What is Liposuction?
Liposuction is a surgical procedure that involves removing excess, unwanted fat using a thin tube called a cannula. The cannula is attached to a liposuction machine and inserted into the skin’s fat layers. It’s then manipulated to remove the unwanted fat and restore smooth and attractive contours.
What can I expect after surgery?
After liposuction, the local anesthetic used will continue to keep you comfortable for approximately 24 hours. You will feel alert immediately after the procedure, though we do recommend having a friend or family member escort you home to ensure your safety. You can expect to experience minimal bruising and virtually no pain, and most patients are able to return to work within two days.
Approximately one week after surgery, you’ll return to our office for a follow-up appointment. During this time, Dr. Scarpidis will evaluate your incisions and make sure the healing process is progressing as planned. From there, you will have two additional check-ups to assess your results at six and twelve months.
Qualifications and Experience Matter
Dr. Ulysses H. Scarpidis is a Board Certified plastic surgeon in NYC, who is committed to providing his patients with the most effective, advanced treatments and technologies currently available. When considering body contouring, sculpting or liposuction in Manhattan, the procedures employed can make a significant difference in the outcome. Dr. Scarpidis has been engaged in clinical studies for laser liposuction, and has been called upon to present the guidelines for safe and effective use of this advanced procedure at many national plastic surgery conferences. Your body will be in good hands at our clinic, where results and patient safety are the focus in every treatment we perform, including liposuction.
Types of Liposuction
Over the years, liposuction has changed in some pretty significant ways. As such, patients no longer have to settle for a “one-size-fits-all” approach to fat reduction. Today, there are a variety of ways to get rid of excess fat and achieve the smooth and contoured body you desire.
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Traditional liposuction involves using a tube called a cannula, which is connected to a powerful suction pump. The surgeon begins the procedure by inserting the cannula through a small incision, manipulating the cannula and injecting a specialized fluid to break up and remove the fat. Though significant advancements have been made to the liposuction procedure, this remains one of the most popular techniques for many patients.
Perfect for targeting hard-to-treat areas throughout the body, SmartLipo laser liposuction is a revolutionary technology that not only melts fat that is unresponsive to diet and exercise, but also enhances the contour of your figure and sculpts your ideal body shape.
One of the safest and most effective liposuction procedures available, tumescent liposuction involves using a specialized solution that causes the fat to swell and become firm, making it easier for the surgeon to remove. In addition, the procedure contributes to less bleeding and pain, as well as an improved healing process.
This technique is a variation of tumescent liposuction, with the counterintuitive difference being that it actually uses less fluid. The solution is usually equal to the amount of fat being removed, and general anesthesia is required.
This is an extremely popular form of liposuction that involves using a cannula that emits ultrasonic sound waves to target unwanted fat cells. The sound waves liquefy the fat, which makes it easier to remove. With this approach, the surgeon can eliminate large and dense fat deposits, while also tightening the surrounding skin.
During Power Assisted Liposuction, the surgeon uses a cannula that has a vibrating tip, which breaks up fat cells and allows for easy removal, smaller incisions and a quicker recovery time when compared to more traditional liposuction approaches.
Liposuction by Area
In the quest to sculpt your ideal body, there are likely many different features you’d like to improve. For example, maybe you’d like to sculpt defined abs, achieve toned arms or contour slim and athletic thighs. It can be difficult to address all of these problem areas through diet and exercise alone – which is why liposuction in New York City with Dr. Scarpidis offers the ideal solution.
Many of our patients require liposuction of the abdomen, because it’s common for weight gain, pregnancy and the aging process to result in unwanted flab in this area. When this occurs, liposuction is very effective in removing unwanted fat from your belly, flanks and waist – giving you the proportionate and sculpted figure you deserve.
When working on their ideal physique, many of our patients hit a wall when attempting to achieve toned and slender arms through diet and exercise alone. This is because the arms can easily accumulate excess fat through the aging process and weight gain – and in some cases liposuction may be the best solution.
If you suffer from unsightly pockets of fat on your upper and/or lower back, you’re in luck. While this area of the body is typically difficult to treat with diet and exercise, it does respond extremely well to liposuction. During your procedure, Dr. Scarpidis can correct bulges of fat around the bra line, rolls of fat along the back and a disproportionate appearance – giving you an athletic and streamlined look you’re proud to show off.
Many of Dr. Scarpidis’ patients want a round, firm and toned butt – but they’re unable to achieve the look they’re after at the gym. Fortunately, that’s where an artfully performed New York liposuction surgery with Dr. Scarpidis comes in. During the procedure, he will focus on enhancing your behind by bringing balance to the thighs, hips and flanks, in addition to sculpting the buttocks. Using this holistic approach, he’s able to achieve the shapely and contoured backside you desire.
Defined hips are key indicators of your femininity. They create an exquisite hourglass shape, enhance the buttocks and are universally beautiful. Unfortunately, when they develop unsightly pockets of fat, they create a heavier look and can make shopping for jeans feel impossible. Because this area is commonly resistant to diet and exercise, in many cases hip liposuction with Dr. Scarpidis is the most effective way to define your hips and achieve a more slim and contoured physique.
