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Even if you maintain a healthy lifestyle, troublesome fat can hang around. Despite the funny names we give these conditions, like "muffin top," "saddlebags," and "love handles," these fat deposits can be seriously frustrating. For patients on Long Island, liposuction can reduce this fat once and for all. Best of all, if you maintain your healthy lifestyle, you can enjoy the results for years.

If you're curious about what liposuction can do for you, request a free consultation online, or call Romanelli Cosmetic Surgery at (631) 424-3600 for an appointment with Dr. James Romanelli.

The Consultation

Your consultation is the perfect time for Dr. Romanelli to review your records, determine your candidacy, and discuss your goals for your liposuction procedure. Our New York City, Long Island, and even out-of-state patients enjoy an unrushed, personalized consultation that addresses all questions and concerns.

Dr. Romanelli encourages you to speak up during your consultation. An open and candid dialogue between doctor and patient is the key to a successful procedure.

The Procedure

In most cases, liposuction at Romanelli Cosmetic Surgery is performed on an outpatient basis. Our board-certified M.D. anesthesiologist administers a light anesthesia, and the surgery generally takes between 1 and 2 hours.

Dr. Romanelli uses tumescent liposuction, which means each treatment area is injected with a solution of saline, local anesthesia and adrenaline. This makes fat removal easier, and results in improved comfort and less bruising and bleeding.

Dr. Romanelli inserts a small cannula (a very thin tube) through tiny incisions, , applies sound wave energy (VASER liposuction) and then aspirates (sucks) fat deposits out of the body. Dr. Romanelli prefers to use Vaser Lipo, which employs a sound wave generating probe that gently breaks up the fat before it is removed. Vaser Lipo helps to increase control and precision during liposuction procedures. This allows for a more refined approach and personalized results, even on difficult areas of the body like the hips, back, and upper abdomen.

Recovery & Results

The recovery period following a liposuction procedure can vary depending on the amount of fat removed and the body part(s) involved, though the process is usually faster than with other cosmetic surgery procedures.

Some soreness will persist in the days following the procedure, but it usually diminishes greatly within the first week. You may shower the day following your surgery. Any bruising that may occur will decrease markedly within 2 weeks. A compression garment is usually recommended to lessen swelling and facilitate healing, especially if the surgery was on your thighs, abdomen, or buttocks.

At 1 month post-surgery, you should see a big difference in your shape, with your final result appearing around the 6-month mark.

Common Questions

Who is a good candidate for liposuction?

Liposuction is not a weight-loss procedure. Good candidates for liposuction are within 30% of their ideal weight, but are dissatisfied with localized fat deposits. Patients should be nonsmokers who are physically and psychologically healthy and have realistic expectations of the procedure.

How long will my liposuction results last?

The fat cells found in adult humans do not reproduce—they only shrink and expand as we gain or lose weight. This means that if you keep up your healthy lifestyle, you'll keep your new shape for years. Like most body contouring procedures, the effects of liposuction can be altered by pregnancy and significant weight gain or loss. Many patients find that their investment in liposuction encourages them to take better care of their new bodies—a great bonus!

What will my scar look like?

Dr. Romanelli places the tiny incisions in natural skin creases, ensuring that they're nearly invisible after surgery. Initially the scar will be pink in color, fading to a less-conspicuous white as time passes.

For answers to other common questions about liposuction surgery, visit our Liposuction FAQ page.

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