Liposuction Specialist

Providence Plastic Surgery

Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery located in Charlotte, NC

Do you have stubborn deposits of fat that refuse to budge no matter how carefully you diet and exercise? Liposuction can help and is among the treatments offered by Dr. Andrew Gear of Providence Plastic Surgery & Skin Center in Charlotte, North Carolina. If you’re ready to transform your body and get the shape you’ve been working so hard to achieve, schedule an appointment to learn more about what liposuction can do for you. You can book your visit online or by phone.

Liposuction Q & A

What is liposuction?

Liposuction is a surgical procedure that permanently removes body fat. Although everyone’s fat cells work the same way, fat is distributed differently from one person to the next. For some, lingering fatty deposits remain even after reaching your target weight.

This treatment option can help you refine the contours of your body and obtain the results that diet and exercise haven’t yielded. Though liposuction is not a new procedure, advancements in technology have made it an even safer and more effective treatment than ever before.

Am I a good candidate for liposuction?

Even though liposuction will permanently remove targeted fat cells, it isn’t a weight loss technique. To get the full benefit of this procedure, it’s important to achieve and maintain a healthy weight prior to treatment.

Ideal candidates for liposuction:

  • Are within 30% of their ideal weight
  • Don’t smoke
  • Have skin that’s firm and elastic

It’s also critical to have realistic expectations of what liposuction can and cannot achieve. For example, liposuction does nothing to address cellulite and won’t significantly reduce your weight.

What happens during liposuction?

Once you arrive and change into a surgical gown, Dr. Gear marks your skin in the treatment areas. You might receive general anesthesia to help you rest during your procedure, or you may receive a local anesthetic that numbs the treatment area, but allows you to remain awake.

There are several different types of liposuction techniques, and Dr. Gear chooses the method that’s best for your specific needs. The most common technique is called tumescent liposuction and uses a sterile saline solution infused with epinephrine and lidocaine to lessen both pain and blood loss.

Ultrasound-assisted liposuction is another option and uses sound waves to help destroy targeted fat cells. Laser-assisted liposuction makes use of laser energy to liquefy targeted fat. Both approaches make it easier to remove the fat from your body.

What is the recovery process like after liposuction?

You may be able to return home the same day of your procedure, or you might require an overnight stay to monitor your condition. Either way, you should have someone available to transport you home.

Dr. Gear prescribes medication to address pain and reduce the risk of infection. You might need to wear a special compression garment to address swelling. Most men and women are able to return to their normal activities within a few days of having liposuction, but it may take a couple of weeks to fully recover.

To learn more about liposuction, book a consultation today. You’re welcome to call to schedule your appointment, or you can try the easy online scheduling tool.