New Jersey Liposuction specialist , Dr Michael Macri, performs all methods of Liposuction in New Jersey including conventional, Laser Liposuction, Smart Lipo, Vaser Liposuction, Ultrasonic Liposuction and Power Assisted Liposuction.
Liposuction Surgery in New Jersey
Some people may notice that even with strict dieting and targeted workouts, stubborn fat still persists on certain parts of the body. Thousands of crunches do nothing to eliminate the pouch. Squats and lunges leave you sore, but those saddlebags just won’t go away. Push-ups only seem to accentuate the flab of the arm. So what is one to do?
You don’t have to settle. Liposuction surgery has becoming an increasingly common procedure to help restore proportion and remove fat that throws off an otherwise balanced body. Liposuction surgery can treat trouble areas like the hips, thighs, arms, abdomen, back, flanks, neck, chest, and chin. In one surgery, the doctor may be able to treat two or three areas. In addition, the recovery time for liposuction is short and painless; patients are often able to resume daily activity within a matter of days.
Liposuction is not about aggressive fat removal. Rather, liposuction is a technique to improve the proportionality of the body. If too much fat is removed, it can distort the body, not to mention that replacing fat is extremely difficult. An experienced surgeon will remove enough fat to create proportionality and smooth the figure out. A skilled, professional surgeon can help slim your hips and improve your body’s overall proportion. You never have to worry about how you’ll look in jeans and tops again!
Liposuction is the most common office-based cosmetic surgical procedure. The reason is simple: The results tend to be excellent, and many of us have body areas which we wish were thinner. Dr. Macri a Liposuction expert in New Jersey, combines state-of-the-art equipment, specialized staff training, and advanced technology to create the best possible liposuction results and customized recovery programs.
During the Liposuction procedure, fluid is injected into the fat. This allows for easier sculpting of the tissues, and also introduces anesthetic and a medicine to constrict blood vessels to minimize bleeding. This technique is called tumescent liposuction.
Tumescent liposuction is becoming the increasingly popular variation of liposuction surgery. It uses a diluted version of a local anesthetic to minimize patient pain. Unlike general anesthesia, the patient is awake and mobile during the surgery. Most patients report feeling only a slight discomfort or pinching during the procedure. Using the local anesthesia reduces the risk of blood clotting that general anesthesia has.
In addition, the recovery time with tumescent liposuction is considerably shorter — just 24 to 48 hours long. Most patients are back to work and exercise within a couple of days. Tumescent liposuction is minimally invasive and actually improves the quality of the surgery. After the anesthesia is administered, the surgeon will make several small incisions around the treated area and insert the cannula. The cannula is a cylindrical tube that melts, breaks up, and removes fat. The size of the cannula depends on the area treated and how much fat needs to be removed. Because the patient is awake and mobile, Dr. Macri, a Liposuction specialist, can feel the muscle and skin layers more accurately, which increases smoothness and evenness. In addition, Dr. Macri will have better access to the body because the patient is easier to move. This also promotes evenness.
During tumescent liposuction, the patient is awake and moving around, allowing Dr. Macri better access to localized areas. Additionally, normal blood flow resumes, allowing for a quicker healing process. The small incisions themselves also heal quickly and imperceptibly since the suction tubes and cannulas used in the surgery are small. In addition, there is less blood and fluid loss with tumescent liposuction. After tumescent liposuction, the patient will still be asked to wear compression garments, which promote healing.
Although patients will not see full results for up to six months, there is limited initial swelling and bruising, which means the patient can resume normal activities rather quickly. If considering liposuction surgery, tumescent liposuction offers numerous benefits, including increased safety, a shorter recovery period, and better results.
This is a far safer technique, with no deaths or major complications reported in the hundreds of thousands of patients over the many years that have had the procedure done. Fat is removed with far less bleeding, leading to superior results, less bruising, and faster healing. Patients are able to walk immediately after the procedure and typically return to work in two days.
- Extremely safe with no deaths and far fewer complications than general anesthesia when strict tumescent guidelines are followed. (Fat removal is limited to four liters and the amount of local anesthesia and fluid used are limited).
- Faster healing with decreased bleeding and bruising. Patients are able to return to work in two days.
