Surgical Fat Reduction in Albany, NY
One of the most common body contouring procedures performed by Dr. Alain Polynice at the Williams Center for Breast and Body Contouring is liposuction. Albany, NY, area men and women who choose the surgical procedure should know that it involves removal of fat in specific problem areas with small tubes (or cannulas) connected to a vacuum aspiration device. The best results are typically obtained when liposuction is used to target specific areas.
Liposuction is not performed for the purposes of weight loss. It does, however, reduce the net number of fat cells, making it more difficult to gain weight again in the treated areas. The overall goal of this procedure is an improvement in body contours. When performed strategically and with skill, the surgery can make it appear as though you have lost a significant amount of weight.*
What About Exercise for Fat Reduction?
Exercise is good for the mind and body in general, and toning the muscles can help fill out loose skin in the vicinity. By suppressing the appetite, and by slightly increasing the metabolism, exercise can assist weight loss. But unfortunately, there is no such thing as a “spot” exercise to make the body lose weight in a certain area. Troublesome areas—typically the chin, abdomen, hips, or thighs—have an inherited tendency to accumulate fat.This is known as “stubborn” or “diet-resistant” fat.
There is so far no way with exercise or pills to force the body to selectively lose fat in a specific area alone. Liposuction, however, is ideal for accomplishing that. For many of Dr. Alain Polynice’s patients, their more positive post-procedural self image creates a higher sense of self esteem.
Why Choose the Williams Center for Liposuction in Albany, NY?
Dr. Alain Polynice offers liposuction for many different parts of the body, including the abdomen, breasts, hips, thighs, buttocks, arms, knees, and calves. In the hands of a board-certified plastic surgeon such as Dr. Alain Polynice, liposuction can be one of the safest procedures performed. Should you be interested in fat reduction of the neck, jowls, cheeks, or other areas of the face, you should speak with board-certified facial plastic surgeon Dr. Edwin Williams.
Both doctors have years of education and experience with helping patients achieve natural-looking contours via liposuction and other procedures and treatments. They will work with each patient to develop a plan that capitalizes on the numerous services available at the Williams Center, as well as on their particular skill sets and eye for aesthetics.
What Happens During a Liposuction Consultation?
At the time of your initial office visit, we will perform a careful physical examination to identify problem areas that can be treated effectively with liposuction. Your questions can be answered at that time, and we will discuss with you what your goals are and whether liposuction represents your best option for achieving them. This is also a god time to review expectations and emphasize that this procedure is intended for women and men who are already near their ideal body weight; it is not a weight-loss solution and is not effective when there are significant amounts of excess skin or stretch marks.
In some cases, Dr. Polynice may recommend a tummy tuck, designed to address loose skin, as well as the lax abdominal muscles that can leave a belly looking flabby. Liposuction is often a component of tummy tuck, removing small amounts of fat to better help the abdominal skin sit as flat as possible once it has been pulled tight.
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Does Liposuction Leave Scars?
Liposuction is performed via small incisions that are placed carefully so that the resulting scars are as inconspicuous as possible. Depending upon the area being treated, most scars can be hidden in the natural folds of your body. For example, incisions are placed behind your knees for liposuction of calves, in your belly button for the lower abdomen.
What Are the Liposuction Details?
After the administration of an anesthetic to dull sensation in the area, Dr. Alain Polynice will make the necessary incisions in the targeted area. He will then insert a cannula, using it to loosen the fat cells from any connective or other tissue. The more liquefied fat can then be suctioned out.
When the necessary amount of fat cells have been removed, Dr. Alain Polynice will carefully close the incision, repeating these steps—incision, insertion, loosening, suction, and closure—on other areas if required. Some patients who want to slim down multiple areas choose to have all of the work done at once, keeping themselves from multiple surgeries with multiple recuperation windows. This can be discussed during your consultation if that is a possibility for you.
What Should I Expect After Liposuction?
Dr. Alain Polynice performs liposuction as an outpatient procedure at the New England Laser and Cosmetic Surgery Center, which means you can go home after surgery. Dr. Alain Polynice does require that a competent adult spend the first day with you after your liposuction procedure.
In the following days, you should expect pain, swelling, and bruising in the areas that were treated. Pain medications are generally needed for a few days, and then most patients rapidly become more comfortable, though every patient’s healing schedule is unique. Dr. Alain Polynice recommends that his patients wear a support garment for six to eight weeks after the procedure. Once the swelling has resolved, you will be able to better see the effect of your surgery.
Complications of liposuction are rare. There will be bruising and swelling in the treated areas, but this is to be expected. If all areas are not treated evenly, there can be some irregularities following liposuction; this is very unusual due to the care Dr. Alain Polynice takes to perform the lipo-sculpture symmetrically.
The fat removed by liposuction cannot come back unless you gain weight again, in which case the weight gain will likely be distributed across all of your body areas*. However, after liposuction, the treated areas have been shown to have a decreased capacity for additional fat, because so many of the fat cells have simply been removed. Remember that there are still fat cells present, so some increase in a treated area is to be expected with weight gain. For that reason, someone gaining weight after liposuction is more likely to notice the increased fat being deposited in areas that did not get liposuctioned. Some people incorrectly believe that after liposuction, “some other area will just get fat”—that’s if you gain weight, leading to an increase, not due to a spontaneous appearance of fat.
Is There a Nonsurgical Alternative to Liposuction?
For patients not yet ready for surgery, the Williams Center offers Kybella®, an injectable that disrupts the fat cells that make up a double chin. No incisions are required for this treatment limited to the submental area.
LipoDissolve® works on a similar premise, but the use of this injectable has raised many questions about its safety and efficacy, which has prompted the Williams Center to wait and watch as studies are carried out.
CoolSculpting® lowers the temperature of fat cells until they are damaged, leading to their natural removal from the body. Results from this treatment are gradual, but require no incisions or sutures.