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No matter how much you diet and exercise, you may still see stubborn pockets of fat that keep you from being completely confident in your body. Dr. Ryan Couvillion offers the most advanced treatment options to effectively remove fat from the body. Liposuction surgery is a body contouring treatment that reduces pockets of fat from the flanks, tummy, buttocks, and thighs to create a leaner appearance. This cosmetic procedure at SBA Dermatology in Houston, TX can be combined to treat multiple body parts. When you are seen for your consultation, Dr. Couvillion will assess any areas of concern so you can achieve your aesthetic goals. Our goal is for you to feel and look your absolute best.


"Dr Couvillion kept me talking through my procedure and kept me distracted and was wonderful. His staff is also wonderful. I truly recommend him for any procedure."

- T.L. / Healthgrades / Aug 07, 2019

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Fat removal surgery is a great treatment for individuals who are at an ideal weight but have stubborn pockets of fat that cannot be eliminated through diet and exercise. Men and women considering liposuction should have good skin laxity because liposuction is not a treatment for loose skin. It's also important to understand that liposuction is not a treatment for weight loss. Females undergoing liposuction should have childbearing behind them as a future pregnancy may compromise the outcome. At the time of your consultation, Dr. Couvillion will set realistic expectations for the outcome of this procedure.


Liposuction is completed in an outpatient setting under general anesthesia. A punch-hole incision is placed through the skin so a cannula can be inserted. A cannula is a tool that makes it easier to loosen the fatty tissue that is being suctioned out. After the desired amount of fatty tissue has been removed, Dr. Couvillion will seal the small incision. Based on the number of sections treated, your procedure may take several hours. In the recovery room, your post-operation nurse will assist you in managing your pain and look after your treated areas until you are discharged.


You may be in recovery at home from liposuction for several weeks based on the number of treatments performed and the amount of fat removed. It's typical to have bruising and swelling for one or two weeks, and you should have stitches taken out 7 – 10 days after surgery. The most important thing to do after liposuction is to give your body time to rest and recover. Once you go back to your job after your surgery, you should do your best to take it easy. To increase your strength and stamina, try light workouts and go for walks as approved by Dr. Couvillion. Remember, you may notice some improvements soon after your surgery, but it will take around 6 – 10 months until your new body contour and shape is complete.


How much does liposuction cost?

The cost of liposuction varies, depending on the technique selected and how many areas are being treated. In your consultation, Dr. Couvillion will create a unique treatment plan to meet your needs and goals and will also consider your budget. When your plan is ready, the estimated costs will be discussed. To help make your cosmetic surgery easy to afford, SBA Dermatology takes several payment methods and we will help you find low-interest medical financing if needed.

What about nonsurgical liposuction?

There are several nonsurgical procedures to reduce body fat. Some of the most popular brands are CoolSculpting, Vanquish, UltraShape, Kybella, and Liposonix. Although some of these nonsurgical procedures can help some patients reduce mild to moderate fat pockets, surgical liposuction is still best for most people. Liposuction surgery produces more dramatic and consistent results. Ask Dr. Couvillion about nonsurgical liposuction in your consultation. He can explain the benefits of all your options and help you choose which is best for you.

What about cellulite and loose skin?

Liposuction surgery only corrects excess fat. For loose skin, Dr. Couvillion may recommend combining liposuction with lift surgery. Lipo is often done along with skin tightening surgeries, like a tummy tuck, thighplasty, or arm lift, to give you your best results. To correct cellulite, there are many minimally invasive and nonsurgical treatments, including VelaShape, Cellulaze, Venus Freeze, and VASER Shape. During your consultation, talk to Dr. Couvillion about all your concerns, like cellulite and loose skin, so your best treatment plan is created.

Will I have scars?

Since liposuction is an invasive surgery, incisions will need to be made and sutured. This will leave scars; however, Dr. Couvillion does his best to reduce their appearance. This starts with making small, thin incisions in less visible areas or the natural folds of your body. After your surgery, Dr. Couvillion or a member of his team will go over how to care for your incisions so they heal properly and fade.

Will my results last?

Before liposuction, it is important to be prepared to maintain your results. Although liposuction reduces the number of fat cells in an area, you can still lose and gain weight. Dr. Couvillion suggests that you be at or close to a healthy weight prior to liposuction. Afterward, it's best to remain within 5 – 10 pounds of your post-surgical weight. Getting pregnant after liposuction will also affect your results; however, another surgery, like a mommy makeover, may be done to refresh the look of your body.


Fat removal with liposuction at SBA Dermatology offers men and women the chance to have annoying fat diminished almost instantly. Without the help of liposuction, it can be difficult to gain the slimming outcomes you desire. This may be the opportunity you need to gain more confidence while wearing a wider variety of clothes while feeling more comfortable with the appearance of your body. We can recommend various options for liposuction treatment, depending on your individual struggles. We welcome you to call our office in Houston, TX and set up your personal consultation with Dr. Ryan Couvillion to learn more.

 When it comes to treating your skin, it's important to choose a specialist who knows the skin inside and out. To meet with one of our board-certified dermatologists or other experienced practitioners, call our office at 713-850-0240.