Liposuction is one of the most popular forms of plastic surgery. As a way to quickly remove unwanted fat to reveal the body you’ve always dreamed of, liposuction is an efficient way to boost confidence and improve your quality of life.
Residents of New York understand just how much pressure there is to look great. When you live among some of the most beautiful people in the entire world, you always want to look your best when you step outside of your home.
One of the best ways to improve your appearance and feel your best is through liposuction, also commonly known as “lipo.” However, if you are considering a liposuction procedure, you will want to know all the ins and outs of the process before scheduling an appointment.
Liposuction is a surgical procedure that allows you to remove fatty, stubborn areas from the body. Liposuction can be performed on almost any area of the body, including the thighs, hips, butt, arms, waist, abdomen, face, neck, back, and legs.
Through the liposuction procedure, Dr. Roland can reshape and restructure the area for a more satisfying appearance.
Liposuction is commonly combined with other surgical procedures as well. Many times, when an individual chooses to get a facelift, tummy tuck, or breast reduction, they will also choose to have some liposuction done on the area. This can help to keep the changes from surgery looking more natural.
Although liposuction is a great way to remove stubborn fat that won’t go away with diet and exercise, it is not a replacement for eating healthy and working out. Liposuction is not recommended for individuals who are overweight and looking to drop a lot of weight quickly.
Liposuction is also not recommended if you’re looking to reduce the appearance of cellulite. While a liposuction procedure can reduce a portion of the fat in the area, it does not change the texture of the skin.
There are three steps in the liposuction procedure: anesthesia, incision, and recovery. The number of procedures you will need will depend on the areas you are looking to have transformed through the liposuction surgery.
To begin, anesthesia will be administered. Like other forms of surgery, anesthesia will help you feel more comfortable during the surgery process and reduce the amount of pain you feel while the incisions are made and the fat is removed.
The kind of anesthesia used in liposuction typically includes general anesthesia, intravenous sedation, or local anesthesia. Dr. Roland will provide you with recommendations for the best form of anesthesia for your body and the area that will receive liposuction.
Once you have been given the anesthesia, you are ready to have the procedure performed. The actual liposuction procedure begins when Dr. Roland injects a substance into the fatty tissues that allows it to be removed more easily. The surgeon will then make small incisions in the area to provide access to the fatty tissue that must be removed. A diluted form of local anesthesia will also be used on the area to minimize the trauma and bleeding in the area.
To remove the fat, a tube called a cannula will be inserted into the incision areas. Dr. Roland will use the cannula to dislodge the fat and loosen it from the body before removing it.
The way that the fatty tissue is removed will depend on the area of the fat and how much fat needs to be taken out. For larger areas or higher amounts of fat, Dr. Roland may choose to use a surgical vacuum. Smaller areas or smaller amounts of fat may use a syringe. The neck or face is an area that a syringe may be used instead of a surgical vacuum.
The standard amount of time for a liposuction procedure is about two hours. Once the proper amount of fat has been removed, the surgery is complete. Dr. Roland will close the incisions and you will be ready to move into the recovery phase.
As with all forms of surgery, recovery is an important step. Recovery can look different for many people, but with liposuction it is not uncommon for all individuals who undergo the procedure to experience swelling or even bruising in the area.
To reduce the swelling and bruising on the incision sites, Dr. Roland will wrap you in elastic bandages or a compression garment. These bandages can also help your skin adjust to the new shape of your body.
After liposuction surgery, you may also be at risk for fluid retention in the incision areas. To help facilitate the removal of this fluid, Dr. Roland may place drains in the incisions. These drains will be removed later in the recovery process.
It is important that you talk to Dr. Roland about what recovery will look like before the actual procedure is done. Because you will be coming off the anesthesia, you will want to ask questions about recovery and get clear guidelines about what you can and cannot do after the surgery.
Risks of Liposuction
As with all surgeries, liposuction does have a few risks that you will need to consider when deciding if the surgery is the right choice for you.
Some temporary risks of liposuction include things like bruising, swelling, and infection. To minimize these risks, you will want to take proper care of the area during the recovery period. This includes taking medications prescribed by Dr. Roland and keeping the area clean and well compressed.
However, there are also some more serious risks associated with liposuction. Damage can be done to muscles, blood vessels or nerves and results may appear asymmetric. The skin around the area may lose or change sensation and irregular pigmentation may appear. Additionally, the skin of the area may be loose or rippling, causing cellulite in the area to appear.
Be sure to discuss the risks of the procedure with Dr. Roland before deciding on the surgery. Dr. Roland can answer any questions you may have and provide tips on ways to reduce your risk of developing an unwanted side effect.
Liposuction Frequently Asked Questions
You probably have a lot of questions about the surgery. In an effort to save you some time, we’ve answered a few of the most frequently asked questions about the liposuction procedure.
Who is a good candidate for liposuction?
The best candidates for the procedure include individuals who are already close to achieving their goal weight but are unable to achieve the results they’re after with diet and exercise. Ideal candidates should also have elastic skin and good muscle tone.
As with all surgeries, candidates should be non-smokers and should not have any underlying conditions or illnesses that may complicate the recovery process.
Who is not a good candidate for liposuction?
Individuals who have not tried to lose weight with diet and exercise will not be good candidates for the liposuction procedure. Those with unrealistic ideas of what the procedure can do for them should also not have the surgery.
How much does liposuction cost?
On average, liposuction will cost a little less than $3,000 but this cost can vary widely depending on the area of surgery and the amount that needs to be removed. Additionally, this number does not typically include the cost of anesthesia or other expenses from the hospital.
You will want to keep in mind that you will get the results that you pay for. If you choose to go with a surgeon opting to do the surgery for a cheap price, you must keep in mind that you may be unhappy with your results.
You will want to talk with Dr. Roland about the exact cost of your procedure.
How long do the results last?
If you take proper care of your body with the right diet and exercise routine, your results can last for quite a long time. However, the results can diminish if you gain weight or do not take proper care of your body.
It is also important to keep in mind that your body will change as you age. As skin gets looser, your results may not be as apparent. However, with the right care, your liposuction results are permanent.
How can I best prepare for my surgery?
Dr. Roland will probably have some unique recommendations for preparing for surgery. This may include adjusting medications, taking new medications, or stopping other medications, such as anti-inflammatory drugs or aspirin.
You will also want to ensure you’ve had all the proper testing and medical evaluations before the surgery. If you are a smoker, you will want to quit before the surgery happens.
Any time you undergo a plastic surgery procedure, you’re making a deeply personal decision. Be sure that the procedure you select fits your needs, can realistically give you the results you’re after, and that Dr. Roland is someone you trust and respect.
If you are looking for a plastic surgeon in the New York area, call the office of Dr. Donald Roland today. As a Board Certified plastic surgeon, Dr. Roland is an expert in re-shaping bodies and boosting confidence.
You can contact his office at 212-744-9400 to make an appointment to discuss your plastic surgery goals and dream body.