Had it with your love handles? AquaShape™ liposuction offers an alternative to traditional lipo for a look that’s slimmer and shapelier. If you’re considering liposuction, you probably want to know more about what to expect. Below, Dr. Jeffery A. Ditesheim answers patients’ most commonly asked questions about lipo. You can also request a consultation in person with Dr. Ditesheim, who’s helped thousands of men and women from Charlotte and throughout North Carolina feel and look their best with cosmetic surgery.

What is liposuction?

Liposuction is a surgical procedure that removes fat cells from the body using suction, revealing smoother contours. Lipo can be used nearly anywhere on the face or body, including the hips, flanks, inner and outer thighs, tummy, chin and neck, upper arms, and the male torso as part of male breast reduction. Dr. Ditesheim can also perform a scarless breast reduction using liposuction in women who are good candidates for the procedure.

What’s different about AquaShape™ liposuction?

Prior to removal, fatty deposits need to be broken apart. Traditional liposuction methods rely on physical force to accomplish this, but AquaShape™ liposuction uses a controlled, pulsating water spray for faster, easier treatment under local anesthesia. Because AquaShape™ is gentler than other liposuction techniques, complications like soreness and bruising after surgery can be greatly minimized. At the same time, Dr. Ditesheim can achieve even more precise results for a beautiful final result.

Am I a candidate?

The best candidates for liposuction are men or women who are already at a healthy BMI, or at least are within a few pounds of their ideal weight. Those who currently eat right and enjoy an active lifestyle will also be able to maintain their long-term results more easily. As with any surgery, it’s important to be in good overall physical and mental health before pursuing liposuction and to have realistic expectations about your likely results.

Will AquaShape™ liposuction help me lose weight?

Liposuction is not a substitute for weight loss because it can only remove subcutaneous fat, not the visceral fatty deposits that are the common contributor to being overweight. Sometimes, a pound or two may be lost as a byproduct of undergoing lipo, but ultimately the goal is sculpting and shaping, not helping you to lose weight.

Can liposuction get rid of cellulite?

Although liposuction is ideal for targeting problem areas like the love handles, muffin top or a double chin, the appearance of cellulite can’t be improved with liposuction. Cellulite is the result of fibrous connective tissu, not the soft subcutaneous fatty tissue that’s removed by lipo.

Does lipo leave scars behind?

Dr. Ditesheim will make several very small incisions near the target area so he can insert the hollow tube used to remove the fat cells. However, these are typically just a few millimeters in length, so they can heal up to nearly invisible and often don’t even need stitches. Dr. Ditesheim also plans your incision placement to be hidden by the natural contours of your body whenever possible to ensure even further discretion.

What should I expect during my procedure?

Before your liposuction appointment, Dr. Ditesheim will talk with you about your goals for surgery and make marks on your body that will help him more effectively target your problem spots. During surgery, he’ll make incisions that are just large enough to allow the insertion of a hollow tube, or cannula. Next, Dr. Ditesheim uses controlled water jets to carefully and precisely sculpt away fatty deposits, removing the cells completely with suction afterwards. This process is so gentle that the cells remain viable for fat transfer.

What should I expect after lipo?

Because of the unique approach used during AquaShape™ liposuction, recovery and downtime are both quite minimal at Dr. Ditesheim’s practice. Not only can most patients return to work in just a day or two but results reveal themselves very quickly as well since there’s so much less swelling compared to traditional lipo.