Liposuction

When resolving to lose weight, it can be easy to dream about the new, slimmer you. Reality, however, doesn’t always line up. Even when hitting your weight loss goals, it can be frustrating to still have pockets of fat that don’t budge. Liposuction has been a tried and true option for body contouring with a great track record for natural, easy results, making it one of the best options for putting the finishing touches on your new body. Dr. Diktaban offers safe, modern liposuction techniques so New York patients can achieve the best possible results.

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.

Liposuction Candidates

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.

RFAL Liposuction

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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Schedule a Consultation

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.

Frequently Asked Questions

Are you put to sleep for liposuction?

Local anesthesia for liposuction is safe and comfortable when performed by a plastic surgeon experienced in this technique.

Can I get liposuction if I am overweight?

Fat can always be removed from overweight people too but you must deal with the healing of the overlying skin that might be in excess. There are skin tightening modalities to address the excess skin at the same time.

Can visceral fat be removed?

NO surgical procedure can reduce visceral fat!!! Visceral fat can only be reduced by diet and exercise.

Does a tummy tuck remove fat?

A tummy tuck removes both fat and excess skin at the same time.

How can I lose tummy fat fast?

The fastest way to lose tummy fat is with liposuction.

How can I reduce my stomach fat?

Stomach fat is reduced with liposuction, diet and exercise.

How do I prepare for liposuction?

Preparation for liposuction will be dictated by your surgeon because every plastic surgeon has his or her specific instruction checklist.

How long do you need off work after liposuction?

Time off can be as little as 2-3 days or up to 1 week.

How much fat can lipo remove?

There are guidelines sometimes dictated by state law that limits the amount of fat that can be removed at one time. In general, 4 to 5 liters of fat removal at one time is accepted as a limit by most plastic surgeons.

What can you eat after lipo surgery?

The first day after your procedure it would be prudent to eat light to avoid post-anesthesia nausea and vomiting. On the second day, you can pretty much eat whatever your heart desires but watching calories is important.

What do they do with liposuction fat?

The fat that is removed goes into medical waste.

Who is good candidate for liposuction?

The ideal candidate is healthy with localized fat and good skin tone. For those with loose skin, there are skin tightening devices that can help contract the skin.

Does fat come back after lipo?

Fat can come back after liposuction because of dietary caloric intake. Protect your investment by watching what you eat.

Does liposuction get rid of cellulite?

Cellulite is a common accompaniment to excess fat, but is simply a result of how the body stores fat and the skin’s anatomy and connective tissue. Although liposuction can somewhat improve the appearance of cellulite by reducing fat, it can’t directly address it. Dr. Diktaban can recommend your best options for cellulite treatment during your consultation.

Does liposuction really work?

Liposuction absolutely does work to remove fat to enhance your bodily size, shape and proportion.

How can I avoid weight gain after surgery?

Good old diet and exercise works to avoid weight gain after surgery. Any calories that are not metabolized will turn into fat.

How do you shower after liposuction?

Normal showering after liposuction is acceptable provided no other procedure is performed. Your surgeon will advise you.

How does fat transfer work?

Fat is taken from one area using liposuction technique and then transferred to the desired area. There are many different techniques employed by surgeons.

How long do you drain after lipo?

Most of the drainage from the small access incisions will stop within 1 to 3 days.

How painful is liposuction recovery?

Most patients describe it as soreness as if they worked out at the gym excessively.

Is it easier to lose weight after liposuction?

Liposuction alone will not make it easier to lose weight. Losing weight will be related to your metabolism, diet and exercise.

Is Lipo permanent?

The fat cells that are removed with liposuction are gone forever. The remaining fat cells can enlarge with excess caloric intake.

Is liposuction an outpatient procedure?

The overwhelming majority of liposuction cases go home the same day. If a patient has medical condition that requires observation then perhaps they need to stay in the facility overnight.

What is Lipo Laser?

Laser liposuction is a device that melts the fat to facilitate fat removal and it also heats the skin to tighten the skin for enhanced contouring.

What is the best type of liposuction?

That question needs to be addressed by a plastic surgeon familiar with the different techniques so that it can be tailored to you.

What types of liposuction are there?

Traditional liposuction, laser liposuction, ultrasonic liposuction and radiofrequency liposuction.

How much does it cost to get liposuction on your stomach?

Prices vary greatly depending on the scope of work, technique, surgeon, facility, anesthesia and other factors. A rough estimate could be $2000 to $7000.

Which areas can I get liposuction on?

Liposuction is an extremely versatile procedure that can be used on most areas of the body that have excess fat. Some of the most popular areas include the stomach, thighs, back, butt, upper arms, chest, chin, calves, and ankles.

Can I gain weight after liposuction?

Even though liposuction removes the individual fat cells, it’s still possible to gain weight after liposuction if you don’t maintain a healthy lifestyle. This is because liposuction does not remove all fat cells from the area. A small amount of fat will be left behind as a cushion to add softness to the contours and allow for skin mobility.

Can I get fat transfer after liposuction?

Fat transfer procedures like the Brazilian butt lift or natural breast augmentation are an excellent way to boost your figure with your own natural tissue. If you’re interested in augmenting your body with fat removed during liposuction, you should be sure and discuss your options with Dr. Diktaban. Opting for certain types of liposuction may disqualify you from fat transfer procedures.

Theodore Diktaban, MD, FACS
Double Board-Certified Plastic Surgeon

For over 35 years, Theodore Diktaban, MD, FACS, has made it his life's work to enhance the natural beauty of his patients in the Upper East Side and surrounding areas of New York City. As a double board-certified plastic surgeon, Dr. Diktaban provides the ideal blend of realistic, aesthetic, and safe cosmetic treatments and procedures.