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Liposuction is a  procedure  which contours a more proportional figure by removing excess fatty tissue using a minimally invasive approach. The result is a  slimmer silhouette. When compared to many aesthetic surgery procedures, liposuction has relatively minimal downtime. This is particularly true compared to other body contouring surgical procedures, making liposuction  the most performed aesthetic plastic surgery.

Your Body, Only Better

For Dr. Bass, liposuction is a chance to sculpt a balanced, beautiful body that looks completely natural. While he removes as much fat as possible, simply flattening bulges is not his goal. Instead, Dr. Bass prefers to blend the target area with the surrounding body shapes so that the final result is harmonious. 

Your Liposuction Consultation 

When Dr. Bass meets a patient for a liposuction consultation, he takes time to have an in-depth conversation about their aesthetic goals and assesses their entire body. He identifies which parts of the body are incongruent with a proportional figure and maps out a strategy to achieve a more balanced look. Dr. Bass assesses which treatments or techniques would provide the least invasive path to achieving your body contouring goals.

Also important during the consultation is to discern the source of the unwanted body contours. Liposuction removes subcutaneous fat and does not remove visceral fat (fat inside the abdominal cavity). Nor does it correct excessively loose skin or abdominal stretching due to age or pregnancy. Dr. Bass will also ascertain if a laser or energy-based liposuction solution is suitable; these procedures aim at amplifying the degree of skin redraping and tightening obtained.

What Is The Procedure Like?

Liposuction occurs in one of Bass Plastic Surgery’s fully accredited surgical facilities. Small liposuctions can often be performed using only tumescent (local) anesthesia. For multiple areas or larger treatments, using the latest in anesthesia, you will be comfortable throughout the procedure. First, Dr. Bass and the patient carefully map the areas to be treated standing up in the exam room to ensure accurate focus on target, problem areas.  

Next, dilute local anesthesia is instilled into the area which provides anesthesia, minimizes blood loss and loosens fatty tissue to be removed. This is known as the tumescent technique which has been the mainstay of liposuction for the last 30 years. During liposuction, fat is removed with multiple passes of the liposuction cannula to sculpt the body area into a  more aesthetically pleasing contour.

Fatty tissue from liposuction can be processed in the operating room during the procedure and used to resculpt another part of the body, such as breast shaping and augmentation, Brazilian butt lift, and abdomen (six pack), chest and shoulder shaping for men. Often other contouring procedures are performed in conjunction with liposuction when appropriate; some of these include abdominoplasty, brachioplasty, body lift, and thigh lift.

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A Comprehensive Approach

There are many technologies and techniques, both surgical and non-surgical in use today for body contouring.   At Bass Plastic Surgery, a variety of technologies are available to help maximize results with liposuction, including skin smoothing and tightening and to provide the best available nonsurgical alternatives.  Whatever turns out to be best suited to your needs, rest assured, we have the appropriate state-of-the-art options to offer.  

Backed By Experience

Dr. Bass has conducted extensive research and product development for surgical and nonsurgical body sculpting procedures. He also holds several patents in this area. At Bass Plastic Surgery, patients receive uncompromising, thorough care with the most advanced techniques and technology available.  Dr. Bass’s years of experience will work to your advantage during the consultation to give you confidence that you’ve considered all the options appropriate to your needs.

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Shorter Recovery Period

Every patient’s body is unique, which means every recovery is different. In general, the amount of downtime needed is proportional to the volume of fat removed and the areas treated. Dr. Bass typically recommends that his patients take two to four days off of work, resting at home with reduced activity. After that period, many can return to desk jobs and social activities, albeit not at full capacity.

Light to moderate workouts can resume after ten days in most cases. Dr. Bass conducts follow-up exams to make sure healing is progressing normally.  For small liposuctions, often performed under local anesthesia alone, little to no downtime from office work or social activities is necessary, though exercise should be postponed for a few days. 

Get Your Body Back

Patients love how liposuction gives them their body back. They can fit into their favorite clothes again without starving themselves or spending excessive time in the gym. Results are always elegant and natural looking.

Results become visible around six to eight weeks, although the skin is still shrinking and readjusting at this point. It takes about three months for the skin to reach its ultimate level of smoothness and firmness. 

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Advanced Technology To Speed Recovery

Bruising and swelling are normal; the degree of both depends on the patient and the volume of fat removed. After two to three weeks, bruising should be gone and swelling down to a minimum. Dr. Bass incorporates the latest techniques like the use of TXA (tranexamic acid), which reduces bleeding after the procedure; this, in turn, significantly reduces bruising. 

Patients also undergo painless ultrasound treatments that help reduce swelling more quickly and stimulate skin shrinking; these ultrasound sessions take place two weeks after the procedure. Typically only four sessions are needed and are included in the cost of the procedure.

Is Liposuction Right For Me?

Liposuction is suited for those in relatively good health with stubborn fat that won’t budge despite diet and exercise. Even with significant weight loss, some stubborn areas of fat may remain which can be addressed by liposuction.  It is important to note that liposuction is not intended for weight loss but rather for body contouring.

