Liposuction FAQ

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Liposuction is one of the most popular cosmetic procedures in Westchester County, NY and throughout the country. With so many innovations in the world of plastic surgery, it's normal to have questions about liposuction. Here, get straightforward answers to some of your most common questions from our medical team.

To learn more about having liposuction here in our New York practice, request a complimentary consultation online or contact us at (914) 761-8667(914) 761-8667. Our entire staff looks forward to helping you achieve your reconstructive and cosmetic goals.

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Common Questions

How much fat can be removed with a liposuction procedure?

While liposuction can remove a substantial amount of fat, it is not designed to be a weight-loss procedure. Liposuction is ideal for removing localized fat deposits that are resistant to diet and exercise. For more extensive fat removal, post weight loss surgery may be an option.

Will the fat return after my liposuction procedure?

No. By the time you are an adult, you have all the fat cells you will ever have. When you gain or lose weight, these fat cells expand or contract. Liposuction removes fat cells, and once they are removed, they will not grow back. However, surrounding areas can still gain weight, so it's important to maintain a healthy, active lifestyle to help your results last indefinitely.

Will liposuction tighten my skin?

Liposuction is not a skin tightening procedure, so patients should not expect to see improvement in cellulite or loose, lax skin. While Smartlipo is not a skin tightening procedure, it may improve the appearance of sagging or stretched skin by stimulating collagen production. If you have excess or stretched skin, a different body contouring procedure such as a tummy tuck may be a better fit for your needs.

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How do I decide between liposuction and a tummy tuck?

The abdomen is a common "trouble spot" for a lot of patients, and many people wonder whether liposuction or a tummy tuck would work for them. To simplify it, this decision really comes down to the matter of extra skin. Many people have loose, sagging skin around their abdomens, especially after pregnancy or weight loss. A tummy tuck reduces this skin and can also repair weakened or displaced abdominal muscles.

Liposuction, however, treats only unwanted fat. Therefore, if your only concern is an unwanted bulge or roll, liposuction alone may be sufficient. On the other hand, if you desire a more comprehensive improvement of your entire abdomen, a tummy tuck is more likely to give you the results you want. We often combine the 2 treatments into a single procedure that treats both fat and excess skin. You can determine which is better for you during a consultation with one of our surgeons.

Do men ever have liposuction?

Yes. Many men see us for liposuction, especially of their abdomens and flanks. Liposuction appeals to men because it requires relatively little downtime compared with other types of cosmetic procedures, and the compression garments required after surgery are easy to conceal beneath most everyday clothing.

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How long will it take before I can go back to the gym?

The length of time you'll need to avoid strenuous exercise depends on the specifics of your liposuction. For example, minor liposuction of the face or neck may require only about a week of reduced activity, while liposuction of the abdomen, arms, or legs necessitates up to 6 weeks out of the gym for healthy healing. As you plan your surgery, we give you a much more specific idea of what you can expect in the days, weeks, and months afterward.

Should I get CoolSculpting® or liposuction?

CoolSculpting is an effective liposuction alternative for the right patients. The nonsurgical fat reduction treatment can tone trouble spots such as the abdomen, flanks, thighs, and under the chin. Because it doesn't require any incisions, CoolSculpting is a no-downtime procedure that often takes only an hour or less to complete. However, while CoolSculpting can provide very focused results on a specific area, it can't match the results you can get from liposuction. Your surgeon will discuss body contouring options in more detail during your consultation.

Will I need to be under general anesthesia during a Smartlipo® procedure?

The type of anesthetic needed during liposuction depends on a number of factors, so it's difficult to say for sure before your consultation. Broadly speaking, Smartlipo can be performed using a local anesthetic if the target area is small, but a general anesthetic is usually recommended if multiple areas of the body are being treated.

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