Liposuction in New York City

Liposuction remains the most commonly performed cosmetic surgical procedure in the United States and one of the most popular procedures performed by New York plastic surgeon Dr. David Rapaport. Dr. Rapaport has performed this treatment in New York City for over 20 years. When performed by an experienced board-certified surgeon, this treatment is among the safest and most satisfying procedures. Patients from across the country seek out Dr. Rapaport to perform their procedure.Liposuction is the gold standard method to produce permanent spot reduction and contour improvement in areas affected by excess fatty deposits. Your fat cells are distributed throughout your body early in life, as determined by your genetics. Fat cells cannot migrate or multiply, and once they are removed, they cannot come back. Therefore, any contour improvement achieved with liposuction is a permanent improvement and will persist even if a patient gains weight.

This treatment is not, however, an appropriate method for achieving weight loss, although it can, and often does, help motivate patients to improve their diet and exercise patterns post-operatively.

In women, liposuction is most commonly used to treat:

  • Saddlebags (outer thighs)
  • Hips
  • Abdomen
  • Inner thighs
  • Circumferential thighs
  • Knees
  • Arms
  • Calves

In men, liposuction is often used to treat:

  • “Love-handles” (lower flanks)
  • Lower abdomen
  • Under the chin (submental)
  • Chest

More often than not, patients choose to have two or more areas treated during one procedure.

New York City plastic surgeon Dr. Rapaport performs all procedures using the tumescent technique. This technique, which is the gold standard  according to most experts, involves the injection of a dilute solution of lidocaine as a local anesthetic and epinephrine to control bleeding prior to performing the actual suctioning of the fatty tissue. The suctioning is performed by a 3 to 3.7 millimeter metallic rod, known as the cannula, inserted via a tiny puncture in the skin. The process effectively reduces blood loss, allows for increased fat removal and improved sculpting, and speeds recovery. Most patients can return to work within 3 days following their liposuction procedure.

Revisional Liposuction

Like many other surgical procedures, the quality of this procedure depends on the skills of the plastic surgeon. Almost all readers are familiar with celebrities whose photos of irregular procedures have appeared numerous times in tabloid magazines. Dr. Rapaport has performed liposuction for over 20 years and has a consistent track record of excellent results. Irregularities in Dr. Rapaport’s procedures are exceedingly rare, with an average “touch-up” rate of less than 1 case per year. The key to excellent results is meticulous attention to the patient’s contour and extensive experience with the procedure.
“By far, the biggest problem I’ve seen with patients who come from elsewhere with suboptimal liposuction is overcorrection.”

-Dr. Rapaport

Dr. Rapaport regularly sees patients with irregularities and overcorrection deformities from procedures performed elsewhere, and can often provide significant improvement. At consultation in his New York City office, Dr. Rapaport will perform a complete evaluation and honestly inform the patient as to what improvement he or she can reasonably expect.

Not uncommonly, fat grafting may be employed to help correct overcorrection deformities. Now that real contouring can be achieved non-invasively with CoolSculpting, Dr. Rapaport will also assess to what extent this non-surgical technique can improve contour irregularities caused by prior treatment.

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If you have questions concerning liposuction plastic surgery, or would like to schedule a liposuction consultation with the Board Certified Plastic Surgeon, please phone David P. Rapaport’s Manhattan, New York Plastic Surgery office at 212.249.9955 or email the NYC Plastic Surgeon at