Liposuction: remove excess Fat

Liposuction is a procedure to remove excess fat in unwanted areas that are not responding to diet or exercise. Liposuction surgery is used to slim thighs, flatten the abdomen, and improve contour in areas such as the hips, flanks, back and knees. It is also used to remove fat from a male chest.

The Best Liposuction Technique

The most popular technique for liposuction is the Tumescent Technique. It involves infiltration of the desired area with a physiological salt solution with epinephrine. This infiltration minimizes bruising, pain and discomfort.

Frequently Asked Questions regarding Liposuction

Please find below a list of frequently asked questions regarding liposuction (lipoplasty)

Liposuction, also known as Lipoplasty, is a surgical procedure that is designed to remove fat from unwanted areas such as thighs, hips, abdomen, buttocks, arms, neck, etc. Liposuction is a plastic surgery technique meant to remove excess fat under the skin by suction. Other names for liposuction include lipoplasty and body contouring.

As with any surgery, liposuction carries some risks. During the preliminary consultation, doctor Shahar will discuss the benefits and risks of undergoing a liposuction plastic surgery procedure.

You may consider liposuction when you have too much fat in specific areas of your body. Liposuction reduces the number of fat cells in a specific area. 


Absolutely! Liposuction may help you get rid of muffin tops, love handles, and other pockets of fat across your body. It is still recommended to exercise regularly after undergoing a liposuction surgery.


Liposuction permanently removes fat cells from specific areas treated. Nonetheless, patients should maintain a healthy diet and lifestyle post-op. Patients should also exercise regularly to avoid gaining weight and fat back.


Doctor Shahar follows plastic surgery guidelines that set a maximum extraction limit of 11 pounds of fat removed. This is true for all patients, regardless of variations in weight or body fat status. Doctor Shahar also uses your Body Mass Index (BMI) to determine how much fat can be extracted safely.


Liposuction is less invasive than a tummy tuck. Tummy tucks usually involves longer recovery times, potential scarring and general anesthesia. Though, tummy tucks and Liposuctions are both amazing body contouring procedures, Doctor Shahar will determine the best course of action depending on what needs to be corrected. Liposuctions are perfect when the patient does not suffer from excess skin or loose muscles. Liposuctions won’t eliminate extra skin issues, stretch marks or loose muscle tissue. Liposuction only removes fat.


Most patients don’t experience a lot of pain. You should still expect some as well as minor swelling and potential bruising. Doctor Shahar may prescribe medication to ease the pain and will prescribe antibiotics to prevent infections.


Liposuction, or the surgical removal of fat deposits, is one of the most common plastic surgery treatments performed today. The costs of liposuction varies depending on which part or parts of your body you choose to treat. It also depends on the size of the areas that need to be treated, as well as the specific techniques used.


Before the liposuction procedure, you’ll discuss with Doctor Shahar what to expect from the liposuction surgery. Doctor Shahar will review your medical history, past medical conditions, food supplements and medication you may be taking on a regular basis. Doctor Shahar may request you stop certain medications a few weeks before you undergo the liposuction procedure (NSAIDS, blood thinners…).

Doctor Shahar will select the appropriate technique based on the area of your body and if you had liposuction done in the past.


Some liposuction surgeries only require local anesthesia (numbing sensation in a specific part of the body). Other liposuctions may require general anesthesia. Doctor Shahar will discuss anesthesia prior to performing the procedure.

After liposuction, Doctor Shahar may install temporary drains to enable fluid drainage and promote faster recovery. Doctor Shahar can prescribe compression garments to help reduce swelling. 

It usually takes around two to three weeks to fully recover from a liposuction procedure. Recovery times depend mostly on the area treated and the volume of fat extracted. A small surface treated may allow you to wait only a few days before returning to work. Nevertheless, you will need a few weeks to resume normal activities and exercise. Doctor Shahar will give you any post-op advice and tips he has.

You are now considering a liposuction / lipoplasty procedure. Please call our office at (212) 717-4066 (NYC) or Book a Consultation to arrange for a free consultation with Dr. Shahar. Our New York City practice: Natural Look Institute, accommodates New Yorkers, out of town and international patients.

Quick Recovery

Liposuction can be done under sedation in our New York City clinic. There are other techniques such as Ultrasound Assisted Liposuction, and Power Assisted Liposuction. These techniques have more risks and absolutely NO advantage over the Tumescent Technique. The Tumescent procedure requires 1-2 hours, depending on the number of areas and volume to be removed. A pressure garment is placed on the treated area to reduce swelling and discomfort. You should expect minimal bruising and discomfort in the surgical area controllable with analgesics.

This procedure leaves minute 3-5mm scars in hidden areas. The patient can go home 2 hours post-surgery, and return to the office for a follow-up visit in 1 week. You should choose a Plastic Surgeon who is experienced in liposuction. Dr. Shahar uses a custom-made tiny cannula (the flexible tube used in the surgery) that provides you the best contour with minimal discomfort after surgery. He has performed thousands of liposuctions in New York, and the majority of his patients are able to return to work in 2-3 days.

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MY patients

"I must write to you and thank you again for the great job you did. I know I saw you in person last week for a final checkup and told you so many times before, but when I found out how reasonalbe your prices were, I thought for sure I was getting a "good deal" and I would regret it. But it was the exact oppposite. I am really happy about everything, from your staff, to your sensitivities, to your overall professionalism. I am so glad my friend recommended you and I can't wait the get the chance to recommend you to others. Thank you very much. I love life in a whole new way now."
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Deciding to undergo cosmetic enhancement and plastic surgery is an important decision. Possibly one of the most important decisions you make in your life.  Natural Look Institute offers a wide range of procedures such as the mini-face lift, eyelids, fat injection, rhinoplasty (nose surgery), as well as breast augmentation, tummy tuck, and injectables.  All injections are performed by Dr. Shahar. Most of the rejuvenation treatments are done under local anesthesia with brief recovery time. We aim to deliver the best plastic surgery and the most natural looking plastic surgery in NYC. Rediscover a new you with the help of one of New York’s most trusted plastic surgeons.