When performed by a skilled cosmetic surgeon, liposuction remains the single-most effective means of removing excess fat from the body. The surgeons at East Coast Advanced Plastic Surgery are exceptionally well trained and experienced in the latest liposuction techniques. Schedule a consultation with us at one of our ECAPS offices in Ridgewood, Englewood, or Hoboken, New Jersey to learn more about how liposuction procedures can help you take your body beyond the plateaus of diet and exercise alone.
What is Liposuction?
Liposuction surgery involves the removal of fat beneath the skin. By using a hollow metal tube that passes through the excess fatty tissue doctors are able to slim down any area you wish. Your excess fatty tissue will be removed with the assistance of a powerful vacuum. Liposuction can be performed on almost any area of the body, but the most common areas treated often include the abdomen, buttocks, thighs, hips, upper arms and neckline/chin area.
Liposuction surgery is becoming an increasingly popular option for those who lack an even body surface or tone due to pockets of fat caused by aging, pregnancy, heredity or other factors. For many of our patients, these issues typically cannot be corrected with simply diet and exercise alone.
Am I a good candidate for liposuction?
There are many factors that may determine whether or not liposuction is right for you. The following points will help you decide if surgery is your best course of action:
- The best liposuction candidates are in good physical condition and near average weight.
- Women wishing to gain a more even, toned body after weight loss, pregnancy, natural aging, or inherited factors find the best success with liposuction.
- If you have pockets of fat that are not in proportion with the rest of your body and cannot be eliminated with diet and exercise, liposuction may be able to help.
Good skin elasticity works best for liposuction, and it is best if the areas of fat you wish to have removed do not have an associated amount of abundant excess skin.
Your New Jersey plastic surgeon will conduct an examination and discuss with you your expected outcome. Please come prepared to discuss your full medical history, including any medical conditions, previous surgeries or treatments, drug allergies, current medications, and use of alcohol, tobacco, or illegal substances. Full disclosure allows for a positive surgical experience.
Special Considerations for Liposuction:
Certain factors may affect the success of your liposuction procedure:
Medical conditions: Liposuction is not recommended for those with diabetes, heart problems, or a weak immune system. These factors can complicate plastic surgery and negatively impact your recovery process.
Weight: It is important that you complete any weight loss prior to surgery, because if you do not, your current problems may reappear. After surgery it will be essential to maintain your weight. Gaining weight after liposuction will affect your long-term results.
Pregnancy: It is very important to inform your ECAPS Center plastic surgeon if you are considering having children in the future. Pregnancy can cause unpredictable body changes that may have negative effects on the results of your liposuction.
Surgery and Recovery
Liposuction is commonly an outpatient surgery, performed with general anesthesia or local anesthesia and sedation. Your incisions will be wrapped in gauze dressings and you will also likely be asked to wear a compression garment (used to help keep light pressure on the operated sights while you heal). After a few hours to up to a day of recovery you will be able to return home.
You should be able to walk immediately following surgery and will be moving around normally within a day or two after surgery. Small incisions are used to allow access for the metal tubes to the fatty tissue, and absorbable stitches are typically used to close these incisions.
The professionals at the East Coast Advanced Plastic Surgery Center in New Jersey will recommend follow up visits to evaluate your healing process. It is important to follow your doctor’s orders during this time to assure that your final results reach their full potential. You will be given detailed information upon leaving the ECAPS Center outlining normal symptoms, signs of complications, and instructions for recovery. Please do not lift, pull or push anything and do not engage in any strenuous activity for at least one week following your liposuction surgery.