Liposuction FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions About Liposuction
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Women and men considering liposuction in New Jersey ask liposuction surgeon Dr. Evan Sorokin many of the same questions. This page addresses some of those questions so that you can begin to decide if liposuction is right for you. As always, you can get the most information about liposuction when you request a consultation with Dr. Sorokin in person.

Who is an ideal candidate for liposuction?

In general, there is no "perfect" candidate for liposuction, though the procedure is a good fit for many people. First and foremost, you need to be in good heath and have reasonable expectations about what the procedure can achieve based on your body type and needs. Improvement – oftentimes dramatic – is possible. Perfection is not. In most cases, good candidates are within their normal weight and have elastic skin tone. People from almost all walks of life and in a wide age range have chosen this procedure.

What techniques do you use for liposuction?

At Delaware Valley Plastic Surgery, Dr. Sorokin offers 4 different liposuction methods. In addition to traditional liposuction, Dr. Sorokin also performs ultrasonic-assisted liposuction (UAL), power-assisted liposuction (PAL), and the latest innovation in liposuction technology, Smartlipo™, which uses laser light to dissolve fat before it is removed from the body. Smartlipo is the liposuction alternative of choice for New Jersey and Philadelphia residents.

Which liposuction method is right for me?

You'll need a personal examination by an experienced liposuction surgeon to find the procedure that's right for you. Dr. Sorokin has many years of experience performing liposuction, and he has written several articles on liposuction that have been published in peer-reviewed publications. When you request a consultation, Dr. Sorokin will be able to give you a personalized recommendation about which liposuction method will give you the best results.

Is liposuction a substitute for proper diet and exercise?

Absolutely not. Ideal liposuction candidates will be in good shape to begin with, and even after liposuction surgery, you need to maintain a healthy weight so that fat deposits do not grow on other areas of your body. Being slim is just one aspect of being healthy, and liposuction is just one tool you can use to improve how you look and feel.

What is the recovery period after liposuction?

Length of recovery varies substantially depending on such factors as method used, area treated, and amount of fat tissue removed. New techniques like Smartlipo allow for faster recovery than ever before. You'll need to get plenty of rest at home after liposuction, and follow Dr. Sorokin's instructions carefully to help the healing process. Patients wear an elastic support garment for several weeks after surgery to protect the treated areas and shape their final results. Depending on the method used, some degree of discomfort is inevitable, though over-the-counter or prescription medication can be used to minimize pain. Most patients return to work and begin resuming light aerobic activities about 1 to 2 weeks after the procedure.

What is the difference between liposuction and a tummy tuck?

Many patients who come to their surgical consultation believe they need only liposuction when in fact a tummy tuck must be performed to achieve their desired results. Liposuction procedures only remove fat deposits. In many cases, especially for women who have had children, excess belly flab is the result of loose abdominal muscles in combination with extra fat and skin. Liposuction alone will not create an attractive contour in these cases – a tummy tuck needs to be performed to tighten muscle and remove excess tissue. Dr. Sorokin combines liposuction with many other procedures including breast reduction and Mommy Makeover.

Will my medical insurance cover liposuction?

Unfortunately, health insurance companies do not cover the cost of liposuction because it is a cosmetic procedure. Each patient is responsible for paying the full cost of this surgery. We offer affordable financing options to help liposuction be affordable for most budgets.

Are any liposuction alternatives available?

Until recently, liposuction alternatives mainly consisted of fad diets and ineffective topical creams. Lipodissolve is being offered by some practitioners but is not widely believed by plastic surgeons to be effective. But now, Dr. Sorokin's patients can benefit from Smartlipo™, a less-invasive liposuction alternative that speeds recovery. Now women and men with even small areas of excess fat can tailor their body contour with this exciting new treatment.

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