If you have unsuccessfully tried to eliminate stubborn pockets of fat with a healthy diet and regular exercise, it could be time to consider liposuction. New Jersey plastic surgeon Dr. Robert Herbstman blends extensive training and experience with an artistic eye to give his patients slimmer, more sculpted contours.

Why Liposuction?

Typically, the patients who come to Dr. Herbstman for liposuction are in good shape, aren’t significantly overweight, and may even work out on a regular basis. However, they tend to have persistent areas of fat that cause bulges around their body. Patients visit our practice in New Jersey because they are ready to see the change that they want to achieve.

Liposuction allows Dr. Herbstman to sculpt the features of your body in an attractive, smooth, and natural-looking way.  Very significant reshaping can be achieved but the surgery is not a substitute for weight loss. Instead, liposuction provides powerful shape and contour changes that can give you a remarkably slimmer figure.

Your Options With Liposuction

A board-certified plastic surgeon with over 20 years of experience, Dr. Herbstman is an expert in liposuction. He can use the procedure to refine and sculpt areas such as the abdomen, love handles, buttocks, back, thighs, arms, and legs. If excess fat around your midsection and hips is preventing you from wearing the clothes that you want, or if you want to get rid of fat around your upper arms, you may be a good candidate for the surgery.

While liposuction offers significant aesthetic improvement as a stand-alone procedure, it can also enhance other surgeries such as a tummy tuck, body lift, or breast lift. Dr. Herbstman may combine liposuction with these procedures for his New Jersey patients to create more natural transitions and to define the contours of their body.

Finally, New Jersey patients who need volume in other areas of their body may benefit from liposuction with fat transfer. Dr. Herbstman can take fat from the areas where you don’t want it and relocate it to the areas you want to accentuate. This is the technique utilized to create the Brazilian butt lift procedure.

Surgical vs. Non-Surgical Treatment

As an experienced New Jersey plastic surgeon, Dr. Herbstman is knowledgeable about the full range of body contouring techniques. During your consultation he will discuss liposuction and its alternatives and whether non-surgical options can also offer effective results.

In general, liposuction remains the most targeted and effective approach for sculpting a patient’s features. This doesn’t mean that patients won’t see some benefit from options such as CoolSculpting® or injectable KYBELLA® treatments. However, patients should be wary of choosing any treatment without consulting with a board-certified plastic surgeon who has expertise in the variety of options.

Dr. Herbstman’s Approach to Liposuction

The biggest predictor in the results that you will achieve with liposuction is the skill of the surgeon performing your procedure. Patients choose Dr. Herbstman in part because of the expertise he brings to their treatment and in part for the attentive and personal nature of his care. Your outcome with liposuction and with any procedure you have with our practice will reflect your individual aesthetic goals.

In his years in training and practice, Dr. Herbstman has mastered a variety of liposuction techniques. While some New Jersey practices promote technologies such as laser-assisted liposuction, Dr. Herbstman does not typically use this approach because of the risk of damage to neighboring tissues. He prefers to use power-assisted liposuction (PAL) technology, which helps him achieve smooth and even results with minimal downtime for his patients.

Most liposuction procedures are performed on an outpatient basis.  Selected areas can be treated at one of our two offices.  Dr. Herbstman typically performs liposuction under twilight anesthesia so that patients can be comfortable and relaxed during liposuction without the recovery required with general anesthesia.

What to Expect With Liposuction

As part of your initial consultation, Dr. Herbstman will talk with you about the areas that you would like to slim down, and he will evaluate these features from different angles. Some patients want to target multiple trouble-spots in one surgery, while other people prefer to treat a single area. Dr. Herbstman will help you understand the type of results you can expect with liposuction and answer any questions you may have.

On the day of your procedure, Dr. Herbstman will:

  • Place tiny incisions inconspicuously in natural skin creases around the areas you want to have treated.
  • Remove excess fat using a small PAL cannula.
  • Close the sites with dissolving sutures.

After liposuction surgery, our New Jersey patients will wear a compression garment for several weeks to assist with healing and to help the skin tighten along the body’s new curves. You should be able to control any temporary swelling and discomfort with anti inflammatory pain medication and with the nutritional support products that our office provides. Most patients recover within 1-2 weeks and see the final results within six months: a firmer, fitter, and well-sculpted figure.

Tighten trouble-spots with targeted liposuction surgery. Schedule an appointment with Contemporary Plastic Surgery at either of our New Jersey offices. Dr. Herbstman takes a personal approach to each patient’s care. See the difference when you visit his practice in East Brunswick and Red Bank. To learn more about liposuction, request a consultation online or call us at (732) 254-1919.