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Stubborn body fat is no match for liposuction, a safe and permanent solution for re-shaping the body's contours.

Leading Manhattan cosmetic surgeon Dr. Preminger explains what liposuction can and cannot do.

Liposuction in New York

Liposuction is a body contouring procedure that extracts fat cells from targeted areas of the body – including thighs, waist, buttocks, upper arms, neck and more – to help you achieve a sleek, toned appearance. While diet and exercise are important aspects of any healthy lifestyle, there are certain areas of the body that simply do not respond as well as hoped. Fortunately, for men and women seeking additional help sculpting the thighs, midsection or buttocks, liposuction can prove to be a solution that is safe, effective and able to provide impressive results in a short period of time.

Dr. Preminger performs several liposuction techniques in her Manhattan surgical suite, helping patients rid themselves of stubborn body fat.

Quick Facts

Procedure Length

1-4 hours (depending on extent of procedure)


General or Intravenous Sedation/Local for small volume.

In/Out Patient

Usually outpatient


Pain, bleeding, infection, asymmetry, contour irregularities

Side Effects

Temporary swelling, bruising, and some pain


Back at work in 5-7 days
Resume light exercise at 2 weeks
Resume strenuous activity at 6 weeks
8-12 weeks for swelling to resolve

Duration of Results

Can be permanent if diet and exercise are maintained.

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Preparing for liposuction

Good candidates for liposuction should generally be within 10 percent of their ideal body weight before the procedure. Liposuction is intended to reduce unsightly areas of fat that have been unresponsive to conventional weight loss techniques and is not a means to shed large amounts of excess weight.

In advance of your liposuction procedure, you will be asked to disclose any and all medications or supplements you take on a regular basis in order to prevent harmful interactions.

Dr. Preminger will take your complete medical history and rule out potentially dangerous conditions such as high blood pressure, pulmonary problems, diabetes, a suppressed immune system or coronary artery disease. Any sensitivity to anesthesia will also be addressed, to ensure that you are able to safely undergo the procedure.


Dr. Preminger performs liposuction procedures on an outpatient basis under general anesthetic or intravenous sedation, or in cases where only a small area of the body will be treated, localized anesthetic. A small incision will be made in the skin and a narrow tube known as a cannula will be inserted into the fat pocket beneath. The cannula is then swept through the target area to dislodge the fat, which is then vacuumed out through the inserted suction tube. When treating large areas, this process may be repeated at multiple sites on the body.

Once the desired amount of fat has been removed, the doctor usually places small drainage tubes to help remove fluid or excess blood that may accumulate post-surgery. If a significant amount of blood or fluid is lost during the procedure, intravenous replacement may be necessary, though this is rare. When the procedure is completed, bandages and a compression garment will be put on the treated areas, and will need to be worn for as long as the doctor instructs.

"One of one of the best things about liposuction is that the results can be permanent so long as the patient maintains a healthy diet and exercise routine."
B. Aviva Preminger, MD


In the majority of cases, liposuction patients are able to return home the very same day of their procedure. Your bandages will likely stay in place for approximately two weeks, and it will also be necessary to wear your compression garments for several weeks in order to keep swelling and bleeding under control. Otherwise, the healing process should be extremely straightforward.

You may experience bruising and some mild discomfort for several days following your procedure, but this can be easily managed with over-the-counter or prescribed pain medication. Within just a few weeks, you will begin to see the impressive results of your liposuction procedure.

Long-lasting results

Though liposuction is permanent, the positive results still require maintenance. A healthy diet and exercise regimen is essential to keep your desired appearance and to maintain an appropriate weight.

Liposuction is a proven technique for getting rid of stubborn fat deposits that have not been reduced by traditional methods and which have prevented you from achieving the figure you desire.

Buttock lifts and tummy tucks can be done alongside liposuction to achieve truly transformational outcomes. It is also possible to take advantage of fat deposits extracted through liposuction by using them in a process referred to as autologous fat transfer. This method injects your own fat into other areas of the body marked by unsightly wrinkles and fine lines, imparting a fresh, youthful look.

Manhattan Liposuction Consultations

If you have been frustrated by an inability to improve certain diet-resistant areas of your body, you are in good company. To learn more about liposuction and body contouring procedures, contact Dr. Preminger’s NYC practice at (212) 706-1900 or contact us online to arrange a private consultation.

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