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Liposuction Specialist

Lancaster Plastic Surgery

Richard Levin, MD

Board Certified Plastic Surgeon located in Lancaster, PA

Are you frustrated by stubborn deposits of fat that refuse to budge, regardless of how hard you diet and exercise? If so, liposuction is a great solution. It’s one of many services available through the care of expert plastic surgeon Richard Levin, MD, at Lancaster Plastic Surgery in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. To learn more about liposuction and other cosmetic surgery options, come in for a personalized consultation. Online scheduling is available, or you can call the office to set up your visit.

Liposuction Q & A

Why is it so hard to lose stubborn fat?

Fat cells are distributed throughout your body, most of which lie in a layer just beneath your skin. Those cells expand and contract to accommodate more or less fat, as needed. However, everyone stores and burns fat a bit differently, and your body responds to diet and exercise in a unique way. 

It’s impossible to “spot train” to reduce fat in specific areas of your body. You can certainly reduce the overall volume of fat, but there’s no way to control which fat cells are trapped and when. That’s why liposuction is such an effective solution for stubborn fat. 

What is liposuction?

Liposuction is a type of cosmetic surgery that permanently removes fat from your body. It’s one of the most popular types of plastic surgery and brings many men and women to the care of Dr. Levin. 

Liposuction is an effective means of body contouring for the following areas:

  • Abdomen
  • Upper thighs
  • Hips
  • Back
  • Buttocks
  • Neck
  • Beneath the chin
  • Upper arms
  • Flanks

More than 300,000 liposuction procedures are performed each year, and the procedure has a very high rate of patient satisfaction. 

How is liposuction performed?

Liposuction is usually performed under general anesthesia, although local anesthesia may be used for small areas of the body. You’ll rest comfortably on the exam chair or table as Dr. Levin creates small incisions in the treatment area. 

He then guides a thin surgical tube, called a cannula, into the fat layer just beneath your skin. A solution of saline and lidocaine is injected to lessen discomfort and help break apart the targeted fat cells. Some liposuction procedures use lasers, ultrasound, or powered surgical devices to help break apart fat. 

Dr. Levin moves the cannula to loosen fat, which is then suctioned out of your body through the cannula. Once he’s pleased with the new contouring in the treatment area, Dr. Levin removes the cannula and closes the incision. 

When will I see the results of my liposuction procedure?

Your body needs time to adjust and heal after liposuction, and a degree of swelling is normal in the weeks following your procedure. You’ll see results after around four weeks, and the treatment area will continue to improve for a month or more. 

If you maintain your weight and live a healthy lifestyle, the results of liposuction are permanent. Weight gain does alter the results and may lead to increased bulk in non-treated areas of the body. 

Come in for a personalized consultation to learn more. You can book a visit online or by phone, so make today the day you begin a path to the body you’ve worked so hard for.