There is only so much you can do about where and how your body stores fat. Most of us have places that hold onto fat even when we exercise, eat right, and don’t really need to lose weight. If you are looking to improve your body contours, cosmetic surgery can help. Plastic surgeon Dr. Calvin Young has extensive experience performing liposuction to help patients in and around Rochester, Brighton, Fairport, and Webster, New York, slim down where it matters and feel more confident in whatever they wear.

Are You a Candidate for Liposuction? 

The best candidates for liposuction are women and men with good skin elasticity who are at a healthy, stable weight. It’s important to know that liposuction is not a weight loss procedure; it’s an excellent way to reduce specific areas of fat that don’t respond to a dedicated diet and exercise regimen. Common areas treated with liposuction include: 

  • Double chin 
  • Abdomen  
  • Hips 
  • Thighs 
  • Upper arms 
  • Upper back (bra line) 

Dr. Young often uses liposuction to enhance and fine-tune the results of other plastic surgery procedures, including tummy tuckmommy makeover, and facelift surgery. 

Are There Nonsurgical Alternatives to Lipo? 

People who want nonsurgical alternatives to liposuction may choose the CoolSculpting® procedure, which freezes fat cells that then die and are gradually flushed out of the body. KYBELLA® is an injectable treatment that reduces fat under the chin using a substance that is naturally produced by the body. Results are gradual with KYBELLA as well. 

How Is Liposuction Performed? 

In most cases, Dr. Young performs liposuction as an outpatient procedure. He can use general anesthetic or local anesthetic with sedation. The targeted fat is first injected with a large volume of tumescent fluid to control pain and bleeding. Dr. Young inserts a thin, hollow tube, called a cannula, through tiny incisions near the targeted area. He then loosens the fat by moving the cannula in and out, suctioning it away. The incisions are usually left open to allow the tumescent fluid to drain and are so small they usually do not require sutures. 

How Long Does It Take To Recover From Liposuction? 

While soreness may last a few weeks, liposuction patients are usually ready to return to nonstrenuous daily activities within 3 to 5 days. Treated areas will be placed in a compression garment or wrap after surgery to minimize swelling and form smooth contours. The wrap should be worn for approximately 3 to 6 weeks. 

To find out if you are a good candidate for liposuction in Rochester, New York, request a consultation with Dr. Calvin Young using our online form or call  (585) 272-0700 to schedule an appointment.