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Despite some claims, winning the battle of the bulge is not as simple as adopting a healthy lifestyle. Some people see excellent results from diet and exercise. However, some are predisposed to obesity due to genetic factors. Tumescent liposuction is a precise and minimally invasive fat removal procedure available at Dr. Ostad’s New York office.

Understanding obesity and body fat

The human body tends to rejuvenate itself regularly. Many types of cells, such as skin, have short lifecycles. They die off, and new ones are created in an ongoing cycle. However, that is not the case with all cell types, namely fat cells.

By the time you reach adulthood, the number and location of fat cells in your body is fixed. If you gain fat, those cells enlarge to accommodate it. If you lose fat, they shrink. That is why it seems as if every calorie goes straight to your hips, abdomen, or whatever your problem area may be.

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About the tumescent liposuction procedure

Liposuction can end the frustration of fighting against genetics to contour your body. It actually removes fat cells, for permanent results. Even if you gain weight after treatment, it will not be distributed in the same way, because you have fewer fat cells in the treated area.

Areas that can be treated include:

  • Abdomen
  • Flanks
  • Back
  • Inner/outer thighs
  • Arms
  • Submental or “double chin”
  • Ankles
  • Knees

Tumescent liposuction is an outpatient procedure and does not require general anesthesia. A tumescent solution (local anesthetic) is injected into the targeted fatty tissue. It firms the fat and numbs the area, making liposuction more comfortable and efficient.

The Benefits Include

  • Shorter recovery time
  • Avoid risks of general anesthesia
  • More precise than traditional liposuction
  • Smaller incision, with less scarring
  • Permanent body contouring

If you are looking for a secret weapon in the frustrating battle of the bulge, call (212) 517-7900 and schedule a consultation to learn more about tumescent liposuction.

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Tumescent Liposuction


What is tumescent liposuction?

Tumescent liposuction is a technique that involves local anesthesia to be injected into the fat beneath your skin. This will eliminate your risk of general anesthesia and any associated surgical complications. Recovery time is reduced, bruising is reduced, and your risk of bleeding is also significantly reduced. Making this the safest form of liposuction available.

How does tumescent liposuction differ from traditional liposuction?

Traditional liposuction is performed under some form of anesthesia, which can put you at a surgical risk. Tumescent liposuction is performed under local anesthesia using a microcannula. This results in a safer procedure, increased comfort, and reduced recovery period.

What areas of my body can be treated with tumescent liposuction?

Your unwanted fat can be removed from the following areas: neck, arms, back & bra fat, male and female breasts, abdomen, love handles/waist, flanks, buttocks, saddle bags, thighs, calves, and ankles.

Who is an ideal candidate for this procedure?

Anyone who is frustrated with their unwanted fat that does not respond well to diet and exercise. If you are not happy with your body and wish to improve your contour, you may set up a consultation with Dr. Ostad to discuss your fat reduction goals.

How should I prepare for my tumescent liposuction procedure?

We provide a proper list of pre-operative instructions for our patients during their appointment. Blood work will first be obtained to ensure safety of the patient. Patients are instructed to refrain from blood thinners such as Aspirin, vitamin C & E, and fish oil two weeks prior to surgery. No alcohol one week prior to surgery. And we provide antibiotics the day before your surgery.

What happens during my procedure?

At the beginning of your procedure, the treatment area is anesthetized locally with a very thin cannula. We provide you with pain management to ensure your comfort during the entire process. Liposuction is performed using a microcannula (less than 2 millimeters) thus ensuring better accuracy of fat removal and avoidance of irregularities. Then after the procedure we apply your compression garments.

How long is the recovery process?

The recovery time, compared to traditional liposuction, is minimal. You are required to wear your compression garment for one week. If a patient has their procedure done on a Thursday, they can return back to work that following Monday.

When will I see my final result?

You will already begin to see improvement in your body contour immediately. Your full results will occur between 3-4 months.

Will my results be permanent?

Yes, with tumescent liposuction, your results are permanent. Once the fat cells are gone, they are gone for good. It is important to institute a healthy lifestyle with exercise and diet to avoid existing fat cells from getting large and to avoid and reoccurrence.

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