Awake Liposuction New York City
Introduction to Awake Liposuction
Staying awake during surgery isn’t a concept most people consider, but it’s more popular than you would believe. Surprisingly, many patients prefer an awake approach and choose to remain alert during their medical interventions. Numerous procedures are routinely conducted under local anesthesia, and now, Liposuction falls into that category. Transform your body with confidence by undergoing Awake Liposuction from William Lao, M.D. in New York City, NY. This minimally invasive approach allows you to achieve your aesthetic goals without the need for general anesthesia, so you can enjoy a quicker recovery and the results of your new body! To learn more about this technique, please continue reading the page below.
What is Awake Liposuction?
Awake Liposuction, also referred to as local anesthesia liposuction, utilizes a local anesthetic to numb targeted areas, ensuring a pain-free and comfortable experience. This technique is a form of tumescent liposuction that involves infusing the treatment area with a solution containing lidocaine and epinephrine. This combination effectively numbs the area and minimizes bleeding.
Much like a standard Liposuction, this approach targets areas of excess fat and gently suctions it out, delivering smoother and more defined contours. Dr. William Lao‘s expert touch and commitment to patient comfort make Awake Liposuction an advanced and personalized approach to body sculpting. It is best suited for patients who need minimal-to-moderate fat removal and allows for staged procedures.
It’s important to note that liposuction is not a weight loss procedure, but is most effective for individuals close to their target weight with stubborn fat deposits resistant to diet and exercise.
Who are the best candidates for the Awake Liposuction procedure?
A good candidate for a New York City Awake Liposuction with William Lao, M.D. should have the following characteristics:
- Are in overall good health
- Close to their ideal weight
- Have specific areas they wish to target
- Maintains realistic expectations for procedure results
- Willing to practice proper dieting and routine exercise to maintain results
Unfortunately, those with excessive sagging skin or who weigh over 30 percent more than their goal weight may not be good candidates. If you have any questions or concerns about your candidacy, the best way to find out your eligibility is to contact our practice and schedule your consultation with Dr. Lao.
What are the benefits of Awake Liposuction?
Awake Liposuction in New York City offers a range of benefits that redefine the traditional approach to body contouring. Some of the key advantages include:
- Allows communication during the procedure
- Precise and customizable
- Has a quicker and more comfortable recovery
- Has an enhanced level of safety
- Produces natural-looking results
- No general anesthesia risks or postoperative nausea
What to expect on the day of Awake Liposuction surgery
On the day of your treatment, the process begins with checking in, followed by a meeting with Dr. Lao to address any last-minute queries and create necessary surgical markings. Subsequently, you’ll be taken into surgery and receive local anesthesia from our Anesthesiologist.
The procedure closely mirrors traditional Liposuction, with Dr. Lao making small incisions (usually between 0.4 and 0.8 cm in length) and inserting a slender cannula into the targeted area. The cannula delicately breaks up and suctions out unwanted fat deposits. After the excess fat removal, Dr. Lao closes the incisions using bandages and surgical tape. Following the procedure, you’ll spend some time in our recovery room until deemed safe for release.
The duration of this procedure can vary, spanning between one and four hours, contingent on the surgical location and the amount of fat to be removed.
Awake Liposuction recovery
Recovery time after Awake Liposuction is generally shorter compared to traditional liposuction, with patients often able to return to work and resume light activities within a few days to a week. You can expect to experience some pain and swelling in the treated area, as well as some fluid drainage from the incisions. To control swelling and to help your skin better fit its new contours, you may need to wear a compression garment for a few weeks. A small drainage tube may or may not be inserted beneath the skin for a couple of days to prevent fluid build-up.
It’s important to follow the post-operative instructions provided by Dr. Lao for optimal healing. Final results are usually noticeable after one month.
What’s the First Step?
The first step in getting an Awake Liposuction in New York City is to contact the office of William Lao, M.D. When you come in for your consultation with Dr. Lao, he will discuss your body goals, examine the area you are looking to improve, and answer any questions you may have. He will ask you some medical and lifestyle-related questions as well. It is very important to be open and honest with him when discussing your history and surgery as it will help prevent unnecessary risks.
If the two of you decide to move forward with the procedure, Dr. Lao will create your surgical plan and our Patient Coordinator will help schedule your surgical date and provide you with instructions to follow that will help you have the safest and most successful results possible.
Why Choose Dr. Lao?
When considering an Awake Liposuction in New York City, look no further than William Lao, M.D. He is a double-board-certified plastic surgeon in both the USA and Taiwan who has dedicated himself to providing patients with personalized care and results that look stunningly natural. Dr. Lao is a proud and active member of the American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS), the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS), and the International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ISAPS). Among the numerous honors and awards that highlight his skills and research, Dr. Lao has also been recognized as one of the NY TopDocs.
How much does Awake Liposuction cost in New York City, NY?
The cost of Awake Liposuction in New York City can vary based on several factors, including the specific areas being treated, the extent of the procedure, and your individual goals. To receive accurate information about the cost, it is recommended to schedule a consultation with Dr. Lao or our Patient Coordinator.
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What are the risks associated with Awake Liposuction?
- Loose skin
- Skin irregularity
- Uneven contouring
Schedule Your Consultation
If you’re looking to achieve a better body, but have concerns or anxiety about being completely sedated, Awake Liposuction in New York City can provide you with stunning results. To schedule your consultation with Dr. Lao, please contact our practice today! You can also request an appointment through our website and a member of our team will be happy to schedule your consultation.