Liposuction in New YorkEven with the healthiest of practices, many men and women fall short of attaining their desired physique. This is because some subcutaneous fat is unresponsive to exercise and a healthy lifestyle.
Liposuction offers men and women a safe and effective option for removing excess fat permanently. This treatment can be applied on nearly any area to provide body slimming and sculpting. With liposuction, you can finally achieve the feminine curves or masculine definition that has eluded you.
Why should I choose New Look New Life Cosmetic Surgical Arts?
New Look New Life Cosmetic Surgical Arts has dedicated itself to providing safe and beautiful aesthetic results to their New York-based and out-of-town patients. In the privacy and safety of our certified operating room, our skilled and knowledgeable board-certified cosmetic surgeons personalize each treatment to their patient, and they offer around the clock access and care so that no patient ever feels like they are alone in this process.
What Areas Can Benefit From Liposuction?Liposuction is performed on women and men to reduce fat and provide a more toned appearance to the:
- Neck (under chin)
Am I a Candidate for Liposuction?Liposuction is often desired by men and women who struggle with stubborn areas of fat and are hoping to achieve a sculpted body contour. Ideal candidates for this procedure do not smoke, are in good overall health, and have realistic expectations of their results.
Liposuction is appropriate for healthy individuals who wish to tighten and improve their body contours. While this surgery can offer significant benefits to any of its candidates, the best results are often seen in patients who are close to their ideal weight.
Some patients may be better suited waiting for their treatment until after they have lost some weight naturally. Approved obese patients may be required to undergo a series of carefully crafted liposuction treatments.
What Is Discussed During My Liposuction Consultation?Your consultation is essential to a successful liposuction treatment. During this meeting, your surgeon will:
- Discuss your goals for your liposuction
- Take your measurements and photos
- Determine which areas are appropriate for fat removal
- Recommend combination procedures, if necessary
- Develop a surgical plan
How Can I Personalize My Liposuction?Liposuction is a nuanced and customizable procedure. Your surgeon at New Look New Life Surgical Arts will work closely with you to design a liposuction treatment that will safely and effectively achieve your cosmetic goals.
Liposuction is an outpatient procedure that usually takes between one and one and a half hours to complete. This time allotment may be higher if there are multiple treatment areas or if your liposuction is being performed in combination with another surgical procedure.
Depending on the techniques chosen, your liposuction will be performed under local or general anesthesia. In cases of general anesthesia, you will need a companion to drive you home and stay with you for 24 to 48 hours to assist with all regular activities and chores.
What Is Tumescent Liposuction?
Tumescent liposuction, or traditional liposuction, involves the injection of a tumescent fluid that causes the fat cells to swell and become firm. This allows the fat cells to be more easily dislodged and removed during the treatment.
Once the fat cells are detached from the tissue walls, the cells are carefully suctioned out through a narrow tube (known as a cannula) that is inserted through small incisions near the treatment site.
What Is Tickle Lipo?
Tickle Lipo, which is also known as lunchtime liposuction or power-assisted liposuction, is a less invasive fat removal technique that can be accomplished in a shorter amount of time with only the necessity of local anesthesia.
This variation of liposuction quickly eliminates fat in targeted areas, such as the stomach, thighs, hips, love handles, back, buttocks, arms, chest, ankles, and calves.
Nicknamed for the tickling sensation it creates, this “lunchtime” procedure uses an oscillating (vibrating) cannula to break up the fat cells before they are removed. This step minimizes the trauma to the surrounding tissue, and as the vibrating cannula does not require heat or lasers, it allows for a nearly pain-free treatment.
Patients can return to work and their day-to-day activities immediately following a Tickle Lipo treatment, and your results may start to show sooner with Tickle Lipo (as opposed to traditional liposuction). Results will continue to improve in the days following your surgery.
Tickle Lipo is recommended for healthy, active individuals who wish to sculpt their already fit body further.
What Is Liposuction for Men?
Liposuction is one of the most popular cosmetic procedures for men, as it provides more sculpted masculine contours. By removing excess fat from the love handles, abdomen, thighs, buttocks, and chest, liposuction enables men to achieve gym-like tone and muscle definition while only taking them out of their usual routines for one short week. This safe and effective procedure allows men to reach their desired body shape without the stress or hassle of sweating it out at the gym.
Our surgeons at New Look New Life are well-versed in the nuances between the male and female physique and understand how liposuction must be adapted for a male patient. Even though liposuction is performed with the same steps, the areas and the volume of fat will alter depending on the patient’s gender.
Should I Combine My Liposuction With Another Body Contouring Procedure?
Liposuction often provides significant benefit as a standalone procedure; however, as this surgery does not address skin or muscle laxity, it may need to be performed with an additional body contouring procedure. While the optimal surgical combination will vary depending on your specific needs, you can choose to combine liposuction with a tummy tuck surgery, thigh lift surgery, arm lift surgery, or breast augmentation surgery.
Alternatively, patients who undergo liposuction may choose to use the harvested fat to add volume and shape to the buttocks. The Brazilian Butt Lift (BBL) is a surgical procedure that requires the use of liposuctioned fat to enhance the natural curves of your derrière.
At New Look New Life Surgical Arts, your surgical procedures may be combined as long as you are healthy enough to withstand such an invasive treatment. This will be discussed during your consultation with your New Look New Life cosmetic surgeon.
What Are Your Concerns?
What Will My Liposuction Recovery Be Like?
