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Dr. Otto Placik
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Liposuction (Overview)

Liposuction surgery involves the use of hollow cannulas and suction devices used to remove adipose tissue; should not feel anything when the procedure is performed. Indicated for patients at their long-term stable weight, who present with diet and exercise resistant adipose tissue of localized areas with good quality overlying skin. Not substitute for diet and exercise or meant for weight loss.


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Can you get liposuction all over your body?

Can you get liposuction all over your body?

Not advised: If you are really looking at "neck to knees" lipo, it is more likely that you will achieve better resutls through weight loss. ...Read more

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Dr. Otto Placik
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Liposuction (Overview)

Liposuction surgery involves the use of hollow cannulas and suction devices used to remove adipose tissue; should not feel anything when the procedure is performed. Indicated for patients at their long-term stable weight, who present with diet and exercise resistant adipose tissue of localized areas with good quality overlying skin. Not substitute for diet and exercise or meant for weight loss.


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How does liposuction work?

How does liposuction work?

Nature of Fat: Fat cells are simply storage containers for excess fuel. They expand and contract based on your diet and exercise. To a certain extent, you are responsible for the size of the fat cell. Fat cells normally do not replicate. Their number and location is determined by genetics. Placement of your fat cells determines your shape. Removal of fat cells is permanent and changes your shape as a result! ...Read more

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Can I perform liposuction on myself?

Can I perform liposuction on myself?

Yes, but....: You can do anything to yourself, but performing lipo on yourself even if you are a well trained plastic surgeon is just a really really bad idea! ...Read more

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How dangerous is liposuction?

How dangerous is liposuction?

Very safe: Tumescent liposuction performed while awake is very safe. If one avoids general anesthesia, risks are minimized. Deaths are extremely rate with this type of liposuction, mostly due to the reduced risks of dvts (deep vein thrombosis) and pes (pulmonary emboli). Infection and bleeding are also reduced with this method. A well trained and experienced cosmetic surgeon should use this method. ...Read more

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Can liposuction leave you disfigured?

Yes: If liposuction is performed too close to the skin, there is a risk of contour irregularity and disfigurement. A good way to determine if your doctor is qualified to perform the procedure is to inquire as to whether or not they have privileges to perform liposuction in a hospital. If they are only performing this procedure in their office and are not credentialed to perform it in a hospital beware. ...Read more

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What is your opinion on power assisted liposuction?

Great option: Without trying to sound arrogant, when it comes to liposuction the skill and judgment of the surgeon trumps any technology. That having been said, the power assisted liposuction technique is a great option for extracting fat in a expeditious and efficient manner. It is one of my preferred approaches and I have tried: syringe, suctions assisted, laser assisted (aka smartlipo), water jet, ultrasonic. ...Read more

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Is it possible to remove fat without liposuction?

NYC CoolSculpting: Fat removal can be accomplished with zeltiq's coolsculpting, a non-invasive freezing technology that kills the fat cells in a one hour per site treatment during which your comfortable. The average result was shown by ultrasound to reduce 20% of fat volume by four months. Some patients can repeat the treatment every three months a few times with increasing improvement. There is minimal downtime. ...Read more

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Wats the price of getting liposuction?

Wats the price of getting liposuction?

Depends]: Depends on modality - ultrasound, laser conventional. How many areas and how big the areas are. Your doctors experience etc. ...Read more

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What happens to the fat after liposuction?

Which fat?: If you mean the fat that is removed, it is usually discarded like other medical waste. If you mean the fat that remains on your body after liposuction, it continues to behave like fat, getting larger if you eat more calories than you burn and shrink if you burn more calories than you eat. ...Read more

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Woud you please discuss the complications of liposuction?

Many: Complications of liposuction surgery include infection, bleeding, asymmetry, skin contour irregularities, unsatisfactory skin redraping, unsatisfactory cosmetic result, pulmonary embolism, and even death. Having said that, most complications are extremely rare with careful plastic surgeon and patient selection. ...Read more

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