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Body Sculpting (Liposuction)

Einstein plastic surgeons are experienced in liposuction techniques to reshape a specific part of the body by removing excess fat. An ideal candidate for liposuction would be someone who has body fat concentrated in a particular area but otherwise has a steady body weight.

The most common areas for liposuction are:

  • Abdomen
  • Arms
  • Buttocks
  • Calves and ankles
  • Chest and back
  • Hips
  • Neck
  • Thighs

Liposuction is also sometimes used for breast reduction.

How Does Body Sculpting (Liposuction) Surgery Work?

A special fluid containing a combination of salt water, local anesthetic and a solution to reduce bleeding is injected into the fatty areas. Then an incision is made. The surgeon will use a hollow tube called a cannula to suction the fat cells out. The fat is drawn out by a vacuum pressure unit connected to the hose. Once the fat has been removed, the incision will either be closed or left open temporarily to drain. The incision is closed with stitches.

What Can I Expect During and After the Procedure?

Your physician will provide you with detailed information about your procedure, but in general:

  • The surgeon may mark the area of the body to be treated.
  • Some liposuction procedures require local anesthesia applied to a specific area of your body. Other procedures require general anesthesia, which means you will be temporarily unconscious.
  • The procedure may last up to several hours, depending on the amount of fat being removed.
  • If you've had general anesthesia, you'll awake in a recovery room and remain there anywhere from a few hours to overnight, depending on the extent of the surgery.
  • After the procedure there may be pain and swelling. You'll likely have to wait a few days before returning to work and a few weeks before resuming all normal activities.
  • Your surgeon may prescribe medication to relieve pain and antibiotics to reduce infection.

Abdominoplasty (Tummy Tuck)

Abdominoplasty, also known as tummy tuck surgery, removes excess fat and restores weakened or separated muscles in the abdomen. The surgery can create a smoother, firmer abdominal profile in individuals with protruding or sagging abdomens due to:

  • Aging
  • Heredity
  • Pregnancy
  • Prior surgery
  • Significant fluctuations in weight

How Does Abdominoplasty Work?

There are two types of abdominoplasty, and your surgeon will help you decide which one is right for you.

During a complete abdominoplasty, the surgeon makes an incision very low in the "bikini line" to remove excess skin and fat, and sometimes repair muscles to create a flat, contoured abdomen. During a partial or mini-abdominoplasty, your surgeon focuses only on one part of the abdomen and makes a smaller incision. The surgeon may opt for endoscopic-assisted surgery, which is less invasive and can reduce the amount of time to complete the procedure.

What Can I Expect During and After the Procedure?

Your physician will provide you with detailed information about your procedure, but in general:

  • You will be under general anesthesia or intravenous sedation during the procedure, so you won't feel pain.
  • Generally, you can go home the same day of your surgery and will be able to function on your own. You will have drainage tubes to remove excess fluid over the first one to two weeks.
  • Recovery will take several weeks, and your surgeon can prescribe medication to manage pain. You should avoid strenuous activity until you're cleared by your doctor.
  • You will have some scarring, which will fade over time.

Implants​

The surgical specialty of breast and gluteal implants is used to increase the fullness and improve the appearance of breast and buttocks. You can read about breast implants here.

How Do Gluteal Implants Work?

During the procedure, the surgeon places a gluteal implant under each gluteus maximus muscle through a mid-line incision over the tailbone. Augmentation with a gluteal implant is most effective for enlarging the buttocks of a man or woman whose body has few stores of excess adipose fat in the buttocks and thighs.

What Can I Expect During and After the Procedure?

  • Your physician will provide you with detailed information about your procedure, but in general:
  • You will be sedated or under general anesthesia for the procedure, which usually takes about two hours.
  • The surgery may be outpatient, or you may have to stay in the hospital overnight.

Given the nature of the surgical incisions to the gluteus maximus muscles, healing usually takes six to eight weeks-with pain management through medication - before you can return to normal activities.

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