- Patients are not limited to strict bed rest after surgery, which reduces the risk of clot formation in legs. The doctors encourage patients to take a one to two mile walk the next day and return to work in two days.
- More pure fat removal with less bruising, leading to better results.
- Patient being awake and able to move in certain positions allows surgeon to more efficiently get to fat at correct angles. Additionally, patient movement during surgery reduces the risk of clot formation.
Liposuction was first developed in the late 1970′s to remove undesired fat from nearly all body areas, including the face, neck, chin, breast, abdomen, hips, flanks, (love handles), inner and outer thighs, buttocks, knees, and ankles. Developed by dermatologic surgeons in the 1980′s, a major advancement called the tumescent technique of liposuction completely revolutionized the procedure. The use of tumescent liposuction allows dermatologic surgeons to safely and effectively remove deep and superficial layers of fat under local anesthesia with relatively little discomfort, virtually no complications, and improved cosmetic results.
A patient is first given a complimentary consultation with Dr. Macri to see if he/she is a good candidate for the surgery. During the consultation, he describes the procedure and the results that should be realistically expected. Dr. Macri personally evaluates each patient from head to toe, and shares his expert opinion on stubborn, fatty areas that may be removed from his/her body by liposuction. A quote is then given for the procedure.
Dr. Macri will individualize an approach based on your needs. Some of these techniques include microliposuction, tumescent liposuction, ultrasound assisted-liposuction, and power-assisted liposuction. Laser Liposuction/Liposuction has the additional benefit of adding skin tightening to the removal of fat.
Dr. Macri will customize your liposuction procedure so you will achieve the best results and look your very best. To that end, we provide you with a comprehensive consultation prior to your procedure:
- Dr. Macri will examine you and discuss recommendations for the type of liposuction procedure and recovery program to yield the best results
- The Liposuction procedure will be performed using tumescent lidocaine (local anesthesia) under the direct care of Dr. Macri and his registered nurse
- Most patients have very little pain following the surgery because we administer long-acting local anesthetic as part of the procedure
- Most patients return to work about 2-3 days following the Liposuction procedure
Dr. Macri has experienced great success in performing Liposuction in the following areas:
- Male Chest
- Love Handles
Liposuction surgery will begin with an initial consultation where Dr Macri will evaluate the patient to determine whether he or she is a good candidate. Although liposuction can be performed on patients from 18 to 70, the ideal patient is one who is fit with good skin elasticity, as patients with good skin elasticity will ensure better results. Many experienced surgeons, such as Dr.Macri prefer to perform tumescent liposuction, which requires only a local anesthesia. This reduces the risk of blood clots and provides the doctor with better access to the body (with increased patient mobility).
Liposuction surgery is performed using a tool called a cannula, a cylindrical tool which breaks up and removes fat. The cannula is inserted through small incisions that heal very well. Full results of liposuction can be seen within 6 to 12 months of the surgery. Initial bruising and swelling, depending on the patient, last for a few days. The patient usually returns to work and exercise within a few days of surgery.
Liposuction in New Jersey
Liposuction is an art; it is not simply removing excess fat. And, it is not about getting out as much fat as possible. I strive to obtain a perfectly proportioned body for each of my patients.
There are certain areas of the body that I have identified as gravitationally prone” areas. The tightening of the skin that is achieved with my technique prevents these areas from getting looser with time. In addition, I have outlined the common pitfalls that can lead to poor results during liposuction procedures.
Liposuction by Body Area:
Outer Thighs – Also known as saddle bags, this is probably the most common problem area for women. This area defines a woman’s width in her lower half. Even small differences in the outer thighs can make a great improvement to a woman’s silhouette. When done properly this area gives a smaller, rounder shape to the buttocks. I can choose to remove more fat in this area, because the skin is thicker. Technique-wise, it is important to approach this area vertically; otherwise horizontal bands can result and cause a rippling look to the skin. It is extremely important to pay attention to symmetry in this area, as it defines the outer silhouette.
Inner Thighs – This is a gravitationally prone-liposuction procedure and another very common problem area for women. Unfortunately, this area is also more prone to irregularities if not done properly. The skin of the inner thighs is much thinner and if the surgeon does not have respect for the elasticity of the skin in this area, irregularities will result. Also, proper patient positioning is crucial to ensure a natural result. Some patients only need the upper, inner thighs done. But, in others, it is important to contour the whole inner thigh down to the medial knee to obtain a natural, well proportioned result.
