Liposuction is the “gold standard” procedure to contour your body. If you have dieted and exercised and there are still stubborn areas of fat that will not go away then liposuction may be a good choice for you. While liposuction is not a replacement for a balanced diet and a disciplined exercise program it can contour your body so that you can fit into your clothes and look slimmer.
Q: How is liposuction performed?
A: Dr. Kopelman uses blunt liposuction cannulas, thin metal “straws”,that are inserted beneath the skin into the subcutaneous layer of fat. Each time the cannula is passed through the fatty layer fat cells are permanently removed. Fat in the deeper “visceral fat” that surrounds internal body organs is not accessible to liposuction.
Q: What special liposuction techniques does Dr. Kopelman use?
A: On the day of surgery, Dr. Kopelman begins by taking pre-op photos and marking proposed treatment areas.Dr Kopelman then performs liposuction under “twilight” sleep sedaton, awake enough, that allows him to change your position to achieve an optimal shape. He injects lidocaine to numb the access points. In order to comfortably remove the fat he infuses a “tumescent” solution, a dilute mixture of water and salt mixed with local anesthesia(lidocaine and epinephrine) into the fat deposits beneath the skin. This solution will anesthetize the fatty layer which will ensure that you will be very comfortable during and after your procedure.It will also make the removal of fat easier. Doctor Kopelman then begins liposuction by inserting a metal cannula through access points into the subcutaneous fatty layer. In order to obtain the smoothest possible results, Dr.Kopelman removes fat from the deepest layer first and then progressively uses thinner smaller cannulas as he reaches the under surface of the skin.
Q: Will I be sleeping or awake during the procedure?
A: During the procedure, patients are fully awake, which allows Dr. Kopelman to change their position to achieve the optimal result.
Q: Who are ideal candidates for liposuction?
A: The best candidates for tumescent liposuction are people in good health, possess firm, elastic skin, are modestly overweight and have realistic expectations about the benefits of the procedure.Liposuction is not a weight loss program but it can rid deposits of fat from areas that are resistant to dieting and exercise.
Q: What areas are most frequently treated?
A: The most frequent areas treated by Dr. Kopelman vary by patient gender. For men, treatment areas often include the “love handles,” chest, abdomen and neckline. In women they include: thighs, hips, buttocks, stomach, knees, lower leg, and double chins.
Q: Is liposuction a treatment for cellulite?
A: Although many patients do notice an improvement in the appearance of cellulite after the fat cells are removed. Dimples, ripples, stretch marks, and other skin imperfections remain unchanged following liposuction. However,Dr. Kopelman does offer VelaShape, a radiofrequency device, that effectively improves the appearance of cellulite.