Liposuction of Abdomen, Flanks, Back New York City and New Jersey
By now you’ve realized that being healthy and looking healthy are two entirely different things. For the millions of us who diet and work out regularly but still don’t see the results we want, there is hope with a plastic surgery procedure called liposuction. New Jersey and New York City liposuction patients have achieved their body contouring goals with this trusted and popular procedure.
Liposuction is a minimally invasive treatment can be performed on many areas of the body, including the stomach (abdomen), love handles (flanks), upper back and bra area (bra rolls), upper arms, inner and outer thighs, waist and hips, inner knees, and the area under the chin. Basically, liposuction can be performed anywhere that can benefit from fat removal and skin shrinkage.
Liposuction is very well tolerated and, and provides excellent results with minimal downtime. The procedure is performed under general anesthesia for more extended areas or local anesthesia for small-localized areas. Dr. John Mesa only performs liposuction in accredited operating room and surgical procedures to guarantee maximum safety for his cosmetic surgery patients.
Once you’ve decided to pursue Liposuction with Dr. John Mesa, MD in our New Jersey or New York City area practice, you make sure you have found the right Board Certified Cosmetic Plastic Surgeon, the right facilities and the right technique to meet your expectations.
Liposuction for Your Lifestyle:
While liposuction at our New Jersey and New York City is not a replacement for a healthy lifestyle, it can make you look and feel better. During the procedure, Dr. John Mesa uses a specially designed surgical instrument known as a cannula to break up and remove excess pockets of fat. The procedure requires only small incisions and, with modern techniques, swelling and bruising during the recovery period can be minimized.
It is important for plastic surgery patients to remember that this procedure is meant for body contouring and is not a treatment for obesity. You need to be close to your body weight to be an ideal candidate. Beyond your weight, it is critical to have the right goals – contouring and reshaping rather than seeing a smaller number on the scale
Frequently Asked Questions about Liposuction:
Is liposuction right for me?
Almost anyone can be a good candidate for laser liposuction. In general, the ideal candidate:
- An adult patient at least 18 years old or older
- Is healthy and gets regular exercise
- Has fat deposits that don’t seem to respond to diet and exercise
- Has good skin elasticity (recoil) and tone
- His or her BMI (relation between the weight and height) is lower than 30 (non-obese)
- Is willing to preserve the great liposuction results by keeping a healthy diet and good exercise regimen
What areas can be treated with liposuction?
Laser liposuction can be used to remove fat and improve the contour of the skin all over the body, including the abdomen, love handles, flanks, hips, bra fat, back fat, arm, inner and outer thighs, and under the chin. Look at the laser liposuction before and after photos above to see for yourself.
What to expect when liposuction is being performed?
First, the area to be treated is marked by the doctor while the patient is standing to ensure that trouble spots are clearly defined. This is important as the contour of the body shifts when the patient reclines for the procedure, masking the problem areas the patient sees in the mirror every morning. During the treatment, Dr. Mesa makes tiny openings and injects a numbing fluid that makes the procedure comfortable, reduces bruising and aids in the removal of the fat deposits. A liposuction cannula is inserted under the skin to remove (suck) fat cells providing a noticeable contouring of the area. Most patients can return to work several days after the procedure.
Will the results of liposuction last?
Liposuction body contouring shouldn’t be viewed as a replacement for diet and exercise; rather all three should be seen as partners in success. Dr. John Mesa, MD strongly believes in integrating regular exercise and smart nutritional healthy choices is vital for getting the most out of the procedure and sustaining your results.
Does liposuction hurt? I have been told that liposuction hurts a lot.
When liposuction is performed by Dr. John Mesa, MD a Board Certified Cosmetic Latin Plastic Surgeon in New Jersey and New York City, it is a well-tolerated and comfortable procedure. Either when performed under general anesthesia or local anesthesia, the area to be treated is gently filled with a tumescent solution, which numbs it from the inside. Once the liposuction performed, the anesthetic effects of the remaining tumescence solution in your body provide analgesia for several hours post procedure. Additionally, since Dr. John Mesa MD performs liposuction in a gentle manner (avoiding hitting or injuring the deep tissues like muscles with the liposuction cannula) patients do not complain of the “common” post-liposuction operative pain, discomfort and bruising seen in some patients when they undergo liposuction with other practitioners.
Is there a downtime associated with liposuction?
One of the great benefits of liposuction is how well it fits into today’s busy lifestyle. Patients usually set aside a few days for liposuction, one day for the treatment and few days for recovery. After 7 days most patients are ready to get back to work and the other responsibilities in their lives
Why choose Dr. John Mesa, a Board Certified Cosmetic Latin Plastic Surgeon for liposuction?
