Liposuction

Shaping your ideal body isn’t always a straightforward process, and it goes beyond reaching a certain number on the scale. Stubborn deposits of fat and unsightly bulges can frustrate your fitness goals despite a healthy diet and regular exercise. Hormone fluctuations, pregnancy, genetics and other factors can also make it harder to shed unwanted pounds.

For men and women looking to eliminate stubborn fat that doesn’t respond to diet and exercise, Dr. Franziska Huettner at Manhattan Plastic Surgery NYC in New York provides liposuction, a surgical body contouring procedure that can remove localized deposits of unwanted fat to help you achieve the slim, toned figure you’ve worked so hard for.

What is Liposuction?

Liposuction is a body contouring procedure that permanently removes stubborn deposits of unwanted fat from targeted areas. Liposuction is a versatile treatment that can be used almost anywhere to reshape your body to help you achieve a slimmer physique. Effective on both men and women, liposuction is commonly used on the:

  • Abdomen
  • Buttocks
  • Hips and flanks
  • Back
  • Inner and outer thighs
  • Neckline and chin
  • Arms
  • Waistline

Liposuction has evolved through the years and new techniques allow skilled surgeons such as Dr. Franziska Huettner at Manhattan Plastic Surgery NYC to remove excess fat with improved outcomes and enhanced patient comfort. Liposuction is both an art and a science, requiring an aesthetic eye and proper technique. Dr. Huettner of Manhattan Plastic Surgery NYC possesses the artistic skill and technical finesse to create results that are flattering, proportionate and natural looking for every liposuction patient.

What About Coolsculpting or SculpSure?

Coolsculpting

Many patients have heard of Coolsculpting, a nonsurgical fat reduction treatment that destroys stubborn fat by freezing it, which is then gradually eliminated by the body’s waste disposal systems. Targeted fat cells are reduced by an average of about 20 percent per session, meaning that Coolsculpting patients may need multiple treatments to achieve their desired results.

SculpSure

SculpSure is another nonsurgical fat reduction treatment that uses laser technology to melt away unwanted fat. By raising the temperature of targeted fat cells, their structural integrity is compromised and the body naturally disposes of them over time, leaving behind slimmer contours. One session of SculpSure can remove up to 24 percent of targeted fat cells with no downtime, but patients may also need multiple treatments to reach their aesthetic goals.

In contrast, liposuction tends to be a “one and done” procedure. Both methods of treatments provide patients with permanent fat removal, but the noninvasive methods results develop over a few months. In comparison, liposuction results are immediate, consistent and reliable, providing a more comprehensive fat reduction in one treatment.

Although Coolsculpting and SculpSure may be right for some patients, liposuction continues to be the gold standard of fat removal procedures.

How Does Liposuction Work?

Liposuction is a surgical procedure that uses a narrow tube, called a cannula, to remove excess fat from treatment areas. The cannula is inserted through small, strategically placed incisions to release fat cells so they can be siphoned from the body. Liposuction works equally as well on large areas such as the abdomen as it does on smaller, more intricate locations such as under the chin. This safe and effective procedure permanently removes fat and may be performed in conjunction with a tummy tuck, called a lipoabdominoplasty, or as part of a mommy makeover.

Fat removal procedures such as liposuction are effective because once fat is eliminated from the body, it doesn’t regrow or migrate. Throughout our lives, the number of fat cells we have is relatively constant. As we gain or lose weight, they simply grow bigger or smaller; the amount remains unchanged. Liposuction eliminates some of this fat from the equation for a slimmer, contoured figure.

Am I a Good Candidate for Liposuction?

Liposuction is a body contouring procedure, but it is not a shortcut. It isn’t intended to treat obesity or help patients lose weight and cannot replace healthy habits. Liposuction is best used on those who are at or near their goal weight but are struggling with localized pockets of stubborn fat that don’t respond to diet or exercise. Ideal candidates are patients who:

  • Are within 30 percent of their weight loss goals
  • Struggle with fat deposits that are resistant to diet and exercise
  • Have good skin elasticity and muscle tone
  • Understand what the procedure can do and have realistic expectations
  • Are healthy enough for surgery

It’s also recommended that prospective patients do not smoke, as smoking interferes with the healing process and can prolong recovery time. Liposuction does over time lead to some extend to tightening of loose skin and is often combined with a tummy tuck or other procedures for more comprehensive body contouring results. In general, liposuction is typically used on patients who are at a healthy, stable weight but want to remove a moderate amount of fat from problem areas to achieve a slimmer, well-toned appearance. Since every patient is unique, Dr. Huettner at Manhattan Plastic Surgery NYC will evaluate your goals and expectations to formulate a liposuction plan tailored just for you.

What to Expect During Your Procedure

At Manhattan Plastic Surgery NYC, Dr. Huettner performs liposuction under general anesthesia, IV sedation , or local anesthesia only, depending on the extent of surgery and the patients preference for optimal results and patient comfort. This allows for a patient tailored individual approach for more comprehensive body sculpting and a better outcome. Your exact procedure will be individualized based on your particular needs, but the process typically lasts one to three hours depending on the areas being treated.

During your procedure, Dr. Franziska Huettner at Manhattan Plastic Surgery NYC will make several small incisions to access the targeted fat and insert the cannula. The cannula will be used to loosen and suction out the unwanted fat with a careful, artistic touch to ensure a flattering outcome that is complementary to your natural curves and body shape. Once a sufficient amount of fat is safely removed to sculpt your desired results, the incisions will be closed and you may be fitted with a compression garment to minimize bruising and swelling. Due to Dr. Huettner’s level of skill and expertise, incision scars will be small, well hidden and almost imperceptible.

Recovery and Results

Compared to more invasive procedures, liposuction recovery is relatively brief and manageable. You may experience some bruising, swelling and soreness, but these side effects will fade not long after your treatment and can be easily managed with non-narcotic pain medication and plenty of rest. Compression garments or bandages may be used to help decrease these symptoms while your body heals. Because every patient and procedure is unique, Dr. Huettner at Manhattan Plastic Surgery NYC will discuss your recovery in detail and provide aftercare instructions to facilitate a smooth, comfortable process. Patients will also have a direct line of communication to Dr. Huettner should any questions or concerns arise.

The majority of patients can return to work and other activities a few days after the procedure, but this varies depending on the individual and the number of areas treated. Strenuous activity such as exercise should be avoided for some time following your procedure, but due to the uniqueness of each patient, Dr. Huettner will check in to ensure that your recovery is as pleasant as possible and to advise you when it’s safe to resume your normal routine.

Although you’ll immediately notice a reduction of fat in treated areas after your procedure, the full outcome will gradually appear as swelling decreases. During this time, you may see subtle changes to your physique as results become more noticeable. These results are permanent, but that doesn’t mean you are immune to weight gain. Liposuction reduces the number of available fat cells, but those that remain will continue to behave normally and swell or shrink if your weight fluctuates. However, treated areas will continue to have improved tone due to less fat cells overall; liposuction results are usually only eclipsed in cases of excessive weight gain. Patients should continue to practice healthy habits such as a balanced diet and regular exercise to maintain an optimal outcome.

We are here to help

Before your treatment, you’ll have a consultation with Dr. Franziska Huettner of Manhattan Plastic Surgery NYC to discuss your goals and develop an individualized treatment plan curated just for you. If you’ve been unsuccessful at eliminating stubborn, unwanted fat through diet and exercise and want to explore liposuction as a fat reduction option, contact or call Dr. Franziska Huettner today at 212-495-9200 or schedule an appointment online to get started.

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