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 regions of the body. Some of the most common areas in which these stubborn fat pockets manifest include the legs, arms, buttocks, midsection, hips, back, neck, and chin. For individuals seeking to reduce diet and exercise-resistant fat accumulations, liposuction can often be a great option. 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 to achieve a smoother, more toned contour in the treatment region.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Liposuction Procedure
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.
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.
Most patients start noticing results right away, and the contouring effects should become even more apparent in the weeks following the liposuction procedure. By sustaining a nutritious diet and regular exercise routine, the outcomes achieved through liposuction can be extremely long-lasting.
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.
Contact Our Practice
For more information about liposuction, or if you are interested in scheduling a consultation with one of our doctors, please contact 740 Park Plastic Surgery today.