When Dr. Scarpidis performs chest liposuction, it’s typically to treat a very common condition affecting males called gynecomastia, which is characterized by the development of excess tissue and fatty deposits in the breasts. As a medical condition, gynecomastia frequently cannot be resolved through diet and exercise, and a male breast reduction – often using liposuction – is the only way to firm the chest and restore a masculine contour.
The thighs can have a profound impact on a woman’s body. At their best, they give you curves and a beautiful shape. But, when they accumulate excess fat, they can contribute to a heavy and disproportionate appearance. When this occurs, few surgeons are more qualified than Dr. Scarpidis to shape the thighs and create sensual legs that you can’t wait to show off.
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Frequently Asked Questions
Prior to undergoing liposuction, our patients typically have a number of questions regarding the procedure’s safety, as well as what they can expect before, during and after treatment. That’s why we’ve compiled our liposuction FAQ page as a resource to address the questions we most frequently receive. If you have any additional concerns, please do not hesitate to contact our office today.
Is liposuction safe?
Absolutely. Liposuction is an extremely safe way to remove unwanted fat. Though there are risks with any surgical procedure, Dr. Scarpidis is careful to use the least invasive options possible under local anesthesia. This approach, coupled with his expertise and skill, greatly lessens the risks.
Who is considered a candidate for liposuction?
In general, almost anyone who suffers from stubborn pockets of fat that are not responsive to diet and exercise can be considered a candidate for liposuction. However, it’s important to know that the procedure is not intended for weight loss. In order to be a candidate, you should also be near your ideal weight and committed to a healthy lifestyle moving forward.
How many areas can be treated during liposuction?
Dr. Scarpidis typically recommends treating three to four areas during a single liposuction procedure.
Is liposuction painful?
No, liposuction is not painful. At most, our NYC liposuction patients report a very mild pinching sensation when the local anesthetic is administered. Once the medication sets in, you will be completely comfortable and free of pain throughout the procedure.
When will I see results?
The final results of your liposuction procedure will typically appear between six and twelve months, however you will see a visible improvement within one month. And by three weeks after your procedure, the majority of the swelling will have subsided.
How do I prepare for my procedure?
Once you decide to undergo liposuction, you will attend a pre-operative appointment approximately ten days in advance, which will include blood work, pre- and post-operative instructions and compression garment measurements. This is also your opportunity to have any remaining questions answered.
What happens if I gain weight after liposuction?
When liposuction is performed by a skilled plastic surgeon like Dr. Scarpidis, the contours of your body should be noticeably improved. That means if you gain weight, your proportions will remain the same – weight gain will just make them less visible. Once you lose the weight again, your contours will return to the size and shape Dr. Scarpidis achieved via liposuction.
How much does liposuction cost?
A variety of factors influence the final cost of your liposuction, including the degree of difficulty, the amount of fat being removed, the number of areas being treated and operating room fees. During your initial consultation, these costs will be thoroughly explained to you in a comprehensive quote.
Are you a candidate for liposuction?
Many men and women consider liposuction as a way to help them achieve their ideal body – but the procedure isn’t necessarily right for everyone. In general, you can be considered an ideal candidate for liposuction if you:
- Are close to your ideal weight.
- Understand that liposuction is not intended for dramatic weight loss – it’s for removing stubborn pockets of fat and refining your body shape.
- Are in good general health.
- Are committed to a healthy lifestyle.
- Have been unable to achieve your ideal body through diet and exercise alone.
Body Sculpting Technology
Modern technology allows us to reshape and re-contour our bodies to achieve a more ideal shape. Genetics plays a big role in how and where fat is stored in our bodies. Thankfully, with liposuction and other body contouring procedures, we can enhance and improve what nature gave us. Stubborn fat deposits may be impossible to resolve, even with a strict diet and an exercise regimen. That’s when it is time to learn more about modern fat removal techniques. When those stubborn fatty areas are finally slim and trim, your self-confidence and feelings of well-being can skyrocket. Nothing is more rewarding than feeling confident in your body shape, and in the ability to wear the clothes you want – and show off your trimmer, fitter, body.
Real Solutions for Advanced Body Contouring
As a board-certified plastic surgeon and New York City liposuction specialist, Dr. Scarpidis has all of the latest technologies at his fingertips, as well as experience and knowledge that is beyond the ordinary. When considering body sculpting that involves fat removal, it could not be more important that you are treated by a skilled plastic surgeon who understands what you envision for yourself, and who has the highest level of honesty and integrity. When you need to find a real solution to change and improve your body shape, he will take the time to discuss all of your options, and to create a customized treatment plan geared to help you achieve what you envision.
Strengthen Your Results With Personal Training
At Scarpidis Aesthetics, we go one step beyond a superlative surgical experience. For our New York patients, we offer personal training services for those who have recently undergone body contouring. Too frequently, we have seen patients use surgery as a presumed “cure-all” for their physique, failing to alter their lifestyle, regaining the weight. With our personal training services, our aim is to help patients find a new routine, giving them health and beauty for a long time to come.