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.

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.

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. 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.

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. 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.

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 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.


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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.

Frequently Asked Questions

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.

Can 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.