One of the most popular cosmetic procedures in the nation, liposuction is a targeted fat reduction method that was first made available in the 1980s. This body contouring technique has undergone numerous advances throughout the years that have enhanced the treatment’s safety, efficacy, and results. Our plastic surgeon in New Hampshire, Dr. Richard Zeff, has extensive experience performing liposuction. His skill and attention to detail helps him achieve exceptional outcomes for our patients.
FAQ : Liposuction
Q: How much does liposuction cost?
A: The cost of liposuction depends on the number of areas to be treated, as well as the size of those areas. The cost starts at $3000. It is also important to be aware that there is a safe limit to the amount that can be removed in one operation – generally between three to five liters of fat.
Q: What is the recovery time after liposuction? How long will I be out of work?
A: Recovery depends on the extent of the liposuction. There is usually at least three to five days of discomfort and two to three weeks of bruising. The improvement in shape is obvious almost immediately. Mild, painless swelling can last several weeks. Most people can return to work in less than one week.
Q: Are there scars? Where are they? Are they permanent?
A: Liposuction usually requires at least two tiny incisions for each area treated. While they never disappear completely, these scars are very small and hard to see.
Q: Can the fat come back?
A: Because the number of fat cells has been permanently reduced in these areas, the fat will not return as you might expect. In fact, if you gain weight, the fat will grow more evenly depending on the number of fat cells removed and the distribution of fat remaining in your body.
Before & After
Advantages of Liposuction
Because basic shape is genetically determined, most people have little control over where fat settles on their body. Rather than changing the shape, weight loss and gain simply change the degree of disproportion. However, liposuction can reduce diet- and exercise-resistant fatty tissue and improve the contour of the body with long-lasting results. When fat cells are removed, as happens with liposuction, they cannot spontaneously redevelop. Therefore, “problem” areas that are out of proportion with the rest of the body can be permanently modified to achieve a more desirable result.
“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
Liposuction is a very safe and effective procedure in the hands of an experienced, attentive, and caring plastic surgeon. At our practice, Dr. Zeff utilizes the skills of a trusted, board-certified anesthesiologist to minimize discomfort and to help ensure you have no memory of the actual operation.
Our plastic surgeon will insert a fine tube, medically referred to as a cannula, into a small incision created on or near the treatment area. This tube will be used to help break up the fatty tissue as well as to remove it. Every patient is unique, and the volume of fat removed will depend on your treatment plan. In general, this procedure can eliminate up to 10 pounds of fatty tissue; however, your body contouring needs, rather than the scale, will determine the amount of excess fat to be extracted. Once the process is complete, a single suture typically will be sufficient to close each incision.
You will be able to return home the same day as the surgery. You will experience some bruising, tenderness, and mild discomfort, which should subside quickly. We can prescribe medication to manage your pain. Recovery will vary depending on your rate of healing, but most patients can return to most activity in less than one week. However, in the event you combine liposuction with one or more procedures, such as tummy tuck surgery, post-bariatric body contouring, or breast surgery, the healing process will be extended. Your surgeon will discuss the particulars of your plan during your initial consultation.
“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
Schedule an Appointment
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.