Liposuction is a minimally invasive cosmetic procedure used to remove localized areas of fat from the body through tiny, imperceptible incisions. The fat from the targeted area is suctioned from the body through a small thin tube called a cannula. This surgical technique is a method of body contouring which creates a slimmer, more defined appearance for the body, and helps patients achieve a better balanced appearance. Dr. Hutchinson offers liposuction in the privacy of her certified Operating Room at her plastic surgery practice on Manhattan’s Upper East Side in New York City.
New liposuction technology has allowed for a number of different techniques that improve the accuracy and reduce the pain associated with this procedure. Today, liposuction is usually performed via the tumescent technique, or with the assistance of power, laser, or water-jet. These new technologies have transformed liposuction into a much safer and less invasive procedure.
Candidates for Liposuction
The ideal candidate for liposuction is someone who is in good overall health and maintains a healthy life , but has one or more problem areas with fat deposits that are unresponsive to diet and exercise. It is also important for patients to have realistic expectations, and remember that liposuction cannot be used as a means for weight loss. It is instead used to remove localized areas of stubborn fat after the patient has attempted other healthy and natural weight loss methods. Liposuction is a great minimally invasive technique for body contouring and body sculpting to reshape the body and create a more beautiful and defined physique.
Liposuction can be used to treat localized fat deposits in the:
This procedure may be performed alone, or may be combined with autologous fat grafting to correct contour irregularities, or other cosmetic procedures, such as breast augmentation, breast reduction, or tummy tuck, or cosmetic procedures on the face such as eyelid lift or facelift. Dr. Hutchinson will discuss all procedures you are interested in, and explain which ones may be safely performed in her surgical facility or at one of the hospitals in New York City where she routinely operates.
There are several different techniques currently available for patients seeking liposuction treatment. New technologies have improved the accuracy of this procedure, and allow patients to achieve their desired results through a much less invasive technique. Liposuction is performed with a tumescent solution, and may use Power Assisted Liposuction (PAL) for large volume cases or laser assisted liposuction for additional skin tightening.
Liposuction is most often an outpatient procedure which requires only local anesthesia and sedation. Dr. Hutchinson will make several tiny incisions and inject a local anesthetic into the area to help expand and firm the fat, making it easier to remove. The cannula is then inserted through the incisions to suction out the fat. Minute stitches are used to close liposuction incisions and optimize healing.
Recovery and Results from Liposuction
After the liposuction procedure, patients may experience mild swelling, bruising and discomfort in the treated area. Compression garments or elastic bandages may be used to help reduce these symptoms while the area heals. Patients can return to work and other regular activities as soon as they feel comfortable, which is usually after a few days. Exercise and other strenuous activities should be avoided for 2 weeks.
Dr. Hutchinson will give you special instructions on how to care for your treated area and reduce any complications after your liposuction procedure. The results of your liposuction may not be visible until after swelling and bruising subside, and the skin shrinks back down to accommodate the smaller volume. This may take several months, and results will appear gradually throughout this time.
The results of liposuction can be permanent, as long as patients maintain a healthy and active lifestyle. If substantial weight is gained after this procedure, the results may be altered.
Risks of Liposuction
Although liposuction is considered safe, there are certain risks associated with any type of procedure. Some of these risks may include infection, scarring, allergic reactions, hematoma or unsatisfactory results. Liposuction is one of the most commonly performed cosmetic procedures and serious complications are extremely rare.
You can minimize potential risks by choosing an experienced, board certified plastic surgeon like Dr. Hutchinson and by following her instructions before and after your procedure. Dr. Hutchinson will develop an individualized surgical plan based on your anatomy and desires, and perform your surgery in her office in Manhattan or one of the New York City hospitals in which she has privileges.