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Liposuction FAQ

Collectively, the surgeons at The Plastic Surgery Group have performed thousands of liposuction procedures. People from Syracuse and Albany, NY, and the surrounding Upstate area choose our practice for the experience of our group of board-certified plastic surgeons. Based on their expertise, our surgeons have provided answers to common questions patients ask about liposuction. This page will help you gain a clearer understanding of the procedure and what to expect before coming in for your consultation.

If you live in or around Albany, Saratoga Springs, or Clifton Park are considering liposuction, request a free cosmetic consultationrequest a free cosmetic consultation with one of the surgeons at The Plastic Surgery Group or call (518) 438-0505 to schedule your appointment.

Can liposuction be used for weight loss?

Liposuction is not a treatment for weight loss or a substitute for a healthy lifestyle that includes a proper diet and regular exercise. Liposuction is a cosmetic procedure to help those who have reached or come close to their ideal weight but have remaining concentrated pockets of fat. It can help women and men reduce stubborn fat and present a more attractive body shape.

Who is a good candidate for liposuction?

When determining a patient's eligibility for liposuction, our surgeons look for a number of specific criteria. Liposuction may be right for you if:

  • You are near or at your ideal weight
  • Specific areas of your body do not respond to regular diet and exercise
  • You do not smoke or can quit smoking
  • You have good overall health (your surgeon will consider your health history)
  • Your skin has good elasticity
  • You have realistic expectations

Although not every patient meets every criterion, meeting this list would make you an ideal candidate.

Can I reduce excess fat without surgery?

As an alternative to liposuction, we offer non-surgical, non-invasive CoolSculpting®. Both procedures reduce fat. Liposuction can treat more fat in one procedure, while CoolSculpting is a more gradual process. CoolSculpting, however, does not involve any downtime or limitations on activities after treatment.

If you're considering liposuction for your neck, KYBELLA™ is an FDA-approved, non-surgical option designed to reduce localized fat that causes the appearance of a double chin. KYBELLA candidates must have good skin elasticity. Your surgeon can determine whether you are a good candidate.

How do I know if I need liposuction or a tummy tuck?

What does it treat? What kind of scar will I have? What will my recovery be like?
Liposuction Excess fat; isolated bulges 1 or more small (<1 cm) incisions at the treatment area Highly variable, although most people are back to work within 1 week; compression garment used to manage swelling
Tummy Tuck Loose skin, stretch marks, weakened muscles, residual fat Low abdomen incision from hipbone to hipbone + navel incision for traditional surgery; shorter scar for "mini" tummy tuck. Back to work within 2 weeks, longer for strenuous activities; Drainage tubes in place to manage swelling; compression garment

Can other areas of my body be enhanced with the fat from liposuction?

Yes. In this process known as autologous fat transfer or grafting, our surgeons can collect fat from one area of the body with liposuction, purify it, and inject it into another area. Fat transfer can be used for lip augmentation and buttock augmentation, among other enhancements.

Will liposuction treat cellulite?

Fat is reduced and sculpted during the liposuction procedure, so it typically results in overall smoother contours. However, liposuction is not a cellulite treatment.

What are the possible risks and complications?

Liposuction is a safe and effective way to achieve a more contoured body shape. Complications rarely occur during a liposuction procedure. In some instances an excess of fluids may build up, which can be drained through a small tube.

After a liposuction procedure, there may be a slight unevenness of the skin in the treated areas or changes in the color of the skin. These conditions will generally fade over time or can be corrected with other cosmetic surgery procedures.

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Meet Our Surgeons

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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How much does liposuction cost?

The range for liposuction is usually $2,000 to $7,000 depending on the number of areas being treated, the size of the areas, whether other procedures are being performed in the same surgery, and other factors. We offer patient financing to make cosmetic enhancement affordable for most patients. For optimal results and the greatest safety, it's important to choose a surgeon based on credentials, not cost. Visit Meet the Surgeons to learn more important considerations.

Liposuction Before & After Photos

To see the impressive transformations our surgeons have made with liposuction, view our online gallery of before-and-after photos. During your consultation, you can view additional photos in our office.

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