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What is Liposuction?

Liposuction is a body contouring procedure that removes excess fat. If you have one or more areas of flab that simply won’t go away despite being within 30 or so pounds of your ideal weight, then this body shaping procedure may be right for you. Dr. Sean Bidic and Dr. Vinay Gundlapalli are proud to offer state-of-the-art liposuction techniques to women and men at their Mullica Hill practice. To learn more and to schedule a consultation, please call the team at American Surgical Arts at 856-362-8898.

Who are the Ideal Candidates for Liposuction?

You are most likely a good candidate for liposuction if you want to reduce excess fat on your body. Liposuction is not a weight-loss method, so it won’t lower your overall body weight or reduce your pant size. Liposuction does remove isolated deposits of fat from various areas, including the:

  • Abdomen
  • Back
  • “Bra rolls” on the back
  • Hips
  • Waist
  • Thighs
  • Buttocks
  • Chin
  • Cheeks
  • Neck
  • Knees
  • Calves

It may be possible to treat more than one area in a single procedure, but you will need to visit our surgeons for that determination.

How is Liposuction Surgery Performed?

The liposuction procedure is most often performed under general anesthesia. You’ll essentially be asleep and unaware, and wake up with the procedure completed. You’ll return home shortly after, accompanied by a family member or other trusted individual who will drive you home and stay with you for at least 24 hours.

During the procedure, targeted fat cells are broken apart and suctioned away. Small incisions are made, through which a cannula is inserted. The cannula is a thin, narrow tube used to disrupt and suction fat cells. The surgeon will move the cannula back and forth beneath the skin, breaking the fat apart and suctioning it away.

What is the Recovery from a Liposuction Procedure?

It’s normal to feel sore after surgery. We will have provided you with full aftercare instructions and prescription pain medications. Plan to rest for that first day, but also get up and walk around to promote blood circulation.

Most people return to work after a few days to one full week. You will wear a compression garment for several weeks to reduce swelling and fluid buildup. You need to delay strenuous exercise for four to six weeks, including running, weight lifting and high-intensity aerobics. You’ll discuss your specific downtime with our team in advance of surgery.

What Results Can I Expect from a Liposuction Procedure?

Expect swelling to be the most pronounced for three weeks. During this time, the contours of the surgical site may be uneven and irregular. Everything will even out as the swelling subsides. At three weeks, you should be happy with the results, and minor amounts of swelling will continue to resolve for several months.

You can of course still gain weight after liposuction. If you do gain weight, it could be distributed in a different area than the treatment area. If you pursue an active, healthy lifestyle, your liposuction results will be lasting.

Types of Liposuction

Dr. Bidic and Dr. Gundlapalli provide state-of-the-art liposuction techniques, including liposculpture and PAL (power-assisted liposuction). Liposculpture is a great option if you are a fit, toned individual, but would like certain small pockets of fat to be reduced so that those areas will look toned and defined as well. PAL is a great way to reduce larger areas of excess fat.

The specific liposuction method chosen for different patients depends completely on each individual's fat consistency. Dr. Bidic and Dr. Gundlapalli may combine different techniques for a single patient. During your consultation, the surgeon will carefully assess your anatomy, fat content and personal goals. He will then candidly present your options and guide you to the method that will best accomplish your desired results. In some cases, he may recommend CoolSculpting, a nonsurgical fat reduction treatment, as a liposuction alternative.

How Much Weight Can You Lose with Liposuction?

Remember that liposuction is not a weight-loss method. It is possible that the amount of fat removed will add up to several pounds or more, but not necessarily. The goal is to sculpt your body by removing isolated fat. The goal is not to reduce your body weight. It’s an important distinction because you could very well be the same weight after surgery, but bulging areas of fat will now be smoother and firmer.

Find Out if You are a Liposuction Candidate

We are proud to provide liposuction to women and men in New Jersey. To arrange a consultation at American Surgical Arts in Mullica Hill, please call our team at 856-362-8898. Board-certified plastic surgeons Dr. Sean Bidic and Dr. Vinay Gundlapalli are passionate about helping our guests fulfill their cosmetic goals.

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