Sick of stubborn fat that won’t go away? For some people, going extra hard at the gym or restricting certain foods isn’t enough to shrink unwanted fat deposits. This can negatively affect one’s self-esteem or confidence. If you desire a slimmer and more toned physique, fat removal surgery can help patients achieve their aesthetic goals when diet and exercise have failed. Fat removal surgery, also known as liposuction, remains one of the most popular cosmetic procedures offered today. For patients interested in slimming down, Dr. Stella performs liposuction in New Jersey.

What Is Liposuction?

Liposuction is a cosmetic procedure that surgically removes pockets of accumulated fat from different areas of the body. It is not a method for overall weight loss or to eliminate large amounts of fat. This minimally invasive treatment for fat reduction uses suction techniques to remove fat from the body while the patient is under general anesthesia. Most commonly liposuction is performed on the abdomen. It can also treat the arms, neck, buttocks, hips and thighs.

How Does Liposuction Work?

There are different methods of performing liposuction, however, they are all similar in that they break up fat cells and use suction techniques to permanently remove areas of fatty tissue from the body. Ultimately, your surgeon will decide which type is right for you based on a number of different factors. These include which areas of the body need to be treated, how much fat is present and more.

Suction-assisted liposuction – During SAL, treatment sites receive an injection of saline, local anesthetic and adrenaline. Then, a small incision is made and a cannula, or small tube, is inserted. The fat is broken up using a sawing motion and the cells are suctioned out.

Ultrasonic-assisted liposuction – UAL uses ultrasonic sound waves to melt fat cells, causing them to liquefy for easier extraction. A cannula is inserted through an incision and emits sound waves through the tip. The cells are then suctioned out by a vacuum-like device.

Laser-assisted liposuction – Similar to UAL, LAL dissolves fat cells so that they are easier to remove. In this procedure, your surgeon will insert a small laser through the incision to melt the fat and then suction it out. This procedure also results in skin tightening.

What Is the Recovery
for Liposuction?

After liposuction, drains will remain in place for one week. This is in order to prevent fluid build-up under the skin. Patients will also have to wear compression garments. These garments help to reduce swelling, prevent blood clots and maintain the body’s new shape. Following surgery, it is normal for patients to experience swelling, bruising and discomfort. These symptoms will lessen over the next 10 to 14 days. Although, in some cases, it can take up to 12 weeks for the swelling to go down entirely. Most people are able to return to work after one to two weeks. Strenuous activities or rigorous exercise should be avoided for two to three weeks post-surgery.

Who Is a Good
Candidate for Liposuction?

Good candidates for liposuction in New Jersey are patients who have accumulated fat in certain areas of the body and have not had success eliminating it through diet and exercise. Ideal patients for liposuction should be within approximately 20 to 30 pounds of their goal weight. In addition, they should be non-smokers and in good mental and physical health. Patients should also have realistic expectations regarding the outcome of the fat removal procedure. Those who have lost skin elasticity due to aging or other factors, are obese, or are not physically active should not undergo liposuction.

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