Risks and Benefits of Liposuction

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Liposuction is one of the most popular cosmetic procedures in New York City. It is proven safe and effective for the removal of fat and cellulite that are resistant to diet and exercise. As with all surgeries, there are risks and benefits of liposuction that must be weighed prior to proceeding. Dr. Lefkovits will provide you with all the details and be able to show you some before and after pictures of the procedure so you can better visualize how you will look afterwards.

There are two stages in fat build up. When you first start to gain weight, your existing cells expand to hold the increased number of stored fat molecules. The expanded area allows for the introduction of new fat cells, which also expand to store even more fat. This is why, when you have drastic weight loss, not all the fat disappears. Since there are more fat cells, weight is harder to lose. Tumescent liposuction can help.

Tumescent Liposuction

The most common technique used today is known as tumescent liposuction. A large amount of fluid is injected into the space to be treated, which allows the fat cells to expand, or tumesce. A small cannula is inserted through small incisions and worked around the subcutaneous layer of skin, breaking up the fat cells and vacuuming out the solution. Since the extra fat cells are broken up, their storage capacity is gone and will eventually be reabsorbed by the body.

Benefits of Liposuction

The main benefit of course is finally getting rid of those exercise resistant pockets of fat and cellulite that enhance your self-image. Other benefits include:

  • Fat removal
  • Improved appearance

Risks of Liposuction

Tumescent liposuction is a real surgery that should not be considered lightly. Some of the risks include problems common to all surgery, reaction to the anesthesia, being the most deadly. Other risks include:

  • Infection
  • Fluid imbalance
  • Swelling
  • Embolism
  • Lidocaine toxicity

To reduce the risks, it is important to find a qualified plastic surgeon with many years of experience to perform the procedure. New York City plastic surgeon Dr. Lefkovits is board certified and has performed tumescent liposuction procedures successfully for many years.

If you find yourself stuck with extra rolls of fat that you cannot get rid of no matter how hard you try, you might be interested in what liposuction has to offer. To find out more about the benefits of tumescent liposuction, please contact Dr. Lefkovits' New York City office to schedule an initial consultation.