For decades, Dr. Kenkel's Dallas patients have sought liposuction to contour and refine their most stubborn areas of fat. More versatile than ever before, liposuction is used to selectively eliminate unwanted fat cells from areas ranging from the face and neck to the legs and ankles. Board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Jeffrey Kenkel is proud to blend his passions for medicine and aesthetics to bring his patients the best that body contouring has to offer.
Am I a good candidate for liposuction?
Your visit with Dr. Kenkel will determine if you are a good candidate. If you are in good physical and mental health with reasonable expectations you should be an appropriate candidate.
Before you decide to have surgery, think carefully about your expectations and discuss them with Dr. Kenkel.
What should I expect from my consultation?
During your consultation, you will learn about the surgery, its limitations and risks, and discuss your needs and concerns. This will help Dr. Kenkel understand your expectations and determine whether they realistically can be achieved. He will examine your body and will consider such factors as the quality of your skin tone and the proportions of your body. He will explain which surgical techniques are most appropriate for you. Afterwards, a photographer will take photographs for your medical record. You may also schedule an additional consultation to view computer imaging so that you may visualize your results after surgery.
You should come to the consultation prepared to discuss your medical history. This will include information about any medical conditions, drug allergies, medical treatments you have received, previous surgeries and medications that you currently take. It is important for you to provide complete information.
What happens the day of surgery?
Your liposuction will be performed here at UT Southwestern. Depending on the magnitude of the procedure, it may be done as an outpatient or patients may be kept overnight for observation. Be sure to arrange for someone to drive you home from surgery and to stay with you to assist you in and out of bed the first couple of days while at home. We offer you extensive guidance on caring for yourself before, during, and after surgery to help you plan accordingly. Aspirin and certain anti-inflammatory drugs can cause increased bleeding, so you should avoid taking these medications for a period of time before surgery.
Prior to the procedure, medications are administered for your comfort and to lessen anxiety if need be. General anesthesia and intravenous sedation are used for patients undergoing abdominoplasty. When surgery is completed, you will be taken into a recovery area where you will continue to be closely monitored.
What is the recovery like?
You will have some discomfort and/or pain following surgery. While you are in the hospital your pain control is intravenous narcotics for the first 24 hours. When you are discharged, you will be given prescriptions for pain medication and antibiotics as well. You will wear a compression garment or binder for two weeks day and night following surgery and then during the night for the next 2 weeks.
What should I know about my results?
Whenever surgery is performed on the body, a scar will result. Although the scar heals very well, it will always be present. It will take at least a year for the scar to mature and fade from pink or red to pale. It is usually not visible in your swimsuit or underwear. Dr. Kenkel will discuss the placement of the incision on your first visit. Liposuction should not be used as a means for weight control. It is only used to reduce localized fat deposits. Dr. Kenkel can give you information about nutrition and exercise, but ultimately it is up to you to maintain your results.
How many visits do I have after surgery?
You will usually return in 3 to 4 days following surgery, then in 7 to 10 days for suture removal. During your postoperative visits, Dr. Kenkel will discuss further postoperative activity and concerns you may have. Following this visit, you will return in approximately 3 weeks, 6 weeks, 3 months, 6 months, and 1 year.
What does liposuction cost?
At the time of your original consultation, you will be quoted a price that will include Dr. Kenkel's fee as well as hospital and anesthesia fees. Fees are due 3 weeks prior to your surgery. Checks, money orders, cash, and credit cards may be used for payment. A $500 deposit will reserve a specific time and date for our surgery.