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    What is a dermatologic surgeon?

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    From aging skin to skin cancer...

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    From crow's feet to spider veins...

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You have dieted and exercised and there are still stubborn areas of fat that will not go away. Your reason for choosing liposuction may be as simple as just wanting to look better in your clothes. While liposuction is not a replacement for a healthy lifestyle, it can make you look and feel better.

What is liposuction?

Liposuction surgery is performed to actually remove unwanted localized deposits of fat cells from the body. The procedure is meant for body contouring. It is not a treatment for obesity.

What is the tumescent technique?

The tumescent technique was pioneered by dermatologic surgeons. With this advanced technique, the patient does not have to go under general anesthesia. Instead, a saline solution is mixed with local anesthesia and then infused into the fatty regions being treated. This anesthetizes and swells the skin, enabling your dermatologic surgeon to maneuver a small instrument called a cannula, connected to a vacuum device, under the skin. The cannula is inserted into the fatty tissue through tiny incisions. Your physician gently moves this device under your skin and suctions away the unwanted fatty deposits to reveal more attractive contours.

Who are the best candidates for tumescent liposuction?

  • Patients who have firm, elastic skin and are in good health.
  • Patients who have tried to eliminate bulges through diet, exercise and weight loss.
  • Patients who have distinct areas of localized fat that are disproportionate to the rest of their bodies.
  • Patients who have realistic expectations and are only slightly to moderately overweight.
  • Patients who understand that this procedure is not a substitute for weight loss.

What areas can be treated by liposuction?

The most frequent areas treated by liposuction are “love handles,” the belly, neckline, thighs, hips, buttocks, knees, lower legs, cheeks and double chins.

How are the benefits of liposuction measured?

Cosmetically speaking, successful liposuction is measured in inches rather than pounds. Weight removal is not the focus of this procedure, but rather improvement in your body’s contour is the goal. Most important is a patient's improved self-image and self-acceptance.

Is the fat removal permanent?

Yes! It seems that after puberty, we do not create many new fat cells. When you gain weight, you expand the fat cells that you have. Tumescent liposuction permanently removes fat cells to improve your body’s contour. Should you gain weight after liposuction, it goes to the fat cells that remain in your body. The localized fatty deposits that existed prior to liposuction have been eliminated.

Will liposuction get rid of cellulite?

Liposuction is not a treatment for cellulite, although many patients do notice an improvement in the appearance of cellulite after the fat cells are removed.

How will my skin look after surgery?

Dimples, ripples and stretch marks remain unchanged following liposuction. Your new figure will be similar to what you would expect if you could lose an equal amount of localized fat through diet and exercise alone.

What about excess skin after the fat deposits are removed?

The use of smaller cannulas allows the fibrous connections between your skin and body to remain intact. These connections will contract over time. As a result, excessive skin folds often resolve over time. Surgical removal of these folds is less common, and thus most patients have excellent results with liposuction alone.

What will my recovery be like?

You will go home after the procedure and rest for a few hours, after which you may gradually increase your activity as tolerated. After two to five days, you may generally resume normal activities. You will need to wear a snug elastic dressing, girdle or body stocking for several weeks over the treated area to aid healing. Exercise should be stopped for two to three weeks after the procedure.

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