Liposuction is becoming a more easily accessible, streamlined procedure

Currently liposuction is considered a minimally invasive procedure—gone are the days of painful suctioning of solid deposits of fat, leaving patients sore and immobile for days, or even weeks. Liposuction today is done with a small thin tube called a cannula that is used to break up and suck out localized areas of fat.

Dr. Rhee’s practice, LI Plastic Surgery, offers this less painful, more precise technology when performing liposuction. The double-board certified cosmetic surgeon performs most of her liposuction procedures using tumescent (or super wet) technique—where the anesthetic is localized as opposed to knocking the patient out.

Advances and new techniques have made liposuction a safer and less traumatic for patients. And have improved the accuracy of the procedure so that doctors can target more specifically and effectively—giving the patient the results they desire.

“It’s important for patients to have realistic expectations, and to be aware that liposuction cannot be used as a means for major weight loss,” reminds Dr. Rhee. Liposuction can be used to remove localized pockets of fat within the thighs, abdomen, arms, buttocks, chest, face, calves, back, hips and arms. It can also be performed in concert with other cosmetic surgical procedures including a facelift, a breast reduction or tummy tuck. This procedure can not take the place of, or negate the need for an important lifestyle change or medically necessary weight loss.

The ideal candidate for non-invasive tumescent liposuction is someone who is in good health and maintains a healthy lifestyle.

Liposuction may be a good match for anyone who has tried naturally to lose weight but have found a few stubborn fat pockets prevail, or someone whose body has been altered through pregnancy or another medical event.

As with any surgery there are always risks, including infection, scarring, allergic reaction or unsatisfactory results. You can minimize this risk by choosing an experienced doctor like Dr. Rhee.

Interested parties are encouraged to contact Dr. Rhee and LI Plastic Surgery directly at 631-424-6707 or visit her website at

About Dr. Rhee

Dr. Charlotte Rhee is a highly respected Long Island plastic surgeon ( Board Certified in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Dr. Rhee is a Diplomate of the American Board of Plastic Surgery. Practicing in her state-of-the-art facility in Huntington Station, Dr. Rhee is also an Assistant Professor of Plastic Surgery at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine and Montefiore Medical Center.

Dr. Rhee earned her medical degree from Marshall University School of Medicine in West Virginia. Completing her General Surgery Residency at Providence Hospital in Southfield, Michigan, Dr. Rhee then received formal training in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at the Montefiore Medical Center and the Albert Einstein College of Medicine. As chief-resident, she ran the cosmetic and reconstructive surgery clinic in the Bronx Municipal Hospital Center.

Dr. Rhee’s office can be reached at 631-424-6707 or