Liposuction New Jersey
What is Liposuction?
Liposuction is one of the most common plastic surgery procedures performed today in New Jersey. It will remove fat from problem areas and improve the shape of the region by sculpting the fat. It has different names and techniques.
Types of Liposuction
Suction assisted liposuction, tumescent liposuction, and power assisted liposuction all involve the same procedure. Ultrasonic liposuction uses sound waves, in addition, to help remove fatty tissue. Still others use laser energy to melt the fat. All techniques have one thing in common. They all require conventional liposuction to remove or evacuate the fat.
Am I a good candidate for Liposuction?
Contrary to popular belief, liposuction is frequently performed on men and women who are not overweight. These people lead a healthy lifestyle and workout regularly. They have problem areas, such as their hips or thighs that are resistant to diet and exercise. The procedure also works well on patients who are over their ideal body weight and have localized fat deposits. It is not a substitute for weight reduction. It is ideally suited for the lower body but can also be used on the neck, arms, and even breasts in men (gynecomastia) and women (reduction mammoplasty or breast reduction).
The surgery is individualized to meet your needs. After examining you, New Jersey Plastic Surgeon, Dr. Friedlander will recommend the procedure that will best address your needs, and review that procedure in detail. Often times, several areas are treated to provide a balanced appearance.
What happens during the Liposuction procedure?
The procedure is performed by placing small incisions (about ½ inch in size) in natural skin folds, where possible. A tumescent fluid is infused, which permits gentle removal of fat. Small cannulas (tubes) attached to a suction machine are passed repeatedly through these incisions to remove the fat. The empty spaces once occupied by fat will coalesce and flatten to recontour the region. Often, multiple areas are treated with liposuction at the same time. Dr. Friedlander will discuss the length of the surgery after she has examined you.
What to expect after Liposuction
Everyone reacts to surgery differently, but most people are up and around on the day of surgery. Post operative swelling is normal and can last several weeks. The swelling may increase for a few days after surgery before beginning to improve. A compression garment or girdle must be worn to help minimize swelling. Natural elasticity in the skin will permit tightening after the procedure. Conditions which alter this elasticity such as pregnancy, weight change or age will affect the amount of skin tightening that occurs. Dr. Friedlander applies the garment in the operating room. The garment can be removed to shower but must be replaced immediately afterwards. The surgical garment can be replaced with a “spanx” type garment after a few weeks for ease and comfort under clothing.
Risks & complications involved
In well selected patients, the risks and complications are minimal. Most people are concerned about the incisions which are 1/2 inch in size and are relatively inconspicuous when healed. Dr. Friedlander is concerned about safety and takes all precautions during surgery*.
When will I be fully healed?
The healing process takes time. Most people see an immediate change in their body contour after the surgery, even though swelling is present. Most of the swelling disappears 2-3 months after the surgery. There is a subtle change in appearance a few months after that which typically indicates that everything is completely healed*.
How much time do I need to take off of work?
Liposuction is a relatively easy procedure to recover from. Since the incisions are small and the muscle is not directly involved, the post op discomfort is well tolerated. Most people are surprised at the recovery and will complain of a “bad charley horse” similar to muscle pain after an intense work out. This discomfort resolves quickly, allowing a rapid return to work. Patients can “remote” in to the office the day after surgery if so inclined. It is best however to take a few days off. Strenuous activities are not permitted for 4 weeks*.
Schedule a consultation
For more details and to find out if you are a candidate for liposuction please contact us to schedule a consultation or call our New Jersey office at 973-912-9120. You may also use our online consultation tool provided on this page.
* = Results may vary