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What a liposuction can do for you

Liposuction, sometimes called liposculpture or lipoplasty, is the process of removing unwanted fat from areas of your body where fat accumulates and doesn’t reduce, regardless of how much dieting and exercise you do. If a part of your body insists on retaining its fat no matter how much weight you lose overall, you could benefit from liposuction.

You Can Expect

  • Reduce unwanted subcutaneous fat just about anywhere on your body, including your breasts, stomach, back and legs.
  • Achieve a sleeker body contour by reducing bulges and rolls.
  • *Experience the retraction of your skin from minimal to substantial ranges.

You’ll experience

  • The choice of having your surgery done under local or general anesthesia.
  • The ability to get back to work within a couple of days to a week.
  • Barely visible scars, because they’ll be tiny and placed in discreet locations. Nobody will be able to see them easily, allowing you to wear revealing clothing with confidence.
  • The benefit of having less fat cells in your body, making future minor to moderate weight gain in the treated areas less apparent.
  • Results that will last as long as you maintain a healthy lifestyle.


Liposuction in New Jersey remains one of the most popular cosmetic procedures for men and women. It’s a versatile, customizable treatment to help reshape the body and bust the problem of stubborn fat deposits.

When people have tried every natural way to shed weight and still struggle with unwanted bulges, liposuction can safely and effectively remove the problem for good. While you’ll find plenty of reasons to consider this procedure, there are a few things you should know about realistic expectations while healing. Here’s what you can expect from your New Jersey liposuction experience:


You can expect to bruise in the treatment area after liposuction. While your plastic surgeon will use medication and techniques to help prevent unnecessary bruising, depending on your body and the extent of your treatment, it’s a normal part of healing. Bruises often look worse than they feel. You should expect to see the color fading by 2 weeks after surgery.


Liposuction isn’t usually described as very painful. The discomfort you’ll feel shouldn’t distract you from relaxing, watching T.V., or socializing. You’ll be asked to stick with restful activities and avoid workouts for a few weeks after surgery. Topical medication or light massage may be recommended by your surgeon. Patients may take oral medication as directed throughout the first week. Luckily, pain is often less than expected with this procedure.

Expect to wait for your results

It’s often hard to be patient for final outcomes after cosmetic surgery. Before you see your new shape revealed after liposuction, the typical inflammation must run its course. You’ll see significant improvements by 2 weeks in most cases, but residual swelling may last a few months. Patients are often provided with a compression garment to wear post-procedure, which helps reduce fluid retention and conform the tissue to its new shape.

Expect minimal scars

No invasive surgery is entirely without scarring. However, New Jersey liposuction patients enjoy some of the smallest possible scars. Your plastic surgeon will place the necessary incisions in discrete areas whenever possible. They usually measure just a few millimetres long, so if well-cared for, your scars can be nearly invisible once healed.

Expect the fat to be permanently removed

When using liposuction to surgically extract fat cells, they do not return to the treatment area. You may have up to 5 liters of fat suctioned from your body during liposuction.

It’s essential that patients take care to manage their weight and not gain fat after surgery. If you put on extra pounds after liposuction, you can expect untreated areas to increase in size visibly. Your plastic surgeon will give you advice to maintain a healthy weight and your ideal results.

Liposuction Fat Removal

Liposuction is the process of removing unwanted fat from areas of your body where fat accumulates and doesn’t reduce, regardless of how much dieting and exercise you do.

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What makes your liposuction at Gartner Plastic Surgery unique

  • Pre-emptive anesthesia is administered before your surgery even begins. This makes you less hypersensitive to the trauma of surgery as well as the inflammation that results afterward, making your recovery far more comfortable than if it weren’t used. That means you can get back to work and your daily activities sooner!
  • Dr. Gartner has been performing liposuction for over a decade and has extensive experience in a variety of techniques. Depending on the area you’d like to have treated, the most suitable technique will be selected to achieve your desired improvement. For example, the laser assisted technique may be used in areas affected by mild to moderate loose skin to improve the rate of skin retraction after your surgery, making excision unnecessary. In addition, you will experience far less blood less with laser assisted liposuction when compared to traditional techniques. The study, Comparison of Blood Loss in Laser Lipolysis vs Traditional Liposuction[1], *found that blood loss is reduced substantially when targeting the breasts, flanks, back and abdomen*.

Liposuction under local anesthesia and oral sedation

While exercise and diet are beneficial for your overall health, they can’t spot reduce, no matter how strict your lifestyle is. Small pockets of unwanted fat can ruin your body contour, making you bulge in areas that you’d like leaner. Liposuction is designed to sculpt your body, eliminating unwanted fat so you can have the smoother and sleeker silhouette that you deserve—without going “under”!