Following your liposuction surgery, your incisions will be covered with small bandages, and your treatment areas may be wrapped with compression garments.
These garments will help reduce any post-operative swelling by promoting blood circulation.
Patients who undergo Tickle Lipo can return to work and their regular day-to-day routines soon after their treatment. Patients who undergo traditional liposuction may require a few additional days to recover before returning to their normal schedules.
Regardless, all liposuction patients should refrain from all strenuous activity for at least seven to 10 days.
Dr. Karlinsky-Bellini and Dr. Kim provide all of their patients with their cell phone numbers so that they can be reached at any time during the recovery.
Is Liposuction Painful?
Liposuction is performed under anesthesia to prevent any pain during or immediately following the procedure. Bruising and swelling are common following a liposuction treatment, which may contribute to some post-surgical discomfort.
Any pain or discomfort can be alleviated with prescribed pain medication or an over-the-counter pain reliever, such as TYLENOL®.
Will My Liposuction Leave Scars?
Your liposuction treatment requires small incisions to be made in the treatment area through which a cannula suctions out unwanted fat.
While these incisions are small, they may result in post-surgical scarring. These scars are usually placed in indiscreet places—such as in the natural creases of the body—and are nearly undetectable once they have healed.
Any resulting scars will fade with time and can be minimized further with silicone strips and topical scar creams.
What Does Liposuction Cost in New York?Your liposuction treatment will be personalized to you depending on your physical needs and aesthetic desires. This customization will impact the overall cost of your liposuction treatment.
At New Look New Life Surgical Arts, a Tickle Lipo treatment starts at $3,500, and a traditional liposuction treatment starts at $5,000. This amount may fluctuate significantly depending on the extent of fat removal, the number of treatment areas, combined surgical procedures, and external costs such as surgeon’s fees, anesthesia fees, facility fees, compression garments, and your follow-up appointments.
You will be given an accurate price estimate during your consultation with New Look New Life Surgical Arts. We offer financing options through CareCredit® to assist you in paying for your body contouring in New York.
What Are Some Frequently Asked Questions About Liposuction?
How should I prepare for my liposuction treatment?
You will be required to stop all tobacco use for at least two weeks before and after your surgery. Smoking inhibits blood flow, which can increase your chances of complications during your liposuction treatment.
You will also be asked to stop any blood-thinning medication or herbal supplements, such as aspirin, ibuprofen, and NSAIDs.
Your surgeon at New Look New Life will provide you with a thorough list of preparation and recovery guidelines.
How much fat will be removed during liposuction at one time?
The answer to this question varies significantly depending on your age, health, and BMI.
Traditionally, the maximum amount of fat removed during a single liposuction treatment is five liters, which correlates to roughly 10 to 12 pounds—or one dress size.
While this amount of fat removal may be safe and appropriate for some individuals, it may not be safe for you. You should discuss your options with your surgeon at New Look New Life Surgical Arts during your consultation.
You can undergo carefully planned, repeated liposuction treatments. These repeated treatments should only be performed by a reputable and knowledgeable cosmetic surgeon.
Why is liposuction not always an alternative to a tummy tuck?
Liposuction is commonly performed on the stomach to reduce the appearance of lower belly pooches or protruding abdomens. Even though abdominal liposuction addresses the same region as a tummy tuck, they are not interchangeable procedures.
This is because liposuction is only a fat reduction procedure. Liposuction cannot tighten or remove excess skin and cannot repair stretched or separated abdominal muscles. Patients with moderate to significant skin laxity or diastasis recti (separated ab muscles) may be better suited with a tummy tuck.
What are the risks associated with liposuction?
Even though it is a surgical procedure, liposuction is very safe when performed by a skilled board-certified cosmetic surgeon such as those at New Look New Life Surgical Arts.
Complications are uncommon; however, they are possible. Some of these risks include:
- Adverse reactions to the local or general anesthesia
- Blood clots
- Prolonged healing
- Skin irregularities
Will the fat return in other places after my liposuction treatment?
There is a common misconception that fat is moved from one area of the body to another during a liposuction treatment. This is not true.
Liposuction permanently removes fat cells, leaving a reduced number of cells in the treatment area. In cases of weight gain following a liposuction treatment, the fat will first develop in places with a higher concentration of fat cells, which is likely not the treatment area. Fat can develop anywhere on the body at any time if a healthy lifestyle is not adhered to.
When you gain weight, you are not developing new fat cells. Instead, your existing fat cells are growing in size. This is why it is less likely to regain fat in your liposuction treatment area.
Are my liposuction results permanent?
You will begin to see the results of your liposuction treatment immediately following your procedure, and these results will continue to improve over the following days and weeks as your bruising and swelling subside and your contours take on their new shape.
Your liposuction results will be long lasting—if not permanent—as long as you maintain a stable weight by following a healthy lifestyle. Liposuction permanently removes fat cells; however, this treatment will not prevent additional fat pockets from forming across your body. You can always gain extra weight, no matter how many liposuction treatments you undergo.
At New Look New Life, helping you achieve beautiful results with minimal time away from your busy life is our goal. Dr. Victoria Karlinsky-Bellini is a New York cosmetic surgeon whose eye for detail and careful attention to her patients showcases itself in the gorgeous and natural-looking results they are able to provide. To schedule your consultation with Dr. Karlinksy-Bellini give our office a call today at one of our two New York locations (Manhattan and Westchester) and get ready for a new, more confident you.