Everyone knows that diet and exercise are vital to achieving a better body. However, for some individuals, no matter how many calories they burn or donuts they forego, stubborn pockets of fat still remain. If you’re troubled by trouble spots on your arms, thighs, stomach, or neck, then liposuction might be right for you. Doctors Dale and Michelle Abadir of Abadir Associates in Rye Brook, New York have years of experience performing liposuction surgeries on both body and neck. These surgeries change not only your body weight, but also your physical shape.
What to Bring to the Initial Consult
The first step in the liposuction procedure is a consultation. Make sure to bring a copy of your medical records to the appointment and inform your doctor of any previous surgeries. Sharing your full medical history, including any allergies and medications you are currently taking, with your physician can prevent any mishaps. This information may also influence the type of procedure they recommend for you, as well as the aftercare.
The 6 Questions You Must Ask
When you arrive for your liposuction consultation, you’ll want to be sure to ask these 6 essential questions.
1. Is the doctor qualified?
The most important question to ask is whether your doctor is qualified. Doctors Dale and Michelle Abadir have authored many articles on cosmetic surgery, including liposuction. Doctor Michelle Abadir is a member of the American Society of Liposuction Surgery, and both teach surgery to dermatology residents at Albert Einstein Medical College in New York.
2. Am I a good candidate?
Because liposuction is a Body Shaping surgery, the best candidates are already at or near their ideal weight. You will likely have a good result if your skin still has a high degree of elasticity. You can test your skin’s elasticity with a “pinch test”. With your thumb and forefinger, grab a small amount of flesh from the top of your hand. If the skin quickly springs back into place when you release, you are likely a good candidate.
3. Can I achieve my goals with less invasive surgery?
Pockets of fat are not the only cause of flabby problem areas. Sometimes a drooping stomach or jowls are the result of loose skin, either from weight loss or aging. This extra skin creates bulk that often responds better to a non-surgical treatment like Thermage. In Thermage, Doctors Dale and Michelle Abadir use a device that emits radiofrequency waves to stimulate the production of collagen. Over time, you will see a tightening of the skin and a reduction of loose, flabby tissue in the treated area. Thermage can also be used to treat cellulite.
4. What is recovery like after surgery?
Recovery depends on the size of the area treated, as well as the extent of the procedure. Most people experience bruising, swelling, and pain during their first weeks of recovery, but these generally subside within a matter of weeks. You may be advised to wear a compression garment during this time to encourage the draining of surgical fluids.
5. What will surgery be like?
Depending on the invasiveness of your procedure, you will receive either local or general anesthesia. After this, Doctors Dale and Michelle Abadir will make a small incision before inserting a device called a cannula. The device attaches to a tube that will suck the fat out of your body with the precision necessary to create the shape that you desire.
6. What kind of results should I expect?
The results of liposuction are permanent. Once fat cells are removed from an area like your stomach or thighs, they are gone forever. Their removal means your body will stay the same shape, even if you gain weight. To best maintain the results of liposuction, diet and exercise are critical.