What is Liposuction?
Liposuction is a body contouring surgery that aims to reduce the appearance of fatty pockets on different areas of the body. The human body carries a set amount of fat cells on it that swell with weight gain (rather than increasing the number of cells). The goal of liposuction is to remove these cells through surgical techniques so that they can no longer expand. It usually involves small incisions through which a cannula and surgical vacuum can be placed to break up fatty tissue. Other liposuction methods involve the use of laser energy to generate heat and tighten loose skin. Often, liposuction is also used to enhance the results of another plastic surgery procedure. For example, liposuction is often used as one part of a mommy makeover, tummy tuck, or Brazilian butt lift.
It’s important to know that liposuction should not be considered a weight loss surgery. As such, the best candidates for liposuction are those who are at or near their ideal weight, but have some fat deposits that disrupt their ideal body contour. Your weight should also be stable so that it won’t be subject to fluctuations that can negatively affect your results. It’s important to discuss any plans for becoming pregnant in the future, since this can also affect your results.
Liposuction can be performed to contour many areas of the body. Some of the most commonly treated areas among New York City patients include the abdomen, flanks, back, hips, thighs, upper arms, or neck and chin. Prior to your procedure, Dr. Diktaban will evaluate your treatment area to determine if you are a suitable candidate and which technique will yield your best possible liposuction results.
What Happens During Liposuction?
Liposuction can be performed at our certified, on-site surgical suite. Liposuction uses a tumescent solution, which serves the purposes of numbing the area and reducing bleeding and bruising. Once you’re comfortable, a tiny incision is made and the cannula is used to break up the underlying fat with gentle techniques, after which it can be removed with a surgical vacuum. This technique, known as tumescent liposuction, is similar overall to what is known as power assisted liposuction, except that the cannula is manipulated manually to break apart fat. If you opt for RFAL (Radiofrequency Assisted Liposuction) options, then a small handpiece is used to liquefy the fat for easier removal. The heat generated by this process can contract loose skin and deep tissues. After it’s complete, your incisions are closed and you’ll be fitted with a compression garment for your recovery. Many patients require only local anesthesia, but some will require general anesthesia, and will need to arrange a ride home after their procedure. This is especially true for patients who are pairing their liposuction with another plastic surgery procedure.
Radiofrequency Assisted Liposuction, or RFAL, is a liposuction procedure which can be performed under local anesthesia. Prior to suctioning away fat deposits, a transmitter is inserted into the treatment area to direct radiofrequency waves through the fatty tissue. This essentially liquefies fat, which is then suctioned away from the body. In addition, the radiofrequency waves stimulate new collagen production, creating a skin-tightening effect. The result of RFAL liposuction is both reduced fat and an overall firmer, more toned appearance.
Results and Recovery
Although liposuction can require less than a week of downtime, you can expect swelling to last for a few months, with your final results emerging after around three to six months. You can expect some discomfort within the first few days, but this can be managed with prescribed medications. You should wear your compression garment according to Dr. Diktaban’s instructions throughout your recovery time, since this can help reduce swelling and help the skin adhere to the new contours. Although you can walk and move around in the few days after surgery, you should wait a few weeks before you return to your full exercise regimen. Most patients return to work about two weeks after their plastic surgery.
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Liposuction is an excellent option for refining your contours and putting the finishing touches on your favorite areas after weight loss or when you still have fatty bulges despite diet and exercise. To meet with Dr. Diktaban and explore your options for liposuction in Manhattan, contact our office by calling or filling out our online form.