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.
Why is liposuction not a weight-loss procedure?
Liposuction is often mistaken for weight loss because it removes unwanted fat cells from the body. While this is a fat reduction and a body contouring procedure, it cannot achieve the level of “weight loss” as traditional methods like diet and exercise or an actual weight-loss surgery, such as gastric bypass. Liposuction removes a set amount of cells from the desired treatment area, but it does not prevent the remaining fat cells from expanding in size if a healthy lifestyle is not followed. Ideal candidates for liposuction should be between 10 and 20 percent of their ideal body weight; however, each patient is different, and no guarantees can be made. This is why it is essential to schedule a consultation with Dr. Rosen.
Can liposuction remove sagging skin?
No. Liposuction only targets diet and exercise-resistant fat. It cannot significantly tighten or remove loose skin from any part of the body. Because liposuction does not correct sagging skin, it is commonly combined with additional body contouring procedures, such as tummy tuck surgery, body lift surgery, arm lift surgery, or Mommy Makeover Surgery.
What are the risks associated with liposuction?
Liposuction is considered to be very safe, especially when performed by a board-certified plastic surgeon like Dr. Rosen. Unfortunately, as with all surgical procedures, liposuction does present some health and aesthetic risks, including:
- Adverse reactions to the anesthesia
- Fat necrosis
- Changes in skin sensation, which may be temporary
- Prolonged wound healing
- Poor scaring
You can reduce your risk of complications by following all of Dr. Rosen’s instructions before and after your liposuction treatment.
What can affect my liposuction results?
Liposuction removes fat cells permanently; however, it does not prevent future weight gain. Weight gain from unhealthy lifestyles, additional pregnancies, or natural aging can negatively affect the quality of your liposuction results. Additionally, significant weight loss may also impact the smooth contours provided by liposuction. To maintain the quality of your liposuction results, maintain a stable weight with a nutritious diet and exercise.
Why should I combine my liposuction with fat transfer?
Fat transfer is commonly combined with liposuction because it makes good use of the fat that has been removed. Fat transfer uses the harvested fat to add volume to areas of the body where you may want additional shape and fullness, such as the face, buttocks, or breasts.
When can I return to work after my liposuction treatment?
The amount of time needed to recover from a liposuction treatment varies from patient to patient; however, most men and women take five to seven days off from work and their normal day-to-day schedules to recover from liposuction. This amount of time varies between patients depending on their ability to heal, their pain tolerance, and the kind of work they do. Patients with sedentary, desk-type jobs can usually return sooner than patients whose jobs require them to be on their feet all day.