Benefits of Lipoplasty and Laser Lipo for New York Residents: Manhattan, Westchester, Long Island
Dr. Kaveh Alizadeh has performed state-of-the-art liposuction on thousands of NYC area men and women, and over time he has found that although patients request the procedure for very different reasons, almost all wish to see the same aesthetic results: a marked reduction in isolated pockets of fat that do not respond to diet or exercise. Common treatment areas include the upper arms, male breast, love handles, abdomen, hips, thighs, buttocks, double chin, upper back, or even knees. Once a futuristic–sounding procedure, liposuction—also known as lipoplasty, liposculpting, or suction-assisted lipectomy—has become one of the safest, most successful, and most widely requested plastic surgery procedures worldwide.
At New York's Cosmoplastic Surgery, board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Kaveh Alizadeh performs liposuction using state-of-the-art, FDA-approved technologies. He offers a full range of advanced liposculpting procedures:
Liposuction often complements other surgical procedures, including the NaturaMale™ Gynecomastia Surgery, NaturaLine™ Neck Lift, NaturaCurve™ Brazilian Buttocks Lift, and NaturaTuck™ Abdominoplasty, but is also one of our most commonly requested stand-alone procedures.
To find out if lipoplasty is right for you, schedule an appointment with Dr. Alizadeh today. His practice has three office locations in the metropolitan New York area to serve you: Long Island, Manhattan, and Westchester, New York. Request your appointment online or phone 212.348.0100 (Manhattan/Westchester) / 516.439.5010 (Long Island).
Dr. Alizadeh offers a wide range of liposuction options for his NYC-area patients:
SMART™ laser-assisted liposuction, also known commonly as "laser lipo," is a minimally invasive procedure that uses laser energy to destroy fat cells. Also called "laser lipolysis," SMART™ laser lipo successfully treats small, isolated pockets of fat that occur in and around loose skin. Common treatment areas include the neck or jowls, knees, stomach, back, or along the bra line. Laser lipolysis may cause less bleeding than traditional tumescent liposuction, and it also may stimulate collagen production, helping reduce skin laxity and increase firmness and overall appearance. Cosmoplastic Surgery patients report that, compared to tumescent liposuction, SMART™ laser lipo promotes less bruising and a faster recovery time.
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The VASERlipo® System is ideal for our metropolitan New York patients who wish to enhance the visibility of underlying muscles for a sculpted, athletic, toned aesthetic. VASERlipo® uses minimally invasive ultrasound technology to precisely target the fat that surrounds muscle tissue. Compared to conventional liposuction, which removes only deep parts of the fatty tissue, VASERlipo® eliminates both deep and superficial fat to give clear definition to visible muscles. During the VASERlipo® procedure, undesired fatty tissue is gently dislodged with ultrasound energy and then aspirated. Just one VASERlipo® treatment session can help you achieve head-turning results.
There is a common misconception that slimming down is the result of the body getting rid of fat cells by using them for energy when more calories are spent than eaten.
Actually, the number of fat cells is essentially fixed for adults. Diet and exercise can cause fat cells to shrink—thereby causing the areas where they are found to shrink, too—but they are not destroyed. The fat content of the cells is broken down and expelled through natural elimination and respiration processes, but the cells themselves remain.
Cells that have shrunk are free to grow again under the right conditions. This means that as the cells expand, so too will the areas where they are found, whether in the abdomen, the buttocks, the upper arms, or under the chin.
Fat reduction with significant, lasting results is possible with the destruction or removal of the cells. The membranes may be destroyed manually, chemically, or by freezing, freeing the lipids inside to be processed by the body. Or the cells may be loosened from their fixed positions and suctioned out through an incision, as with the various forms of liposuction.
The science of fat is still being studied by medical professionals and researchers, with the goal of achieving new understanding of how it works in order to better manipulate it for health and cosmetic benefits.
As noted elsewhere, though liposuction removes fat cells from the body so that they can no longer impact an area by growing or shrinking, the procedure is intended solely for body contouring. The surgery is not considered a weight-loss method.
Patients interested in losing a significant amount of weight should speak with their primary care physician to determine the best strategy, whether it's a focused plan of diet and exercise or a modern surgical procedure designed to inhibit caloric intake.
