Learning about Liposuction

Healthy muscular young man on grey backgroundLiposuction is one of the most frequently performed plastic surgery procedures. It is so well-known that people who have done very little research may believe they know everything they need to about it. What you think you know,  though, might cause you to hold yourself back from consulting with a specialist who routinely performs liposuction. Here, we will clue you in on some of the questions patients ask when they visit our NYC office.

Does liposuction hurt?

The liposuction procedure is performed using either a local anesthetic or general anesthesia. The vast majority of procedures are performed on an outpatient basis, so patients go home within a few hours of surgery. Both forms of anesthesia are highly effective at interrupting pain signals from the body. Patients are in no pain during their procedure. Mild soreness or tenderness are expected side effects of the procedure. Wearing compression is one way to mitigate the discomfort, as the compression garments gently hold tissue in place and also prevent brushing up against the skin. Several liposuction techniques are available today, from tumescent liposuction to ultrasound or laser-assisted techniques. Each modality brings its own benefit to the comfort, efficacy, and recovery associated with the procedure.

Will the fat come back or will I gain weight elsewhere?

We understand how concerning it can be to imagine fat coming back somewhere else after the liposuction procedure. Some people still believe that liposuction is too good to be true, that the body will revolt by “growing” more fat cells in some part of the body. This is a myth. Patients who continue to attend to their health and wellness after liposuction can enjoy lasting benefits. There is no need to increase the intensity of workouts or to cut some ungodly number of carbs or fat from the diet. If you’re living healthy before liposuction, your current habits should be sufficient to maintain your new shape after the procedure.

Does Liposuction tighten the skin?

Liposuction has progressed over time, but it is still limited in what it can do. Patients seeking liposuction do so primarily for body contouring. Part of Dr. Shridharani’s consultation and examination is to observe the skin. If there has been a loss of elasticity, the skin is unlikely to bounce back as well as we’d like. Removing some of the volume beneath loose skin can worsen its appearance. Dr. Shridharani has been performing body contouring procedures for many years. He can identify when skin tightening may be warranted and can create a suitable treatment plan according to each patient’s needs.

The liposuction procedure can be hugely rewarding. To learn more about what is possible for you, contact our NYC office at (212) 508-0000.

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