A lot of my patients tell me they really learn a lot from the free consultations I offer when I talk to them about a procedure they’re considering, especially one that involves surgery. Apparently, I explain things in a way they can understand, I tell them about the risks as well as the benefits, and I really try to understand what results they’re looking for. This way, they’re going to be happier and more satisfied with their “new” shape, especially after liposuction, one of the most popular procedures I perform. To learn more about the range of body contouring procedures I offer, click here.
Since they seem to enjoy my descriptions of what happens in the procedure and what to expect afterward, I thought I’d make a video discussing liposuction so other people can benefit, too. You can read what I talk about (here in this blog) or you can watch my short 2-minute video by clicking on the button below.
Liposuction: very popular because very effective at eliminating fat cells
Probably the most commonly performed procedure in plastic surgery these days is liposuction. Here’s why.
When we’re born, we have a certain number of fat cells in our body. In adolescence, that number will increase. But then after puberty, the number of fat cells you have doesn’t change. Those cells are storage devices for the fat. They can get bigger or smaller, but the number doesn’t change.
Take away fat cells and you have fewer of them to store fat
So what patients want to know is: What happens if you gain weight or lose weight, since you still have the same number of fat cells?
This is the beauty of liposuction. If you have a certain number of fat cells in an area, say, your tummy, and I go in and liposuction that and remove those cells, they’re no longer there to store the fat. When you resume your normal weight, those fat cells aren’t there to increase in size. If you do gain a little weight, the fat cells that are left over from the procedure might increase but liposuction has reduced the number of those cells by 80-90%.
How liposuction works
Liposuction is actually a small surgery. I make a little incision, and using a medical suction device, I actually remove the fat cells with suction. This allows me to kill fat cells in a controlled fashion so that they’re no longer in your body to store fat. Once those fat cells are gone, the fat can’t be stored and the body contour changes are relatively permanent.
If you gain weight, you will see an increase in that area that we liposuctioned but not in the same way that it would have been if we hadn’t eliminated those fat cells.
Liposuction can be performed along with other plastic surgery procedures
Liposuction can successfully be combined with other cosmetic surgery procedures such as a facelift, breast augmentation, tummy tuck or lower body lift. If you're interested in reducing fat throughout your entire body, this will likely take multiple procedures.
Are you considering liposuction?
If you are thinking about having liposuction, please contact me for a free consultation where you will hear about all your options and have the opportunity to ask any questions. I have performed hundreds of liposuction procedures and am highly experienced in this specialized type of plastic surgery. Deciding to have liposuction is an important decision and I am dedicated to helping you achieve the beautiful body you’ve always wanted.
More information on body sculpting procedures
For further information on body slimming and toning procedures, you might find these pages helpful on my website:
Board certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery (ABPS), a member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) and the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons (ASAPS), and a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons (FACS), Samuel J. Beran, MD is a highly accomplished plastic surgeon with offices in Manhattan, Harrison and Mount Kisco, NY. With more than 20 years’ experience and a thorough command of the most advanced techniques and technologies, Dr. Beran consistently provides his patients with the highest level of plastic, cosmetic and reconstructive surgery of the breast, face, skin and body. Recently, Dr. Beran was named a “Top Doctor” by RealSelf for his dedication to responding to consumer questions and patient feedback. The “Top Doctor” designation is awarded to less than 10% of the RealSelf physician community.