Suction-assisted lipectomy, also known as liposuction, fat suction, or suction lipectomy, is a technique to remove unwanted fat deposits from specific areas of the body, including the chin, neck, cheeks, upper arms, abdomen, buttocks, love handles, hips, and thighs. Liposuction is not a substitute for weight reduction, but rather a method of removing localized deposits that will not disappear, even with a strict diet and regular exercise. Removing these deposits can help to enhance body contours by producing a more firm and sculpted appearance.
Dr. Darrick Antell: Leading plastic surgeon for liposuction in NYC
Dr. Darrick Antell is among the nation’s most experienced plastic surgeons, respected by his peers for his outstanding results. Throughout his career, he has received numerous honors, such as being named a “Top Plastic Surgeon” by Harper’s Bazaar, Town and Country, Vogue, and New York Magazine. Dr. Antell practices the art of plastic surgery with finesse, meticulous care, and a dedication to achieving results that appear natural. Dr. Antell is experienced in custom body contouring, often called upon to treat celebrities, high-profile individuals, and others who demand the highest quality outcome. When undergoing liposuction in NYC with Doctor Darrick Antell, you can be confident that your procedure is in the hands of a highly-respected, board-certified plastic surgeon who has had a long and illustrious career.
Am I a candidate for liposuction?
Anyone in good overall health who is suffering from pockets of excess fat in certain areas is likely a good candidate for liposuction. Liposuction is ideal for those who:
- Are within range of their ideal weight but, for personal reasons, wish to rid certain areas of their bodies of excess fat
- Have firm, elastic skin that can reshape to the body’s new contours
Liposuction is not a treatment for obesity, cellulite, or loose, saggy skin.
What are the risks?
When performed by an experienced, board-certified plastic surgeon who follows all health and patient safety protocols, liposuction is typically a safe procedure for a healthy patient who wants to resculpt his/her body. However, as with any surgery, there are risks. The most common complications include bleeding, infection, changes in skin sensation, and an adverse reaction to anesthesia. In addition, skin rippling, pigmentation changes, and asymmetrical contouring may occur. Further discussion of risks will occur during your consultation.
What type of anesthesia is used?
Liposuction in Manhattan is typically performed using a combination of local anesthesia and IV sedation, or another form of “twilight” anesthesia. This helps to ensure that you are comfortable and pain-free throughout the procedure. For your safety, you will be monitored by a board-certified anesthesiologist during your surgery.
The Cost of Liposuction
Of the many cosmetic surgical procedures done annually, liposuction is one of the least costly and most widely performed. Because it can treat such a wide range of conditions across the body, pricing for liposuction is going to vary widely from patient to patient. For instance, a patient that opts for liposuction on the stomach alone will see one cost estimate, while another patient opting for lipo on the stomach, thighs, and buttocks will have another cost estimate. Liposuction is also very often either combined with, or forms a key part of, other procedures such as the mommy makeover, and body toning procedures such as gynecomastia surgery. To provide you the most complete and accurate cost estimate, we encourage you to schedule a personalized consultation, either in person or by submitting photographs by mail or email as discussed here. We’d be happy to provide you with a cost estimate for the procedure.
Before & After
How is liposuction performed?
Liposuction is performed through a small incision, just large enough to allow the insertion of a hollow tube called a cannula. Depending on the area being treated, multiple incisions may be used to allow access to as many fat pockets as possible. After diluted local anesthesia is infused into the area to minimize bleeding, the cannula is then inserted to gently suction the fat out of the body. Depending on the size and number of areas being treated, the procedure may take anywhere from thirty minutes to two hours.
What will my recovery be like?
After undergoing the surgery, you will recover in Dr. Antell’s state-of-the-art recovery suite while being monitored by one of his nurses until you feel well enough to be discharged. Liposuction is an outpatient procedure, meaning you can return home the same day after the procedure. When performed under twilight sedation, you should be prepared to have an escort to bring you home, as you will not be able to drive for 24 hours after the administration of anesthesia. Upon leaving the facility, you will be provided thorough discharge instructions that will guide you through the initial post-operative period. Throughout the entire recovery process, Dr. Antell and his staff will be available to answer any questions you may have.
At the time of surgery, Dr. Antell may place a compression garment over the treated area to reduce swelling and help the skin to contour to the new, slimmer area. You may be asked to wear this garment or a snug, Spanx-like, elastic garment continuously for up to a few weeks after your procedure to aid in healing. Your first follow-up will likely be scheduled for the day after your procedure so that Dr. Antell can monitor your progress and change the dressings over your incision sites.
It is normal to experience fluid draining from your incision sites within the first few couple weeks. Patients can usually return to most daily activities within days after the procedures, but are asked to refrain from vigorous exercise for around two weeks. Dr. Antell will discuss a customized recovery timeline with you based on the complexity of your procedure.
After the surgery, the treated area will likely be swollen and bruised, which will mostly dissipate within the first few weeks. While you will look better immediately, you will be able to see the final results of your new, sculpted figure around three months after your surgery.
With regard to scarring, the incisions for liposuction are small and strategically placed to be hidden from view when wearing clothing or a swimsuit. Over time, the incisions will fade and become barely noticeable. The skills of your surgeon are the most critical in achieving the desired outcome. It is important to prevent exposure of your scars to direct sunlight for the first six months by using appropriate sunblock, as this can cause changes to the pigmentation. You can be confident that you will achieve superior results under the care of Dr. Antell. His Manhattan liposuction procedure is among the top quality cosmetic surgeries in the country.
Meet Dr. Antell
Dr. Darrick Antell is a top New York plastic surgeon, who specializes in cosmetic and aesthetic surgery. He repeatedly appears on the Best Doctors Lists for Town and Country, Vogue, and New York Magazine. In a career that spans over twenty years and more than ten thousand procedures, Dr. Antell combines meticulous surgical skills, the latest and safest of medical technologies, and the distinct eye of an artist, allowing his results to whisper, not scream..
Our New York plastic surgeon is an official spokesperson for the American Society of Plastic Surgeons and has memberships in many regional and national medical societies, including the American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery and the American Society of Plastic Surgeons. Dr. Antell is also a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons.
He has won numerous awards, including Fellow of the Jacques W. Maliniac Circle of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, Who's Who in Medicine and Healthcare, Who's Who in the World, Who's Who in America, and President's Citizenship Award, Medical Society of the State of New York.
What will my expected result be?
Suction-assisted lipectomy is one of the most practical and effective methods by which to achieve a more sculpted body contour. The results are long-lasting, providing you maintain your weight by eating sensibly and exercising regularly. Many of our patients are extremely happy with their results, feeling more attractive in various types of clothing and more confident in their overall appearance.
How do I get started?
Dr. Darrick E. Antell and his staff will be happy to provide a discreet and private consultation to evaluate your needs and discuss liposuction. Please call the office at (212) 988-4040 to schedule your consultation.