Flanks – Also known as the love handles, this is an area that is gravitationally prone where liposuction can be done as a preventative measure. The flanks or love handles are the most common problem area in men. This is a relatively straight-forward area to do, as it is usually well-defined with good skin elasticity. It is a very important area to be treated preventatively as this area sits at the bottom of the back.
Hips – This area lies just below the flanks toward the upper, outer area of the buttock. In most women, it transitions into the flank area. This area, as well as the outer thighs and saddlebags regions, are the most important areas to shape properly and result in a rounder, more well-defined buttock.
Abdomen- Another gravitational prone area, where I approach is the abdomen in one of two ways.
- Central Abdomen – The upper and lower abdomen are done as a unit. In many individuals, if only the lower abdomen is done, the upper abdomen will not tighten from the liposuction and gets looser with time. When the entire area is done as a unit, not only does it blend well, but it a stays tight and firm. I find that I am able to still get a perfectly smooth result and achieve skin tightening in patients with poorer elasticity by having a lot of respect for the skin. In these patients, I recommend staying deeper in the fat layer and generally being more conservative. In all patients, I always crisscross the tunnels from either two or four directions. It is great mistake to approach the abdomen from only one access point.
- Upper, Lower Abdomen, Waist, and Flanks – The other half of patients that I perform liposuction on in these areas have the abdomen done all the way around, as these individuals waists essentially need to be more defined.
A word on pregnancies, liposuction, and tummy tucks: It is generally better to liposuction the abdomen prior to pregnancy. Due to better skin elasticity, I can choose to remove more fat. However, most women I perform liposuction on have already had children. In these cases, I simply adjust how aggressive I’m being on the level of skin elasticity. When properly done, even with poorer skin tone, great improvements in reducing the fullness of this area and tighter skin tone can still be achieved.
Unless the muscle and skin have become extremely loose, these patients can usually avoid a tummy tuck. Even if a tummy tuck is eventually necessary, I feel, and studies support, that it is safer to do these as separate procedures, and a more complete final result will be achieved.
Back – This gravitationally prone area is a wonderful area to do if there is fullness. The skin is thick and prone to drooping, so I usually liposuction the mid and upper back as a unit. The degree of skin tightening achieved is a blessing because there is no ‘back lift’ or back tuck.
Arms – A gravitationally prone area like the back, the posterior upper arms tend to become flabby and drop if there is fullness. For this reason, I try to encourage women to do liposuction earlier, as opposed to later in their lives, if there is disproportion in this area. By reducing the amount of the fat in the area and getting skin tightening with proper technique, the posterior upper arms stay tighter and more defined as time passes. This is important not only in the short term, but even more so in the long term, because an arm lift almost always leads to an unattractive scar.
Buttocks – In general the buttocks themselves are rarely, if ever, liposuctioned. To get a better butt shape, I liposuction around the buttock, outer thighs, hips, posterior, and upper thigh also known as the “banana roll”. This, along with building good muscle tone (which is important almost everywhere) gives a smaller, rounder, tighter buttock. I will liposuction the buttock when the area is very protuberant and fat. Liposuction to the buttocks that are just flabby will tend to flatten and drop them. It is especially important to remember not to confuse fat with just flab, which is usually from poor muscle tone. When it is done properly on the right candidate, the buttocks will simply look smaller and slightly lifted due to decreased weight.
Neck- This is another gravitationally prone area. Try to catch this area earlier as opposed to later if there is any fullness. If it drops too much over time and there is loss of elasticity, a lower face and neck lift may be the only option. The majority of improvement from well-done liposuction of the neck comes from the surgeon knowing how to get the maximum, even skin retraction. Although only minimal fat is generally removed, even the fattest necks can see great improvement. I liposuction the neck in one of two ways:
- Submental Liposuction – For those that have fullness only in the middle part of the neck, under the chin (mentum). In these patients, it is not necessary to liposuction the whole neck, and access can be from one small incision under the chin.
- Entire neck – For those that have fullness of the lateral neck, it is important to liposuction the entire neck up over the jaw line, and sometimes the jowls, to achieve an optimal result.
