As a woman in NYC, you want to look and feel your very best. Even if you’re diligent about diet and exercise, those stubborn fat bulges on your body – including your face, neck, abdomen, back, arms and legs — can make you look older and feel less confident. Liposuction is a medical procedure that can remove fat and sculpt your body. The result is a slimmer, more contoured shape that can improve your physical beauty and enhance your self-confidence.
Women who live in NYC want to feel beautiful and feminine. Unfortunately, diet and exercise does not always address localized fat deposits. Despite cute names like love handles, muffin tops or saddlebags, these stubborn fat deposits can have a negative impact on your confidence and self-esteem. Although supportive undergarments can help with shaping and contouring, these limit your clothing choices and leave you self-conscious in intimate situations.
Liposuction is a surgical procedure that can remove stubborn fat on your hips, thighs, buttocks, knees, abdomen, upper arms, breast, chin, and neck. The procedure is performed using a small tube (called a cannula) that is carefully inserted under the skin and used to remove excess fat. Fat cells which have been removed do not return, but the remaining fat cells will expand if you gain weight after surgery. Liposuction may be performed on several areas of the body at the same time, and it can also be combined with other procedures.
Liposuction is a procedure that can sculpt the body by reducing the size of areas with excess fat. It is not a replacement for weight loss or exercise.
Ideal candidates are in good medical health and close to their normal weight. The best candidates have firm, elastic skin; good muscle tone; and pockets of excess fat in localized regions. Liposuction is not a substitute for diet, exercise or weight loss. If you are a smoker, you must stop for six weeks before and after your surgery.
For many of Dr. Naidu’s patients, the decision to have liposuction is significant. They are strong, independent women. They have finished having children and are ready to focus on themselves. By electing to have liposuction, they are making a decision to feel more feminine and confident. Dr. Naidu’s goal is to help every patient feel her very best.
Your first step toward liposuction is a comprehensive consultation in our NYC office. Dr. Naidu will get to know you and your aesthetic goals. Liposuction is a highly individualized process that can target fat deposits on most areas of your body — including your chin, arms, back, abdomen, and thighs.
During your consultation, you will need to tell Dr. Naidu about your medical history and your use of medications, nicotine, alcohol or supplements. Dr. Naidu will conduct a physical examination so she can determine if you can benefit from liposuction. At the end of the consultation, Dr. Naidu will let you know if you are a good candidate for liposuction.
Dr. Naidu will educate you about liposuction, recommend the areas of your body that can be treated by liposuction, and discuss a treatment plan that will achieve your desired results. Dr. Naidu will never pressure you to schedule the procedure.
If you decide to proceed with liposuction, you will have a second consultation with Dr. Naidu in our NYC office. At this appointment, Dr. Naidu will discuss the results that you can realistically expect from your surgery. Liposuction can be performed on multiple areas of your body during a single surgery, as well as combined with other procedures to help meet your aesthetic goals.
Dr. Naidu will also explain her plan for your surgery. She will let you know the length of your surgery, the location of your incisions, and what to expect during your recovery. You will also complete the necessary paperwork for this surgery.
At this appointment, we will take pre-operative photographs. These photographs are an important part of your surgical planning and are considered part of your medical record. They will never be shown to other patients without your written permission.
Depending on your medical history, Dr. Naidu may advise you to discontinue certain medications prior to surgery. If you are a smoker, you may not smoke for eight weeks before or after surgery. For your safety, Dr. Naidu may also order additional screening tests or request preoperative clearance from your primary care physician.
Your liposuction will be performed at an outpatient surgery center in NYC. Although local anesthesia and sedation may be sufficient for small areas, most patients are more comfortable under general anesthesia provided by an anesthesiologist. Depending upon the number and size of the areas that are being treated, your liposuction procedure will take between one and three hours.
Liposuction is performed using the tumescent technique. After making a tiny incision, a narrow tube (called a cannula) is inserted deep beneath the skin. Fluid containing an intravenous salt solution, lidocaine (a local anesthetic) and epinephrine (a medication that helps to contract blood vessels and limit blood loss) is injected into the fatty tissue. This method allows fat to be removed more easily through the cannula. It also reduces blood loss, as well as provides excellent pain control both during and after surgery. The scars from the incision used for liposuction are very small and hidden from view. Power-assisted liposuction and ultrasound-assisted liposuction are performed in selected cases.
