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What is Liposuction?
Liposuction is a surgical procedure that aims to remove those stubborn pockets of fat that just won’t budge – , no matter how much you diet and exercise. It is commonly performed to sculpt the face, neck, back, abdomen, buttocks, arms, calves, thighs and/or hips. During liposuction surgery, a cannula is utilized to remove excess fat, improving the overall contour of your body.
Who Performs Liposuction?
At Advanced Dermatology, PC, your procedure will be performed by one of our American Board-Certified Plastic Surgeons. They have all received the necessary training to successfully and safely perform liposuction surgeries – and our patients have been happy with their results.
Where is Liposuction Surgery Performed?
Liposuction surgery may be performed at our Joint Commission accredited surgical center, at a hospital as an outpatient, or at a surgery center. If you have underlying medical conditions, you will undergo your procedure at a hospital or a surgery center. If you are healthy, your surgery will be performed at our surgical suite, where the rooms are larger and less costly than those at a hospital and you will not feel rushed.
If you are considering liposuction surgery, you will consult with one of our plastic surgeons. During the consultation, you will undergo a physical examination, your medical history will be reviewed, and you will have the opportunity to ask any questions you may have about liposuction. This information will help determine the amount of fat to remove from your body and which surgical center will be best for your procedure.
Liposuction may be performed utilizing either general anesthesia or intravenous sedation. Once the anesthetic has taken effect, small incisions are made at the surgical site. Next, a cannula is inserted through the incisions to break up excess fat, and the fat is then suctioned out of the body. After the correct amount of fat has been removed, incisions are closed with sutures or bandages, and temporary drainage tubes may be placed at the incision sites.
Patients usually return home the same day as their liposuction procedure. You may resume work and other light activities after 2 weeks, while you will need to wait about a month before resuming more demanding activities (such as heavy lifting). It may take 6 to 12 months to fully recover from liposuction surgery and to see your final results.
If you are interested in liposuction surgery, contact us today to schedule a consultation. Our conveniently located offices welcome patients from Queens, Long Island (Nassau County and Suffolk County), New York City, Bergen County, NJ, Union County, NJ, and all surrounding areas.
Frequently Asked Questions
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.