Clinical Excellence Meets Academic Leadership: Selected Research Presentations And Publications By Dr. Bass

Bass LS, Pozner JN, Dibernardo BE: Non-invasive and minimally invasive techniques in body contouring.  
Nahai F, Nahai FR eds., Kenkel J section ed. The Art of Aesthetic Surgery: Principles and Techniques

Bass LS, Doherty ST: Safety and efficacy of a non-invasive 1060 nm diode laser for fat reduction of the abdomen.  J Drugs Dermatol 

Bass LS, DiBernardo B, Pozner J: Blending Nonsurgical Treatments with Surgery for Skin Lifting on the Body.   In Few, JW ed. The Art of Combining Surgical and Nonsurgical Techniques in Aesthetic Medicine 

Bass LS, Pozner JN, Dibernardo BE: Non-invasive and minimally invasive techniques in body contouring.  Nahai F, Nahai FR eds., Kenkel J section ed. The Art of Aesthetic Surgery: Principles and Techniques

Bass, LS, Doherty S: Non-invasive fat reduction of the abdomen: A multicenter study with a 1060 nm diode laser.  Lasers Surg Med 

Bass LS, Katz BE, Doherty ST: A Multicenter Study of a Non-Invasive 1060nm Diode Laser for Fat Reduction of the Flanks and Abdomen 6 Month Follow-Up.  Lasers Surg Med 

“Non-invasive reduction of the abdomen: A multicenter study with a 1060 nm diode laser.”  American Society for Laser Medicine & Surgery

“A multicenter study of a non-Invasive 1060nm diode laser for fat Reduction of the flanks and abdomen 6 month follow-up.”  American Society for Laser Medicine & Surgery  

“One year follow-up following treatment with a 1060 nm hyperthermic laser for non-invasive fat reduction.”  American Society for Laser Medicine & Surgery

Panel Discussion: Blending surgical and nonsurgical techniques for body contouring.  The Cutting Edge Aesthetic Surgery Symposium

“Hyperthermic diode laser vs. advanced radiofrequency for non-invasive body contouring.”  The Cutting Edge Aesthetic Surgery Symposium

“Non-Invasive Body Contouring New Option: Non-Invasive Laser Lipolysis (SculpSure).” Summit in Aesthetic Medicine

“Pharmacological Solutions to Excess Fat: Deoxycholic acid (Kybella) and More.”  Summit in Aesthetic Medicine

“Body Contouring: Surgical vs. Non-Surgical –What Works vs. What Doesn’t.”  American Society of Plastic Surgeons

“Non-Invasive Body Contouring: Laser and Low Level Light Treatments.” Body Contouring Instructional Course.  American Society for Laser Medicine & Surgery

Non-invasive body contouring with a 1060 nm laser system.” International Master Course on Aging Science

Live Treatment Demonstration: SculpSure.  International Master Course on Aging Science

“Non-Invasive Body Contouring: Advanced Techniques and Aesthetic Planning.” Summit in Aesthetic Medicine

“Liposuction Technologies.” 5 Continents Congress Lasers and Aesthetic Medicine

“Approaches to Non-invasive Body Contouring.”  5 Continents Congress Lasers and Aesthetic Medicine

“Cryolipolysis: Maximizing results.”  5 Continent Congress Lasers and Aesthetic Medicine

“Cryolipolysis: Outcomes with existing clinical technology.”  Summit in Aesthetic Medicine

“Optimal wavelengths for laser lipolysis.”  Summit in Aesthetic Medicine
“Cryolipolysis: Patient selection and effectiveness.”  Cutting Edge Aesthetic Surgery Symposium: Advanced Body Sculpting Head to Foot.  Manhattan Eye, Ear and Throat Hospital

Course Director, Summit in Aesthetic Medicine.

“Noninvasive body shaping: Devices and techniques that work.”  Summit in Aesthetic Medicine

“Laser lipolysis”, Brazilian Society of Plastic Surgery

“Cryolipolysis body contouring.”  NYU Medical Center

“Clinical trials of noninvasive fat technology: Zeltiq clinical trials”.  Technology Innovations in Plastic Surgery.  Plastic Surgery Educational Foundation

“Zeltiq”.  Hot Topics Symposium.  American Society of Plastic Surgeons

“Review of technologies for liposuction.” Emerging Technologies and Techniques in Plastic Surgery: Innovations in Facial Surgery, Breast Surgery, Body Contouring and Laser and Skin Care.  NYU Medical Center

“Lipolysis: Augmented tumescent suction lipectomy”.  Emerging Technologies in Plastic Surgery

“External ultrasound and lipolysis in facial and body contouring”.  Emerging Technologies in Plastic Surgery

 “A prospective comparison of EUA (external ultrasound assist) to super-wet liposuction in  body contouring”

“External ultrasound: Comparison with tumescent liposuction in body contouring”. Emerging Technologies in Plastic Surgery: The Next Millennium.  NYU Medical Center

“External ultrasound assisted liposuction”. Emerging Technologies in Plastic Surgery: Innovations in Endoscopy, Lasers, Liposuction and Tissue Replacements.  NYU Medical Center

Course Director, Emerging Technologies in Plastic Surgery: Innovations in Endoscopy, Lasers, Liposuction and Tissue Replacements.  NYU Medical Center

Course Director, Emerging Technologies in Plastic Surgery: Laser and Endoscopy Innovations.  NYU Medical Center

“Atraumatic balloon dissection technique (mammaplasty, abdominoplasty, browlift).” Advances in Aesthetic Plastic Surgery: The Cutting Edge.  Manhattan Eye, Ear & Throat Hospital

Moderator, Liposuction -Tumescent Technique. Advances in Aesthetic Plastic Surgery: The Cutting Edge.  Manhattan Eye, Ear & Throat Hospital

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