What is Liposuction?
Liposuction is a body contouring procedure that aims to reduce the appearance of excess fat throughout 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 no longer affect the appearance of a given area.
Most liposuction procedures involve only a few small incisions through which a cannula, a thin, hollow tube, can be inserted to break up fatty tissue and remove it with gentle suction. Other liposuction methods involve the use of laser or radiofrequency 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 procedure. 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 also 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 surgery can be performed at our certified, on-site surgical suite. As is standard practice, tumescent liposuction, whether performed with traditional liposuction or newer technologies like laser liposuction, uses a tumescent solution injected into the treatment area to both numb the area and reduce 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 movements, after which the unwanted fat is removed with a surgical vacuum.
There are multiple options for liposuction tools, including power-assisted liposuction and RFAL (radiofrequency-assisted liposuction), which utilize their various energy sources to liquefy the fat for easier removal. The heat generated by this process can also contract loose skin and deep tissues, which makes it ideal for those looking to remove stubborn fat and ensure the skin doesn’t look hollow after the procedure.
After the procedure, 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 that 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 residual swelling to last for a few months, with your final results emerging around three to six months after undergoing liposuction. 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 a week 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 localized fat deposits that don’t respond to 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.