South Jersey Plastic Surgeon Explains Why Liposuction Was More Popular than Tummy Tuck in 2009

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New statistics list liposuction as the 4th most popular plastic surgery procedure in 2009. Dr. Evan Sorokin explains its appeal and why liposuction is performed much more often than tummy tucks, another popular body contouring option.

Recent statistics published by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) list liposuction as the 4th most popular plastic surgery procedure performed in 2009, while abdominoplasty ranked 5th. South Jersey plastic surgeon Dr. Evan Sorokin ( sees a number of reasons why liposuction has such appeal and why it has pulled ahead of abdominoplasty.

“The great thing about liposuction is that it can be used to remove fat from many different areas of the body,” says Dr. Sorokin. “While tummy tuck (abdominoplasty) is a good option for patients who want to tone the abdominal area by removing excess skin and tightening muscles, many of my patients choose liposuction in New Jersey because it can be used to contour other areas of the body, including the back, arms, legs, and neck. Another reason that men and women are turning to liposuction is that it is less invasive and generally results in an easier recovery than tummy tuck. Unlike tummy tuck, liposuction does not involve the removal of skin, which means that scaring will be minimal and post-surgical pain is reduced."

In recent years, a number of innovative liposuction techniques that can further minimize the invasiveness of the procedure and deliver more precise results have been developed. Dr. Sorokin is the first surgeon in South New Jersey to offer laser liposuction with SmartLipo™. SmartLipo uses laser technology to liquefy fat cells, which are then removed through a small incision at the treatment site. SmartLipo can be used to treat fat deposits that are too small to be addressed with traditional liposuction. And the minimally invasive nature of the procedure means that no general anesthesia is required and recovery time is quicker. Dr. Sorokin also offers ultrasonic liposuction and power-assisted liposuction.

“Each of the various liposuction techniques I perform offers different benefits,” explains Dr. Sorokin. "I work with each of my patients to choose the liposuction option that best fits their body and their surgical goals."

Dr. Sorokin also credits liposuction’s popularity to the fact that it is an effective South Jersey plastic surgery option for both men and women. Many tummy tuck patients are women, likely because the procedure is especially effective at helping women regain their post-pregnancy bodies. Liposuction, however, was the 3rd most popular procedure among male cosmetic surgery patients in 2009. Liposuction’s ability to sculpt parts of the body besides the abdomen and its focus on the removal of fat cells as opposed to excess skin make it far more popular with male patients than tummy tuck. In addition, liposuction can actually be an effective alternative to male breast reduction.

“Liposuction is more popular than tummy tuck because it appeals to a wider range of cosmetic surgery patients, is less invasive than tummy tuck, and can treat many different areas of the body,” says Dr. Sorokin. “The benefits are clear, but it's not for everyone. Patients with a great deal of excess skin or separated abdominal muscles need to consider other options. The bottom line for anyone considering plastic surgery is to choose a board-certified plastic surgeon who can help you pick the procedure that will best accomplish your goals.”

Dr. Evan Sorokin ( is a board-certified plastic surgeon specializing in a full selection of cosmetic surgery procedures such as short-recovery breast augmentation for New Jersey women. Dr. Sorokin earned his MD from Hahnemann Medical College in Philadelphia before training extensively in both general and plastic surgery at the University of Texas - Southwestern. He has earned recognition from both professional and lay organizations for his contributions to cosmetic surgery in New Jersey. Dr. Sorokin is board-certified by the America Board of Plastic Surgery, the only plastic and cosmetic surgery board recognized by the American Board of Medical Specialties.

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