Liposuction

in Albany, NY

Liposuction

At a Glance

  • Recovery: Single Area: 2 - 4 days Multiple Areas: 1- 2 weeks
  • Cost: $5,000 - $6000*
  • Anesthesia: Local or General
  • In-Op Length: 1 - 2 Hours (per area)

Do you have pockets of unwanted fat in specific areas of the body that don’t respond to diet and exercise? When eating healthy and endless cardio don’t lead to the body contour you are seeking, liposuction might be the answer.

Liposuction in Albany, NY

Dr. Kayastha has extensive experience helping patients achieve slimmer profiles using liposuction. Liposuction or “Lipo” is one of the most common minimally invasive body contouring procedures, able to treat multiple areas in a single treatment, resulting in permanent fat removal from areas of excess fat.

Liposuction can be used to remove fat from almost any area of the body to reveal a more sculpted appearance. It can help create balance and proportion, as well as help you achieve an overall more attractive form.

Liposuction can be performed alone or with other plastic surgery procedures, like a tummy tuck or breast reduction. During your consultation, board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Kayastha will review your medical history and perform an examination to determine if liposuction is the right procedure to help you achieve your goals. He will then develop a customized plan for your procedure based on your unique goals. Dr. Kayastha strives to deliver natural-looking results that bring out the best version of you.

Dr. Kayastha offers liposuction procedures at K Plastic Surgery in Albany, NY. If you’re interested in learning more about whether liposuction is right for you, you can schedule a consultation with board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Kayastha to determine which procedure is best suited to help you achieve your goals.

Who is a Good Candidate for Liposuction?

If you have areas of localized fat deposits that don’t respond to diet and exercise you might be a candidate for liposuction. You should be in good overall health and close to your ideal body weight to be considered a suitable patient to undergo liposuction.

In general:

  • You’re within 15% of your ideal body weight
  • You have good skin elasticity in the area you want to be treated
  • You are in good overall health

During your consultation, Dr. Kayastha will interview and examine you to see if you’re eligible for liposuction in New York and whether it is the correct procedure to help you achieve your body contouring goals.

What to Expect

Liposuction can create a smooth and slim body contour, treating areas like the abdomen, back, upper arms, or thighs.

Before Treatment

During a consultation with Dr. Kayastha, you will review your health history and concerns so he can create a treatment plan that will meet your goals.

During Treatment

Liposuction can be performed under either local or general anesthesia depending on the techniques used and the extent of your procedure. Patients can typically return home from the hospital the same day as their liposuction surgery.

Immediately After

After liposuction, you will notice bruising and swelling for about a week to 10 days. Elastic bandages and compression garments will remain over the treatment area for three to four weeks after the liposuction procedure. Patients typically return to work about a week after receiving liposuction.

Customize Your Liposuction Procedure

Liposuction is a customizable procedure, with several technologies available to better suit different treatment areas or patient needs.

Tumescent liposuction was developed in 1985 and is a technique that allows for only local anesthesia to be used. The process involves injecting a tumescent solution into the treatment area to numb and constrict blood vessels, which leads to much less blood loss compared to other techniques.

SmartLipo, or laser liposuction, is a minimally invasive procedure in which a laser is used to first melt fat cells and heating the skin. This makes it much easier to remove the liquified fat. At the same time, heating the skin results in increased collagen production, resulting in tighter skin and a smoother look.

Ultrasound-Assisted liposuction is also known as VASER liposuction. This involves inserting a cannula that emits ultrasonic energy to liquefy fat before removing it. Similar to SmartLipo, this makes it easier to remove the fat without unnecessary damage to surrounding tissues. This technique is also thought to have some skin-tightening effects.

Liposuction FAQs

How does Lipo work?

The first step in liposuction involves filling the treatment area with tumescent fluid. Tumescent fluid is composed of saline, lidocaine, and epinephrine. This fluid has multiple purposes. Lidocaine numbs the treatment area to increase comfort during and after the procedure. Epinephrine, or adrenaline, is a powerful vasoconstrictor. This means that it causes blood vessels to shrink. This works to very effectively decrease blood loss at the surgical site. The saline solution is used to distend and make the treatment area firm. This allows liposuction to be performed efficiently. After installation of the fluid, a metal tube (cannula) that has holes in the end and is connected to a vacuum is passed back and forth in the treatment area. Fat is broken loose with the cannula and removed with the vacuum.

What is the difference between the different types of liposuction?

When you’re learning about liposuction, you will hear of many different types of liposuction. Tumescent liposuction is the final common pathway because no matter what is done before that, all liposuction procedures conclude with tumescent liposuction. Laser liposuction, or SmartLipo, involves using a laser to melt fat and heat the skin prior to tumescent liposuction. It is thought to be less traumatic than tumescent liposuction alone. Heating the skin is thought to cause more skin retraction and tightening than just regular liposuction. Dr. Kayastha commonly performs laser liposuction (SmartLipo) for his patients in and around Albany, NY. Ultrasound-assisted liposuction has been around longer than laser liposuction and can be very useful in particular situations. VASER liposuction is the most popular type of ultrasound-assisted liposuction. Just like laser liposuction, VASER is performed before tumescent liposuction. The VASER device uses ultrasound energy just like SmartLipo uses laser energy to break up fat. VASER liposuction is particularly useful when performing high definition liposuction or when treating fibrous areas like the male chest. It can also be used in other areas to make fat removal less labor-intensive.

