You can improve your shape by slimming areas of your body that exercise just can’t help tone or tighten. Liposuction is a proven, effective solution. The most common locations for this cosmetic body procedure include the neck, upper arms, abdomen, hips and thighs. There are multiple ways to perform liposuction, but Charlotte Plastic Surgery endorses and uses two: suction-assisted lipoplasty and ultrasound-assisted lipoplasty. Both utilize the super-wet technique, which ensures fat is targeted more precisely, and post-operative bruising and swelling is minimized.
Suction-Assisted Lipectomy (SAL)
This more traditional form of lipectomy breaks up fat and uses a high-negative-pressure vacuum to remove the fat through a hollow instrument inserted beneath the skin.
Ultrasound-Assisted Lipoplasty (UAL)
For fibrous body areas or larger amounts of fat, this technique involves inserting an ultrasound probe beneath the skin to “liquefy” the fat before it’s suctioned. This is particularly effective for the more stubborn fat deposits. These techniques have resulted in successful surgeries for hundreds of thousands of patients, because unlike other techniques, these actually remove fat. While some trademarked techniques may be heavily promoted by others, they don’t always meet our standards at Charlotte Plastic Surgery. Certainly we understand the value of embracing the latest technology, but if a method doesn’t have proven success for our patients, then we won’t use it. That’s our promise to you.
“By utilizing technology, technique and experience, we’re able to give our patients the best possible care with the most trusted procedures.” – Stephan J. Finical, M.D.
- Length: 1-2 hours or more.
- Anesthesia: Usually asleep.
- In/outpatient: Usually outpatient.
- Side effects: Temporary bruising, swelling, numbness, soreness and burning sensation. Super wet: Temporary fluid drainage from incision sites.
- Risks: With any surgery, risks such as infection and blood clot exist. Our surgeons will always talk with you about potential risks specific to your procedures in your consultation. Other risks include asymmetry, skin irregularity, pigmentation changes, fluid retention or loss.
- Recovery: Back to work: One week. More strenuous activity: Two to four weeks. Full recovery from swelling and bruising: Two to six months or more. A post-operative garment is usually necessary. More extensive surgery may require longer recovery times.
- Duration of results: Sensible diet and exercise.