Liposuction is a minimally invasive cosmetic procedure used to remove localized areas of fatty tissue from the body through a small thin tube called a cannula. The fat from the targeted area is suctioned from the body through this tube to help patients achieve a slimmer and balanced appearance.
While the conventional liposuction procedure was effective in removing excessive fat deposits, it was an uncomfortable procedure that involved suctioning out large areas of solid fat. New technology has allowed for different techniques that improve the accuracy and reduce the pain associated with this procedure. Today, liposuction is performed with the tumescent technique which involves the infusion of saline solution and local anesthetics prior to the removal of the excess fat. This new technique has transformed liposuction into a much safer and less invasive procedure.
The ideal candidate for tumescent lipo is someone who is in good overall health and maintains a healthy lifestyle, but has one or more problem areas with unresponsive fat deposits. The best candidates for liposuction are within 30% of their ideal body weight and have skin with good elasticity in the areas being treated. It is also important for patients to have realistic expectations, and remember that liposuction cannot be used as a means for major weight loss, or avoiding a proper diet and exercise. Also, it does not effectively treat the dimpling skin changes of cellulite. It is instead used to remove localized areas of stubborn fat after the patient has attempted other natural weight loss methods.
This procedure may be performed alone, or can be combined with other cosmetic procedures, such as a facelift, breast reduction or tummy tuck, to achieve maximum results.
Liposuction is commonly used to treat localized fat deposits within the:
There are several different techniques currently available for patients seeking liposuction treatment. New technologies have improved the accuracy of this procedure for both patient and doctor, and allow patients to achieve their desired results through a much less invasive procedure. Liposuction is performed through a tumescent technique, with the use of the Power Assisted Liposuction device which works by delivering a gentle vibration within the fatty tissues. The Power Assisted Liposuction device does not use heat, so there is no concern for accidental burns that can occur with other techniques.
Liposuction is typically performed on an outpatient basis with a sedation/"twilight" anesthetic. If a small area is being treated it is sometimes possible to perform liposuction with just a local anesthetic and tumescent solution. Large volumes of liposuction or patient preference occasionally makes general anesthesia an option.
At his office in New York City NY, Dr. Schwartz will make several tiny incisions and inject a local anesthetic (tumescent solution) into the area to help firm the fat and constrict the small blood vessels, making it easier to remove the fat. The cannula is then inserted through the incisions to loosen and suction out the fat using the powered suction device.
After the liposuction procedure, patients may experience mild swelling, bruising and discomfort in the treated area. Compression garments may be used to help reduce these symptoms and help the skin conform to the reduced body contours while the area heals. Patients can return to work and other regular activities as soon as they feel comfortable, which is usually after a few days. Exercise and other strenuous activities should be avoided for approximately two weeks.
At his practice in New York City NY, Dr. Schwartz will give you special instructions on how to care for your treated area and reduce any complications after the procedure. The final results of the liposuction procedure may not be visible until after swelling and bruising subside. This may take several weeks, and results will appear gradually throughout this time.
The results of liposuction can be permanent, as long as patients maintain a healthy and active lifestyle. If substantial weight is gained after this procedure, the results may be altered.
Liposuction is one of the most commonly performed cosmetic procedures and is almost always performed with no serious complications. Although liposuction is considered safe, there are certain risks associated with any type of procedure. Some of these risks may include infection, scarring, bleeding or contour deformities.
You can minimize potential risks by choosing an experienced doctor like Dr. Schwartz and by following his instructions before and after your procedure.
If you are interested in learning more about Liposuction in New York City, call 212-737-9090 to schedule a consultation.