Body Contouring FAQ
Weight changes, heredity, and pregnancy can result in concerns such as excess skin around your midsection, fat deposits on your inner thighs, and "love handles." You can diet and exercise – and still those frustrating trouble spots may remain. In such cases, body contouring in New Jersey with board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Richard D'Amico can provide a solution. He has provided answers to the most frequently asked body contouring questions here.
What are My Body Contouring Options?
We have both surgical and non-surgical body sculpting options available. Depending on your goals and health, Dr. D'Amico may recommend an advanced, non-surgical technology such as CoolSculpting® by ZELTIQ™ or a more comprehensive surgical procedure, such as a tummy tuck (abdominoplasty). In some cases, combining a tummy tuck with a liposuction method such as BodyTite™ can result in the slimmer, toned body you're seeking.
What is Tumescent Liposuction?
Tumescent liposuction in our New Jersey practice remains one of the most popular methods for removing excess areas of fat. During a liposuction procedure, Dr. D'Amico infuses the targeted region with tumescent solution, which shrinks the blood vessels and minimizes blood loss and bruising. The tumescent solution causes the areas of fat to become swollen and firm, allowing for easier, more precise and more comfortable fat suctioning.
What Areas Can Be Treated with Liposuction?
Common areas include the flanks or "love handles," abdomen, the upper back area (women sometimes call this "back fat" or a "bra bulge"), inner and outer thighs or "saddle bags," and upper arms. Liposuction can be used to improve facial appearance by reducing fat in the neck or under the chin as well.
Can I Combine Skin Tightening with Liposuction?
Among the latest methods for improved skin tightening is Radio Frequency Liposuction (RFAL), such as BodyTite, which stimulates collagen growth while removing fat. Another option is SmartLipo™ laser liposuction. At his New Jersey practice, Dr. D'Amico evaluates all new technologies before choosing the options that are safest and most effective for his patients.
Do You Offer Any Gentle Liposuction Enhancements?
Dr. D'Amico assesses new liposuction enhancements to ensure that they actually benefit the patient. An exciting advance in liposuction technology is HydraSolve™, which combines low levels of heat and pressure with natural saline to selectively liquefy fat cells. The fat can then be easily removed through a very narrow cannula with minimal trauma to surrounding tissues. Patients can typically return to work in a few days and their regular exercise routine within 2 weeks.
Will Liposuction Get Rid of My Cellulite?
While liposuction can soften the dimpling caused by cellulite, it does not affect the fibrous bands of connective tissue inside the skin that pull down and create these dimples. Cellulaze™ is a more appropriate option. This laser-assisted treatment removes excess fat under the skin and releases the tough connective fibers for a smooth, attractive look.
How Do I Know if I Need a Tummy Tuck?
A tummy tuck can remove excess skin and fat from your waist and stomach while tightening your abdominal muscles. Tummy tuck surgery is appropriate if you have sagging and laxity due to massive weight loss or pregnancy. Liposuction alone will not correct these problems, but it may be used in conjunction with a tummy tuck to improve results.
What Non-Surgical Options Are Available?
CoolSculpting is a non-surgical procedure that uses targeted cooling to cause the fat cells to atrophy, after which they are removed by the body's natural cleansing process. An alternative to a laser lipolysis procedure such as Smartlipo or traditional liposuction, a CoolSculpting treatment is designed for those who have small amounts of fat. It requires no anesthesia, so patients can usually return to their daily routine immediately.
Changing your body has the potential to transform your life. To get started today, call us at 201-399-4268 or request a consultation with Dr. D'Amico, a body contouring specialist plastic surgeon serving New Jersey, New York, and the Tri-State area. He will spend time with you one-on-one to understand your objectives and give his professional opinion about the procedures that are best for you. There is never pressure to choose surgery, and you will even have a second consultation included with the fee to bring along family or loved ones and ask follow up questions. The consultation fee is applied toward any surgical procedure you choose.