137 Portsmouth Avenue Stratham, NH 03885

Plastic & Cosmetic Surgery Skin & Laser Center


Liposuction was first introduced to this country in the early 1980s and has since become the most widely accepted surgical method of selective fat reduction. Over the past 20 years, the procedure has benefited from numerous improvements to assure both safety and aesthetically pleasing results. Dr. Richard Zeff is an experienced plastic surgeon who has had extensive training in body contouring through liposuction, enabling him to provide our patients with the most natural-looking results possible.

FAQ : Liposuction

Advantages of Liposuction

The single most important principle behind liposuction is that it is a shaping procedure. We are all born with a genetically determined distribution of fat that many of us would like to change. Most of us have realized that even successful weight loss can’t completely alter this distribution of fat. However, liposuction allows us to permanently change the fat distribution by actually reducing the number of fat cells in a given area. Not only can this result in an improved contour, but fat density is also permanently reduced in the area where liposuction surgery was performed. Therefore, unexpected weight gain will not reappear as out of proportion in the same location as it was preoperatively.

“I was very self-conscious of my mid area after giving birth to my son. I finally found the courage to call about liposuction. The minute I walked in the door Dr. Zeff’s staff made me feel very welcomed and at ease, and at that moment I knew I came to the right place. From my first appointment to my last, I can truly say how pleased I was of the process and the results. I finally have my confidence back! I always recommend this practice to my friends and family.”
L.D. – Hampton, NH

The Liposuction Procedure

With good judgment and reasonable expectations, liposuction is extremely safe. At his plastic surgery center, Dr. Zeff employs a board-certified anesthesiologist to provide anesthesia so that you will feel no discomfort and remember little or nothing of the procedure itself.

During the liposuction procedure, Dr. Zeff creates tiny incisions in the areas that will be treated. Next, a small tube called a cannula is inserted into the incision and is moved around to break up and suck out the fat cells. Up to 10 pounds of fat can be removed during the liposuction treatment, but the final amount is determined by the desired shape and proportion, not the scale. Once the fat cells are removed, each incision is closed with a single suture.

Liposuction is an outpatient procedure. Patients can expect some bruising, but most pain lasts for less than a week and is easily controlled with prescribed medications. Generally, liposuction patients are able to return to work more quickly than patients of other invasive procedures. However, recovery time may be extended for patients who choose to combine their liposuction with other procedures, such as breast lift or abdominoplasty.

“I am very happy to recommend anyone to Dr. Zeff. I have exercised for years, and I was not able to shed a certain portion of my abdominal fat. Dr. Zeff skillfully performed surgery on me that left me with a visibly improved look. 1 year later I am still smiling and have this wonderful sense of confidence. Dr. Zeff is an artist at his best. Together, Dr. Zeff and his staff took wonderful care of me.”
K.L. – Marlborough, MA

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We would like to hear from you! Feel free to contact our plastic surgeon if you are interested in learning more about the advantages of body contouring through liposuction. Dr. Zeff is committed to providing effective, personalized liposuction and other plastic surgery options at his conveniently located Stratham, New Hampshire center.

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