Liposuction (Lipoplasty, Fat Removal Surgery for Body Contouring) – New York

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About Liposuction

Despite how much you watch what you eat and exercise, you might still be bothered by pockets of fat that prevent you from feeling fully confident in how you look. Our practice is proud to offer the latest methods to safely eliminate fat from areas of concern on the body. Surgical liposuction is a body contouring procedure that reduces fat from the abdomen, hips, thighs, and buttocks to produce a trimmer appearance. This fat removal surgery can be blended to treat several body parts. During your initial visit, New York board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Michael Koch will examine areas of your body you wish to address so you can reach your cosmetic surgery goals. We want you to look and feel amazing.

Ideal Candidates

Liposuction is a terrific procedure for both women and men who are at a healthy weight, but have troublesome areas of fat that are difficult to get rid of with even the healthiest lifestyle. Those interested in liposuction should have healthy skin because liposuction does not address stretched-out skin. It is also important to understand that liposuction is not a solution for losing weight. Women having liposuction should have no plans to become pregnant again as this could compromise the lasting outcome. During your initial consultation, Dr. Koch will discuss realistic expectations.

Surgical Technique

This treatment is performed as an outpatient procedure using general anesthesia. A very small incision is made in the skin and a cannula will be placed. The cannula is a special tool that helps loosen the fat as it is being vacuumed out. Once the fat deposits have been eliminated, Dr. Koch will close the incision. Depending on the number of areas being treated, your surgery could last 1 – 2 hours. In the dedicated recovery area, your post-op nurse will help manage any discomfort and care for your incisions until your discharge.

What to Expect

You may need to stay at home for recovery from liposuction surgery for 1 – 3 weeks depending on the number of sections treated and the size of the treatment area. It is normal to see swelling and bruising for 1 – 2 weeks, and you can have the sutures removed on day seven to day ten. What is most important after having any surgery is to allow your body time to heal and recover. When you decide to return to work after your procedure, you should remember to minimize stress and strenuous activity. To build up your strength, stick to walking and light workouts as recommended by Dr. Koch. Keep in mind you may see some changes after six weeks, but it takes 6 – 10 months before your new body shape and contour is attained.

Frequently Asked Questions

How much does liposuction cost?
Your cost for liposuction will vary based on the technique being used and the amount of areas being addressed. During your consultation, Dr. Koch will develop your personal liposuction surgical plan based on your needs and goals. He will also take into consideration your budget. Once your plan is developed, estimated costs can be discussed. To make your surgery affordable, our practice accepts many payment options and we can help you find low-interest financing.

What about nonsurgical liposuction?
Thanks to modern advancements, there are many nonsurgical options to reduce fat. Some popular methods are CoolSculpting, UltraShape, Vanquish, Liposonix, and Kybella. While these nonsurgical treatments may help reduce small amounts of fat, liposuction is best for most patients. Liposuction surgery delivers more consistent and dramatic results. Talk to Dr. Koch about nonsurgical options during your consultation. He will go over the benefits and drawbacks of both methods and help you decide which is best for your needs and goals.

What about cellulite and loose skin?
Surgical liposuction only addresses excess fat in the body. If you have loose skin, Dr. Koch may suggest combining liposuction with a surgical body lift. Liposuction is often performed with skin tightening surgery, such as a tummy tuck, arm lift, or thighplasty, to produce the best results. For cellulite, there are several nonsurgical and minimally invasive treatment options, including Cellulaze, VelaShape, VASER Shape, and Venus Freeze. In your consultation, tell Dr. Koch about your concerns like loose skin and cellulite so a comprehensive treatment plan can be developed.

Will I have scars?
Since liposuction is a surgical procedure, incisions will be made and stitched. This will cause scars, but Dr. Koch does his best to minimize their appearance. This includes making thin incisions in the natural folds of your body or in less visible areas. After your surgery, Dr. Koch or a member of his team will teach you how to care for your stitches so they heal flat and eventually fade.

Will my results last?
Before you have liposuction surgery, it's important to be committed to maintaining your results. While liposuction reduces the number of fat cells in your body, you can still gain and lose weight. Dr. Koch recommends that you be at or near your ideal weight before having liposuction surgery. Afterward, it is best to stay within 5 – 10 pounds of your post-surgical weight. Pregnancy after liposuction will also alter your results; however, a second surgery or mommy makeover can be performed to refresh your appearance.

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Average Cost  
$2,500 - $3,000
Recovery Time  
4 – 6 Weeks
Average Procedure Time  
1 – 2 Hours
Post-op Follow-up  
1 Week
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Liposuction offers patients the opportunity to have bothersome fat diminished almost immediately. Without liposuction, it can be frustrating to attain the slimming results you want. We offer various alternatives for liposuction treatment based on your personal concerns. We invite you to get in touch with one of our practices in New York and schedule your one-on-one consultation with Dr. Koch.

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