Liposuction (“Lipo”)

LiposuctionLeading cosmetic surgeon in Pearl River, NY does liposuction to remove stubborn fat

Liposuction (or “lipo”) is the one of the most popilar cosmetic surgery procedures in the country. Liposuction removes undesirable fat from desired areas.  Typically, issues that have led patients to this surgery, is the lack of response to diet and exercise targeting the abdomen, hips, buttocks, waist, thighs, upper arms, knees, cheeks, and neck. Liposuction provides candidates with the opportunity to sculpt and contour specific areas of the body by removing fat cells, as well as ensuring that these areas will not accumulate fat deposits in the future.

Men regularly receive liposuction as well as women. Take a listen to Dr. Fiorillo, leading cosmetic surgeon in Pearl River, NY, discuss why men genetically retain fat around their waistlines. He also discusses why liposuction is ideal for self-conscious men in this segment on KSMO.

What can liposuction do for me?

Liposuction slims and sculpts target areas of the body by removing excess fat. This provides an overall improvement in body shape and proportion, as well as boosting a patient’s self image.

Some of the many parts of the body that would benefit from Liposuction include:

  • Thighs, hips and buttocks
  • Abdomen and waist
  • Inner knee
  • Arms, neck and back
  • Chest
  • Calves and ankles
  • Cheeks and chin

Liposuction is performed as a standalone procedure. In many cases however, it is also used in conjunction with other procedures such as breast reductions, facelifts, or tummy tucks.

Am I a good candidate for liposuction?

This procedure is not a treatment for obesity or to remedy or replace exercise and healthy eating habits. Ideal candidates are those in typically good physical and mental health.  Those who exercise regularly and maintain a proper diet and just need to target specific regions of the body, are also good candidates to receive this procedure.


How is the procedure performed?

The procedure will begin with an injection of a solution consisting of a local anesthesia called lidocaine.  This will be followed by a small amount of adrenaline to decrease any bruising and bleeding. Saline is also administered, which is just salt water. This technique is called tumescent or super-wet. The usage of this technique is determined by the fat tissue ratio to be removed, and the fluid injectable.

Post injection into the area where the white section treatment is performed, the Doctor will proceed with one of two procedural methods. These methods are Suction Assisted Lipectomy (SAL) or Ultrasonic Assisted Lipectomy (UAL).  Both of which are approved by plastic surgeons.

For the SAL procedure, a small incision is made in a very inconspicuous place, and a cannula (small tube) is inserted and shifted back and forth under the skin. This breaks up the fat layer to allow for suction/removal. For the UAL procedure, ultrasonic energy liquifies the fat tissue, and again, using the same incision, is suctioned out with the cannula.

Liposuction may last from 1 to 5 hours depending on the amount of fat that is being removed. The Doctor will decided based on the size of the target area, whether to proceed with general anesthesia or local anesthesia. When you have your consultation with Dr. Fiorillo, he will determine which method is best for you.

Upon completion, drainage tubes, antibiotics and compression garments may be needed to encourage the healing process. Patients should attempt to walk regularly to also encourage healing. Within a few days, you may return to work. Avoid strenuous activity for about a month.

Results can be seen immediately, as the swelling subsides during the first few months.

What are the potential risks of liposuction?

When a qualified surgeon performs this procedure, and all pre-op/post-op instructions are followed, risks are minimized. Surgical procedures of any type do however, carry some risks, those relating to liposuction may include the following:

  • Fat clots or blood clots
  • Infection
  • Burns
  • Delays in healing
  • Fluid accumulation
  • Perforation injury
  • Lidocaine toxicity
  • Shock
  • Unfavorable drug or anesthesia reactions

Irregularities in appearance can occur.  Some of these are asymmetric or saggy skin, pigmentation changes and/or numbness.

Find an expert like Dr. Fiorillo, the foremost plastic surgeon in Pearl River, NY,  and he will ensure you fully comprehend all potential risks and complications related to your procedure before proceeding. Just remember, having an expert like Dr. Fiorillo will significantly reduce risks and complications.

For more information

You can visit us at one of our two convenient locations in New York and New Jersey. To schedule an appointment or consultation, contact us via email or call 866-537-0954.

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