Liposuction is a surgical procedure where small, inconspicuous incisions are made, and then a thin, hollow, tube called a cannula, connected to a surgical vacuum, is introduced to dislodge and suction out localized fat deposits.   Localized fat deposits are areas of deep fat beneath your skin that are resistant to diet and exercise.  The removal of these localized fat deposits will result in slimming and improvement in your body’s contour and proportion.   Liposuction can be used to treat the abdomen, waist, thighs, hips, buttocks, back, upper arms, neck, chin, inner knee, chest, and cheeks.

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Is This Surgery Right For Me?

The best candidates for liposuction are otherwise healthy adults, who are nonsmokers, who feel that their excess fat deposits on their bodies, regardless of location, do not respond to diet and exercise.  Ideal candidates for liposuction also have firm, elastic skin, good muscle tone, and are within 30% of their ideal body weight.  Dr. Capuano can help determine if liposuction is right for you, after careful examination of your anatomy and skin quality, and consideration of your individual goals.  Liposuction surgery is optimized through combined treatment with non-surgical skin tightening and rejuvenation therapies including skin care systems, and laser therapy, improving the health and texture of your skin.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Length of Surgery

The procedure takes between 1 to 2 hours or more depending on the patient’s anatomy, and areas of concern.   The procedure is performed on an outpatient basis, in the hospital, under sedation or general anesthesia.  An overnight stay will depend on individual medical condition and extent of surgery.

Expected Recovery

Most patients are able to return to work within about 1 to 2 weeks.  You may begin light exercise at 2-3 weeks, while 6 weeks is required, before returning to strenuous activity or lifting.  Bruising may be present for up to 3 weeks.  Patients are instructed to wear a compressive garment over the suctioned areas for 4 to 6 weeks. Although some results are immediately evident, the final result of your liposuction may not be apparent until 6 months post operatively.

Common Side Effects

Bruising, swelling, soreness, temporary numbness, fluid drainage from incision sites

Surgical Risks

Risks include bleeding, infection, hematoma, seroma, changes in skin sensation, scarring, asymmetry, rippling of skin, loose skin, prolonged swelling.

How do I make an appointment for a consultation?

Contact the office of the Northern Center for Plastic Surgery at (201)820-5280 to schedule an appointment.