Liposuction is one of the more common procedures done in cosmetic surgeon offices in NYC and across the country. Every year, more than 400,000 of these procedures are done in the United States. While it is no substitution for diet and exercise, liposuction has helped many Americans achieve a more desirable look by suctioning away unwanted and unnecessary fat deposits. Generally speaking, liposuction is for body contouring, not weight loss.
A study of 209 liposuction patients between 1999 and 2003 found that 43 percent of individuals had a modest weight gain of five to ten pounds after the procedure (mostly because they did not comply with doctor recommendations to modify diet and increase activity). Even so, 80 percent of the patients were very happy with their results and said they’d recommend the procedure to a friend.
Dr. Thomas W. Loeb, a practitioner of liposuction in NYC, says his patient satisfaction rate is actually much higher.
Dr. Loeb will discuss which type of liposuction procedure would be best for you. Different techniques include:
The thighs and abdomen are the most common sites for liposuction treatment, but the procedure can also be done on:
Liposuction is a very safe and effective procedure, but only in the hands of a competent practitioner. In the wrong hands, the results can occasionally be disastrous and life-threatening. A study published in the New England Journal of Medicine reported five liposuction-related deaths in New York City from 1993 to 1998. Three patients suffered slowed heart rate and blood pressure as a complication of lidocaine anesthesia. One patient died of a fluid overdose, and another patient suffered a blood clot.
In tragic cases such as these, patients often rely on inexperienced, untrained, or uncertified practitioners who seduce them with big promises and cut-rate prices. But as with many things in life: If it sounds too good to be true, it most certainly is.
A good practitioner of liposuction in NYC will sit down with prospective patients for a consultation prior to agreeing to perform the procedure. A good liposuction candidate has excellent skin tone and elasticity, as well as impeccable circulatory and immune systems. Patients should be over the age of 18 as well.
Liposuction is especially effective at treating conditions such as lymphedema, gynecomastia, lipodystrophy syndrome, and abnormalities caused by extreme weight loss. The results are subtle, but satisfying. For more information on liposuction in NYC, contact the Fifth Avenue office of Dr. Thomas W. Loeb at 347-706-1073.