Liposuction | Lipoplasty

Liposuction is the most common cosmetic surgical procedure performed on both men and women in the United States. It can produce profound body sculpting results, offering a more tapered waist, thinner thighs, contoured neck and chin, or flatter abdomen with minimal incisions and an easy recovery. Unwanted fatty deposits can be significantly reduced in various areas of the body, including abdomen, buttocks, inner and outer thighs, hips, flanks, back, neck and arms.

During the past decade, liposuction has benefited from several refinements that we implement at Somerset Center for Plastic Surgery. Today, several new techniques, including ultrasound-assisted lipoplasty (UAL), the tumescent technique, and Power Assisted Liposuction (PAL), are helping to provide patients with more precise results and quicker recovery times. Although liposuction is not a substitute for diet and exercise, liposuction can remove stubborn areas of fat that don’t respond to traditional weight-loss methods. The time required to perform liposuction may vary considerably, depending on the size of the area, the amount of fat being removed, and the technique used.

The incisions from liposuction are small and strategically placed to be hidden from view. However, imperfections in the final appearance are not uncommon after lipoplasty, as the skin’s surface may be irregular, asymmetrical or even baggy, especially in older patients. This condition can easily be alleviated with Thermage. Numbness may occur. Sometimes, additional surgery may be recommended.

After Liposuction Surgery

After the liposuction procedure, you will able to go home while wearing compression garments over the operated areas. These should be worn around the clock for the first 2 weeks and when active for another 2 weeks. Most patients can stop taking pain medication and go back to work within a few days. Non-strenuous activity can begin at 5-7 days, low impact exercise at 3 weeks and unlimited activity at 6 weeks.

You will see a difference in the shape of your body soon after surgery, and improvement will become even more apparent after four to six weeks. After about 6 months, any persistent mild swelling should disappear, and the final contour will be visible. A healthy diet and getting regular exercise will help you maintain your new shape!