Chest- The male chest area is gravitationally prone. The male chest is a common area for liposuction. With age, the male chest tends to become fuller and drop with loss of elasticity in muscle and skin tone.
A complete medical history is taken and a careful examination is conducted in order to evaluate the patient’s condition. Photographs are frequently taken before and after surgery to help evaluate the amount of improvement. Paperwork, including consents, is completed. Patients are prescribed an antibiotic prior to the surgery. Finally, any questions and concerns are addressed by Dr. Macri.
Most surgeries are between 45 minutes and 2½ hours. Dr. Macri and his staff create a soothing atmosphere for his patients where quiet, relaxing music is being played in the background.
On the day of the surgery, valium or ativan is given to patients as a means for relaxation. Dr.Macri marks all areas, and photos are taken of the patient’s body. Incisions also called access points are numbed using a tiny needle with local anesthesia; this takes about 1-2 minutes.
For the first 15-30 minutes, large volumes of a solution containing dilute lidocaine (a local anesthetic) and dilute epinephrine (a drug to shrink capillaries and prevent blood loss) are injected with minimal discomfort directly into key areas of excessive fatty deposits. A round-ended cannula is used for this injection and patients feel slight pinching during this process. This infiltration step, along with all other steps, is conducted solely by Dr. Macri.
Once the liquid is injected, a tube connected to a vacuum is inserted into the fatty layer. Using to and fro movements with the cannula, the fat is drawn through the tube into a collection system. Dr Macri also prefers to “crisscross” his passes with the cannula, creating a precise network of tunnels in the fat, ensuring a smooth natural-looking result. They are also moved to different positions to allow Dr. Macri to meticulously sculpt their stubborn, fatty areas.
Throughout the entire process, patients are fully awake and alert. Patients are fitted into garments and allowed to take a short rest in the recovery room. Then, they are escorted out of the center by a staff member.
Patients are allowed to return home as long as they are accompanied by a friend or family member. They can resume a normal diet and should continue to take their prescribed medications and antibiotics. Most patients are able to return to work in two days. The local anesthesia injected into the tissue remains for 13 to 24 hours following liposuction surgery. This greatly minimizes postoperative pain. After tumescent liposuction, patients are usually alert and able to function without nausea, grogginess, and the “washed out” feeling commonly associated with general anesthesia. With the tumescent technique, there is minimal bruising, and many patients do not require postoperative care for pain. Incision points are left open to drain, and most patients are completely drained of the local anesthesia within 12-48 hours. The faster the drainage of these liquids, the less bruising there will be on the patient’s body. Patients are able to shower the very next day, and Dr. Macri highly recommends that the patient walk the following day to promote faster healing. Surgery garments should be worn for 24 hours a day for 7-10 days, and 12 hours a day for the next 10 days. These garments will assist in healing.
Dr. Macri asks to see his patients 2-7 days after the surgery for a quick check-up on the incisions and the healing process. Most bruising diminishes after 3 weeks from the surgery and most patients start looking better than before their surgeries. After 1 month and 3 months patients return to the office to have their post-op photos taken. At this point, patients would have achieved 75-80% of their final results.
Dr. Macri’s Philosophy on Liposuction
It is important to note that not everybody is a good candidate for liposuction. It is not about being fat or overweight. Simply put, as I always say, “Liposuction is all about balancing a person’s proportions and removing genetically disproportionate areas of fat storage. It is a technique to reduce areas of fatty tissue that cannot be reduced by diet and exercise.”
A good candidate for liposuction is someone who is disproportionate, but not necessarily overweight. For example, a patient who is thin may be an excellent candidate if he/she is disproportionate. If an individual diets, exercises, and has stubborn areas that do not go away – say the love handles, the thighs or abdomen area – it is likely that they have excess fatty tissue in these areas that can only be removed with liposuction. Some of the best candidates for liposuction can be thin but disproportionate; many times this is due to genetics.
However, patients seek liposuction because they have a combination of being a little overweight and disproportionate in certain areas. I believe it is not always necessary to lose the extra weight first. However, when I perform liposuction on this type of patient, it is imperative to critically determine where they are out of proportion. I then only target those areas, so as to balance their proportion. It is then up to the patient to diet and exercise to lose the extra weight. Many times the rapid results from the liposuction of the stubborn disproportionate areas are a motivational factor for the patient to eliminate the rest of the weight.
