Reveal your contours in those
hard to reach areas
Even with a strict diet and proper exercise, many men and women still have areas of isolated fat on their bodies that can be detrimental to their confidence and self-image. To treat these exercise and diet-resistant pockets of fat, Dr. Rosen offers liposuction to his patients. Liposuction is commonly performed on the abdomen, hips, thighs, back, arms, knees, and buttocks to reveal tighter, smoother, and slimmer body contours that will boost your self-esteem.
Ideal liposuction candidates are within 20 percent of their ideal body weight with excess fat that is localized to specific areas of the body. This procedure is not an alternative to weight loss and should not be a replacement for a weight loss program or healthy lifestyle. Ideal results appear best on patients who have firm skin and good skin elasticity. Liposuction does not trim away or shrink sagging skin, and therefore is not suitable for patients with a significant amount of excess skin. Patients should be non-smokers who are in good general health and have realistic expectations about their results.
The Liposuction Procedure
Liposuction is performed by making incisions less than a quarter of an inch in length near the treatment area. From here, a hollow tube known as a cannula is inserted into the incision where the unwanted fat is suctioned away. The incisions are then closed. There are several techniques that can be used to make the procedure more comfortable. Dr. Rosen will discuss these techniques and determine which is the best for you during your consultation.
In power-assisted liposuction, the tip of the cannula vibrates to break up the unwanted fat. This technique allows for fewer passes of the cannula and therefore results in less bruising and swelling.
Tumescent liposuction, also known as wet liposuction, is performed in almost the same way as power-assisted liposuction. However, this technique introduces large amounts of sterile fluids to break up the fat before suctioning.
Combining Procedures With Liposuction
While liposuction can be performed as a standalone procedure to promote tighter and firmer body contours and eliminate stubborn fat, it can also be performed in conjunction with other procedures such as fat transfer or tummy tuck surgery. Fat transfer involves taking suctioned fat cells and moving them to areas that may require enhancement such as the buttocks, face, and breasts. Liposuction may also be used during tummy tuck surgery to remove excess pockets of fat in the abdomen.
Liposuction is an outpatient procedure that is performed under sedation or light general anesthesia. Following your liposuction procedure, you will be wrapped in a compression garment that will reduce bruising and swelling, increase blood flow, and allow your body to adjust to its new contours. This garment is generally worn for four weeks. Bruising and swelling should be expected after liposuction. Most swelling subsides within one to two weeks. However, it is possible for residual swelling to linger for several months. Patients usually find discomfort after liposuction to be minimal, often comparing it to an intense gym workout. If there is discomfort, it can be remedied with oral pain medication. Complications from liposuction are rare but can include bleeding, infection, reaction to anesthesia, temporary skin numbness, and skin discoloration.
It may take up to six months to see the final results of your liposuction. Once all the bruising and swelling has subsided, you will be able to enjoy your slimmer and trimmer physique. Your results are considered long lasting as long as they are paired with a nutritious diet and regular exercise. When accompanied by a healthy lifestyle, liposuction results will last for years as the fat cells are permanently removed.