Liposuction is a surgical body contouring technique that removes localized fat deposits that are often resistant to diet or exercise. The thighs, hips, knees, and abdomen are the most frequently treated areas in women. The neck, arms, breasts, back, calves, and ankles are other sites less commonly treated. Liposuction is not intended for generalized weight reduction. Other terms such as liposculpture, micro-liposuction, and lipoplasty are synonymous with liposuction. The best candidates have the following characteristics: they are young, are of normal weight for their height, have firm skin, and have just a few areas to treat. While younger patients do best, those over 40 are also good candidates provided that their skin tone is still favorable. Those who are significantly overweight at any age achieve more modest results. New York City plastic surgeon, Dr. Dana Khuthaila performs liposuction on the breasts, hips, thighs, calves, knees, and the armpit to treat front armpit bulge (FAB).
Tumescent liposuction is a common approach used by surgeons. It is a suction-assisted (SAL) form of lipo that first injects a liquid agent into the area that is to be treated. The liquid agent includes saline, Lidocaine (a numbing agent) and Epinephrine (a medication that controls bleeding). A cannula is then inserted and passed through the fat deposits, suctioning them out. An attached power-aided motor allows the surgeon to control the speed of the fat removal, which can be as great as a few pounds or as little as several ounces.
Ultrasound-assisted liposuction (known as “ultrasonic”) is a technique used on areas where a greater amount of dense fat resides. It’s a dual process using ultrasound and suction. First, ultrasound waves transmit energy through a special device aimed to help loosen and melt the fat. This liquid is then suctioned out using a cannula. UAL liposuction is commonly used on men seeking a higher level of muscular definition. You may hear this type of liposuction referred to as hi-def liposuction or VASER® Lipo, or simply Vaser hi-def.
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.
Liposuction is performed under general anesthesia 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 minutes to complete. After surgery, patients will wear a compression garment on the treated areas. It takes about a full week for the bruising and swelling to dissipate, and can take several months for the final results to appear. Liposuction will produce scars where the cannula incision was made, but these are usually small and will fade over time.
"I am 26 years old - Thank You - New York - Dr Dana Khuthaila is extremely knowledgeable about the field she practices and has an excellent manner. I have always felt completely at ease with her and have complete confidence in her ability in performing the Liposuction surgery. It was my first surgery and thanks for making it such a great experience. Dr Dana Khuthaila is quite literally a Godsend; you are a gifted hand from God. Your passion for helping patients like me is remarkable. ... I always credit my faith, my family, and my doctor (you) for directing me back on the path to recovery, health, and wellness. You are indeed what I consider one of my earth-bound angels. Just wanted to thank you again for everything you've done for me!! Thank you to each and every one of your team at Cosmetics Surgery Hospital for the wonderful work you all do. ,Yours gratefully,Ahmad."- A. / RealSelf / Jan 31, 2012
"Abdominal Liposuction Done with Doctor K Was Totally Worth It !:-) - New York - Very caring, genuine and professional."- L. / RealSelf / Sep 10, 2014
"Abdominal Liposuction Done with Dr.K (UPDATE) - New York - All in all very professional,caring and patient.Best decision made ^.^"- L. / RealSelf / Oct 09, 2014
"LOVED the Results -- Botox - New York, NY - Dr. Khuthaila is positively lovely--She is kind, caring, supportive and has gone above and beyond to make me feel confident taking the step to get Botox for the first time, and I am absolutely thrilled with the results. It took me multiple visits to even consider the treatment and Dr. K was very through discussing options with me, and I have never felt rushed, pressured or like asking a million questions was a burden. My initial treatment was on my gabella and forehead which had very deep lines since i was very young. Since i was a bit nervous, Dr. K took the process slow and i did two rounds of injections to make sure that it was the result i wanted. I have since gone back for a second set of injections and further took the step to do my first filler. I would HIGHLY recommend Dr. Khuthaila to anyone who wants to work with a compassionate and skilled surgeon. Thanks for helping restore some of my confidence Dr. K!"- C. / RealSelf / Feb 11, 2015
"35 Years Old, and Liposuction Really Needed!!!! - New York, NY - Dr. Khuthaila changed my life! she is one of the most talented and kind doctors I've ever met. She helps me working on my self-confidence and self-esteem. You always feel like you are her top priority! She is very skillful and knowledgeable. From the moment I arrived at the office it was a great experience! The staff was very warm and friendly. The office itself was beautiful and clean. Once I got in the room for my consultation, the doctor and her assistants were wonderful! They answered all my questions and really took the time to discuss my goals and the entire procedure. I felt very comfortable the entire time. Highly recommend!"- D. / RealSelf / May 27, 2015
Plan Your Procedure
- Recovery Time
- 2-3 Weeks
- Average Procedure Time
- 1-2 Hours
- Post-op Follow-up
- 1 Week
- Procedure Recovery Location
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 roughly 10 pounds of fat or less. Otherwise it is considered a high-volume liposuction, which does present an increased set of risks. It’s advised to get down to your ideal weight before undergoing a liposuction procedure.
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.