When you visit our laser liposuction New York practices to discuss your options, you may be thinking a lot of things. You’re likely to envision your new body after removing excess fat from the areas that you want treated.
You may even harbor a bit of anxiety over the procedure itself. The concept of there being loose skin after liposuction surgery may never enter your mind – which is precisely why we bring it up.
In order for you to have the best possible outcome and experience, it helps to understand the intricate details of what happens before, during and after liposuction at our AAAHC accredited surgical suites.
Where Fat is Removed
In the traditional liposuction procedure, fat is removed from under the skin. Unlike a full tummy tuck or body lift procedure, this form of liposuction does not treat the skin; it is designed only to remove fat cells.
Therefore, initial results may leave the skin hanging a bit loose over the skinnier treated area. In some cases, where only small pockets of fat are being removed, loose skin is very minimal.
Most of the time, however, liposuction removes more than a few ounces of fat and the skin is then left to shrink down to a new and improved state.
Factors Involved in Skin Tightening
One of the benefits of laser liposuction, however, is fat removal AND skin tightening due to the laser inside. There are several factors that play a role in how quickly skin tightens up after treatment at our laser liposuction New York centers. Regardless, patients can rest assured that skin will indeed tighten over time.
Should we feel that a lift procedure would be warranted, this is something that will be discussed prior to scheduling a liposuction procedure. A lift surgery, or skin removal, can be performed at the same time as the liposuction procedure so you have one healing period.
Make Your Consultation Count
If you’re concerned about loose skin after liposuction, discuss this with us ahead of time. By performing a comprehensive consultation, your physician may be able to determine how much elasticity your skin has, and therefore decide if an additional procedure would be most suitable.
Typically, the older the patient, the less elasticity the skin has. Smokers also tend to have skin that is lacking the elasticity necessary for skin to tighten up after this cosmetic treatment.
Weight Loss Post-Lipo
After SmartLipo, the patient may also expect a small amount of weight loss. While this surgery is not aimed at providing that, it is an inherent part of the deal that the amount of fat removed during the procedure can range from a few ounces to up to 6 or 7 pounds. To look and feel your best, liposuction is merely a cosmetic improvement; not a weight loss tool!
Post-Lipo Skin Care and Diet
After the procedure at our laser lipo NY surgery centers, take care of your skin through a healthy diet and exercise routine and practice safe sun care as well as applying lotions designed to firm skin. With the proper after care, you can expect to enjoy long lasting results from laser liposuction.
Contact us for further information on laser liposuction or to schedule your consultation with one of our Advanced Cosmetic Surgery of New York experts!
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