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. It is one of the most common cosmetic procedures with a proven track record over many years.  At Rothaus Plastic Surgery in Manhattan, Dr. Kenneth O. Rothaus, a specialist in fat removal and body contouring, performs liposuction using state-of-the-art technology and body contouring techniques. Liposuction is commonly used on the hips, thighs, abdomen, flanks, inner knees, arms, bra lines and the face and neck. The results typically remain for many years as long as the patient adheres to a 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 demonstrate:


  • A healthy skin tone with minimal to no excess or sagging skin
  • A reasonable and stable weight
  • Localized excess fatty deposits that diet and exercise cannot improve

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What To Expect?

Our acclaimed doctor will evaluate the areas of fat that the patient wishes to improve upon. Our team will tailor an individualized treatment plan that lists the areas to address, as well as the desired amount of fat to be removed. During surgery, a device known as a cannula is inserted through the skin and gently removes fat cells. A solution containing tumescent fluid (local anesthetic and saline solution) is introduced beneath the area of concern to numb the area and help minimize bleeding, bruising and overall patient discomfort. Dr. Rothaus uses very small cannuale so that only a very small incision is required. It is so small that it will not even, in most cases, require a suture at the end of the procedure. Controlled removal of fluid and fat is accomplished in layers to produce an improved contour. During liposuction, several devices including a laser (SlimLipo), a radiofrequency device (ThermiTight) and powered cannuale (PAL –power assisted liposuction).a motor helps control how much fat is removed and at what speed. Fat removal can range from several ounces to a few pounds.


Liposuction is an outpatient procedure that is performed under local anesthesia. The results will not be evident for several weeks as there will be some swelling after surgery. 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 cannulae 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 our surgeon 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