If you have wanted to have body contouring surgery, then liposculpturing may be the technique for you. With liposculpture, all the deep fat is removed, then using a laser, your surgeon will meticulously reshape the superficial layer of fat, removing as much fat as necessary to bring the problem areas into proportion with your surrounding thinner areas. Because of the advanced technological capabilities of the laser, your surgeon will be able to remove fat much closer to the skin than was possible with the traditional Liposuction techniques. There are several plastic surgeons in the Manhattan area that can help you with your body contouring choices and decisions.
With facial sculpturing, your surgeon makes tiny incisions in your skin where a metal fat extractor is passed just underneath the skin to remove the fat in the chin, neck, and/or jowl areas. Pressure is applied to the site once the fat is removed and usually there is no visible scarring. Because of the advanced healing power of the laser, you will be able to appear in public within one week of your liposculpture with no visible signs of surgery.
Your recovery period is less than one week depending on the extent of your surgery and you will experience relatively little pain. You will notice only minimal bruising; mild pain which can normally be treated with an over-the-counter pain medication, but your surgeon will provide you with a prescription pain reliever if necessary. You should notice immediate results.
Tummy Tuck vs. Liposuction of the Abdomen
If you have excess abdominal fat, no stretch marks and fairly good skin tone, you are a good candidate for liposuction. If you have stretch marks, loose skin and a loose inner girdle which is most often the case after pregnancy, then a tummy tuck is probably your best choice.
• Drink adequate amounts of liquids to prevent dehydration
• Avoid alcoholic beverages for 48 hours before and after surgery
• Wear compression garments as suggested to prevent slow healing and excessive drainage
• Don't apply ice-packs or a heating pad to skin overlying the liposuctioned areas
• Don't soak in a bath, Jacuzzi, swimming pool, or the ocean for at least 7 days after surgery in order to minimize the risk of infection
Recovery from liposuction can be uncomfortable, but most people are back to work within 10 days. During the first few weeks most people experience varying degrees of pain, burning, swelling and temporary numbness. Pain medications can alleviate any discomfort that you may be experiencing and a body-compression garment will minimize swelling. You will need to refrain from any exercise other than walking for about a week after the procedure. Slowly work your way back to your old exercise routine.
Although the new shape of your body usually begins to emerge in the first few weeks, some swelling may remain for several months. Major weight gain or loss after liposuction can produce skin surface irregularities. The final result may not be clear until 6 months after surgery.