Liposuction is one of the most common and effective forms of plastic surgery performed today in the U.S. The procedure targets areas of the body where excessive amounts of fat have stubbornly collected, often immune to the effects of diet and exercise. In many cases, these fatty deposits are not the result of obesity or an unhealthy lifestyle, but simply of genes and heredity. Using liposuction, a skilled surgeon will not only permanently extract the unwanted fat cells, but also re-sculpt your contours and curves according to your wishes—think of it as hitting “undo” on your body.
Top Manhattan plastic surgeon Dr. Thomas Loeb uses liposuction to dramatically reshape and fine-tune many problem areas of the body, including the thighs, hips, butt, abdomen, chest, arms, neck, and face. With a variety of liposuction options available, Dr. Loeb will meet with you for a private consultation and examination to determine the best course of action to achieve your desired—but also realistic—results.
Liposuction is performed with anesthesia, usually a combination of lidocaine and epinephrine, minimizing pain and bleeding. Small, inconspicuous incisions are made in the treatment area, through which tiny tubes called cannulas are inserted. Superfluous fat cells are then gently transferred out of the body, either through light suction or with the assistance of ultrasound technology. The entire procedure usually takes between 1-4 hours, and most patients return home the same day.
Recovery time is minimal. Patients will be required to wear a compressive garment for up to 4 weeks after the surgery, with most of the minor swelling and bruising dissipating after 2 weeks. Patients can be back to work (and doing light cardio workouts) within a week.
The best candidates for liposuction are non-smokers in good health who are within ten percent of their recommended body weight. Lipsouction is a permanent procedure, meaning that once fat cells are removed from the body, they are gone for good.
When performed by an expert surgeon such as Dr. Loeb, liposuction can work wonders for the shape and tone of your body. However, as always, to maintain your sleek and sexy new body, diet, exercise and healthy life choices are essential.
In consultation with Dr. Loeb, you may choose to have liposuction alone performed, or to combine the procedure with other enhancement techniques, such as a tummy tuck, breast augmentation, skin rejuvenation procedures, or fat transfers, in which fat is migrated from one area of the body to another to smooth out and re-volumize thin or wrinkled problem spots.
If you are interested in learning more about having liposuction surgery in New York, or have questions about other NY plastic surgery options, please contact the Fifth Avenue offices of Dr. Loeb at 212-327-3700 to schedule a one-on-one consultation.