Liposuction Fat Removal in Charlotte, NC
Liposuction is an elective procedure that permanently removes excess fat in a desired area. When you come to Carolinas Center for Cosmetic Surgery, you will have a thorough conversation with our specialists to determine the right treatment plan for you. We will discuss your esthetic goals, problem areas, and any specific preferences you may have.
For some people, weight loss and dieting is great until you reach those last few pounds that refuse to go anywhere. Genetics, stress, and other factors can make the weight loss journey difficult, and can cause your progress to plateau. Fortunately, our experts in Charlotte, North Carolina, offer liposuction to many areas of the body. Now, you can achieve your weight loss goals and feel more confident about your appearance.
Liposuction does not treat obesity. Many patients seek liposuction after achieving other health goals, but still have areas that are unresponsive to diet and exercise. This procedure is highly customizable, and you can undergo liposuction surgery as much or as little as you please, provided you are healthy enough to undergo surgery and with the guidance of your surgeon.
Liposuction can be performed on many areas of the body and face, including:
- Abdomen (sometimes referred to as a "tummy tuck")
- Upper arms
- Inner knee
- Chest (called "breast reduction")
Is Liposuction Right for Me?
The ideal liposuction candidate has good skin tone and is in good general health. When paired with a healthy diet and regular exercise, the results of your liposuction can last a long time. Remember that fat cells are important and your body needs them to safely store and use fat. Therefore, it is recommended that only individuals who are within a 30% range of healthy weight undergo this procedure.
The surgical removal of fat cells and fatty tissues is not right for everyone. We will determine the right cosmetic procedure for you during the consultation with your health, safety, and goals in mind. Schedule your visit with our board-certified plastic surgeon and liposuction expert, Dr. Waheed Mohamed.
Liposuction Surgery Procedure
Your surgeon will go over your exact treatment plan with you during the consultation and before the surgery begins. When you meet with Dr. Mohamed, we will answer all of your questions regarding treatment, its safety and effectiveness, and your health. While we offer a wide range of anesthesia options, liposuction is performed under general anesthesia in a hospital or surgical center. This allows you to sleep comfortably without feeling any discomfort and wake up when the procedure is over.
Once the anesthesia has taken effect, your surgeon will mark the areas to be treated. We may administer a local anesthetic to ensure maximum comfort. First, your surgeon will make small incisions as necessary in the targeted area.
A cannula will be placed through the incisions. This device safely removes fat by sucking out the fatty deposits and tissues. This is the most common liposuction technique used by cosmetic surgeons. The specifics of your surgery will be outlined with you during the consultation so you know exactly what will happen and what to expect.
A typical liposuction procedure takes around 1 hour. Once completed, we will place sutures to close the incisions and apply bandages. We will take you to a recovery area where you will rest until the anesthesia wears off. Then your prearranged designated driver will take you home.
Our office provides detailed instructions to follow both before and after your surgery to maximize your recovery. If you ever have questions at any point throughout the treatment process, we encourage you to contact our office and speak to one of our friendly and informative staff members. You can contact our office in Charlotte, NC, by phone at (704) 714-2259.
Recovery After Liposuction
Swelling and bruising are normal after any cosmetic procedure. The bandages applied after the surgery will help to minimize swelling and provide support. You can manage any post-surgical pain with over-the-counter pain medication and use ice packs to keep swelling down.
While it is important to give your body time to rest and heal, you should walk the day after surgery and increase your activity level daily. You should resume full activity within 2–4 weeks following the procedure. It is important to wear sunscreen whenever outside to protect your skin.
Even with minor swelling, you will be able to see your results immediately. The higher the amount of fat that we removed, the more drastic your outcome will be. Overall, you will notice more balanced and pleasing body contours and, once fully healed, a significant boost in your self-esteem.