Procedures > Liposuction
Among the most popular cosmetic surgery procedures performed on Long Island is the liposuction procedure. Dr. Schwartz uses the liposuction cosmetic procedure to sculpt the body by removing undesirable fat from areas that have not responded to diet and exercise such as the abdomen, waist, hips, buttocks, thighs, knees, chin, cheeks, neck and upper arms. Dr. Schwartz will discuss with patients whether to use local anesthesia or general anesthesia before the liposuction procedure. Dr. Schwartz speaks with each potential liposuction patient regarding the different methods of liposuction, which include tumescent liposuction, the super-wet technique, ultrasound-assisted liposuction (UAL), or Cool Touch Laser liposuction with skin tightening. In all methods of liposuction, Dr. Schwartz makes a tiny incision in as inconspicuous a place as possible. Then a cannula (small tube) breaks up the fat layer and suctions it out.
Liposuction is a viable option for people who do their best to maintain a healthy diet and healthy lifestyle but do not see the results. Liposuction candidates are generally people with regular schedules of good eating habits and a reasonable level of exercise that still have issues with disproportionate body contours due to localized fat deposits. Heredity also may play a part in shaping people’s bodies regardless of their level of participation in rigorous health and fitness regimens. Liposuction is a procedure that should be considered for people who have specific trouble spots that they need to slim and reshape by removing excess fat deposits. Liposuction not only improves body contours and proportion, but liposuction can produce great, natural results in patients and give a boost to their self-esteem.
Liposuction techniques can also be chosen to reduce localized fat deposits commonly found in the:
- Hips and buttocks
- Abdomen and waist
- Upper arms
- Chest area
- Cheeks, chin and neck
- Calves and ankles
Liposuction may be performed independently of other cosmetic plastic surgery procedures or in other cases liposuction is used in conjunction with other cosmetic plastic surgery procedures. Some common cosmetic plastic surgery procedures that go well with liposuction include facelifts, breast reduction or tummy tucks. It is important for patients to realize that liposuction is not a solution for obesity or a substitute for proper diet and exercise. Nor is liposuction an effective treatment for cellulite. It is unrealistic to think that liposuction provides a solution to dimpled skin that appears on the thighs, hips and buttocks. Liposuction is not the cosmetic plastic surgery procedure of choice when it comes to tightening loose saggy skin.
New Technology for an Old Age Problem
As we grow older our skin begins to show signs of the sun, lifestyle and aging. The face and neck are exposed to the sun more than any other part of the body; therefore they both tend to age more quickly. As these aging effects begin to appear we look for topical formulas and non-invasive treatments to help reduce future aging plus improve current appearance. Many prefer not to undergo extensive surgical face and neck lifts due to expense and risk. Additionally, these procedures require a lengthy time for the face and neck to heal, not always an option for people with limited recovery time. CoolLipo™ (laser- assisted lipolysis) is a new, minimally invasive technology that liquefies fat for easy removal. It is a laser – based procedure that breaks up and removes fat cells in areas such as under the chin, neck and jowls or areas with loose skin such as the arms. In addition, the unique wavelength of the CoolLipo™ laser system directly contracts collagen and tightens the skin from the inside out, an effect not seen with standard liposuction.
CoolLipo™ Benefits include:
- Gentle fat disruption and removal technique for small areas
- Treats areas that are difficult for conventional liposuction
- Less invasive than a neck or face lift
- May be performed under local anesthesia only
- Short procedure in Dr. Schwartz's office
- Safe with minimal bruising and side effects
- Minimal downtime post-procedure