What is Liposuction?
Liposuction is the removal of excess fat with a small, straw-like instrument called a cannula that is attached to a liposuction machine. The fat layer under the skin is converted to a network of tunnels, and the cannula is manipulated within the layers to remove unwanted fatty deposits. An elastic garment is then worn for compression and healing. The result is a re-sculpting of bulging areas into more attractive contours.
When is Liposuction indicated?
Liposuction is most effective for removing localized fat deposits in body areas that do not respond to dieting or exercising. Liposuction is not intended as a substitute for weight loss, but rather is a contouring procedure. It is best utilized in a program of exercise and optimal weight maintenance.
What Happens Prior to Surgery?
Before surgery, a complete medical history is taken, and a careful examination is conducted in order to evaluate your condition. During the consultation, Dr. Macri describes the procedure, and what results might realistically be expected. Dr. Macri also will review alternative treatment options and explain the possible risks and complications that may occur. Photographs are frequently taken before and after surgery to help evaluate the amount of improvement.
How is the Tumescent Technique of Liposuction Performed?
Potential complications of general anesthesia can be avoided by the use of local anesthesia (often used with light sedation) via the tumescent technique. This breakthrough technique refers to filling the skin with local anesthetic in order to remove unwanted fat more efficiently.
With tumescent liposuction, large volumes of a solution containing dilute lidocaine (a local anesthetic) and dilute epinephrine (a drug to shrink capillaries and prevent blood loss) are injected (with minimal discomfort) directly into areas of excessive fatty deposits. Once the liquid is injected, a small incision is made in the skin, and a tube connected to a vacuum is inserted into the fatty layer. Using to and fro movements the fat is drawn through the tube into a collection system. The tumescent method enables Dr. Macri to remove large amounts of fat more uniformly with fewer skin irregularities and less bleeding and bruising.
What Happens After Surgery?
The local anesthesia injected into the tissue remains for 13 to 24 hours following liposuction surgery, greatly minimizing postoperative pain. After tumescent liposuction, patients are usually alert and able to function without nausea, grogginess and the “washed out” feeling associated with general anesthesia. With the tumescent technique, there is minimal bruising, and many patients do not require postoperative reduction for pain. You can usually return to a desk-type job within 48 hours. Physical exercise generally can be resumed three to seven days after liposuction.
Are there any possible complications?
The tumescent technique of liposuction is a remarkably safe procedure with few significant side effects. A recent study in Dermatologic Surgery Journal reported that 112 patients who underwent the tumescent procedure had an average of two quarts of fat removed with no significant complications. Clinical studies by other specialists have also demonstrated the safety and efficacy of tumescent liposuction.
What are the limitations of Liposuction?
Liposuction is not intended as a method for weight loss. It is used as a shaping procedure for areas where hereditary fat deposits resistant to diet and exercise have accumulated. The best results from liposuction occur in body areas where there is reasonable muscle tone, where skin has good elastic quality, and where fat is not excessive. In cases where there is a significant loss of tone and elasticity, superior cosmetic results may require a combination of both liposuction and surgical skin tightening to remove the excessive loose tissue.
Dr. Macri can advise you of the likelihood of the need for additional treatments, depending on the specific condition of your skin.
Who is a good liposuction candidate?
Dr. Macri’s philosophy is that a good candidate is someone who has disproportionate stubborn areas of fat storage that cannot be lost with diet or exercise.
Who is not a good candidate?
Someone who is simply overweight but proportionate is not a good candidate for liposuction. If the patient can achieve a perfectly balanced physique with diet and exercise, it is a mistake to do liposuction.
How much fat is typically removed?
The correct answer is the amount that makes a person proportionate and achieves a natural result. The goal is not to remove as much fat as possible but to remove the right amount in the right way from the right areas. Typically the average person has about one to two liters removed (2 ½ – 5 lbs), but remember, this is pure fat! It is much more that a 2½ – 5 lb weight loss would accomplish.
What is the most that can be removed?
The safe limit for one surgery is four liters. Typically, it is not the amount of fat that limits the surgery, but how many areas that can be safely done at one time.
How long is the surgery?
Most surgeries are between 45 minutes and 2½ hours.
How many areas can be done?
