With aging comes many difficult changes, not the least of which is a slower metabolism. This often leads to specific areas of fatty deposits in the belly, thighs, hips, legs and buttocks, which can cause tremendous frustration and lead to a poor self-image.
While there are various non-surgical procedures that may offer improvement, there are few techniques as effective as liposuction for contouring the body. Also known as lipoplasty, liposuction is performed by suctioning out excess fat tissue through a thin metal tube known as a cannula. These improvements in body contour result in a slimmer, firmer, more attractive shape that can offer a huge boost in both self-confidence and quality of life.
The best candidates for liposuction…
- have stubborn pockets of fat in key areas
- are within a normal weight range for their height
- are in good health, both mentally and physically
- have tried diet and exercise with little to no improvement to the specific fat deposits
- have realistic expectations of improvement rather than perfection
- understand that liposuction is not a form of weight loss
Selecting a Charlotte, NC liposuction expert
Although liposuction is one of the most popular and safe cosmetic surgery procedures available today, as a discriminating patient you won’t trust your body to just anyone. It’s important to choose a qualified, board-certified plastic surgeon who can achieve natural, nuanced results that are customized to your body.
At PPSD, each of our seasoned physicians has performed thousands of successful surgeries and has a track record of superior outcomes. Despite the large size of our team, we function as a niche boutique practice, matching you with a dedicated expert who specializes in body contouring and who will provide you with some of the best results in liposuction Charlotte NC has to offer.
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Moving forward with liposuction
The first step in determining your candidacy for liposuction is to schedule a confidential consultation at one of our beautiful, state-of-the-art office suites in Charlotte, Gastonia, Hickory, or Shelby. During this visit, your surgeon will consider your age, medical and surgical history, your target areas for improvement, and any other concerns that you may have, in order to fashion the best treatment plan. The doctor may also discuss additional body contouring procedures such as abdominoplasty or an arm or thigh lift in order to present you with a full range of options for comprehensive aesthetic improvement.
What can I expect from the procedure?
Liposuction is performed at one of our cutting edge AAAASF-certified surgical facilities under general anesthesia. The procedure typically lasts from 1-2 hours, but is often combined with other procedures that may prolong the operation.
One of the most common methods of liposuction is called the tumescent technique. A warmed liquid containing lidocaine, epinephrine, and IV fluids is injected into the target regions, resulting in “tumesced” regions. This technique decreases bleeding, bruising, and pain while allowing the surgeon more ease and precision in performing the procedure.
After the liquid injection, a slender, straw-like tube called a cannula is inserted. The cannula is connected to a vacuum that gently suctions out all the excess fat that has built up between the muscles and the outer layers of skin. Care is always taken to minimize irregular contours.
Although clients undergoing liposuction will vary in their recovery times, most patients return to their regular activities within 5-10 days. Any side effects such as bruising, numbness or swelling are perfectly normal and can be expected to subside within several weeks. The doctor will usually recommend a support garment for about one month to ensure optimum healing following your liposuction in Charlotte NC.
While your results will be visible right away, final liposuction outcomes will be most apparent at around 3-4 months after surgery after all swelling has receded. Liposuction provides permanent, life-changing results, however this does not mean that you can forego a healthy lifestyle. Eating healthy and exercising are the keys to maintaining your gorgeous results long-term.
Body Contouring and Reshaping: Liposuction Treatments
Only a highly-skilled plastic surgeon should administer liposuction treatments. The process re-contours areas of your body that have pockets of fat that have proven difficult to resolve through diet and exercise. Fatty pockets can appear in any of these body areas:
- Inner knee area
- Waist area
- Upper arms
These fatty deposits can be the underlying cause of stress, and a less positive body image. Addressing the problem areas with liposuction makes it possible to improve the proportions and contour of your body, and restore a more youthful physical profile.
Preparing for Liposuction Treatment
To prepare for your Charlotte NC liposuction, you will need to have lab tests or a medical evaluation, or both. If you take certain medications, they may need to be adjusted prior to the treatment. You must stop smoking prior to treatment, as well as stop taking aspirin, certain anti-inflammatory medications, or herbal supplements. These medications and supplements are known to increase the chance of bleeding. Every point will be discussed with you thoroughly prior to your treatment, so you are well-prepared and understand what to expect with regard to the final result.
It is helpful to look at photos we can provide of our patients before and after liposuction treatments so you have a realistic expectation about the final outcome of your treatment. If you have more than one area of the body with fatty deposits, as well as loose excess skin, your treatment plan may include the removal of the excess skin to achieve a smoother, more attractive result. Every person comes to us with individual concerns and hopes. We will not rush the interview process – we are committed to performing any procedure or treatment with the utmost care and attention to detail. Your treatment plan will be fully customized on an individual basis so that we can achieve the results you envision for a more youthful, slender, body shape and contour.
Anesthesia: Your Options
General anesthetic is most commonly used for the procedure, but may not be necessary for minor procedures in which local anesthetic or twilight sleep will serve. Our goal is to make the process as comfortable as possible, and protect the health and safety of every patient, in any procedure. If you are considering liposuction, we would like to meet with you and evaluate your situation. We are more than happy to answer any questions or concerns, including questions about the type of anesthesia that will be appropriate for your specific liposuction procedure.
Our Clinic is Professionally Staffed
Our clinic provides liposuction treatments, all performed by licensed medical professionals. It is important that any cosmetic surgery procedure is performed correctly and safely, and by a medical staff that can be trusted to have your safety and health as a top concern. We are proud of the results we have achieved with our patients in liposuction treatments, and the increase in self-esteem the procedure brings to both women and men — in all walks of life. If you have questions about liposuction, feel free to contact us to schedule an initial appointment.
A Leaner Profile with Liposuction
It can be tiresome to glance in the mirror and see that your body has a profile you don’t appreciate, as a result of unwanted fat deposits. The most common complaint is the presence of fat in the hips and thighs, and liposuction is one of the most effective ways to fully handle that problem. Find out more about how the procedure could work for you by connecting with us and scheduling an appointment.
Thank you to all of our former patients for the positive reputation we have gained throughout the communities of Charlotte, Gastonia, Hickory, Shelby, and other communities in the Piedmont and beyond.