Dr. Paul LoVerme—our New Jersey plastic surgeon—learned the art of lipoplasty or liposuction in 1983 when it was first brought to the United States from Europe. When patients visit him in New Jersey, he uses his vast experience in developing a customized plan. Now we have improved technology which translates into better results, as well as new imaging tools such as Vectra 3D photography and computer manipulation to let you see your “after” before surgery.
Often, patients wish to combine liposuction body sculpting with other procedures, such as a tummy tuck, mommy makeover, or fat transfer to enhance the quality of the final results. When multiple procedures are incorporated into one comprehensive surgery, Dr. LoVerme can provide a full cost estimate on the day of consultation.
Liposuction body sculpting or suction-assisted Lipoplasty (SAL) has become one of the most common cosmetic surgery procedures performed in the US. Proven safety, minimal scarring and outstanding results have made it the preferred method for removing fat from the hips, thighs, abdomen, and midriff, as well as areas of the neck and arms. Liposuction is not an alternative to weight reduction, but can be very effective in removing fat from areas that do not respond to diet and exercise programs.
Suction-assisted lipectomy is performed under general anesthesia or local anesthesia with sedation. A narrow tube (cannula) is inserted through a small incision made in an inconspicuous place. Dr. LoVerme then manipulates the cannula, which is connected to a vacuum, breaking up fatty areas and suctioning out the fat.
If you are interested in learning more about tumescent liposuction from Paul LoVerme, MD, of the New Jersey and New York area, please contact the LoVerme Center for Plastic Surgery in New Jersey.
SAFE Liposuction is a rather new variant of tumescent liposuction in which Dr. LoVerme has developed expertise. The acronym stands for Separation-Aspiration-Fat Equalization and is a refined process leading to smooth, spectacular results.
If you are interested in learning more about tumescent and SAFE liposuction from Paul LoVerme, MD, please contact the LoVerme Center for Plastic Surgery.
Ultrasonic-Assisted Liposuction (UAL)
Ultrasonic assisted liposuction is a technique we use at our New Jersey and New York area center that requires the use of a special cannula that produces ultrasonic energy. As it passes through the areas of fat, the energy explodes the walls of the fat cells, liquefying the fat. The fat is then removed with the traditional liposuction technique.
UAL has been shown to improve the ease and effectiveness of liposuction in fibrous areas of the body, such as the upper back or the enlarged male breast. It is also commonly used in secondary procedures, when enhanced precision is needed. In general, UAL takes longer to perform than traditional liposuction.
Cost of Liposuction
At The LoVerme Center for Plastic Surgery we strive to provide our patients with all of the financial information they need before deciding whether or not to proceed with treatment. Each liposuction procedure is specifically tailored to suit the unique needs of the patient. For this reason, the exact cost of the procedure can vary depending on a variety of factors. Considerations that may affect the cost estimate of a liposuction procedure can include: the location(s) on the body where the liposuction is needed (i.e. the thighs, love handles, chin, abdomen, arms etc.), how much fat is going to be removed, costs for anesthesia and medications, and surgical fees.
We accept several forms of payment including cash, credit card, and check. For those who wish to arrange a more flexible form of payment, we also offer several financing options through trusted lenders including Prosper Healthcare Lending and CareCredit®. Our goal is always to help make the treatment you desire as accessible and affordable as possible.
To help you learn more about the procedure, we have provided answers to many of the questions Dr. LoVerme receives from patients considering liposuction:
Q: Can I use liposuction for weight loss?
A: Liposuction is not intended as a weight loss surgery; rather, it is specifically designed to reduce pockets of unwanted fat that are resistant to dieting and increased exercise. Ideal candidates for liposuction are typically patients who are at or are very close to their goal weight that have localized areas of excess fat. Body contouring with liposuction generally achieves the best results for patients who desire the removal of stubborn fat to achieve a more toned figure not a lower body weight.
Q: Will I need more than one liposuction session?
A: Typically, Dr. LoVerme can address your needs during one liposuction session. However, in instances where other plastic surgery procedures are being performed or large quantities of fat need to be removed, he will prioritize your safety and may suggest staging your treatment accordingly. During your consultation, Dr. LoVerme can discuss your goals and develop a custom treatment plan specifically designed for your needs. He will carefully explain every aspect of proposed treatment so that you are fully informed about the details of your procedure(s).
Q: Will the fat removed during liposuction return?
A: While the fat cells removed during liposuction will not return, the fat cells remaining in the body have the potential to grow if a balanced diet and exercise regimen is not followed. With maintenance of a healthy lifestyle, liposuction patients are usually able to keep a toned and slender appearance in the treatment areas for many years without a problem. Often patients note that even when they do gain a mild to moderate amount of weight after liposuction, the fat appears to be more evenly distributed and proportionate. If there is a significant increase in weight after liposuction, the outcome of the treatment will be affected.
Q: What are the potential risks associated with liposuction treatment?
A: Dr. LoVerme has successfully performed countless liposuction procedures in his more than 25 years as a board-certified plastic surgeon. His experience level, commitment to providing responsible surgical care, and strong focus on safety all help minimize any risks during the procedure. It is important to note that there is a greater chance of surgical risk when larger quantities of fat are removed. To protect the health of his patients, Dr. LoVerme may recommend in-hospital liposuction to satisfy requests for high volume fat removal.
Q: How soon after liposuction can I return to work?
A: For patients undergoing liposuction surgery, Dr. LoVerme recommends taking a few days off from work to rest following the procedure. Recovery times can vary based on the area treated and the amount of fat removed; however, on average, the recovery time can last between a couple of days or up to a week depending on healing and how the body is affected.
For more information about LipoSelection® by VASER at The LoVerme Center in New Jersey, contact Dr. LoVerme today.
Age: 21 / Ht: 5’8″ / Wt: 140 lbs