Usually between three to four areas can safely be done with one procedure. More than 90% of Dr. Macri’s patients only need one surgery for all areas. If additional areas are needed they can be done as soon as 48 hours later.
At what age can a patient have liposuction performed?
Provided they meet the criteria of a good candidate, liposuction can safely and effectively be done on ages 15-78. However, with advancing age, skin elasticity decreases. When elasticity decreases Dr. Macri will choose to be less aggressive in his fat removal to achieve a smooth result. However, if Dr. Macri feels the elasticity in a particular area has decreased too much to achieve a smooth result he may suggest that liposuction is not a good option.
Is liposuction better before pregnancy?
Because it is always easier to liposuction areas of good skin tone, it is better to have it done before pregnancy. However, even after pregnancy if the skin tone is too poor, Dr. Macri may refer the patient for an Abdominoplasty procedure (tummy-tuck).
Does the fat come back?
NO. This is a misperception. The fat tissue removed is permanently removed. If it comes back that means that it was either not done sufficiently in the first place or the area is full for another reason (i.e. loose muscle tone or aging skin tone).
Does the fat go to other areas?
This is also a misperception. This will happen if the surgeon does not pay attention to body proportion. If the surgeon pays attention to body proportion, and does not make the patient disproportionate, the fat will not go to other areas of the body.
Does it hurt?
Besides the good eye of the surgeon, as well as the artistry of the procedure, there is an art to doing liposuction under local anesthesia. During the numbing process, which takes from 15-30 minutes, fluid is slowly seeping into the fat. Most patients feel very little and describe this as an occasional pinch. After the local anesthesia is done, the areas are numb and one feels only pressure or nothing at all. Almost all patients say the procedure was so much easier then they had imagined.
What are the chances of irregularities, dimples, or asymmetry occurring?
Very low. Dr. Macri does everything to achieve a smooth natural result and a happy patient. If he feels the chances of irregularities are higher due to a patient’s poor skin tone, or if he has done a revision liposuction, he will extensively discuss this with you and may recommend that liposuction is not the best option.
Will I have loose skin?
No. When liposuction is done properly the skin re-drapes and retracts to conform to the underlying tissue. Most times the skin becomes tighter because it has retracted (pulled back), and this tends to prevent further loosening of the skin. But again, if Dr. Macri feels the skin tone is already too loose he may not recommend liposuction.
What about scars?
Dr. Macri makes as few incisions as possible to achieve a good result. These incisions are 2-3mm in length and usually heal very well without needing a stitch. He can usually hide many incisions in most areas of the body but because they usually heal well. It is important to not make too few incisions this might affect a perfect liposuction result.
How long do I need to wear the garment?
Usually 10 days full-time, and an additional 10 days part-time (12 hours either day or night).
Do I go home that night?
You may return home or to a hotel the day of the surgery, but it is required that a friend or family member be with you.
When can I fly?
In most instances you may fly 2 days after the surgery as long as you are able to walk around every hour.
When can I exercise?
Dr. Macri wants every patient to take a walk the day after surgery. This promotes healing. Most patients return to their regular exercise routine between one to two weeks.
When do I see the results?
Final results usually take between 6-12 months. But most of the results are usually seen at about 6 weeks. Usually by 3 weeks much of the swelling is down and most patients are looking better than before the surgery and are able to wear a swimsuit and go on vacation.
Can I combine this with other procedures?
Yes, Dr. Macri can combine liposuction with Fat Transfer. Thereby removing fat from unwanted areas and placing it into the cheeks, naso labial folds, marionette lines, chest and hands.
Does Fat Return After Liposuction Surgery?
This is a common perception that the fat comes back in areas – and it is debatable. However, I feel that the fat tissue itself that you removed from liposuction surgery, if removed properly, does not come back in that area. You may gain fat in new areas that were not treated if old eating habits resume.
Vaser Liposuction is an advanced body-contouring procedure that selectively removes unwanted body fat. An alternative to the harsh techniques of traditional liposuction, Vaser Liposuction uses state-of-the-art ultrasound technology designed to gently reshape your body. What distinguishes the Vaser Liposuction procedure is its ability to differentiate targeted fat from other important tissues such as nerves, blood vessels, and connective tissue. Innovative Vaser technology breaks up fat while preserving these other important tissues to promote smooth results and rapid healing.
