Curve Appeal

June 17, 2011 12:55 am ,

Liposuction is one of America’s most popular surgical beauty fixes, offering a tried and true method to permanently reshape the body.

It’s so effective that in 2009, more than 450,000 liposuction procedures were performed in the United States, according to the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS).

Liposuction is not a weight-loss alternative. It is a treatment for pockets of fat resulting from heredity and aging that are unaffected by weight loss and exercise. You can consider yourself a good candidate for liposuction to reshape and smooth those pockets, bulges and overhangs if:

– You are within 30 percent of the ideal body weight for your height and frame
– You are generally healthy and physically active
– You don’t have health conditions that can put you at risk for poor healing and serious complications, such as lupus, diabetes or chronic blood or heart disease
Following liposuction, the skin must mold itself to your new contours. If your skin lacks elasticity, a bodylift or abdominoplasty (tummy tuck) in addition to liposuction may be recommended. Accent XL treatments are another great way to tighten loose skin and reduce cellulite. Our surgeon will educate you on all your options and advise you on the best way to achieve your goals.

During the 1-2 hour procedure, fat deposits beneath the skin are removed through a hollow stainless steel tube called a cannula. This is generally an outpatient procedure and is done under general aesthesia. Most patients can return to work in a week or two.

Liposuction can also be used to reshape smaller areas like the chin and neck. This can provide more definition to these areas, creating a leaner and more graceful silhouette.

Board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Michael Cohen is expert at body contouring.Call today to schedule your complimentary consultation!