Does it seem like no matter how many crunches you do and how carefully you watch what you eat, there are areas of fat on your body that just won’t budge? If so, you may not be imagining things and you certainly aren’t alone. Many men and women, particularly once they reach a certain age, develop pockets of stubborn fat that don’t respond to traditional diet and exercise in the same way – or at the same rate – as other areas of the body. This frequently occurs on the abdomen, thighs, hips, and back. With all the hard work you put in at the gym and at mealtime, it can be understandably frustrating not to see the results you want. Fortunately, cosmetic surgery offers patients a solution for permanent fat removal with the liposuction procedure. Board-certified plastic surgeons Dr. James Romanelli and Dr. John Layliev of Romanelli Cosmetic Surgery are proud to offer liposuction treatment for men and women in Long Island, NY looking to finally shed those extra pounds and inches for good.
What is liposuction?
Liposuction is a surgical procedure designed to remove small to moderate deposits of excess fat that are unresponsive to traditional diet and exercise methods. The procedure is performed using a handheld tool called a cannula, which is inserted through a small punch-hole incision near the area that is being treated. The surgeon uses the cannula to break up and vacuum out excess fat. At the conclusion of the case, the incision are closed with sutures.
Where can liposuction be used?
One of the most beneficial aspects of liposuction is that is can be used in a wide range of places on the body. Some of the areas most commonly treated with liposuction include:
- Upper back
During your initial consultation with Dr. Romanelli or Dr. Layliev, the doctor will go over your areas of concern in detail and determine whether liposuction may be appropriate for helping you achieve your fat removal goals.
Are the results from liposuction permanent?
Arguably one of the most frequently asked questions regarding liposuction is how long the results will last. The answer may surprise you, but it is not necessarily black and white. Technically, the results of liposuction are permanent, in the sense that the fat cells removed via liposuction will never return. However, it is still possible for patients to gain weight and alter their physical results after liposuction, because the remaining fat cells can swell with weight gain. New fat cells can also generate if a patient gains weight. Likewise, if a patient loses a significant amount of weight, he or she may be left with loose, excess skin and/or cellulite. To ensure you are able to enjoy your new look for long as possible after a liposuction procedure, it is essential that you wait to undergo the procedure until you are at a stable weight and that you avoid future weight fluctuations. For this reason, women who are considering liposuction are encouraged to be certain that they are done having children before undergoing the procedure.
Is there an alternative to liposuction?
While there are a variety of nonsurgical or minimally invasive med spa treatments available today that are designed to reduce fat, they are not capable of producing the same dramatic and reliable results that be achieved with liposuction, which physically removes fat from the body. The knowledgeable team at Romanelli Cosmetic Surgery can further explain the advantages of liposuction as an effective method of removing excess fat.
Am I a good candidate for liposuction?
For most men and women who are otherwise healthy, liposuction can be a fantastic option for removing fat. To be considered for a liposuction procedure, it is important that patients meet the following criteria:
- Be a non-smoker
- Have no contraindications to anesthesia or surgery
- Be at or near their goal weight and have maintained a stable weight for six months
- Not pregnant or planning to become pregnant
- Have realistic expectations for the surgery
It is important to remember that liposuction is not to be considered a weight loss tool. Patients who undergo liposuction should understand that the procedure is designed to remove stubborn pockets of fat, and it is up to the patient to maintain a healthy diet and fitness routine after their surgery and recovery in order to maintain their results.
The best way to find out if you are a candidate for liposuction is to consult with a qualified, certified, and experienced plastic surgeon in Long Island, NY. Call Romanelli Cosmetic Surgery, conveniently located in Huntington, NY, to schedule your consultation with Dr. James Romanelli or Dr. John Layliev today, and learn more about how liposuction can help you smooth out the lumps and bumps so you can finally achieve the contour you desire!