Dr. John Mesa is a Board Certified Cosmetic Latin Plastic Surgeon in New Jersey and New York City that specializes in cosmetic plastic surgery of the face, neck breast, and body. He offers a premium experience to all of its cosmetic patients. His residency and fellowships training at prestigious institutions like Harvard are strong credentials that give him a unique set of skills to perform cosmetic plastic surgery. Since he was born and raised in Colombia, he brings a Latin flair, making his bedside manners and patient care unique. Dr. John Mesa helps its customers look their best and achieve their personal, social, and professional goals by providing premium natural looking cosmetic plastic surgery
Is it OK to undergo liposuction in a non-accredited operating room or facility in New Jersey and New York City?
It’s important to find a surgical practice in where only Board Certified physicians credentialed to perform liposuction perform such plastic surgery procedures in a fully accredited operating room as mandated by both the New Jersey Medical Board and New York State Medical Board. Some facilities where “plastic surgeons wannabe” practice, break the law and perform surgical procedures like laser liposuction and/or breast augmentation in non-accredited office based “operating rooms”. Undergoing surgeries at those practitioner’s non-accredited facilities may severily compromise patient’s safety. This could mean potential life threatening risks for the patients undergoing these elective plastic surgery cosmetic procedures.
Is it legal to undergo liposuction in non-accredited operating rooms in New Jersey?
Patients should be aware the State of New Jersey Law prohibits performing liposuction (or laser liposuction) that involves removal of more than 700cc of fat in non-accredited facilities. Do your homework! This is the Law: A1824 – New Jersey Legislature
Why choose (traditional) liposuction over laser (“smart”) liposuction?
Traditional Liposuction is recommended over laser liposuction in those areas where very likely a patient will require a second liposuction in the future. Although a healthy and fit lifestyle is recommended, busy work or personal life demands prevent us form maintaining a strict diet and exercise. Statistics have shown that a patient that undergoes liposuction may end up getting a second liposuction in the same treated area several years after. Laser liposuctions in order to melt the fat and tighten the skin, heats up the skin and other soft tissues (fat) with the lasers. This heating of the tissues this causes significant heat related internal scars, which can significantly impair the possibility of undergoing a successful second liposuction in the same area in the future. Many non-plastic surgeon practitioners promote laser liposuction as a better technique than traditional liposuction for marketing purposes. However, they usually don’t tell you your fat and tissues will be scarred down because of the laser, thus preventing or impairing performing a good second liposuction in the future shall it be necessary.
What happens after the procedure?
When the procedure is completed, you will be ready to be driven home. We recommend that you take it easy for the remainder of the day and get a good night’s sleep. A friend or relative must be with you for the first night overnight. Initial post-treatment discomfort is mild, similar to the feeling after a hard work out, and is easily controlled with oral medication, usually Tylenol, but a narcotic can be used if needed. Be aware that there will be a moderate amount of pink or red drainage in the first 24 hours post procedure. This is normal. You will wear initially an abdominal binder for 7 days after surgery and then a compression garment for a 6-8 weeks to aid in the recovery and body contouring process. Any bruising and swelling usually subsides in a few weeks. The final result takes shape over several months as the skin continues to tighten long after the procedure has been completed. Patients are encouraged to undergo lymphatic draining massage starting one or 2 weeks after the procedure to accelerate the healing process and decrease faster the swelling.
Who is not a candidate for liposuction?
Patients are not candidates for liposuction if they are pregnant or breast feeding, have active or chronic liver disease or hepatitis, have coronary artery disease, unstable hypertension, bleeding disorders, or are on Coumadin/Heparin and/or have a BMI of 30 or higher.
If my skin is too loose for liposuction, what are my alternatives?
When patients have and increased degree of skin looseness, options include surgical removal of the excess of skin in the area treated with liposuction. Removal of skin in the arms (brachioplasty), abdomen (panniculectomy), bra rolls area (direct skin excision) will significantly reshape the area thus allowing the patient to acquire the body shape they are looking for. Patient should be aware that multiple “non-invasive” tightening devises in the market can not tighten the skin when it is clearly surgically indicated, thus making the patients to spend hundreds of dollars in serial treatments that ultimately deliver a very modest or minimal result.
Why not go to an Internist, Obstetrician, Gynecologists, Primary Care Physician Dentists and “cosmetologists” for a liposuction?
Practitioners like Internist, Obstetricians or Gynecologist and other doctors who are not formally residency-trained and Board Certified to liposuction (a plastic surgery procedure) have been found to suffer a much higher rate of complications, as it’s a side interest to them, and not a treatment they’re certified to do all day long. One of the most common complaints is minimal improvement, asymmetries, etc.
Only a licensed professional with the knowledge, training and skills required achieving optimum results should perform liposuction (a plastic surgery procedure). Look for a plastic surgeon who is Board Certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery and who has completed his training at some of the top residency and fellowship institutions.