Learn More about Liposuction


One of the most widely performed cosmetic procedures in the U.S., liposuction helps address localized deposits of fat in various areas of the body. It has become a popular option among men and women who want to improve body shape by getting rid of unwanted fat deposits that are resistant to even rigorous diet and exercise. Areas that can be successfully treated include the breasts, abdomen, thighs,hips, buttocks, arms, and face.This cosmetic surgical procedure, also referred to as lipoplasty or lipo, involves breaking up the fat tissues using a hollow, stainless steel tube or cannula and suctioning them out after saline solution with medications is injected into the fat space. The plastic surgeon breaks up the fat tissues by moving the cannula back and forth and suctions them out. Today, advanced technology has transformed liposuction surgery into a minimally-invasive, safe, office procedure offering excellent contouring outcomes and involving a much shorter recovery period. There are even non-invasive fat reduction treatments that do not require incisions or anesthesia.

Popular minimally-invasivelipo techniques include VaserLipo (ultrasound-assisted), BodyTite (radiofrequency-assisted) and SmartLipo Triplex (laser-assisted). All these methods can be performed using only local anesthesia. A small cannula is inserted under the skin to deliver energy and liquefy or melt the unwanted fat cells gently so that they can be easily removed. These energy-based techniques also may have varying skin tightening effects. The time for the procedure will depend on areas treated.

One main advantage of these advanced modalities that pain, bleeding and scarring are minimal. Patients recover and get back to normal activity quickly. They leave the surrounding tissues unharmed, which also helps fast recovery.  When it comes to aesthetic outcomes, these minimally-invasive methods are superior as they are designed for precise contouring, allowing expert surgeons to provide smooth and well-defined body sculpting outcomes. The safety profile of the operation is also excellent.

To be a good candidate for liposuction treatment, you should be healthy, close to your ideal body weight, and have good skin elasticity. You also need to have realistic expectations about what the procedure can achieve – it can improve your shape, but it cannot remove loose, sagging skin or help you lose weight. 

Following post-surgical instructions precisely is important for smooth recovery. You may have to wear a compression garment for a few weeks following surgery to minimize swelling and help skin contraction.

Choosing the right liposuction surgeon is crucial to outcomes. In addition to having basic and specialized knowledge, competency in this treatment requires a combination of good surgical judgment, technical expertise, and aesthetic sensibility.

When performed by a qualified and experienced plastic surgeon, liposuction is a safe and great way to improve the shape of your body. However, proper care is crucial to maintain your new look. You need to ensure that your weight remains stable with proper diet and exercise. If you gain a considerable amount of weight over time, your body will store excess fat in areas that were not treated with liposuction and this will affect your overall appearance.
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New York Plastic Surgeon