Liposuction is a plastic surgery performed by Dr. Ascherman, an experienced New York plastic surgeon, that uses suction therapy to remove fat from different parts of the body. Sometimes referred to as body contouring, it is used on the abdomen, hips, thighs, neck, and buttocks. Dr. Ascherman can help each patient to determine what type of liposuction will work best for his or her body and their desired results.

Liposuction helps to reduce the amount of fat in an area. The amount of fat that is removed will depend on the area of the body being treated and how much fat is there. The resulting changes are normally permanent if the patient’s weight stays stable. It’s important to note that liposuction will not improve cellulite dimpling or skin surface problems. It also won’t remove stretch marks.

Fat Reduction Procedures in New York City

Before Dr. Ascherman begins liposuction on a patient, he will mark circles or lines on the areas being treated. Liposuction usually takes one to two hours, depending on the areas being treated and the extent of the fat being removed.

After liposuction surgery, patients typically experience some swelling, and bruising. Compression garments are usually worn for three weeks to help reduce the swelling. Patients may choose to wait a few days to return to work, but some decide to return to work the following day.  During the healing process, contour  irregularities that may occur will often disappear as the remaining fat settles into its desired place. Most of the swelling usually goes away in a few weeks’ time, but it takes longer to see a final result. Within several weeks of the procedure, however, the area normally appears less bulky and will have a leaner appearance.

Some risks associated with liposuction in general can include:

  • Fluid accumulation
  • Numbness
  • Contour irregularities (where the skin may look wavy)

Liposuction results are long-lasting if a healthy weight is maintained. However, if an individual gains weight after the surgery, the patient’s fat accumulation will likely increase. Ultimately, Dr. Ascherman specializes in liposuction and other types of plastic surgery for patients in the New York City area, as well as those in Westchester, New Jersey, Connecticut, and elsewhere. To learn more about what surgery he offers, contact his New York plastic surgery office today to schedule an informative consultation.