What is the best type of liposuction?

When you’re learning about liposuction, you will hear of many different types of liposuction. Tumescent liposuction is the final common pathway because no matter what is done before that, all liposuction procedures conclude with tumescent liposuction. Laser liposuction, or SmartLipo, involves using a laser to melt fat and heat the skin prior to tumescent liposuction. It is thought to be less traumatic than tumescent liposuction alone. Heating the skin is thought to cause more skin retraction and tightening than just regular liposuction. Dr. Kayastha commonly performs laser liposuction (SmartLipo) for his patients in and around Albany, NY. Ultrasound-assisted liposuction has been around longer than laser liposuction and can be very useful in particular situations. VASER liposuction is the most popular type of ultrasound-assisted liposuction. Just like laser liposuction, VASER is performed before tumescent liposuction. The VASER device uses ultrasound energy just like SmartLipo uses laser energy to break up fat. VASER liposuction is particularly useful when performing high definition liposuction or when treating fibrous areas like the male chest. It can also be used in other areas to make fat removal less labor-intensive.

How much weight can you lose with liposuction?

Unfortunately fat does not weigh a lot. Even with larger volume liposuction procedures, actual weight loss is usually not more than a few pounds.

How painful is liposuction recovery?

Liposuction surgery is not very painful compared to other common surgeries. Most patients use pain medication for about three days following liposuction. Many patients having a single area done do not use any pain medication after their procedure.

Does fat come back after lipo?

If you don’t maintain a healthy lifestyle and gain weight following liposuction, it is possible for fat to return.

Can liposuction get rid of belly fat?

Yes and no. The fat that is inside your abdomen around your intestines cannot be removed with liposuction. This type of fat is known as visceral fat. The best way to decrease visceral fat is with weight loss. The fat that can be removed with liposuction is known as subdermal fat. This is the fat between the skin and muscles of the abdominal wall.

Are you put to sleep for liposuction?

The type of anesthesia you require for liposuction will depend on how extensive your procedure is. Small to medium amounts of liposuction can be performed in the office with local anesthesia. Larger volumes or multiple areas of the body are typically done in the hospital with general anesthesia.

Can I get liposuction if I am overweight?

Liposuction is not a weight reduction procedure. It is best to be near your ideal body weight when considering liposuction. If you are very overweight you may not be a candidate for the procedure.

Can visceral fat be removed?

Visceral fat is fat that is inside your abdomen surrounding your vital organs. Visceral fat cannot be removed. Visceral fat does shrink with weight loss. The first-line treatments for visceral fat are diet and exercise. Sometimes, gastric bypass may be considered for those who are unable to lose weight through diet and exercise.

Preparing for Liposuction in Albany, NY

As with any surgery, there are steps you should take to prepare for your liposuction procedure. Dr. Kayastha will give you specific instructions during your consultation so you can prepare before your surgery date. Some common steps to take include:

  • Stop taking or adjust medications, such as blood thinners, according to directions
  • Arrange for a caregiver, such as a friend or family member, to drive you to and from your surgery and care for you in the first 24 hours after surgery
  • Purchase and pack essential items such as comfortable clothing, books, or magazines to keep you entertained as you rest and recover, or medications
  • Refrain from eating or drinking anything beginning at midnight the day before your surgery

Recovery from Liposuction

After liposuction, you will have bruising and swelling in the treatment area. This usually lasts for a week to 10 days after surgery. Most patients can return to work or other routines about two to three days after liposuction if they have only removed fat from one area or a week if they treated multiple areas. Elastic bandages will cover the treatment site as well as compression garments, which you should continue to wear at all times (except when showering) for three to four weeks. Dr. Kayastha typically recommends wearing compression garments for at least a few hours per day for about two months after liposuction to ensure proper healing and reduce residual swelling.

Liposuction Results in Albany, NY

Once the swelling has dissipated, you will enjoy a slimmer body contour and a toned look. Fat cells can not grow back once they are removed, but you should still take care to maintain a healthy lifestyle, as you can gain weight in other areas. Patients who receive liposuction often find increased self-confidence in their new body contour, which can inspire them to continue to exercise and enjoy an active lifestyle to complement their results.

To see what your liposuction results could look like, review before-and-after photos of Dr. Kayastha’s previous patients.

Alternatives to Liposuction in Albany, NY

The abdomen is one of the most common treatment areas for liposuction procedures. However, some patients have loose skin and damaged muscles in addition to excess fat in this area. This is especially common for patients who have been pregnant or lost a significant amount of weight. For these patients, a tummy tuck is often a better option.

A tummy tuck or abdominoplasty creates a toned, flat midsection by removing excess skin and tightening the abdominal muscles. In addition, liposuction is often used to remove excess fat. Dr. Kayastha offers several abdominoplasty techniques to help patients achieve a smooth and flat contour. These options include a standard tummy tuck, Fleur de Lis tummy tuck, mini tummy tuck, and circumferential tummy tuck.

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