Liposuction is performed as an outpatient procedure under local or general anesthesia. Dr. Alizadeh will help you determine the proper approach based on your clinical needs. Most standalone liposuction procedures require two to five hours depending on the number and complexity of treatment areas.
For standalone liposuction, Dr. Alizadeh creates a small incision in the target area, through which he inserts a cannula, or narrow tube. Depending on the specific procedure selected, he will gently dislodge the undesired fat and then suction it from the body.
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For patients undergoing HydraSolve® Liposuction with NaturaGlow™ Fat Transfer, Dr. Alizadeh processes the extracted adipose tissue and prepares it for reinjection into the target areas. The gently preserved fat allows for the regenerative cells within it to survive and thrive in the newly transplanted area. A patient may receive many tiny fat injections at different depths to achieve optimal results.
Liposuction incisions are then closed with absorbable sutures or surgical glues.
Fat transfer, also known as fat grafting, is a way to allow a patient's own body to be the source of cosmetic improvement. Since fat cells are merely moving from one area of the body to another, they are not treated as a foreign object or substance in the way that some fillers or implants may be, making them ideal for natural-looking and long-lasting rejuvenation and augmentation.
The liposuction necessary for this procedure may be used strictly for harvesting healthy fat cells from a site where they are found in abundance, or it may be intended to slim down the donor site. Either way, the gently collected fat cells are prime candidates for adding volume, whether it is a small, subtle amount to the lips, are larger amount to the buttocks, or other areas that could use a boost to create a more youthful roundness.
Fat transfer is also ideal for some patients undergoing breast reconstruction, as the cells create added volume from a substance already naturally found in the breasts. These cells can be used to refine an already reconstructed breast, helping it to more closely match the other breast in shape and size, or they can be used to rebuild an entire breast mound—an option more commonly chosen by women who have naturally smaller breasts.
Following your liposuction procedure, you should experience minimal bruising or pain and can expect to return to work in a few days and normal physical activities within two weeks. You will be expected to wear pressure garments to help minimize the swelling and maximize the results of your procedure, which will continue to improve with time, peaking within six to 12 weeks. Dr. Alizadeh and his staff at Cosmoplastic Surgery will provide detailed pre- and post-surgery instructions prior to your liposuction procedure so you know exactly what to expect.
Healthy eating and exercise are important for preserving good health, but they are also key to maintaining the results of liposuction surgery. Though fat cells removed via cannula are gone for good, the body can still grow other fat cells larger if given the opportunity, possibly leading to bulges in new areas.
The best way to enjoy the results of liposuction long term is to continue to make lifestyle choices that keep weight gain at bay.
For patients who specifically want to address the excess fat that causes a double chin, but who are not ready to commit to surgery, there is a nonsurgical solution in Kybella®. The FDA-approved injectable uses a form of deoxycholic acid, a key component in the digestive process, to disrupt fat cells and free the lipids for processing.
Some patients may have a flabby look due not to excess pockets of fat, but to the presence of loose, baggy skin. In these cases, liposuction may serve to remove some lingering fat cells for refinement purposes, but the actual problem must be solved by excising the redundant skin with a lift or tuck.
As noted above, Dr. Alizadeh offers a range of procedures to address sagging and more, including surgery to correct gynecomastia (the development of male breasts), drooping female breasts, a flabby belly, loose skin on the upper arms or legs, and flat buttocks.
Any of these procedures can be performed standalone as needed, though patients who have lost significant amounts of weight often find that some or all of the procedures are necessary to address excess skin found all over the body. Body contouring after major weight loss is a common choice.
Small amounts of loose skin that cause slight bagginess and wrinkles can be addressed with laser skin tightening, which is typically applied to the face, neck, and chest.
Dr. Alizadeh is among a select few NYC-area plastic surgeons who perform liposuction using the very latest, most advanced technologies currently available. As Chief of Plastic Surgery at Westchester Medical Center and Associate Professor of Surgery at New York Medical College, Dr. Alizadeh is respected as a highly skilled provider of cosmetic and reconstructive plastic surgery and a leader in medical education, research, and development.