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Liposuction services offered in Upper East Side, Upper East Side, New York, NY


Particular areas of body fat that don’t respond to exercise or dieting efforts often cause stress for patients who are trying their best to be healthy. If you have stubborn body fat in any area, board-certified plastic surgeon Eric Cha, MD, FACS, and his team at Fifth Ave Plastic Surgery on the Upper East Side of Manhattan can remove it with liposuction. Call the New York City practice on Park Avenue to discuss achieving a more contoured figure with liposuction. You can also book an appointment online today.

Liposuction Q&A

What is liposuction?

Liposuction is a well-established cosmetic surgery that removes body fat using vacuum suction. After loosening or liquefying the fat cells, your surgeon inserts a tube called a cannula into the incision and moves it with a back-and-forth motion to remove all fat from the targeted area. They may make several small incisions to reach fat from different angles.

At Fifth Ave Plastic Surgery, the team uses liposuction to remove fat where it’s the hardest to lose. Some fat remains in certain areas of your body despite any attempts at weight loss through diet and exercise, and liposuction is a safe and effective way to contour those areas. 

Which parts of my body can I treat with liposuction?

Multiple parts of the body respond well to liposuction, and with the team’s help, you can develop a custom treatment plan to target several problem areas. A few of the most commonly treated areas are the following:

  • Abdomen
  • Hips
  • Thighs
  • Buttocks
  • Back
  • Chest or breasts
  • Neck
  • Arms
  • Knees
  • Ankles

Of course, to maintain your results, you should continue to follow a healthy diet plan after your surgery. You should also continue an exercise routine after the first six weeks of healing. 

What are my options for liposuction?

The team at Fifth Ave Plastic Surgery routinely uses two different liposuction techniques to remove fat from the areas of your body you specify ahead of time. Both take place under general anesthesia, so you don’t feel any pain during the process. 

After an insightful discussion about your goals and expectations for liposuction, the team may recommend:

Tumescent liposuction

Tumescent liposuction is a type of liposuction that uses an injectable fluid, which includes an anesthetic, to loosen and break up fat. 

Laser-assisted liposuction

Laser-assisted liposuction uses the energy from a laser to heat and liquefy your fat, making it easier to suction out of the area. 

What is recovery like after liposuction?

You may return to work and most other nonrigorous activities just two weeks after your liposuction surgery. Right after your operation, the team at Fifth Ave Plastic Surgery wraps the area tightly to help the skin hold its new contours. They also insert drainage tubes (which they later remove) to help with swelling. 

Once you heal, you might see some lasting scarring. Due to the small incision sizes with liposuction, scarring is minimal and is likely to fade over time. 

For more information about liposuction techniques and results, call Fifth Ave Plastic Surgery or book an appointment online today.