Liposuction FAQ

What is Liposuction?
Liposuction is a surgical procedure in which an experienced surgeon identifies the fat cells between the skin and muscle and then removes those excess fat deposits. How the fat is disrupted can be done in a variety of ways. Tumescent liposuction involves flooding the fat cells with a large volume of salt water solution and only local anesthesia; it is much safer than older forms of liposuction and now results in almost no blood loss.

What areas of the body can it treat?
Liposuction can be utilized safely on most “problem areas.” Common areas for women include the abdomen (such as a belly pooch or love handles), the thighs, buttocks, necks, and hips. Men commonly treat the abdomen, chin, and chest areas. During your consultation with our dermatologists (we recently began to offer service in Summit New Jersey) we will examine these areas and see whether liposuction or non-surgical techniques such as Zerona and/or Coolsculpting should be used.

What are realistic expectations for a liposuction procedure?
Liposuction is not meant to treat cellulite, loose skin, or obesity. It is meant as a refinement and contouring of a patient’s existing body, and to purge fat from selected trouble spots. The goal of liposuction is to gain optimal, realistic results, not to remove as much fat as possible. Once those fat cells have been removed, fat can no longer accumulate there, and the shape of the body will be permanently changed. If weight is gained after a liposuction procedure, the patient will have a larger form of the post-liposuction shape.

Is Liposuction painful? How much downtime will I experience?
Because liposuction is a surgical procedure, many patients do experience pain, similar to bruising, along the treatment area. Pain medications are often prescribed after a procedure, and patients generally need about a week of stationary downtime. Tumescent liposuction, which utilizes local anesthesia, requires less downtime as it is less invasive. It is also recommended for patients to wear a compression girdle for about a month after a procedure to minimize blood loss and healing time.

Will other areas of my body gain fat after a procedure?
This is a common misperception that patients experience body fat displacement after a procedure. After a liposuction procedure, if a patient gains weight, that fat is distributed evenly throughout the body. However, since the treatment areas now have a permanently reduced capacity for fat, patients may notice that areas that were not treated gain a larger percentage of that fat. This only happens if a patient gains weight after a procedure; a liposuction procedure does not cause one to gain weight or fat in specific areas.

Is Liposuction right for me?
We have locations throughout the New York and New Jersey areas, including in Summit & Ridgewood. When you visit our office and meet with one of our dermatologists, we will see if you are the ideal candidate for liposuction or should consider other treatments. Patients who are at within a reasonable range from their ideal body weight but have difficulty with problem areas which do not respond to diet and exercise are usually the best candidates. Common areas for liposuction include the underarms, the belly area, and the thighs. Liposuction is not ideal for patients who are obese, as it is not meant to be a weight-loss tool, merely a refinement. A consultation with our doctors at Advanced Dermatology P.C. can help determine if liposuction would help you attain the body you deserve.