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Even with the best diet and a rigorous exercise regimen, excess fat in the neck, hips, thighs, upper arms, chest can often seem impossible to get rid of. Though not considered a weight loss procedure, liposuction has become an invaluable tool to fight the fat in those tough areas that do not respond to weight loss or exercise.

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About the Procedure

Dr. Lefkowitz will use the latest technology to help you customize your treatment plan prioritizing your personal aesthetic desires and the most natural appearance.

Liposuction is performed through tiny inconspicuous incisions. Small tubes are then used to remove the excess fat. Areas to be treated are infused with an anesthetic solution to allow for a pain free and meticulous procedure with minimal bleeding. Several areas may be treated with liposuction at once. For instance, you may have your neck, love handles and thighs addressed if those areas are determined to be amenable to liposuction techniques.

Depending on the regions treated and the amount of suctioning required, the typical procedure lasts between one and four hours. In most cases, it is performed as an outpatient procedure in an ambulatory surgery center. Occasionally, if larger volume liposuction is performed, an overnight stay in a hospital setting will be planned to allow for close monitoring.

Complementary Procedures

Liposuction is commonly performed in conjunction with a tummy tuckface and neck lifts, as well as other procedures. Dr. Lefkowitz will thoroughly discuss your options should you wish to combine services.


Some swelling and bruising is expected and normal after a liposuction procedure. Over time (10-14 days), much of this dissipates. A compressive garment will be worn after surgery to help for comfort and contour. You can expect to reach full aesthetic results within three to six months.

Dr. Lefkowitz recommends one week for recovery, however, you may choose to return to work or school after three to five days depending on the areas treated and the extent of your surgery. Returning to light aerobic exercise is encouraged by day seven of your recovery and can be increased over the next two to three weeks.

Dr. Lefkowitz believes continued care is an essential part of achieving the best results. He will continue to help guide you through all matters of the recovery process and answer any of your questions about diet, exercise and activity levels as you recover.

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