What Is Liposuction?
In spite of exercising regularly and leading an overall healthy lifestyle, many women and men find it difficult to fully eliminate localized buildups of fat in various areas of the body. Liposuction is a cosmetic procedure designed to remove this stubborn fat tissue and improve the overall contour of the targeted treatment region.
At 740 Park Plastic Surgery, Stafford R. Broumand, MD and Daniel Y. Maman, MD—our board certified plastic surgeons in New York City—can perform an advanced liposuction technique to remove excess fat from virtually any area of the body, ultimately helping you achieve a smoother, more toned figure. To learn more about liposuction, please continue reading the information provided on this page, or contact our practice today to schedule a consultation.
What Can Liposuction Do for Me?
In addition to the removal of localized fat pockets that prove to be immune to diet and exercise, key benefits of liposuction can often include:
- A more fit, toned appearance
- Improved definition in the targeted treatment area
- A relatively minimal amount of recovery and downtime
- Long-lasting outcomes
*Results may vary
To maximize the long-term benefits of liposuction, it is important to maintain a healthy lifestyle following the procedure, which includes eating a nutritious diet and exercising regularly. To help patients do so, our practice offers a complete wellness program consisting of vitamins and supplements, nutritional counseling, exercise regimens, and more—all of which can be customized for each and every individual.
What Areas of the Body Can Liposuction Treat?
Liposuction can be used to remove excess fat from almost any region of the body. Some of the most common areas treated by our board-certified plastic surgeons include:
Based on your unique needs and goals, Dr. Broumand or Dr. Maman will work with you to develop a personalized treatment plan that helps you achieve the physique you desire.
Candidates for Liposuction
Liposuction has helped countless women and men achieve the slimmer, more sculpted physique they desire. Good candidates for this body contouring procedure are generally those who:
- Have stubborn fat accumulation in localized areas of the body
- Are in relatively good health and shape
- Have no uncontrolled medical issues
- Have good skin quality and elasticity
Along with these requirements, ideal candidates also have a body mass index (BMI) of less than 35. In general, the higher one’s BMI, the greater the risk of complications and/or an unsatisfactory outcome. At the time of your consultation, your surgeon will discuss these qualifications in greater detail and help you determine if liposuction would be an appropriate treatment option.
How Much Does Liposuction Cost?
The cost of liposuction will vary from patient to patient. Key factors that impact the total expense of treatment can include:
- The particular liposuction technique utilized
- How many areas are being treated
- The total quantity of fat being removed
- How many sessions are necessary to achieve the desired result
- The skill and experience of the plastic surgeon
- The type of anesthesia employed
- Any pre- or postoperative medications that may be necessary
- Where the practice is geographically located
At our practice, Dr. Maman and Dr. Broumand customize every liposuction procedure to achieve the unique goals of each individual. For this reason, an in-office consultation is required to determine the exact cost of treatment. After a physical exam is performed and the desired outcome is understood, our doctors can provide a price quote and itemized breakdown of the total expense. If desired, a member of our team can also introduce various plastic surgery financing options that enable you to pay for treatment in monthly installments with little to no interest rates.
Considerations for Liposuction
There are several factors that contribute to realizing one’s body contouring goals via liposuction. For anyone interested in this popular aesthetic treatment, the following details should be taken into consideration.
Body Sculpting vs. Weight Loss Surgery
Although liposuction is designed to reduce unwanted fat for a slimmer and more toned figure, it should not be mistaken for a weight loss treatment. The procedure is meant for women and men who are at (or very near) their ideal weight and desire to eliminate localized areas of fullness that remain immune to diet and exercise efforts.
Number of Liposuction Sessions
While multiple problem areas can often be treated during a single liposuction session, there are instances in which more than one treatment may be necessary to comprehensively address a patient’s concerns. The exact number of treatments will ultimately depend on factors such as how many areas you wish to target, how large these regions are, and how much fat is being extracted in relation to your physique.
Since liposuction is performed through very small incisions, any postoperative scarring should be barely noticeable, if not indistinguishable from normal skin. While the particular location will be dictated by each patient’s unique treatment plan, Dr. Broumand and Dr. Maman strive to place all incisions in areas that are typically concealed by clothing and/or features of the body to further reduce the possibility scars being visible. In addition, our doctors will provide specific instructions on how to properly care for incisions as they heal to promote an optimal final appearance. Ultimately, the vast majority of patients have no issues with scarring following liposuction.
Liposuction Side Effects
The most common side effects experienced by liposuction patients include bruising, swelling, soreness, and/or numbness in the treatment area(s). Fortunately, these symptoms are generally temporary and should resolve on their own over time following the procedure. At 740 Park Plastic Surgery, our surgeons’ meticulous technique when performing liposuction typically helps to limit the degree to which these side effects occur, often resulting in a smoother, more comfortable recovery experience.
