Fat Removal Surgery
Liposuction is a safe and effective body contouring procedure for localized deposits of diet- and exercise-resistant fat. It ranks as one of the five most popular cosmetic surgery procedures in the United States. Minimal scarring, coupled with effective results, have made liposuction the preferred method for removing problematic fat from areas such as the hips, thighs, and buttocks, as well as areas of the arms, neck, and face.
Where Is Liposuction Performed?
Most people are familiar with liposuction performed on the thighs, abdomen, and neck. Less known is the fact that this fat reduction procedure can be effective on any part of the body where fat accumulates:
- Upper arms
Who is an Ideal Candidate for Liposuction?
Liposuction is not an alternative to diet and exercise — it is not a solution for obesity. Ideal candidates for the fat reduction procedure are women and men who are in a healthy weight range, but have localized fat deposits that are unresponsive to diet and exercise.
Like any surgical procedure, candidates for liposuction should be in good health, both physically and mentally. Although age is not a serious consideration for the procedure, older candidates should be aware that, because of skin elasticity, they may not achieve the same results as younger patients.
How is a Liposuction Done?
Dr. Rosenthal typically performs liposuction with patients under general anesthesia. A narrow tube, or cannula, is inserted through a small incision made in an inconspicuous location to reduce visible scarring. The cannula is connected to a vacuum and is manipulated to break up and suction out unwanted fat.
Dr. Rosenthal employs the Ultrasonic Technique, using non-invasive, high frequency ultrasound waves to liquefy fat prior to removal. Through precision tuning of these frequencies, Dr. Rosenthal is able to dissolve targeted fatty tissue without damaging the surrounding tissue. The Ultrasonic Technique is particularly effective for patients with loose skin, and for patients who have previously undergone liposuction yet maintain persistent areas of irregularity.
What is the Recovery Process from Liposuction? What do the Results of Liposuction Look Like?
Most patients find any discomfort associated with the procedure transient, dissipating generally within 3-5 days. After this time period, patients are able to return to work, and resume normal physical activity after three to four weeks. During that time, a compression garment is worn on the treated areas. This applied pressure enables the body to smoothly re-drape treated areas, and it prevents serum or blood from accumulating under the skin. The compression garment is easily concealed under clothing.
Following recovery, most patients find that the treated area is tighter, firmer, and more attractive. Again, since liposuction is not a weight loss procedure, nor a solution for obesity, patients should maintain a diet and exercise regime to maintain their results. However, after this fat reduction procedure, a predisposition for weight gain within treated areas will be less than before surgery.