The most popular cosmetic surgery procedure in the United States today, liposuction sculpts the body by removing undesirable and resistant fat from areas such as the abdomen, waist, hips, back, buttocks, thighs, knees, upper arms, and neck. Liposuction is not a substitute for a healthy diet and exercise, but the procedure can eliminate areas of fat that are unresponsive to typical weight-loss methods.
There are several different methods for performing liposuction, including the standard tumescent liposuction technique and laser-assisted liposuction. In laser-assisted liposuction, Dr. Kaufman delivers laser energy emitted by a powerful state-of-the-art laser probe to help rupture fat cells, liquefy fat deposits, coagulate small blood vessels, and stimulate collagen synthesis. In both techniques, local or general anesthesia may be used, and tiny incisions are made in inconspicuous and discreet locations of the body to minimize scarring. After careful consultation, Dr. Kaufman will recommend the best technique to optimize your liposuction results.
Commonly asked questions
What is Liposuction?
One of the most popular cosmetic surgery procedures performed today, liposuction is able to sculpt the body and improve the body shape by removing unwanted fat from specific areas. Liposuction, also called liposculpture or suction-assisted lipectomy, is more of an art form than any other cosmetic plastic surgery procedure. Using excellent technical skills and a well-honed artistic vision, Dr. Kaufman sculpts and contours the body to the desired outcomes. The most frequently treated areas in women are the abdomen, flanks and hips, thighs, knees, arms, buttocks, and even the chin; while in men we typically perform liposuction on the abdomen and flanks, the breasts, and the neck and chin.
Am I a good candidate for liposuction?
The best candidates for liposuction are individuals in good physical condition and mental health, who have unwanted areas of persistent and stubborn excess fat and have realistic expectations.. Liposuction is not weight-loss surgery, nor is it a substitute for proper weight reduction. Liposuction can, however, target specific areas of the body and help create more slim, well-proportioned, and natural-looking contours and an overall youthful and balanced appearance.
Most patients have several different areas which, despite conservative measures such as diet and exercise, remain problematic and cosmetically bothersome. Your skin, ideally, must be reasonably elastic. Skin tone and elasticity allows it to assume the new contour after the fat has been removed. Patients who have experienced large fluctuations in their body weight are often poor candidates for liposuction, as their skin has lost its tone and elasticity. During you consultation with Dr. Kaufman, you will discuss all relevant matters and decide whether liposuction surgery is right for you.