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Liposuction in Albany, NY at The Plastic Surgery Group can help men and women get rid of fatty deposits around their waists, legs, arms, buttocks, and other parts of their bodies to achieve tighter, smoother, more defined contours.

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Meet the expertly trained Albany plastic surgeons at The Plastic Surgery Group, serving the Schenectady, Saratoga Springs, Utica, and Albany area of New York.

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What is liposuction?

Liposuction is a surgical procedure that is used to refine body contours by removing areas of unwanted fat. Our surgeons recommend that the women and men who visit us for liposuction from areas such as Syracuse, Troy, Clifton Park, Schenectady, and Saratoga Springs, NY, are at or close to a healthy weight before the procedure.

Can liposuction be performed with other procedures?

Our surgeons often perform liposuction along with other procedures, including:

How is liposuction performed?

Liposuction is performed through small incisions using a narrow tube, called a cannula, and a suctioning machine. Your plastic surgeon will move the cannula under the skin to remove the excess fatty tissue. You may feel some moving sensations or some minor irritation during the procedure if you have a local anesthesia. You will also be given plenty of fluids during the procedure to replace those that are lost.

Liposuction takes a couple of hours to perform; however, it can take longer depending on the extent of your procedure and whether you are having other body contouring procedures performed at the same time. Generally, liposuction is an outpatient procedure, but some patients prefer to stay overnight in the hospital.

What is recovery like after liposuction?

Keep in mind that you will heal at your own pace. Following the directions of your plastic surgeon is the best way to achieve optimum healing. You can expect your recovery process to generally proceed as follows:

First Few Days

After liposuction, you may have some discomfort around the area of the incisions, which can be relieved by prescription medication from your plastic surgeon. You will see swelling and some bruising. You may also feel some numbness or loss of feeling around the area of the liposuction, but this will be temporary.

If there were stitches placed during your liposuction procedure, they will most likely come out in a few days following your procedure.

First Few Weeks

For the first few weeks following your liposuction procedure, you will wear a compression garment that will help treated areas conform to their new shape. After a few weeks, you'll be able to remove the garment at night and will just need to keep it on during the day.

Some people return to work just a few days after liposuction, and others might wait 1 to 2 weeks. You'll visit your plastic surgeon several times following your procedure to monitor your recuperation progress.

Will I see my results right away?

Immediately after your liposuction surgery, you won't likely notice a big change in the way you look. In fact, you'll probably think you look worse than before your surgery. You will be bloated because of the liquids you received during the procedure. As the swelling subsides, you will gradually see your enhanced body contours. It can take about a year to reach your final liposuction results.

Other Questions About Liposuction

What type of anesthesia is used for liposuction?

Usually general anesthesia is used for liposuction, but in some cases, depending on the extent of the liposuction procedure, local anesthetic may be used. Other times, some plastic surgeons use an epidural. Your plastic surgeon will determine what type of anesthesia is best for you during consultation.

Are there a lot of scars after liposuction?

Scarring is very minimal after liposuction. Your plastic surgeon will make every effort to make the incisions in areas that will help hide the scars so that they will be virtually undetectable.

Is liposuction permanent?

The fat cells that are removed cannot grow back, so your improvements will last. It's important to watch your diet and exercise regularly to avoid gaining weight in untreated areas.

Is liposuction covered by insurance?

In most cases, liposuction is considered an elective cosmetic surgery and unfortunately is not covered by insurance. You should discuss this with your plastic surgeon and with your health insurance provider.

For additional information, visit our Liposuction FAQ page.

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