Below are the answers to some questions Dr. Zuckerman most frequently receives from prospective patients. If you don’t see your question below, feel free to contact Dr. Zuckerman’s office, and a member of his staff will be glad to reach out to you.
• Is there a BMI weight limit for Liposuction?
Ideally, those who undergo liposuction (or tummy tuck) should have a BMI that does not significantly exceed 30. It should also be kept in mind that these operations are sculpting tools, not methods of weight loss. Easier recovery and better surgical results will undoubtedly result from a healthier pre-operative weight.
• Should I try to lose weight before undergoing Liposuction?
Maintaining a healthy lifestyle both before and after surgery is essential to an easy recovery and a long-lasting result. That said, working hard to lose a few pounds prior to the procedure is unlikely to have much effect on the final outcome.
• How does Liposuction affect weight loss?
Consider liposuction a sculpting tool. It involves targeted removal of fat from exactly the problem areas in question, and in the right patient, it can dramatically improve the shape of the abdomen, hips, and waistline. Continuing to diet and exercise after surgery is highly recommended. Areas that were treated may respond somewhat less vigorously to weight loss, though this may be a bit unpredictable.
• How much weight can I lose from Liposuction?
I very much encourage patients not to think about the weight of the fat itself that I remove via the procedure. While the patient will lose a few pounds (up to possibly 5lbs approximately) during large volume liposuction, it is mainly a sculpturing tool: the main effect it to reshape the contours of the body by removing stubborn pads of fat.
• Liposuction or abdominoplasty after massive weight loss?
Although I must see a patient in person to fully evaluate them, abdominoplasty is almost certainly the procedure needed after massive weight loss. Liposuction is a tool for the removal of fat, and fat alone. After weight loss, your issue is likely not one of excess fat, but of excess skin.
• Is Liposuction for men?
This procedure is for patients of both genders. Men tend to have slightly different problem areas than women, but liposuction is a tool that can be used all over the body. It’s a great tool for sculpting the abdomen, love handles, and waistline. In the right hands, we can even perform “abdominal etching” to give beautiful, masculine definition to the trunk.
• Does Liposuction last?
Regarding the longevity of a liposuction result, I tell this to all my patients: Your body has a relatively fixed number of fat cells, which act as reservoirs for fat, expanding and contracting with weight gain or loss, accordingly. Liposuction involves permanent removal of a certain number of these cells, resulting in a decreased ability to store fat in the area that was treated. If you are to gain a significant amount of weight after surgery, fat will be preferentially stored elsewhere. This can result in a somewhat strange-looking, asymmetric distribution of fat. For this reason, as well as general health, it is of paramount importance to maintain a healthy lifestyle of diet and exercise after undergoing liposuction.
• Is Laser Liposuction better?
Academic plastic surgical literature has repeatedly demonstrated no additional clinical benefit to laser, “smart”, or ultrasound-assisted liposuction, vs. standard tumescent liposuction. There is no proven benefit of skin tightening, shortened recovery, improved post-op contour, or shorter operative time. The greatest benefit of these (often expensive) modalities is largely as a marketing tool.
• Would Liposuction of the outer thighs make the buttocks look smaller?
While it is difficult to judge a particular patient’s situation without the benefit of a photo, liposuction to the buttocks can indeed result in an unfavorable contour. With that in mind, treating the “saddlebags”, the area of the outer thigh just below the buttock, can be quite effective if done correctly.
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