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Body Sculpting (Liposuction)

Einstein plastic surgeons are experienced in liposuction techniques to reshape a specific part of the body by removing excess fat. An ideal candidate for liposuction would be someone who has body fat concentrated in a particular area but otherwise has a steady body weight.

The most common areas for liposuction are:

  • Abdomen
  • Arms
  • Buttocks
  • Calves and ankles
  • Chest and back
  • Hips
  • Neck
  • Thighs

How Does Body Sculpting (Liposuction) Surgery Work?

A special fluid containing a combination of salt water, local anesthetic and a solution to reduce bleeding is injected into the fatty areas. Then an incision is made. The surgeon will use a hollow tube called a cannula to suction the fat cells out. The fat is drawn out by a vacuum pressure unit connected to the hose. Once the fat has been removed, the incision will either be closed or left open temporarily to drain. The incision is closed with stitches.

What Can I Expect During and After the Procedure?

Your physician will provide you with detailed information about your procedure, but in general:

  • The surgeon may mark the area of the body to be treated.
  • Some liposuction procedures require local anesthesia applied to a specific area of your body. Other procedures require general anesthesia, which means you will be temporarily unconscious.
  • The procedure may last up to several hours, depending on the amount of fat being removed, and you can expect to go home after about one hour of recovery.
  • After the procedure there may be pain and swelling. You'll likely have to wait a few days before returning to work and a few weeks before resuming all normal activities.
  • Your surgeon will work with you to develop a postoperative care plan to manage discomfort and help with recovery. Lymphatic massage and compression garments are frequently used. 

Abdominoplasty (Tummy Tuck)

Abdominoplasty, also known as tummy tuck surgery, removes excess fat and restores weakened or separated muscles in the abdomen. The surgery can create a smoother, firmer abdominal profile in individuals with protruding or sagging abdomens due to:

  • Aging
  • Heredity
  • Pregnancy
  • Prior surgery
  • Significant fluctuations in weight

How Does Abdominoplasty Work?

There are various types of abdominoplasty, and your surgeon will help you decide which one is right for you.

During a standard abdominoplasty, the surgeon makes an incision very low in the "bikini line" to remove excess skin and fat, and sometimes repair muscles to create a flat, contoured abdomen. Finally, the umbilicus, or "belly button," is reconstructed. 

What Can I Expect During and After the Procedure?

Your physician will provide you with detailed information about your procedure, but in general:

  • You will be under general anesthesia during the procedure, so you won't feel pain.
  • Generally, you can go home the same day of your surgery and will be able to function on your own. You will have drainage tubes to remove excess fluid over the first one to two weeks.
  • Recovery will take several weeks, and your surgeon will develop a postoperative care plan to safely and comfortably get you through recovery. You should avoid strenuous activity until you're cleared by your doctor.
  • You will have some scarring, which will fade over time, and be well hidden with typical undergarments or bathing suits. 

Implants​

The surgical specialty of breast and gluteal implants is used to increase the fullness and improve the appearance of breast and buttocks. You can read about breast implants here.

How Do Gluteal Implants Work?

During the procedure, the surgeon places a gluteal implant under each gluteus maximus muscle through a mid-line incision over the tailbone. Augmentation with a gluteal implant is most effective for enlarging the buttocks of a man or woman whose body has few stores of excess adipose fat in the buttocks and thighs.

What Can I Expect During and After the Procedure?

  • Your physician will provide you with detailed information about your procedure, but in general:
  • You will be sedated or under general anesthesia for the procedure, which usually takes about two hours.
  • The surgery is outpatient.

Given the nature of the surgical incisions to the gluteus maximus muscles, healing usually takes six to eight weeks - before you can return to normal activities.

Fat Transfer

The surgical specialty of breast and gluteal augmentation is used to increase the fullness and improve the appearance of breast and buttocks. You can read about breast implants here.

How does Fat Transfer Work?

During the procedure, the surgeon will perform liposuction in specified areas to achieve a desired contour. The fat removed is then filtered and reinjected into specified areas to augment or improve contours and size.  Common areas treated with autologous fat transfer include the buttocks, hips and breasts.

What Can I Expect During and After the Procedure?

  • Your physician will provide you with detailed information about your procedure, but in general:
  • You will be sedated or under general anesthesia for the procedure, which usually takes about two to four hours, depending on the amount of fat needed to be removed and transferred.
  • The surgery is outpatient, and recovery may take a few weeks.

Lymphatic massage and compression garments are often recommended as part of the postoperative recovery care plan.

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