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Gerald Imber, M.D.

EXCELLENCE AND EXPERIENCE IN PLASTIC SURGERY

Liposuction

Based in New York City

Everyone knows something about liposuction, often sprinkled with misinformation. Liposuction, or suction assisted lipectomy (SAL) is performed under sedation and local, usually incorporated into the sterile saline solution injected to facilitate the removal of fat. Small, ¼ inch incisions, are made in relatively hidden areas close to the deposits of fat that are to be removed.

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It is everywhere. One has to think of it as a spot remover, not a total body makeover, and not a substitute for getting into shape. The areas that respond best are hips, outer thighs, and abdomen.
Care must be taken to achieve a smooth, natural result. Downtime and discomfort are minimal. Most patients say they feel muscle soreness, which is natural since the liposuction cannula often brushes and bruises the underlying muscle.

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The procedure works by removing excess, enlarged fat cells, which make an area protuberant, or out of sync with the rest of the body. Examples are excess belly fat, love handles, saddle-bags of the thighs, fatty knees, or ankles.

Your Liposuction will be performed in Dr. Imber‘s Surgery center located in NYC.

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In theory removal of fat cells from the area precludes return of the fat. Patients often ask if the fat then accumulates in other places. The answer is one will gain weight wherever the fat cells are. If fat cells are evenly distributed then one will gain weight throughout the body. The goal is not to gain weight, but liposuction in one area will not cause accumulation in other areas…gaining weight will.

Liposuction FAQ’s

What is Liposuction?

Liposuction, or suction assisted lipectomy (SAL), removes excess, enlarged fat cells, which make an area protuberant, or out of sync with the rest of the body. Examples are excess belly fat, love handles, saddle-bags of the thighs, fatty knees, or ankles. Small, ¼ inch incisions, are made in relatively hidden areas close to the deposits of fat that are to be removed.

Who is the right candidate for Liposuction?

One should consider liposuction a spot remover, it isn’t a procedure that will change you from a size 14 to a size 8. It is important to be realistic.

What type of anesthesia will I receive?

Sedation

How long will recovery take?

After liposuction, compressive garments are worn for variable periods of time, usually less than a week. Results of liposuction are not fully visible for several weeks due to swelling.

Are there any non-invasive alternatives?

There are non-invasive alternatives but these options take longer to see results and results aren’t as accurate like they are with liposuction. We are happy to discuss all options with you during your consultation.

Why do I need a board certified plastic surgeon?

A board certified plastic surgeon holds the highest levels of education and training needed to deliver the best results. This qualification is not easy to achieve, so by using a board-certified plastic surgeon, you also know they meet the standards of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons.

Will there be any scarring?

There may be minimal scarring in relatively invisible places.

How much does Liposuction cost?

Any question you have regarding procedure costs can be discussed during your consultation at Dr. Imber’s office.

He is very thorough, meticulous, detail oriented and you cannot negotiate services or anything with him. It’s his way or the highway. I had a lot of work done years ago long before plastic surgery was so common. My daughter went to him last year for lipo and he is exactly as thorough and precise as he was then. If you are a Botox junkie looking for quick fixes on the cheap, he probably won’t be right for you. His work is very subtle, understated, natural and undetectable.
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After liposuction compressive garments are worn for variable periods of time, usually less than a week. Results of liposuction are not full visible for several weeks due to swelling. As with all surgery there are associated complications possible. These must be discussed prior to surgery. Liposuction is performed several hundred thousand times yearly, and has proven safe and reliable.

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