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Liposuction

Liposuction (Lipoplasty) – Morristown, NJ*

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Overview

Liposuction, also known as lipoplasty or suction lipectomy, sculpts the body by removing undesirable fat. Women and men visit our board-certified plastic surgeons to get rid of fat pockets from virtually any area of the body, such as the thighs, stomach, and hips. Liposuction can sculpt these areas and provide a more pleasing contour. The liposuction surgeons in New Jersey at The Peer Group perform this procedure for men and women from Short Hills, Randolph, Harding, and other surrounding communities.

Surgical Technique

Tumescent "Super-Wet"

Tumescent liposuction is a common approach used by surgeons. It is a suction-assisted (SAL) form of lipectomy that first injects a combination of saline, Lidocaine (a numbing agent) and Epinephrine (a medication that controls bleeding) into the area that is to be treated. . A cannula is then inserted and passed through the fat deposits, suctioning them out. By varying the amount of suction and the size of the canulla the surgeon can control the speed of the fat removal, which can be as much as a few pounds or as little as several ounces.

Ultrasound-Assisted (UAL)

Laser-Assisted (LAL)

Laser-assisted liposuction uses laser technology to introduce a burst of energy to the specified area of fat. The laser loosens and melts the fat for removal. This particular type of liposuction includes brand names such as SmartLipo, SlimLipo, Lipolite Laser Liposculpture, LipoLite, and ProLipo PLUS.

During/After Surgery

Liposuction is performed under general anesthesia or IV sedation in an accredited surgical facility. It is considered an outpatient procedure. On average, each body part (i.e. tummy, thighs, etc.) will take approximately 30 to 60 minutes to treat. After surgery, patients will wear a compression garment over the treated areas. It takes about a full week or two for the bruising and swelling to dissipate, and will take several months for the full, final results to appear. There will be scars where the cannula incisions were made, but these are usually small and will fade over time.

Liposuction FAQs

How Safe Is Lipo?

The media sometimes tells stories of liposuction patients who have endured bad results at the hands of inexperienced surgeons. Today’s liposuction techniques are much safer and more predictable than ever before, but surgeon skill still remains the number one factor when researching this procedure. The goal is to attain a natural and smooth result. An experienced surgeon will be able to provide this outcome.

Is it Permanent?

Fat cells that are removed during liposuction do not come back. Unfortunately, patients can still gain weight after surgery because the remaining cells can expand and become larger. However, patients who adhere to a healthy diet and exercise program will continue to see results years after surgery.

How Much Fat?

The amount of fat removed really depends on the size of the patient and their aesthetic goals. From a safety standpoint, the American Society of Plastic Surgeons recommends removing roughly 10 pounds of fat or less in an outpatient setting, otherwise it is considered a high-volume liposuction, which does present an increased set of risks. It’s advised to get close to your goal weight before undergoing a liposuction procedure.  Liposuction can then contour away the disproportionate areas of fat to help you achieve your desired shape.

Skin Tautness (Laxity)?

Liposuction is a surgery that removes fat and enhances the actual shape of the body. It does not address skin imperfections caused by sagging skin or cellulite under the skin. During your consultation, a discussion can be had regarding the available procedures, which address and improve skin texture. Some procedures recommended to correct skin laxity include abdominoplasty, thigh lift, neck lift, and butt lift surgeries.

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Recovery Time  
5-7 Days
Average Procedure Time  
1-2 Hours
Procedure Recovery Location  
Out-Patient
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