Women constantly are battling excess fat on their body, which accumulates over time with age and from pregnancy. Liposuction is the most common body contouring operation performed across the United States and in Dr. George Lefkovits' Manhattan, New York cosmetic surgery office. Liposuction is a procedure that can help sculpt the body by removing unwanted fat from specific areas including:
- Upper arms
Dr. Lefkovits performs liposuction in his Manhattan, New York cosmetic surgery office, usually under general anesthesia. Some liposuction cases may be performed under local anesthesia with or without sedation. There are several liposuction techniques that can be used to improve the ease of the procedure and to enhance the outcome. Dr. Lefkovits uses Tumescent Liposuction, which consists of a diluted anesthetic solution mixed with epinephrine. This allows the extraction of large amounts of fat because of decreased blood loss. Liposuction usually can be performed in multiple areas at the same time.
Through this process, large volumes of fluid - sometimes as much as three times the amount of fat to be removed - are injected into the body. This technique is typically performed on patients who need only a local anesthetic and usually takes longer than traditional liposuction. The name of this technique refers to the swollen and firm (tumesced) state of the fatty tissues when they are filled with solution.
Benefits of the Tumescent Technique
- Smaller incisions
- Less invasive micro-cannulas are used
- More gradual, targeted and metered treatment
- Contouring an area is more effective
- Shorter recovery time
- Uses local anesthesia
- Less blood and fluid loss
Liposuction is normally very safe. After surgery, you will likely experience some fluid drainage from the incisions. Occasionally, a small drainage tube may be inserted beneath the skin for a couple of days to prevent fluid build-up. To control swelling and to help your skin better fit its new contours, you may be fitted with a girdle to wear over the treated area for a few weeks.
Do not expect to look or feel great right after surgery. Even though newer techniques are believed to reduce post-operative discomforts, you may still experience pain, burning and swelling.
After the liposuction procedure, Dr. Lefkovits' patients will begin a course of massage and ultrasound treatment, which are performed at our New York City office. Post-op measures help to expedite the healing process following liposuction. Exercise can begin in a limited fashion two weeks after the liposuction procedure. You can usually return to work in a few days to one week.
If you would like more information about liposuction and how it can help to reduce the fat deposits in certain areas of your body, please contact Manhattan, New York cosmetic surgeon George Lefkovits, M.D. today to schedule your initial consultation.