What happens during a Vaser Liposuction procedure?
First, the area to be reshaped is filled with a special saline solution (tumescent Lidocaine) that helps numb the site and shrink the blood vessels ( to minimize blood loss and reduce bruising). Next, a small probe transmits sound energy (similar to that used for cataract removal from the eye) to break apart fatty tissue on contact, while preserving other important tissue. Finally, the liquefied fat is removed through a gentle suction process designed to minimize damage to surrounding tissues.
Is Vaser Liposuction right for me?
Vaser Liposuction is for healthy patients who are frustrated by the resistance of certain body areas to diet and exercise, and seek a fast, low-pain solution.
Patients who say they would have never considered traditional liposuction are now finding that the Vaser Liposuction procedure is a gentle alternative for body shaping. Dr. Macri can assist you with your decision about potential areas for contouring, anticipated results, and the recovery process.
What Patients Are Looking For Is VASER® Wide Awake Liposuction
- Minimally Invasive
- No General Anesthesia Required
- Little to No Downtime
- Minimal Bruising & Swelling
- More Affordable in Today’s Economy
A Typical VASER Liposuction Procedure
- VASER Liposuction can be performed under local anesthesia as a wide-awake procedure.
- Unwanted fat is treated with VASER Liposuction ultrasonic energy and gently removed from the body. The procedure may take from one hour to several hours depending on the number of areas being treated.
- Patients are provided with special compression garments to help their skin conform to their body’s new contours. A short period of rest (typically 12 hours) is recommended, followed by two to three weeks where strenuous activities should be avoided.
- Results begin to appear immediately after the VASER Liposuction procedure, and continue to improve with time as the tissues in the treatment area heal. Final results are typically seen in about three to four months.
Considering a Fat Transfer Procedure?
A hot trend in body sculpting, fat transfer procedures use your own fat (removed from one area of your body) to volumize or contour another part of the body. VASER Liposuction treated fat is typically higher-quality, and easier to transfer for these types of procedures.Transferred fat gives the additional benefit of Stem cells and Human Growth Factors which have been shown to improve the appearance of the skin and tissues.
What is VASER Liposuction? How does it differ from traditional liposuction?
VASER Lipo is an advanced body contouring procedure that selectively removes unwanted body fat. An alternative to the harsh techniques of traditional liposuction, VASER Liposuction uses state-of-the-art ultrasound technology designed to gently reshape your body.
What distinguishes the VASER Liposuction procedure is its ability to differentiate fat from other important tissues – such as nerves, blood vessels, and connective tissue. This innovative technology breaks up fat while preserving all other important tissues, and promotes smooth results and rapid healing.
How much fat can be taken? Can you treat multiple areas at once?
VASER Liposuction allows Dr. Macri to treat multiple body areas at one time. Dr. Macri will be able to give you a better idea of what is right for you, and how much fat will be taken out during your procedure.
Bear in mind that this procedure is not intended as a weight loss solution. The goal is to create a slimmer, more proportionate silhouette. You may not notice a significant amount of weight loss, but you should be pleased with your slimmer new shape.
How soon will I see my results? What is the recovery time?
This varies with the extensiveness of the procedure: the amount of fat removed, the number of areas treated, and so on. Many patients report that they see results immediately after the procedure, with the final result around three to four months. Dr. Macri can help you establish realistic expectations.
What about future weight gain or fat migrating to other areas?
This is a common misconception. If you experience weight gain or loss after your VASER Liposuction procedure, it will tend to be proportionately distributed over your entire body.
Once you have fat removed, it is gone. Assuming a healthy lifestyle of proper diet and exercise, it will not return or migrate. However, because fat is necessary to a healthy body, some essential fat layers in any given area remain untreated.
If you do gain a significant amount of weight, the remaining fatty tissue will expand. Normal aging changes can also be expected.
How can I be certain VASER Liposuction is right for me?
If you are frustrated by the resistance of certain body areas to diet and exercise, VASER Liposuction may be the solution. If you are healthy and seeking a fast, low-pain way to lose stubborn fat deposits, the VASER Liposuction procedure could be your answer.
Although there are limits to the amount of fat that can be removed, Dr. Macri can assist you with your decision about potential areas for sculpting, anticipated results, and the recovery process.
