Liposuction (Lipoplasty / Suction Lipectomy)

 

Now among the most popular cosmetic surgery procedures, liposuction (also known as “lipoplasty” or “suction lipectomy”) sculpts the body by removing undesirable fat from areas around the thighs, buttocks, waist, hips, abdomen, back, flanks, chin, neck and upper arms.  For some areas that are more difficult to treat, such as the back, flanks, and male breasts we sometimes utilize a Power-Assisted Liposuction technique (PAL) which helps to achieve better results.
 
Liposuction is not a substitute for a healthy diet and exercise, but the procedure can eliminate areas of fat that are unresponsive to typical weight-loss methods, and improve body contour.

 
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Goal of Surgery Prior To Your Surgery Risks of Surgery Include
Reshape specific areas of the body

Remove excess fat deposits

Improve body contour/proportion

Enhance self-image

Get medical evaluation and lab studies

Adjust current medicines

Stop smoking

Avoid aspirin, anti-inflammatory drugs

Uneven contours                        Bleeding

Rippling or loose skin                Infection

Skin or nerve damage                Fat clots

Irregular pigmentation                Blood clots

 

PLANNING

During your initial consultation at our Brooklyn office, Dr. Olivier will thoroughly discuss your desires and expectations for liposuction with you. After a comprehensive history and physical examination, Dr. Olivier will review the surgical options and recommend the one that she thinks is best of your body type. Dr. Olivier will discuss specific instructions for preparing for surgery, including diet and medication requirements. She will also clearly explain your post-surgery needs so that you can prepare in advance.

PROCEDURE

Medications are administered for your comfort during the surgical procedures. The choices include intravenous sedation and general anesthesia. Dr. Olivier will recommend the best choice for you.  Liposuction is performed through small incisions.  Sterile solution (tumescent fluid) is infused in the area to under go liposuction in order to reduce bleeding and trauma. Then a thin tube (cannula) is inserted through these incisions. Using back and forth motion, the excess fat is loosened and suctioned out of the body using a surgical vacuum which is attached to the cannula.

Your improved body contour will be apparent when the swelling subside. With continued practices of healthy diet and fitness, the loss of excess fatty tissue should be permanently maintained. However, substantial weight gain can alter an otherwise permanent result.  Secondary procedures may sometimes be recommended to reduce excess skin. Special considerations are needed when large amounts – usually more than 5 liters of fat – are suctioned.

RECOVERY

After your liposuction is completed, a compression garment may cover treatment areas. This garment aids in controlling swelling after liposuction and compress the skin to your new body contours.  In addition, small temporary drains may be placed in existing incisions beneath the skin to remove any excess blood or fluid.

Although many factors are involved with determining your actual recovery time for liposuction, you will likely experience a post-surgical recovery period of 3 to 7 days and an additional period of reduced-activity. You will likely experience soreness and swelling for a few weeks. Exercise and normal activity can resume at the direction of Dr. Olivier. Over time, post-surgical swelling will decrease and incision lines will fade.

You will be given specific instructions that may include: how to care for the surgical site(s), medications to apply or take orally to aid healing and reduce the potential for infection, specific concerns to look for at the surgical site or in your general health, and when to follow up with Dr. Olivier.

RELATED PROCEDURES

Liposuction is often performed as an isolated procedure. However, it may be combined with other body contouring procedures such as Tummy Tuck.

CONTACT US

If you would like to learn more about liposuction in New York, we invite you to meet with Dr. Olivier who is a female, board certified plastic surgeon for a private consultation at our Brooklyn office, located at One Hanson Place.  Contact us by calling 718-783-0934.
 
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For additional information on Liposuction visit:
http://www.plasticsurgery.org/public_education/procedures/Lipoplasty.cfm