Anyone who has lost weight or struggled to lose weight understands how challenging it can be to achieve their ideal body shape. Diet and exercise are our first defenses against fat, but even after hours spent in the gym and counting calories, some stubborn fat cells may refuse to budge. It is not possible to naturally “spot reduce” these problem areas in order to achieve your desired body profile.
Liposuction can safely remove stubborn fatty deposits under the skin that have not responded to diet and exercise, leaving a leaner and more toned physique behind. Thanks to its effectiveness, minimal downtime and high degree of customizability, liposuction is a very popular plastic surgery procedure nationally and around the world. New York City area plastic surgeon Dr. Scott E. Newman performs liposuction for many of his patients to improve body contours and help them regain self-confidence.
Liposuction Treatment Areas
Liposuction is a safe and effective treatment that can help sculpt a wide variety of body areas, including the abdomen, hips, outer thighs, anterior thighs, inner thighs, knees, flanks, back, chest, upper arms, buttocks, cheeks and neck. Some of these problem areas are more popularly known by their colloquial names, such as love handles, bra rolls, banana rolls, muffin top, bat wings and double chin. You can have liposuction alone or together with other cosmetic procedures for a more dramatic transformation.
Body Contouring vs. Weight Loss
Though it can remove fat and improve the contours of your body, liposuction is not intended for weight loss. Liposuction is a body contouring procedure designed to eliminate small fat pockets that resist diet and exercise. Patients who have a large volume of fat to remove are usually not good candidates. Liposuction is most effective for those who are already at or near their ideal weight and require more subtle sculpting to achieve their goals. Those who wish to remove larger quantities of fat might want to consider a tummy tuck instead. In cases of obesity, weight loss surgery, also called bariatric surgery, is a more appropriate option. Liposuction also cannot address loose or sagging skin, stretch marks or cellulite.
How Liposuction Is Performed
Liposuction is a relatively simple procedure that has increased in popularity as techniques and tools have been refined. Today’s liposuction is performed with smaller cannulas that require smaller incisions, resulting in minimal scarring that is carefully placed so as to remain concealed underneath most clothing. Complications associated with the procedure have also gone down, making liposuction one of the safest options available in plastic surgery.
Depending on how many areas you have treated, and how large these areas are, liposuction takes an hour or more to complete. Medications will be administered to ensure your comfort during the procedure. Small incisions, usually less than half an inch in length, are then placed discreetly in the area. A cannula (a thin, hollow tube) is inserted through the incisions and moved in a controlled back and forth motion to loosen excess fat. The dislodged fat is removed from the body by a surgical vacuum attached to the cannula.
Liposuction is intended to remove fairly small deposits of fat. The best candidates are close to their goal weight and only wish to have a few areas treated to improve overall body contours. If irregularities in body contour are caused by factors other than subcutaneous fat, liposuction will not help, and another treatment should be considered.
Recovery After Liposuction
Immediately after liposuction, it’s normal to experience some pain, swelling and bruising. Special pressure garments provided for you to wear will help reduce the swelling, support the treated areas and shape the skin to your new body contours. It’s important to follow Dr. Newman’s instructions for wearing these compression garments to ensure proper healing and achieve optimal results. Plan to take a few days away from work and other daily activities during this early recuperation period. Avoid strenuous physical exertion and do not shower until you are cleared to do so by Dr. Newman. Under most circumstances, you will be back on your feet in a day or two and ready to return to work in less than a week. A timeframe for returning to work will be recommended based on the type of work you do, the extent of your procedure and the natural pace of your body’s healing process. Recovery after liposuction is relatively fast and uncomplicated, especially if compared to more invasive procedures such as a tummy tuck.
Liposuction Risks And Complications
Liposuction is a safe procedure with a long track record of success, but there are potential risks and complications associated with any cosmetic procedure. With a combination of experience, surgical skill and compassionate, patient-focused care, Dr. Newman makes every effort to reduce these risks as much as possible. All risks and benefits of liposuction will be thoroughly discussed during your consultation. A physical evaluation will also be conducted to ensure you are a good candidate for the procedure. Use this time to ask questions and address any concerns directly with your plastic surgeon. Your safety and comfort is a top priority.
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Patients often want to know how much fat will be removed during their liposuction procedure. Dramatic weight loss should not be expected. However, because fat is removed from cosmetically important areas, the procedure should provide significant improvements in aesthetic appearance. There is a maximum amount of fat that can be safely removed during a single liposuction procedure. Dr. Newman will dispose of as much fat as is safe to remove and needed to achieve your desired results.
It is also difficult to predict how many clothing sizes a patient will go down after liposuction. Each body carries fat differently. While you should see a reduction in fatty tissue in the treatment area, there is no way to guarantee that it will translate to a change in clothing size.
Immediately following liposuction, you will be able to see some initial results from the procedure. Your final results will not be evident until the swelling has subsided. Continue wearing your compression garment as recommended by Dr. Newman. The number of hours the garment should be worn each day will decreases as healing progresses. Soreness and swelling will continue to lessen, eventually revealing the full extent of your results. After a few weeks, healing will be complete and you can enjoy the new slimmer, sleeker you. Your results may continue to develop for up to six to 12 months.
LIFE AFTER LIPOSUCTION
When fat cells are removed, they do not regenerate. Liposuction is considered a permanent method of fat reduction that can achieve attractive results that last for years. However, if a healthy weight is not maintained after surgery, any remaining fat cells can enlarge and disrupt the results of the procedure. Liposuction is not a substitute for eating well and exercising regularly. You can help ensure the longevity of your results by adhering to a healthy diet, maintaining a regular exercise regimen, staying hydrated with water, learning stress management techniques and getting seven to nine hours of sleep each night. Liposuction also cannot prevent changes to the body associated with aging. Your body will naturally evolve as time passes, though with liposuction you may still experience the benefits of a more toned body contour.
GOOD CANDIDATES FOR LIPOSUCTION
A good candidate for liposuction is at a stable, healthy weight but struggling to remove isolated pockets of fat with diet and exercise. They are not looking for a shortcut to an ideal body or a substitute for fitness and nutrition. They are in overall good health and have realistic expectations about the results that can be achieved with the procedure. An ideal candidate also has good skin elasticity and good muscle tone, particularly if the treatment area is one prone to laxity. Patients with lower elasticity may find that their skin appears loose and droopy after the fat providing structure to the area is removed. A procedure to remove excess skin, such as a neck lift or abdominoplasty, could provide more aesthetically appealing results in these patients. Liposuction may not be right for you if you are a smoker, have a serious medical condition or are seeking dramatic weight loss.
ACHIEVE YOUR IDEAL BODY SHAPE
With an artist’s eye and a surgeon’s precision, Dr. Scott E. Newman tailors every liposuction procedure to the needs of the patient and the area of the body he is treating. This results in a new body contour that flatters and celebrates each person’s unique characteristics. Dr. Newman also offers SculpSure as a nonsurgical alternative to liposuction that requires no anesthesia, has minimal discomfort and needs virtually no recovery. For more information about how liposuction or another procedure can help you achieve your ideal figure, please contact the Advanced Plastic Surgery Center in New York City, Long Island and Manhattan. We would be happy to answer your questions or schedule a free initial consultation.
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