The classic “ideal” candidate for liposuction is a patient at or near his/her ideal weight who has isolated areas of fat that cannot be reduced by diet and exercise alone. The surgical procedure involves the suctioning of excess fat from specific areas of the body that are “resistant” to diet and exercise. Liposuction is among the most common cosmetic procedures today with a proven track record spanning years. At Rothaus Plastic Surgery in Manhattan, Dr. Kenneth O. Rothaus, a specialist in body contouring and fat removal, performs liposuction using state-of-the-art technology and body contouring techniques. Liposuction can be used on the thighs, flanks, hips, abdomen, arms, bra line, inner knees and the face and neck. Results from liposuction usually remain for years as long as the patient leads an active and healthy lifestyle.

Best Candidates

This procedure is reserved for patients who are near or at their ideal weight. It is not a solution for weight loss and should not be looked at as a weight loss method. Good candidates are men or women who:


  • Live a healthy lifestyle and have a reasonable and stable weight
  • Have minimal to no sagging or excess skin and have a healthy skin tone
  • Have pocket of fat deposits that cannot be resolved with diet and exercise alone

2 Liposuction Videos

What To Expect?

During the initial consultation, Dr. Rothaus will evaluate the areas you wish to improve. He will use the information provided in the consultation to tailor an individualized treatment plan that addresses the areas of concern and the amount of fat to be removed. During surgery, Dr. Rothaus will inject a solution containing tumescent fluid (local anesthetic and saline solution) into the area of concern to numb the area and help minimize bleeding, bruising and overall discomfort. Through a puncture wound, Dr. Rothaus will insert a cannula through the skin to remove the fat cells. Dr. Rothaus uses a very small cannula so that it can be placed through the puncture wound. In fact, it is so small that it usually will not even require a suture at the end of the procedure. Controlled removal of fat and fluid is accomplished in a manner to produce an improved contour. During the procedure, several devices are used including two different lasers (SlimLipo) and (SmartLipo), a radiofrequency device (ThermiTight) and powered cannuale (PAL –power assisted liposuction).

The liposuction procedure is generally done as an out-patient and most often can be performed using just the tumescent anesthesia mentioned above without the need for intravenous sedation or deeper anesthesia.


Liposuction is an outpatient procedure that is performed under local anesthesia. The results can usually be seen a few weeks after surgery as there will be swelling that will need time to go down. Compression garments will be required to control the swelling and to help the overlying tissues adapt to the new contour. Patients can return to light activities almost immediately and can expect a full recovery within 10-14 days. The scar from the small puncture wounds where the cannula where inserted are usually imperceptible.

Remove Unwanted Fat

Liposuction is a safe and effective way to remove unwanted fat from the body. If you are battling pesky bulges and areas of fat and are ready for a little assistance to help achieve the look you want, we encourage you to schedule a consultation with Dr. Rothaus to learn if you are a good candidate. Our talented staff will discuss the various options and create a tailored approach specific to your aesthetic goals. Click here to learn more.

Plan Your Procedure

Recovery Time: 5-7 Days
Average Procedure Time: 1-2 Hours
Procedure Recovery Location: Out-Patient