Liposuction remains one of the most popular cosmetic procedures, according to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS), who say that more than 202,000 liposuctions are performed each year. Given the refinement of techniques and improvements in safety in recent years, patient outcomes are at record highs. Yet, there are patient-controlled factors that can ensure the best possible recovery, say the best plastic surgeons in New York.
Good patient-doctor communication is what distinguishes run-of-the-mill plastic surgeons from the very best. Patients looking for the best liposuction NYC has to offer should sit down with several plastic surgeons for initial consultations before making a decision on who will perform the procedure.
“Good plastic surgeons will be just as curious about you as you are about them,” says board-certified liposuction NYC expert Dr. Thomas Loeb. “Ideal candidates for liposuction need to be generally healthy and committed to long-term lifestyle changes that will allow them to maintain their new looks.”
Top-level plastic surgeons are honest and forthcoming about the procedure so patients have realistic expectations. “Liposuction is not a magic fix,” says Dr. Loeb. “The patients must be committed to eating relatively healthy and adding physical activity to their lifestyles if they want to look great for years to come.”
He points to a study of 32 women published in the journal Obesity, which found that deep visceral fat returned within a year – not to the liposuction areas, but to the upper abdomen and triceps instead. In the study, none of the women made any lifestyle changes following the liposuction procedure. By contrast, women who do try to eat healthier and remain active can see lasting results from their liposuction.
“We can’t just wave a magic wand and make the fat go away forever,” says Dr. Loeb, “but we can give you a shortcut to looking fantastic and help you tackle those trouble spots of recalcitrant fat in the lower abs, thighs, ankles and triceps that no amount of self-help seems to take away.”
The ASPS notes that the best plastic surgeons:
ASPS satisfaction studies show that the patients who are least satisfied with their appearance going into liposuction procedures are also the people who are most likely to be disappointed by the results. Therefore, the counseling part of the procedure is viewed as a crucial time for surgeons to impress upon patients the importance of embracing change in their postoperative lives.
People interested in NYC liposuction are invited to call 212.327.3700 to schedule a consultation with Dr. Loeb.