Liposuction

in Albany, NY

Recovery: 1 area: 2-4 days & Multiple areas: 1-2 weeks

Cost: $5,000 - $6000 for one area in the hospital & $4500 for one area of Smartlipo in office

Anesthesia: Local or General

Length: 1-2 hours per area

What is liposuction?

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.

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.

I work out and eat healthily but still have some areas where I wish I had less fat.”

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 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.

What Happens During a Liposuction Procedure

Liposuction removes excess fat cells to contour and reduce the pockets of fat in specific areas of the body. This is done by first making small incisions to access the treatment area. After that, tumescent fluid, which consists of saline, local anesthetic, and epinephrine is injected into the area to prepare it for liposuction. This fluid numbs the area and makes the removal of fat easier.

Fat is then removed using a narrow, hollow tube called a cannula that is connected to a vacuum pump. This requires meticulous technique and close attention to detail to deliver smooth, natural results, which is why liposuction Albany should always be performed by a board-certified plastic surgeon like Dr. Kayastha. Dr. Kayastha pays strict attention during your procedure while using his artistic vision to help you achieve the best possible outcome.

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What can liposuction do for me?

  • I’m having another surgical procedure. Can liposuction be added to that procedure?
  • I have fat underneath my chin. Can liposuction work for that?

Who is a 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.

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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. 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 or 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 a 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 or 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 a 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 0-3 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?

What kind 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.

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