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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?

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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, Dr. John T. Cozzone, and Dr. Pedro Vieira give their patients the option of choosing between several different state-of-the-art liposuction techniques:

Laser Liposuction

Patients who seek trimmer outlines with minimal intrusion, but struggle with skin elasticity are excellent candidates for laser liposuction. This advanced technology is another excellent option for those who are considering multiple liposuction methods. Many researchers are calling this new advancement the key to optimal body sculpting.  

Laser liposuction uses fiber-optic lasers to emit heat at various wavelengths to melt fat for extraction effectively. This unique process involves removing fat from the body through suction as well as triggering the production of collagen to support and tighten skin. What used to be a downside to liposuction for some patients (the aftermath of sagging skin), is now a strength. Results often include the skin draping tightly over underlying tissue after excess fat removal. This exceptional outcome can deliver incredible aesthetic results, with trim contours covered by soft, smooth skin.

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, Dr. Cozzone and Dr. Vieira 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) 251-6622.