Liposuction is a minimally-invasive way to remove stubborn fat that won’t respond to diet and exercise.
- Downtime: 3-5 days
- Pain Level: Mild
- Results Duration: Long Lasting
Stubborn, isolated deposits of fat
Bruising, soreness, and swelling around the treatment sites
Can be used on nearly any area of the neck and body
Follow-up sessions are usually scheduled to monitor recovery
Cannulas are inserted directly into the fat deposit to remove the tissue
Local or general anesthesia
Reduction in fatty tissue to improve the body contour
Results evident once swelling subsides
Now among the most popular plastic surgery procedures, liposuction (also known as “lipoplasty” or “suction lipectomy”) sculpts the body by removing undesirable fat from areas around the thighs, knees, buttocks, waist, hips, abdomen, chin, cheeks, neck, and upper arms. Our plastic surgeons perform a variety of liposuction procedures at Laser & Skin Surgery Center of New York. Our own Dr. Hoffman is one of the few plastic surgeons who is able to stand the patient up during the procedure to see the effects of gravity. With the patient in the standing position, precise contouring can take place.
We are proud to offer patients extensive experience and expertise in liposuction, the single most popular cosmetic surgery procedure in the U.S. today. Liposuction not only offers the opportunity to slim and contour chubby areas of the body; it also ensures that these areas will not accumulate fatty deposits in the future.
Our doctors know that all patients are different, both in their body shapes and in what they wish to achieve with liposuction. We take as much time as necessary during every pre-operative consultation to learn what each patient wants liposuction to do for them and to decide which technique is best. In this way, every one of our patients enjoys a completely customized treatment designed with his or her specific goals in mind.
The liposuction procedure begins with the injection of a solution composed of saline (saltwater), a local anesthetic called lidocaine, and a small amount of adrenaline to decrease bruising and bleeding. This is known as either the tumescent or super-wet technique, depending on the ratio of the fluid to the fatty tissue being removed.
Once this solution has been introduced into the area planned for liposuction treatment, the doctor proceeds with one of two different methods of liposuction currently approved by plastic surgeons. The first is suction-assisted lipectomy (SAL), which removes the fat via a gentle suction action in the device. Ultrasonic-assisted lipectomy (UAL) is another option, that uses ultrasound energy to liquefy the fat cells for easier removal.
How is Liposuction Performed?
Both liposuction techniques begin with a tiny incision that is made in an inconspicuous location to minimize visible scarring afterward. If SAL is used, a cannula (small tube) is inserted and moved back and forth beneath the skin, breaking up the fat layer and suctioning it out. With UAL, ultrasonic energy is used to liquefy the fat before it is suctioned out with a cannula.
The liposuction procedure may last from one to five hours, depending on the amount of fat being removed. Your surgeon will use either local anesthesia or general anesthesia, depending on the size of the area(s) being treated as well as several other factors. We will discuss which method is best for you during your pre-operative consultation. To learn more about how liposuction works, check out our webinar.
How Long is the Recovery Time After Treatment?
After liposuction surgery, drainage tubes, compression garments, and antibiotics may be needed to facilitate the healing process. Patients are encouraged to walk as soon as they are able, and many return to work within a few days. Strenuous activity should be avoided for about a month.
When Will I See Results?
Results are visible immediately, and improvement often continues as swelling subsides during the first three months. Scarring after the procedure is nearly invisible due to careful placement and technique.
Questions and Answers
Q: Is Liposuction Right for Me?
A: Liposuction is typically recommended for men and women who have achieved a healthy, stable weight but have isolated areas of fat that have not gone away. The procedure is minimally invasive, so there are few contraindications for this procedure. Your surgeon will perform an examination and discuss your concerns and goals in detail to determine whether liposuction is the best choice for you.
Q: How Many Treatments Will I Need?
A: Most patients will see full results after a single liposuction treatment.
Q: How Much Fat is Removed?
A: The amount of fat removed will depend on how much fat you have and the results you hope to achieve. Understand there is a limit to how much fat can be safely removed in a single treatment session. Your surgeon will be able to guide you on the amount that will be safe for you and produce an optimal outcome at your initial assessment.
Q: Will I Have to Wear a Compression Garment?
A: Compression garments are commonly recommended after liposuction for a variety of reasons. First, these garments promote healthy blood flow to the area, which assists in the healing process. They also reduce your risk for blood clots, which is always a possibility with any kind of surgery. Finally, the compression garments tend to help the skin conform over the new contour to produce a smoother result. Your surgeon will determine whether you will need a compression garment at your initial assessment.
Q: Once The Fat Is Gone, Can It Come Back?
A: The fat that is removed cannot return. However, remaining fat in the area and in other areas can enlarge over time if a healthy weight is not maintained. We encourage you to adhere to a healthy lifestyle after treatment so you can enjoy your slimmer contour indefinitely.
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