Will the Fat Come Back?
Results achieved with liposuction can last for many years, as long as a relatively healthy lifestyle is maintained after treatment. Our doctors recommend eating a nutritiously balanced diet and establishing a regular exercise regimen to help ensure fat does not return to your problem areas. In the event a significant quantity of weight is gained following surgery, fat cells left in the treatment region may increase in size to store additional fat, therefore affecting the outcome of the procedure.
What Is the Liposuction Consultation Like?
The initial consultation for liposuction is roughly 45 minutes to an hour in length. Our surgeons’ goal during this time is to listen attentively to your concerns so they can fully understand your reasons for undergoing the procedure as well as your goals for treatment. If having someone else present will help you better retain the information, ask the pertinent questions, and provide overall moral support, we encourage inviting a close friend or family member to attend the consultation with you.
During this in-depth appointment, Dr. Maman or Dr. Broumand will conduct a physical exam and discuss medical history to better determine if liposuction is the right procedure for you. Following the examination, we will discuss the expected surgical outcome with the help of VECTRA® XT technology—an advanced imaging system that allows a 3D image of your body to be taken and modified based on the proposed procedural strategy. In addition to helping you view the type of results that can possibly be achieved, this innovative tool can help you establish realistic expectations for surgery, potentially leading to higher postoperative satisfaction.
Once a treatment plan has been decided and agreed upon by both you and your surgeon, our friendly staff will be more than happy to help you schedule your liposuction procedure whenever you are ready to do so.
How Is the Liposuction Procedure Performed?
Prior to your liposuction procedure, our team will provide a comprehensive preoperative list to ensure you have the best experience possible. Some of the things you can do leading up to treatment procedure is refrain from aspirin products, stop certain medications, avoid particular vitamins, and add Arnica herbal supplements to your regimen.
When the day of surgery arrives, you will be greeted by our office staff and taken back for preparation. Once settled, you will meet with the surgical nurse, physician assistant, and anesthesiologist individually, after which your surgeon will visit to review any final questions before treatment.
As opposed to traditional liposuction methods, Dr. Maman and Dr. Broumand employ an innovative approach known as “liposculpting.” Using this technique, our board-certified plastic surgeons meticulously sculpt the body with a trained aesthetic eye instead of simply eradicating undesired fat buildups from a specific region. This enables our doctors to make certain the newly created contours seamlessly complement—or even enhance—the individual’s unique figure with results that appear completely natural.
During the liposculpting procedure, a small incision is made near the targeted area(s), and a saltwater-based solution is dispersed throughout the region to break up excess fat—a technique that aids in the reduction of any postoperative bruising and/or swelling that may occur. Once loosened and detached, the fat is then carefully removed via a special vacuum-controlled microcannula that offers precision sculpting of the treatment region for a slimmer contour and improved overall appearance. The entire liposuction process generally takes approximately one hour to complete, though this will vary based on how many areas are being targeted as well as whether or not the procedure is performed in combination with another treatment, such as abdominoplasty or natural breast augmentation.
What Is Liposuction Recovery Like?
After liposuction, some degree of swelling and/or bruising may be experienced, but these symptoms are temporary and should subside with time. Any potential discomfort that occurs can typically be managed effectively with medication. The majority of individuals are able to return to non-strenuous jobs and resume normal daily routines after about seven days, though vigorous exercise and strenuous activities should be avoided for at least a couple weeks. Ultimately, the exact length of recovery will depend on the amount of fat removed, how many areas were treated, and the body’s natural healing process.
Are There Any Liposuction Alternatives?
Despite its efficacy and popularity, liposuction may not be an ideal treatment for everyone. For patients who do not need and/or desire a surgical procedure to address their concerns, non-surgical CoolSculpting® may prove to be an excellent fat reduction alternative. This non-invasive technique utilizes patented cooling technology to freeze stubborn fat cells, causing them to die and eventually be expelled from the body through natural processes. To learn more about this non-surgical alternative to liposuction, please visit our page devoted to CoolSculpting®.
Become More Informed About Liposuction
At our practice, we have found that individuals who are more informed about all aspects of liposuction generally have a smoother treatment experience and greater postoperative satisfaction. As a result, our plastic surgeons aim to maintain open dialogue during the consultation process, inviting patients to ask any questions or express any concerns they may have along the way. They understand there is a great deal of information to absorb, and they are happy to cover various facets of the procedure as many times as you need to feel fully comfortable with proceeding. Ultimately, we want to help you achieve your goals—but only when you are completely ready to make such a major decision.