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Liposuction is a plastic surgery procedure that focuses on improving body contours. This procedure targets localized fat cells using conservative suction to sculpt various areas of the body. The goal of liposuction is to improve a person's shape. By eliminating stubborn fat, liposuction can achieve long-lasting slimming effects that can be maintained with good eating and exercise habits.
Adults in good health may seek liposuction to fulfill a personal desire for better body contours. The procedure is not intended for weight loss but for sculpting areas such as the abdomen, back, hips, buttocks, thighs, or other areas. The best results are obtained when the patient commits to healthy lifestyle choices that promote stable weight.
Liposuction is a minimally-invasive surgery that can be performed in numerous areas of the body. Combining surgical skill with the artistry of sculpture, a surgeon can refine the contours of the body to create better overall proportions. In some cases, liposuction can be performed using a local anesthetic and IV or oral sedation. Regardless of the type of anesthesia used, patients typically recover from their liposuction procedure in a week to ten days, making liposuction a low-downtime, maximum-impact procedure.
Dr. Gear values patient-centered care that begins at the very first visit. When you consult with us about liposuction, you can expect to be informed of the full extent of the pros and cons of this procedure. The objective is to empower you to make the decision that is fully within your best interest. For liposuction, it is beneficial to look at the areas where contouring is desired and observe not only the amount of fat-reduction that is possible but also the condition of the skin. When the skin is very loose, liposuction results may be less satisfactory. If deemed appropriate, Dr. Gear may recommend liposuction combined with some form of skin tightening. In addition to discussing your cosmetic goals and medical history, your consultation is the time to ask any questions you have about the liposuction procedure, recovery, or alternative treatments to achieve your desired outcome.
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.
Liposuction procedures are typically performed at an accredited outpatient surgery center. Before surgery begins, the team meets with the patient for a final pre-operative briefing. After this conversation, the patient receives anesthesia. The procedure is conducted through tiny incisions that accommodate a thin tube. The tube, called a cannula, is inserted beneath the skin in the area where subcutaneous fat cells live. The tube is then moved in a uniform pattern to dislodge and extract localized deposits of fatty tissue.
Liposuction can last from one to four hours depending on the parameters of the procedure. Larger treatment areas and a combination of areas take longer, while local areas such as the backs of the arms or the chin may be completed well within one hour. During your consultation, we can answer this question based on the area or areas you wish to have treated and the inclusion of any additional procedures.
Initially, after liposuction surgery, patients will likely look bruised and swollen. Until these side effects subside, the true effects of treatment are not apparent. It is necessary to wear a compression garment to help fluid move away from the surgical area and to control swelling. Post-surgical pain is typically mild and manageable with approved over-the-counter medication. While swelling and bruising decrease gradually over several weeks, patients can return to work as soon as they are physically comfortable. Those who have a physically-demanding job may need to arrange two weeks off work. Strenuous exercise and heavy lifting should be avoided for 2 to 3 weeks.
Like all surgical procedures, liposuction carries risks for infection and bleeding. A board-certified plastic surgeon understands the limitations of liposuction and performs each procedure accordingly. Dr. Gear prioritizes both safety and natural-looking results for our patients and operates in the most precise manner to minimize the risks of contour irregularity and asymmetry.
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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 calling (704) 771-1747.