You will wake up from the procedure wearing a compression garment. This garment must be worn at all times for two weeks. It must be worn at night for another four weeks.
Following surgery you will experience some drainage of fluid from the incisions. This drainage lasts one to two days. Most patients have moderate bruising that resolves within one to two weeks.
You will be encouraged to begin walking the day after surgery, but must avoid heavy exercise for two weeks. You should anticipate remaining out of work for three or four days after surgery, depending upon the amount of liposuction that was performed. The length of time until final results are seen varies a great deal between patients (depending upon anatomy and the amount of liposuction performed). Generally, the finally results are visible between three and twelve months following your procedure.
Liposuction is invasive surgery. Dr. Naidu will make sure that you are fully informed of the risks, which include infection, loss of sensation, and a reaction to the anesthetic. Risks can be minimized by providing a comprehensive medical history, selecting a skilled surgeon, and carefully following your post-operative instructions.
We understand that cost is very important to our patients. Please call our NYC office at 212-452-1230 and we will be happy to provide information about the cost of liposuction, as well as information on financing. You will be provided with the exact cost of your procedure following your consultation with Dr. Naidu. Unfortunately, insurance does not cover the cost of liposuction.
Plastic surgery is a creative, delicate endeavor that improves a woman’s physical beauty and enhances her self-confidence. Dr. Nina S. Naidu is a leading female plastic surgeon in NYC. She and her staff are dedicated to providing women in NYC with the highest quality of care possible.
Dr. Naidu is an expert on contouring the female body. In addition to liposuction, Dr. Naidu offers patients a full range of breast implants. She is excited to be one of only ten plastic surgeons in NYC to offer the Ideal® Implant which combines the natural feel of silicone with the safety of saline. Since 2006, Dr. Naidu has served as a clinical investigator in the Breast Implant Follow-Up Studies (BIFS) trials.
Dr. Naidu completed her undergraduate studies at The Johns Hopkins University and obtained her medical degree from Cornell University Medical College. After completing her general surgery and plastic surgery training at New York Presbyterian – Weill Cornell Medical Center, she performed an additional year of fellowship training at the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Naidu is Board Certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery and is a Clinical Assistant Professor of Surgery at Weill Cornell Medical College.
Our office is conveniently located at 1021 Park Avenue in NYC. If you’d like to learn more about liposuction – and whether the procedure is right for you – please call our office at 212-452-1230 and schedule an appointment.
Liposuction is a procedure that can sculpt the body by reducing the size of areas with excess fat, including the hips, thighs, buttocks, knees, abdomen, upper arms, breast, chin, and neck. It can address areas that do not respond well to weight loss or exercise, but it is not a replacement for these treatments. The best candidates for liposuction are patients with good skin tone who have pockets of excess fat in localized regions. Fat cells which have been removed do not return, but the remaining fat cells will expand if the patient gains weight after surgery. Liposuction may be performed on several areas of the body at the same time, and it can also be combined with other procedures.
Liposuction is performed using the tumescent technique, in which fluid containing an intravenous salt solution, lidocaine (a local anesthetic) and epinephrine (helps to contract blood vessels and limit blood loss), is injected prior to the removal of fat. This method allows fat to be removed more easily, reduces blood loss, and provides anesthesia both during and after surgery. The scars from the incision used for liposuction are very small, and are placed in locations that are hidden from view. Through these incisions, a narrow tube or cannula is inserted and used to vacuum the fat layer deep beneath the skin. Power-assisted liposuction and ultrasound-assisted liposuction are performed in selected cases.
Liposuction takes between 1 and 3 hours to perform depending upon the number and size of the areas that are being treated. The surgery is performed at an outpatient surgery center. Local anesthesia alone may be sufficient for small areas, but most patients are more comfortable with a combination of local anesthesia and sedation provided by an anesthesiologist.
Following surgery you will experience some drainage of fluid from the incisions which lasts for 1-2 days. A compression garment is placed immediately following the procedure and must be worn at all times for two weeks, and then at night for another four weeks. You will be encouraged to walk the day following surgery, but heavy exercise should be avoided for two weeks. Most patients have moderate bruising which resolves within 1-2 weeks. You should anticipate remaining out of work for 3-4 days after surgery, depending upon the amount of liposuction that was performed. The length of time until final results are seen varies a great deal between patients depending upon anatomy and the amount of liposuction performed, but averages between 3-12 months.