At DeRoberts Plastic Surgery in Syracuse, liposuction is a cosmetic procedure designed to remove fat from the body. A wide variety of body sites such as the abdomen, thighs, buttocks, neck, and arms are often targeted and trimmed with this surgery. Liposuction is an invasive surgery and many things must be taken into consideration before deciding if it is appropriate for you and your cosmetic enhancement goals. Other factors to think about when considering liposuction in Syracuse NY are the various techniques, side effects, risks, and recovery process.
Techniques used for liposuction surgery include dry, wet, super wet, tumescent, laser-assisted, suction-assisted, ultrasound-assisted, or power-assisted. Each has their own set of pros and cons and the choice will depend on how the surgeon was trained, what their specialty is, and which type of procedure is best for the area of your body being considered.
Ideal Syracuse liposuction patients are over 18 years old and have lost the majority of weight desired through a combination of diet modifications and exercise. You should keep in mind that this type of cosmetic surgery is not a replacement for proper eating habits and an active lifestyle. Liposuction is best targeted at areas where persistent or stubborn weight remains despite best efforts to remove it.
Regardless of the specific technique chosen for your liposuction surgery, the basic steps of the procedure remain the same. A cannula is attached to an aspirator and used to remove the fat while filling the area with replacement fluids.
Tumescent liposuction injects fluid with anesthetic into the body cavity where the fat is removed. This negates the need for additional anesthetic and can usually be performed on patients who do not require general anesthesia.
Ultrasound-Assisted Liposuction (UAL)
Ultrasound-assisted liposuction (UAL) utilizes a special cannula (hollow tube) that emits ultrasound waves to break up fat tissue. The fat is then removed via traditional liposuction techniques. This form of surgery is used to improve the effectiveness of liposuction in Syracuse NY on particularly tough areas such as the upper back or male breast tissue. UAL generally takes longer than traditional liposuction, but the results are often superior and last longer.