposuction in Houston, TX, can vary dramatically based on the type of procedure. Most of Dr. Balinger’s liposuction patients can expect to pay between $3,500 and $6,500 for this treatment. Health insurers do not cover the cost of liposuction as it is an elective cosmetic procedure. After your consultation with Dr. Balinger, you will be provided with a cost estimate based on your personalized treatment plan. We offer several financing options.

Why choose us?

Dr. Balinger’s boutique Houston plastic surgery clinic was established to provide a custom, personalized experience at every stage of the journey. We focus on ensuring your personal comfort in your liposuction treatment and perform it with an exceptional degree of precision for more beautiful results. We are proud to be recognized as the premier liposuction clinic in Houston and for the trust and loyalty of our many patients. 

Average Cost

$3,500 - $6,500

Procedure Time

Same Day

Recovery Time

2-3 Weeks


Not Covered

Liposuction is one of the most popular body contouring treatments for removing excess fat. The procedure is tailored to your specific needs, whether you want to tone your midsection, resculpt your buttocks, thighs, or address excess fat on other areas of the body or face. Dr. Balinger offers liposuction for men and women in Houston, Conroe, and the surrounding areas of Texas.

Liposuction FAQ

What is liposuction?

Liposuction is a type of fat removal that targets stubborn fat that cannot be removed with exercise and diet. Buttock, abdomen, thigh, and calf liposuction reveals the muscle contours that are hidden beneath a layer of subcutaneous fat. The fat under your skin is the last type of fat that your body releases when you burn calories, so it could take years before you achieve your fat loss goals with diet and exercise alone, if then.

How much does liposuction cost?

The average cost of liposuction is $3,500 to $6,500. We will discuss your cost after the consultation with Dr. Balinger. We offer free initial consultations at our offices in Houston and Conroe, as well as financing options for our patients.

What is liposculpture?

Liposculpture is a technique that Dr. Balinger uses to create the look of muscle definition by carefully sculpting the fat in the area. It is beneficial for the buttocks, thighs, and other areas that you wish to have a more refined, sculpted appearance.

What is abdominal etching?

Abdominal etching is a type of liposculpture that mimics the look of “six-pack abs.” If you have abdominal lipo or a tummy tuck, Dr. Ballinger can use abdominal etching to remove small amounts of fat to create the look of toned abdominal muscles.

What are the benefits of liposuction?

  • Very little downtime
  • Can be combined with other types of body sculpting or as a standalone procedure
  • Removes fat that may take years to shed, if ever, with diet and exercise alone
  • Appropriate for most areas of the body

How is liposuction performed?

Liposuction requires small incisions that are made in the treatment area. The incisions produce small scars that are virtually invisible. After making the incision, Dr. Balinger inserts a hollow tube that is used to dislodge and suction away the extra fat cells.

What is recovery like after liposuction?

You may have some swelling, tenderness, and bruising after your liposuction procedure. You should not put pressure on the area for the first three to seven days to help the tissues heal properly.

How long will liposuction results last?

Liposuction removes fat cells in the treatment area, but it will not prevent new fat from developing if you gain a significant quantity of weight. You can maintain the results of your lipo treatment by continuing to live a healthy, active lifestyle.

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