New Jersey plastic surgery
The New Jersey plastic surgery experts at the Plastic Surgery Group, New Jersey, are sensitive to the difficulty many individuals have eliminating stubborn deposits of fat from certain “problem areas” on the body. Often, a person can be at or just slightly above their ideal body weight and still have localized pockets of fat that are resistant to a healthy diet and fitness routine. In these situations, liposuction surgery can help.
What is liposuction and who is a good candidate for the procedure?
Liposuction is a cosmetic surgical procedure that removes excess fat from specific areas of the body, such as the abdomen, thighs, hips, and arms, to improve body contours and proportions. Good candidates for liposuction are individuals with localized fat deposits, who are close to their ideal body weight, have good skin elasticity, and are in overall good health.
What is the recovery time for a liposuction procedure, and what can I expect during recovery?
Recovery time for liposuction varies depending on the extent of the procedure and the individual's healing process. Most patients can return to work within a few days to a week and resume normal activities within 2 to 4 weeks. During recovery, patients may experience swelling, bruising, and discomfort, which can be managed with pain medication. A compression garment is typically worn for a few weeks to help reduce swelling and support the healing process.
How long do the results of liposuction last and can the fat come back?
The results of liposuction can be long-lasting, as the fat cells removed during the procedure do not regenerate. However, it's important to maintain a stable body weight after liposuction, as weight gain can cause the remaining fat cells to expand and affect the overall results. A healthy lifestyle, including a balanced diet and regular exercise, is crucial for maintaining the improved body contours achieved through liposuction.
Can liposuction be combined with other procedures and what are common procedures to combine it with?
Yes, liposuction can be combined with other cosmetic procedures to achieve more comprehensive body contouring results. Some common combinations include liposuction with a tummy tuck (abdominoplasty), breast augmentation, or breast reduction. These combined procedures may be performed during a single surgical session, or they may be staged, depending on the patient's goals and the surgeon's recommendations. It's essential to discuss your desired outcomes and the potential benefits and risks of combining procedures with your surgeon.
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