  • Spot reduce unwanted fat in the neck, back, upper arms, waist, hips, thighs, knees and calves. The breasts can also be treated.
  • Smaller, rather than larger, areas may be treated.
  • *You won’t feel any pain or discomfort at all during your surgery, even though you’ll still be awake.
  • *Get back to work within three to seven days.
  • See your results sooner than if you had gone under general anesthesia, with less discomfort, bruising and swelling.
  • Resume moderate exercise in a week.
Only local anesthesia and oral sedation is required

In Liposuction surgery under local anesthesia: limited blood loss and minimal lidocaine absorption[2], the procedure we offer has been proven to be painless and minimizes blood loss, allowing you to reshape your body without the risks associated with general anesthesia. *Your skin in the treated area will also firm back up substantially*, which means you won’t be left with as much loose skin as if another liposuction technique were performed.

Only local anesthesia and oral sedation is required to obtain your desired results, which means you won’t have to endure any of the risks or side effects associated with general anesthesia, such as not being able to wake up, vomiting/nausea and feeling groggy. Coupled with the administration of pre-emptive anesthesia, you’ll enjoy a faster recovery that won’t be as intense or uncomfortable.

Dr. Gartner uses Smartlipo to perform your procedure. Smartlipo is a leading type of laser assisted liposuction device that first melts unwanted fat, making it far easier to suction out of your body with a microcannula. The laser energy seals blood vessels in the area so that there’s less bleeding and bruising. *You’ll also experience a significant tightening of the overlying skin in the area as you recover because the gentle heat delivered to the area promotes collagen and elastin production*. In fact, according to Evaluation of skin tightening after laser-assisted liposuction[3], patients enjoyed a significant average skin retraction three months after their surgery.

You don’t need to come back to get your stitches removed, because Dr. Gartner uses sutures that will simply dissolve while you recover.

Liposuction under general anesthesia

If you require larger amounts of fat in several areas to be removed, general anesthesia is administered to increase your comfort and safety. Your surgery can be combined with other facial or body contouring procedures, such as blepharoplasty, a tummy tuck or breast augmentation. You can even use the fat removed from your body and put it back into another area to reshape or resize it, such as your breasts or buttocks.

  • Get back to work within a week or less with less discomfort, bruising and swelling compared to other more traditional forms of liposuction.
  • You may be able to have other treatments performed at the same time, so you only have to undergo one surgery and recovery period. Combining treatments can also be more cost effective.
  • Experience a dramatic improvement of your body contour.

Are You A Candidate For Liposuction?

If a part of your body insists on retaining its fat no matter how much weight you lose overall, you could benefit from liposuction.

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Are you a candidate?

Liposuction can achieve a fantastic improvement of your appearance. However, it’s important to know that not every patient is a suitable candidate. These are some things that are considered when determining the suitability of the procedure for a patient.

Your health

Liposuction, like any other cosmetic surgical procedure, is designed for men and women who are generally healthy.

Areas you’d like to target

Liposuction can target localized fat deposits that cannot be eliminated with exercise and diet alone. These fat deposits should be located subcutaneously (below the skin). The surgery cannot remove fat this is located around your organs deep in your body. It may also not be able to remove fat that is in sensitive areas of your body due to the risk of complications, such as behind the knees.

Why you want liposuction

The surgery may be an option for you if you’ve tried exercising and dieting but haven’t been able to get rid of your unwanted fat. However, liposuction may not be right for you if you are considering it as a method of weight loss.

You aren’t taking anything that would increase the rate of complications

Some medications and supplements can make the surgery riskier. You will be asked to refrain from taking these a couple of weeks before and after your surgery. If you can’t stop taking these medications, then liposuction may not be suitable for you.

It can achieve the improvement you want

You’ll be examined to make sure that liposuction can give you the results you want. In some cases, another procedure may be deemed more suitable. For example, if you have a lot of excess skin in your mid-section, a tummy tuck would probably be better for you. A successful outcome often relies on if you have good skin elasticity in the target area.

Your Consultation

For your consultation about liposuction, you’ll talk to Dr. Gartner, a Double Board Certified plastic surgeon and general surgeon. The consultation is designed to give you vital information you need to make an informed decision about your surgery. Your liposuction consultation will give you:

  • An overview of the liposuction procedure and how it can help achieve your aesthetic goals
  • What type of anesthesia is best for you (local or general)
  • The side effects and risks involved with the surgery
  • Information about Dr. Gartner and the surgical facility where your liposuction will be performed
  • Any alternatives that may be able to achieve your goals
Liposuction procedure

Dr. Gartner has been performing liposuction for over a decade. Your consultation is an opportunity to have all of your questions and concerns addressed. Some questions you may want to ask include what method of liposuction would be best for you, how much fat you should have removed and what kind of recovery period you should expect.

Your options

Sometimes, liposuction isn’t the best solution. For example, if the fat you have is located around your vital organs rather than directly under your skin, then liposuction cannot help you. Non-surgical alternatives may also be offered.

The side effects and risks

The only way you can make an informed decision is to understand the side effects and risks associated with liposuction.

It’s a good idea to write down any questions you have so you won’t forget to ask them during your consultation. You’ll have plenty of time to talk to Dr. Gartner, since we want you to feel as comfortable as possible with the surgery and Dr. Gartner.

