Many men and women find themselves struggling to get rid of stubborn fat in problem areas, and sometimes diet and exercise have little effect. Fortunately, Dr. Friedlander can use her surgical skill, expert eye, and liposuction to remove unwanted fat from various areas of your body, helping you achieve a more shapely and beautiful figure, giving you curves where you want them and removing them where you don’t.Have a Question?
What is Liposuction?
Liposuction is a surgical procedure performed on an outpatient basis using a thin tube called a cannula. The cannula is attached to a surgical vacuum, which suctions out stubborn fat deposits that can accumulate in multiple areas of your body. Most techniques use tumescent fluid, which contains a local anesthetic and dilute epinephrine to achieve an even removal of fat and reduce pain and bleeding. Liposuction is an excellent way to contour your entire body, whether you are looking for spot reduction of a small area or more comprehensive improvement in several areas.
Am I a candidate for Liposuction?
Liposuction is frequently performed on men and women who are not overweight, lead a healthy lifestyle, and work out regularly but have problem areas that are resistant to diet and exercise. It is important to remember that liposuction is not designed to achieve weight loss, but simply to improve the way you look by contouring your natural fat.
This procedure works well on patients who are close to or at their ideal body weight and have localized fat deposits. You may benefit from liposuction if you find yourself struggling with excess fat in one or more of the following areas:
- Hips – Muffin Top (Women)
- Hips – Love Handles (Men)
- Chest – Gynecomastia (Men)
- Thighs (Inner and Outer)
- Inner Knee
- Bra Roll
- Axillary (Underarm) Fat
- Upper Arms
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. Oftentimes, several areas are treated simultaneously to provide a balanced appearance and to reshape your midsection and thighs simultaneously.
Fat reduction and body sculpting can benefit many people. Liposuction can address multiple areas or large areas simultaneously, and yields excellent results that are consistent and predictable. Only one treatment is needed. If you have a problem area, but feel it may be too insignificant to warrant liposuction, you may be a candidate for noninvasive fat reduction using CoolSculpting®.
Liposuction removes unwanted fat. It is not a treatment for loose skin or cellulite. Both of these may appear better after surgery since the elasticity in the skin is retained, and will tighten naturally after the procedure. Combination treatment is safe and may be needed to provide optimal results, such as with the addition of liposuction to a tummy tuck or the addition of liposuction to Cellfina® to improve the cellulite on your thighs. For the treatment of extra fat on the neck, she may recommend liposuction with a neck lift or facelift depending on your age and other factors.
Before and After Photo
6 weeks after surgery. She also underwent Lipoabdominoplasty. This photo demonstrates the importance of performing circumferential liposuction and the contribution of abdominal fat to the hips and vice versa
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What are my Liposuction treatment options?
There are multiple options available for liposuction. All require tumescence, a technique that expands the treated area, allowing for a less traumatic removal of fat. Dr. Friedlander uses a revolutionary procedure to create outstanding results. She combines the gold standard PAL liposuction with an intuitive technique developed by Dr. Simeon Wall called SAFE liposuction.
Power-Assisted Liposuction (PAL)
Power-assisted liposuction uses tiny vibrations to gently break up fat cells and separate them from the surrounding tissue. During your procedure, a small incision is made in an inconspicuous location near the treatment area. The cannula is then passed through the tissue repetitively, to remove the fat. This is an efficient process that allows the rapid removal of fat with less trauma to the tissue.
SAFE liposuction not only removes fat, but it redistributes it, allowing for smoother, more consistent results. SAFE is an acronym for Separation, Aspiration, and Fat Equalization. This multi-step process starts with gently separating the fat, followed by removing it using PAL. The final step redistributes the remaining fat by repositioning it as micrografts. PAL with the addition of SAFE lipo can also be used to improve lumpiness or irregularity associated with prior procedures by equalizing the distribution of residual fat
Other types of liposuction use ultrasound, lasers, or even radiofrequency, which create heat that injures the surrounding support structures. Although good results are achieved with these techniques, they can lead to scarring or an uneven surface.
Are there any risks or complications involved with Liposuction?
In well-selected patients, the risks and complications are minimal. Most people are concerned about the incisions, which are one-half inch long and are relatively inconspicuous when healed. Dr. Friedlander is concerned about safety and takes all precautions during surgery.
What will my recovery be like?
Following your procedure, it is important that you stay well hydrated and drink plenty of liquids to replenish fluid loss.
Dr. Friedlander will apply a surgical garment to the treated area to help support your new contours and minimize swelling. This garment needs to be worn continually, except for showering, for three weeks, then at night for an additional three weeks. Swelling, bruising, and numbness are to be expected, but improve as the healing progresses. You may experience subtle changes in your appearance as your skin continues to tighten.
Strenuous activities are not permitted for three to four weeks, but you may return to routine work a few days after your surgery.
What results can I expect?
You will see an immediate change in your body after your surgery even though swelling will be present. You can also expect an aesthetically pleasing and slimmer figure that will boost your appearance and self-esteem.
Schedule a Liposuction Consultation
If you are interested in learning more about liposuction, please contact Dr. Friedlander by calling her at her Short Hills, NJ office at (973) 524-7124, or you can schedule a consultation online today!