Dr. John Bergeron has successfully performed over thousands of liposuction surgeries for patients in the Houston area and consistently performs about 300 cases every year.

What Is Liposuction?

Simply put, liposuction is a cosmetic surgery technique for removing excess fat from under the skin. Contrary to some popular beliefs, liposuction is not a weight loss method: it is a body-sculpting procedure to eliminate fat that patients have not been able to lose via diet and exercise. Liposuction is currently the most popular cosmetic surgery performed in the United States.

How Does Liposuction Work?

The basic principle of liposuction is very simple: a hollow stainless steel tube called a cannula is inserted into a specific spot the body and sucks out the patient’s unwanted fat.

Since its origins in the 1970s, liposuction has come a long way in terms of effectiveness, safety, and patient comfort. Today’s tools allow the surgeon to liquefy the fat, making its removal easier and gentler on the patient.

With Dr. Bergeron’s technique, a person can have liposuction on a Friday and be back to work the following Monday.

Which Liposuction Techniques Does Dr. Bergeron Perform?

Dr. Bergeron offers the most advanced liposuction techniques available to ensure maximum effectiveness, patient safety, and minimum downtime.

Tumescent Liposuction

In tumescent liposuction, the fat is first injected with a solution that both numbs the area and temporarily shrinks the blood vessels, which reduces bleeding and eliminates the need for general anesthesia.


SmartLipo uses a laser to liquefy the fat so that it can be removed through smaller incisions.

VASER Liposuction

VASER uses ultrasound waves to liquefy the fat before it is removed, resulting in reduced blood loss, less pain, and less bruising.

Power Assisted Liposuction (PAL)

Power assisted liposuction (PAL) uses specially designed devices that break up the fat using small, rapid vibrations, making it easier to remove.

How Much Fat Can Be Removed in a Liposuction Procedure?

This of course varies depending on the size of the area; Dr. Bergeron’s procedures can remove anywhere from less than a cup to over a gallon of fat from the targeted area(s) in a single procedure.

Is Liposuction Safe?

Since liposuction can now be performed using local anesthesia and techniques that require smaller incisions and reduce bleeding, the risks involved in the procedure have been dramatically reduced.

Even more important than the safety of the procedure itself is the experience, skill, and safety record of the surgeon performing it. Dr. Bergeron successfully performs about 300 liposuctions each year, which has earned him a reputation as one of top liposuction surgeons in Houston.

In Which Areas Can I Have Liposuction?

Liposuction can be performed on almost any area of the body; some of the most popular regions are:

  • Abdomen
  • Love handles/Waist
  • Back/Bra bulges
  • Thighs
  • Hips
  • Buttocks
  • Upper arms
  • Chin
  • Male breasts
  • Calves

Who Is a Good Candidate for Liposuction?

A good candidate for liposuction would be someone who is in overall good health but has some “stubborn” fat that won’t come off with diet and exercise. You should also have realistic expectations about your results, which Dr. Bergeron will discuss in depth with you before the procedure.

How Long Does Liposuction Take?

Depending on the area being treated, a liposuction procedure can take between one and four hours. During your pre-surgery counseling, Dr. Bergeron will let you know exactly what to expect on the day of your procedure, including the estimated time required.

How Long Does It Take to Recover From Liposuction?

Because Dr. Bergeron’s liposuction techniques involve local anesthesia and the smallest incisions possible, patients can return to most normal activities in a couple of days—if your procedure is performed on a Thursday or Friday, you can plan on returning to work the following Monday.

For more information or to schedule an appointment, call us at 713-777-LIPO(5476), or send us an email.