Liposuction

Liposuction – Body Contouring in Paramus at Art Plastic Surgery

Most of us do our best to eat a nutritious diet and exercise regularly for the sake of our health. Unfortunately, these good habits don’t always have the added benefit of creating uniform weight loss. Many people struggle with deposits of diet-resistant fat, and the amount of stubborn fat we have tends to increase with age. This occurs due to metabolic changes and because the way the body stores fat changes over time. After age 40, fat leaves the extremities and settles around the abdomen. As a result, even people who are naturally slim usually start to notice a small spare tire forming.

Trying to spot reduce areas of unwanted fat with exercise is usually ineffective: When we burn calories, stored energy is unlocked from cells all over the body, not from one specific area. The only way to permanently shrink the size of diet-resistant fat deposits is using a body contouring procedure, like liposuction.

How Does Liposuction Work?

Liposuction is a surgical procedure that uses a thin tube (called a cannula) to remove fat cells. To perform liposuction, our team of board-certified plastic surgeons start by making a small incision in the treatment area. They then insert a cannula into the patient’s fatty tissue and irrigate it with a special solution. This solution both numbs the treatment area and prevents bleeding, making them easier to remove. Finally, the unwanted fat is sucked out through the cannula, and he or she is ready to go home.

At Art Plastic Surgery, Dr. Luis A. Zapiach and Dr. John T. Cozzone give their patients the option of choosing between several different state-of-the-art liposuction techniques:

Although it is still preferred in certain cases, traditional suction assisted liposuction (SAL) causes more bruising and is less efficient at removing fat deposits than newer methods. That’s why Dr. Zapiach and Dr. Cozzone use MicroAire power-assisted liposuction (PAL) instead of relying on traditional methods. The MicroAire system utilizes a special cannula that emits tiny, rapid vibrations to break up fat deposits. MicroAire PAL allows doctors to remove fat deposits quickly, without harming the tissue around the cannula. This results in much shorter patient recovery times, and patients report experiencing less discomfort after having PAL. PAL also creates uniform results and allows surgeons to remove more fat. Research shows that PAL can remove up to 30% more fat than traditional liposuction.

Vaser liposuction combines the best of surgical and non-surgical body contouring technology: The cannula used during Vaser liposuction produces ultrasonic (sound) waves that melt the lipids inside fat cells without harming the patient’s skin, blood vessels, or nerves. Ultrasonic energy has the added benefit of stimulating collagen production, which strengthens and tightens the skin near the treatment area.

Like Vaser liposuction, SmartLipo is an innovative hybrid procedure. However, instead of using ultrasonic waves to melt targeted fat cells, it uses laser energy to achieve the same goal. Laser energy both stimulates collagen production and aids in blood coagulation, reducing the patient’s risk of complications and ensuring a quick recovery.

Both Vaser liposuction and SmartLipo are ideal for treating small areas of the body, while MicroAire PAL is the best way to get rid of larger fat deposits. When you come in for a consultation, our doctors will carefully assess the area you want to contour, then recommend the best liposuction method to meet your needs.

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Our team is ready to help you navigate through the next steps of you booking your procedure. Contact us today! 

Ready to Schedule Your Consultation?

Our team is ready to help you navigate through the next steps of you booking your procedure. Contact us today!

What are the Benefits of Liposuction?

Liposuction is one of the safest and most versatile body contouring procedures currently in use. Patients choose liposuction for all the following reasons:

Liposuction patients will see a visible reduction in the size of targeted fat deposits within one to two weeks after their procedure (as swelling recedes).

Liposuction is unique in the fact that it can treat even tiny areas, like the fingers and toes. Patients commonly request liposuction on the following areas:

  • Thighs
  • Abdomen
  • Buttocks
  • Love handles (flanks)
  • Back
  • Face
  • Chin
  • Neck
  • Arms
  • Knees

Dr. Zapiach and Dr. Cozzone can perform liposuction on small areas of the body without using general anesthesia. Instead, they use pain medication and light sedation to relax the patient, while a local anesthetic numbs the treatment area. This approach makes liposuction safer while allowing patients to return to many of their normal activities soon after their procedure. 

Liposuction FAQ

MicroAire, SmartLipo, and Vaser liposuction all offer a shorter recovery period than traditional liposuction. Patients can expect to recover within five to seven days, depending on the size of the area they had treated. During this time, you should rest at home, but you’ll be able to engage in light activities, like walking.

After having liposuction, you’ll need to wear a special compression garment. Compressing tissues after treatment helps them heal faster and can reduce swelling. Most patients need to wear this garment for at least two weeks, but you’ll be able to remove it when showering.

The ideal liposuction candidate is a man or woman who is in good health, doesn’t smoke, and is close to his or her ideal weight. It’s important to understand that liposuction isn’t designed to create significant overall weight loss; only about ten pounds of fat can be removed from the body at one time. This procedure is intended to remove localized deposits of stubborn fat.

Liposuction candidates should also have good skin elasticity. If you have folds of loose skin on your abdomen, you might need to have tummy tuck surgery in order to sculpt a perfectly flat stomach.

Yes. The fat cells removed via liposuction won’t grow back, even if you gain a moderate amount of weight. The areas sculpted by liposuction will always be proportionally slimmer than they were.

In general, liposuction doesn’t leave noticeable scars. The incision required to insert a cannula is so small that it typically only creates a tiny spot of lighter skin.

This is sometimes possible, but it will depend on the size of the fat deposits you want to have removed. For safety reasons, doctors can’t remove more than five liters of fat at one time.

Learn More About Liposuction at Art Plastic Surgery in Paramus

Frustration over body shape can lead to confidence issues, dangerous yo-yo dieting, and other problems. If you’ve done your best to lose weight, but you still struggle with areas of diet-resistant fat, liposuction can help you create the sleek, lean contours you deserve. To learn more about this procedure, contact Art Plastic Surgery online or by phone at: (201) 345-3518.

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