What Is Liposuction?
Eating right and exercising are the healthiest ways to lose weight, but many people retain problem areas of fat in certain areas of their bodies regardless of healthy eating and a proper exercise regimen. Because of this concern, Plastic Surgery of the Carolinas offers liposuction to patients who may be good candidates for the procedure. Liposuction is a treatment that surgically removes problem areas of fat. The best candidates for liposuction are already at or near their ideal weight and typically lead an active, healthy lifestyle. Liposuction is not intended for dramatic or significant weight loss; it is designed to slim areas of the body that have proven resistant to change even after optimizing one’s weight.
Liposuction at our practice is performed by the skilled hands of Dr. Ram Kalus. Depending on a patient’s needs, our plastic surgeon can target many body areas with liposuction, including the legs, buttocks, hips, stomach, arms, back or “bra roll”, chin, neck, and ankles.
What Are the Benefits of Liposuction?
The primary benefit of liposuction is the removal of excess fat from isolated areas of the body. This versatile procedure can be applied to nearly any part of the body that is storing pockets of stubborn fat. Once the liposuction procedure is complete, many patients can enjoy these additional benefits:
- A more slender, fit appearance in the treated areas
- Minimal downtime
- Long-lasting results
In addition to the many advantages that liposuction can bring as a stand-alone procedure, the treatment can be combined with tummy tuck surgery and other cosmetic surgery options for a more comprehensive body makeover. In addition, the fat that is removed can be transferred in the form of fat injections to other areas such as the face, breasts, or buttocks.
How Is the Liposuction Procedure Performed?
Liposuction is be performed using only a small incision at the treatment site. A thin tube called a cannula is then inserted to remove the excess fat. Dr. Kalus uses a technique called tumescent liposuction to perform the procedure. By injecting a local anesthetic solution with adrenaline at the treatment area, Dr. Kalus can bloodlessly remove the fat. This technique can also reduce post-operative bruising and pain. Liposuction is typically completed while the patient is under anesthesia, which makes the actual procedure totally painless. This outpatient surgery may last one to two hours or longer, depending on the desired results and the extent of liposuction required.
What Is Liposuction Recovery Like?
Patients can expect to experience some level of discomfort and swelling, which should fade during the brief healing period. Dr. Kalus may recommend that patients wear a compression garment to enhance the final outcome, depending upon which area of the body is treated. Most liposuction patients return to work or their normal daily activities after one week. Dr. Kalus will provide detailed post-operative instructions and recommendations that take each individual patient’s recovery needs into account.
How Long Do Liposuction Results Last?
The fat that is removed during liposuction is unable to regrow or return. However, the remaining fat cells are still able to increase or decrease in size depending upon factors such as calorie intake and activity levels. Therefore, to best maintain the results of liposuction, patients are encouraged to eat a nutritious, healthy diet and exercise regularly. Patients who are diligent in taking good care of their overall health can typically enjoy the results of liposuction for many years.
How Much Does Liposuction Cost?
The price of liposuction is dependent on a number of variables. Factors such as the location of the treatment area, the volume of fat to be removed, the number of total treatment areas, and the experience of the plastic surgeon can all impact the final cost of liposuction. Each liposuction procedure at Plastic Surgery of the Carolinas is customized to meet the individual needs of the patient. At the end of your initial consultation with Dr. Kalus, you will be provided with a price quote for your procedure based upon a customized treatment plan and you will hear about the many options for payment available at our practice that can help make the cost of treatment as financially convenient as possible.
“I am just thrilled with the success of my recent liposuction. Your surgery flattened my abdomen and gave me the motivation to take better care of myself through diet and exercise.”*
Please contact Plastic Surgery of the Carolinas online or by phone to discuss your liposuction options today. We will be happy to answer your questions or assist you with scheduling a consultation.