Liposuction

Darren M. Smith, MD -  - Board Certified Plastic Surgeon

Darren M. Smith, MD

Board Certified Plastic Surgeon located in Upper East Side, New York, NY

Liposuction is one of the most effective ways to sculpt the body and remove stubborn excess fat. With an advanced background in cutting-edge liposuction technology, board-certified plastic surgeon Darren M. Smith, MD, uses safe and effective techniques to achieve optimal liposuction results. Dr. Smith is known for superb liposuction results ranging from full-body transformations to precision contouring of individual stubborn areas. Book your liposuction evaluation at his New York City-based practice today. Schedule online or over the phone.

Liposuction

What happens during liposuction?

Liposuction (lipo) is a surgical procedure that involves permanently extracting fat cells through an advanced suction technique. Patients targeting individual areas for fat reduction can often have their procedures performed under local anesthesia alone. Dr. Smith generally performs more extensive liposuction procedures under “twilight” anesthesia (the patient is awake and breathing on his or her own, but feels very comfortable and relaxed). Of course, if you prefer, you can opt for general anesthesia to be completely asleep during your procedure. 

The procedure itself involves making a few small (less than 1 cm) well-placed incisions and inserting a thin hollow tube called a cannula. Dr. Smith moves the cannula back and forth in a controlled motion, loosening and removing stubborn fat cells. Finally, Dr. Smith carefully closes the incisions with small sutures. The incisions are hidden in skin creases and are so small that they are very difficult to see after they heal.

You will then relax in the recovery room under the care of our expert nursing staff. In the vast majority of cases, you can go home the same day, usually within an hour or so of your procedure. 

Why Choose Dr. Smith?

In addition to being a board certified plastic surgeon, Dr. Smith completed one of the top aesthetic surgery fellowship programs in the world at the Manhattan Eye, Ear and Throat Hospital. He is versed in the most advanced techniques available to achieve outstanding liposuction results. In addition to achieving consistently excellent patient reviews, he is a noted authority amongst plastic surgeons, having published and delivered hundreds of peer-reviewed papers, book chapters and presentations around the world. He is also a noted media expert. Perhaps most importantly, he prides himself above all else in partnering with his patients to achieve their aesthetic goals.

Which areas can liposuction treat?

Liposuction is ideal for eliminating stubborn fat in many areas of your body. If you have a specific area that doesn’t seem to respond no matter how much you diet and exercise, liposuction might be right for you. Some of the most common treatment areas ideally suited for liposuction include: 

  • Upper and lower abdomen
  • Waist (love handles)
  • Flanks (muffin top)
  • Upper arms
  • Male chest
  • Hips
  • Inner thighs
  • Outer thighs
  • Under the buttocks (banana roll)
  • Calves and ankles
  • Neck and jawline

What is recovery like after liposuction?

After your procedure, Dr. Smith and his caring surgical team place you into compression garments or elastic bandages. This helps minimize swelling, while contouring your skin. In most cases this is necessary for only 2 days after surgery. 

Generally, you can start returning to many of your regular activities – including work – after about 2 days. Many of our busy patients chose to have liposuction on a Friday so they can return to work on Monday. They can often be back in the gym for a light workout by Wednesday. You should expect to have some bruising that can last for 1-2 weeks. While you will notice a significant change in your appearance after approximately 2-3 weeks, approximately 3 months need to pass until the majority of swelling resolves and you can have a good sense of your final result. 

To see if liposuction is right for you, book a consultation at the office of Darren M. Smith, MD. You can either request an appointment online or call the office to book.