Many people are uncomfortable with the shape and contour of their body. Over the years, the appearance of the body is subject to the changes of aging, time, childbirth and other pressures, and areas that were once taut and firm may now appear sagging or bloated. In some areas of the body, stubborn fat pockets can remain despite diet, exercise and even successful weight loss. For many people, the tummy, hips, back, buttocks and thighs are some of these “problem areas.” However, there is some action that you can take to address these areas of concern on your body. Liposuction is a plastic surgery procedure that can help you to target stubborn fat and resculpt your body into the appearance of your dreams.
How Does Liposuction Work?
Liposuction makes use of a thin instrument that resembles a drinking straw, called a cannula. The cannula is attached to a liposuction machine, after which it is inserted into the fat layer under the skin. There, it is manipulated, using a tumescent fluid, in order to target those extra fat deposits. Our Suffolk County plastic surgeons can reshape your problem areas into areas of pride. Liposuction can be used to treat a number of areas of the body, including:
Liposuction can be used to treat a number of areas of the body, including:
- Upper arms
- Waist and abdomen
- Hips and thighs
Liposuction is not an easy road to weight loss; it can’t be used to treat obesity. In addition, some types of fatty deposits are more persistent than others or have a more prominent appearance. While liposuction is a great choice to improve the slenderness and contour of your thighs, it does not eliminate cellulite, the dimpled appearance of fat in the area.
Am I A Good Candidate for Liposuction?
The most important criterion to determine whether someone is a good candidate for liposuction is their health, rather than their weight or age. Any adult who is concerned about stubborn fatty deposits that are not eliminated with diet and exercise can opt for liposuction in Huntington with Cold Spring Plastic Surgery.
The ideal candidate for this procedure is someone within 30 percent of their desired weight with resilient, taut skin and muscle tone, a non-smoker, who has clear and realistic goals for the outcome of their liposuction procedure.
What Is Recovery Like?
Immediately after your procedure, you can expect to feel some pain, but it should feel more like a sore muscle or bruise than a sharp or intense pain. You will wake up in a compressive garment, and be asked to continue to wear it for at least 3 weeks and even up to 3 months for optimal results. This is to control swelling and assist in skin retraction in the treated areas.
Because liposuction uses tiny incisions, there usually are no sutures to remove. You can expect to be active quickly; walking and other light forms of exercise can be resumed in three days after the procedure.
While the removal of fat cells with liposuction is permanent, it is still possible to gain weight. However, many satisfied patients report that weight gain in the future does not settle particularly in the targeted areas and is more likely to be evenly distributed throughout the body. Exercise and a healthful diet can help to ensure the longevity of your results.
How Is the Liposuction Procedure Performed?
When you have a consultation with the Suffolk County plastic surgeons at Cold Spring Plastic Surgery, they will discuss with you your goals for the outcome of the procedure. They will answer all of your questions, show you example before-and-after photos and help to ensure that you are aware of the realistic results of this effective procedure. The type of procedure that you choose will be the one that is most effective in helping you achieve your goals for your body and appearance.
Suction-assisted liposuction manually extracts fat deposits using the cannula and a vacuum-based liposuction machine. By making small incisions directly in the targeted areas, this procedure precisely contours the areas of highest concern for you.
Another option is power-assisted liposuction, which adds an extra element to assist in removing unwanted and stubborn fat. A powered attachment is used with the cannula, causing it to vibrate and gain easy movement through the fatty deposits in order to remove them more effectively.
Each of these procedures have their own advantages and your skilled plastic surgeons at Cold Spring Plastic Surgery will work with you to find the best option for your body type and desired outcomes. Liposuction of all forms is performed on an outpatient basis and the procedure takes from one to two hours. You can receive liposuction under local or general anesthesia. Following the procedure, the treated areas will be wrapped in compression bandages in order to minimize swelling and help enhance the desired contour of the area.
Schedule a Consultation for Liposuction
The plastic surgeons at Cold Spring Plastic Surgery will be happy to discuss liposuction and how this procedure can work for you. Call us or use our online form to make an appointment at our convenient Huntington office in Suffolk County on Long Island. We work with patients across the country and around the world, and we look forward to speaking with you about how our plastic surgeons can help you achieve your aesthetic goals.