However, the only way to really know if you’re a suitable candidate for surgery is by talking to Dr. Gartner during your private medical consultation.

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However, the only way to really know if you’re a suitable candidate for surgery is by talking to Dr. Gartner during your private medical consultation.

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Your Surgery Explained

Your surgery will be performed at our state-of-the-art surgical facility. Our facility is fully accredited by the American Association for Accreditation of Ambulatory Surgery Facilities (AAAASF). AAAASF medicare certification is considered the gold standard in accreditation and one of the highest certifications any ambulatory center can obtain in the country.

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How to prepare for your surgery

A successful outcome from liposuction surgery depends not just on the expertise of your plastic surgeon, but also on what you can do to adequately prepare for your surgery. You’ll get preparation guidelines from Dr. Gartner, and some things that you’ll be asked to do may include the following:

  • Stop smoking and drinking alcohol two weeks before your surgery. If you don’t, your surgery may need to be rescheduled or cancelled.
  • Stop taking anything that would promote bleeding, such as Aspirin and Ibuprofen, two weeks before surgery.
  • Start taking Arnica tablets, if recommended by Dr. Gartner, about two weeks before surgery to facilitate your recovery.
  • Make sure to have someone you trust drive you home from our surgical facility and stay with you for the first 24 hours after your surgery. You won’t be able to go home alone.
  • Avoid drinking or eating anything eight hours before your surgery, including water.
  • On the day of your surgery, take a shower using anti-bacterial soap. You may wear makeup unless the area to be treated is your face.
  • You may want to bring a bucket or bag to take with you in the car, just in case you feel nauseous after the surgery. This is more of a concern if you have general anesthesia.

By adequately preparing for your surgery, you’ll feel better about the whole experience and improve your surgical outcome. To make your recovery a more comfortable one, you may also want to get your home ready by doing the following:

  • Arrange for childcare.
  • Clean your home.
  • Do all the laundry.
  • Get a good supply of comfortable clothes (jogging pants, loose shirts).
  • Set up the area in your home where you’ll spend the most time, making sure to have towels, tissues, pillows, blankets, books, and anything else required easily accessible.
  • Stock up on medical supplies, such as bandages, anti-bacterial soap, cold packs and hot water bottles. You should also fill your prescriptions obtained from Dr. Gartner for pain relief and to help fight infection.
  • Prepare some food so you won’t have to cook in the days after your surgery.

Your surgery

  • Pre-emptive anesthesia is administered right before your surgery, then local with oral sedation or general anesthesia is administered.
  • One or more incisions are made in the the target area. These incisions are just a few millimeters.
  • Fluid may be added to reduce bleeding and discomfort.
  • A cannula is inserted into the incision to suction out the desired amount of unwanted fat, using a gentle back and forth motion.
  • The incision is closed with sutures and dressed.

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Your Recovery

Congratulations, within a few months you’ll be able to see the results of your liposuction surgery! All you have to do is to follow the post-surgery care instructions provided to you by Dr. Gartner and wait for your breasts to settle.

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Your Recovery

Recovery for liposuction is relatively quick, but bruising and swelling can remain for a few weeks. You may need to wear a compression garment as you recover for a few weeks. The garment is designed to control swelling and help your skin retract to your leaner body contour, as well as minimize the risk of developing a seroma or hematoma.

How you'll look while you recover

You’ll most likely be swollen as you recover, which will make you look larger than you’d like. You may even think that you look worse than you did before your surgery. As the swelling subsides, however, the true results of your surgery will gradually appear and you’ll love your new look.

When you can go back to work

You’ll probably be able to go back to desk work within three to seven days.

When you can get back to the gym

Moderate exercise can be resumed after one week, depending on the size of the area and how many areas are involved.

Your results

The changes following liposuction are similar to what you would expect if you lost an equal amount of localized fat through dieting and exercise. You’ll enjoy a leaner body contour that is more proportionate and smoother. It is recommended to maintain a healthy lifestyle after the procedure to ensure long-term results.

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Complications and risks associated with liposuction

Hematoma and seroma: The collection of blood or fluid trapped under the skin is a risk that may need surgical drainage to resolve.

Infection: Although Dr. Gartner follows strict infection protocols, they may still occur. You should follow your post-surgery incision care instructions to help minimize the risk of infection as well as avoid smoking for at least two weeks before and after surgery. Early detection makes resolution easier.

Necrosis: This can be caused by infection or superficial liposuction techniques.

Embolism: This refers to loosened fat that enters the blood vessels. It can be fatal.

Numbness: Although this is usually temporary, it can be permanent in rare cases.

Burns: This is a risk associated with laser-assisted liposuction.

Undesirable results: Sometimes, contour irregularities including depression and wrinkling of the skin, can occur. Treatments are available if these problems occur. Please note that liposuction is not a treatment for cellulite, although some patients will notice an improvement in the visibility of cellulite after the procedure.


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