“I had VASER Liposuction, and my result is nothing less than spectacular! I went from a 14 pant size to a size 4/6. It is hard to imagine I am the same person when looking at my before-and-after photos.”
“The incisions were very small. I just felt great! Following my VASER Liposuction I could instantly see a change in my body’s shape. It has gotten curvy! The difference between VASER Liposuction and liposuction is you can see immediate results without the pain — all I needed was Tylenol®. Following my Tuesday procedure, I was back in the office on Thursday.”
“I am extremely pleased with the results of my VASER Liposuction procedure. My torso looks 20 years younger! I now eat better and exercise more because I get better results than before the procedure. I never experienced any significant pain. It was more of an irritation, comparable to what I experience after a hard workout. I only missed one day of work, and that was the day of the surgery. I would definitely recommend VASER Liposuction for anyone who is not able to achieve the fat reduction they want by diet and exercise.”
“The VASER Lipo technique has given me a smooth result that just keeps getting better. My self-confidence has risen dramatically – there’s just no describing how good it feels to get rid of that one thing you really dislike about your body.”
“I never liked my neck. It went from the tip of my chin straight down to my collar bone — like a turkey’s neck. In every picture, I appeared to have a double or triple chin. I decided to have the procedure done to not only look better, but to feel better. I had little pain and minimal discomfort following the procedure, and I am thrilled with the results! I look and feel 10 years younger, and my friends and family agree. The change is dramatic, yet subtle. I feel wonderful!”
“I have always worked out and eaten a healthy diet, but I could never lose what I refer to as my ‘spare tire’ – that lovely fatty area on my lower abdomen and lower back. I also could never get rid of the fatty area that causes ‘bra rolls.’ I couldn’t be more thrilled with the results. I have dropped from a size 12 to a size 4! I saw results within a few days and was back to my normal exercise routine within a few weeks. I finally have the body I’ve worked so hard for and can actually see my abdomen muscles for the first time. I always knew they were under that spare tire, and with the help of VASER Lipo I am proud to show them off!”
– Kristin (NJ)
“My overall results are amazing! I love having a flat stomach, thinner thighs, and a more sculpted chin and neck. If I had to do it all over again, I would without hesitation.”
Laser Liposuction in New Jersey
SmartLipo uses laser technology to melt and liquefy the fat within the fat cells. In addition, it smoothes and tightens the skin to decrease the looseness that one sometimes sees with traditional liposuction. It can be utilized alone to treat smaller areas of fat, such as below the chin, or in combination with liposuction to remove larger areas of fat such as in the abdomen, flanks, and thighs.
Tumescent liposuction is performed by instilling dilute solutions of lidocaine and epinephrine into the fatty areas of the areas to be treated. This fluid anesthetizes the areas to be treated, plus it decreases bleeding very significantly. The procedure can thus be performed while the patient is awake with minimal discomfort and quicker recovery. Many people can return to work and normal activities within one to a few days.
Simple mechanical disruption, high frequency ultrasonic waves dissolution, or laser lipolysis can all be utilized to break or disrupt the fat cells and allow the freed fat to be suctioned using very thin tubes called cannulas. Most of the time these procedures are combined to provide the best results for removal of the fat, for improved skin smoothness, and to tighten the skin.
SmartLipo produces a burst of energy as it enters the fatty tissue that dissolves the fat so it can be removed by suctioning. This improves the safety of the procedure by being able to melt the fat without heating the tissue excessively.
By utilizing the tumescent technique, these liposuction procedures can be performed in an office-based setting while the patient is awake. No longer is it a requirement that patients be put to sleep using general anesthetics, nor do they need to be admitted to the hospital for the procedure. Moreover, these new techniques, especially SmartLipo, allow patients to return to normal activities more rapidly than when the older methods were used. It is safer and provides improved results for smoother and tighter skin. Thus, SmartLipo is the procedure of choice for most physicians and patients.
- Far less expensive than traditional liposuction with a more pleasing result
- Performed under local anesthesia
- Only 1 to 2 days of downtime required so you can get back to your life quickly
- Advanced laser technology offers skin tightening along with fat removal for a better contour and smoother result
- Can be performed on the stomach, waist and hips, thighs, knees, upper back, chin and other places that can benefit from fat removal and skin tightening