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Liposuction is a cosmetic surgical procedure to achieve more aesthetically pleasing body contours. It has been a popular plastic surgery technique for several decades. According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS), 246,354 liposuction procedures were performed in the U.S. in 2017, representing a five percent increase over the previous year.

Advances in technology have made liposuction a less invasive procedure with a shorter recovery time. At Ditesheim Cosmetic Surgery, Dr. Jeffrey A. Ditesheim performs body contouring procedures using state-of-the-art liposuction techniques. Dr. Ditesheim is a board-certified plastic surgeon with advanced surgical skills, artistry, and a reputation for excellence.

What Is Liposuction?

Liposuction is not a weight loss procedure, but rather a body-contouring technique. Unwanted fatty zones can accumulate in the belly, hips, thighs, and other areas that will not respond to diet and exercise. Using advanced liposuction techniques, Dr. Ditesheim can reduce fat bulges and improve contours to enhance your body appearance and shape.

Why liposuction still rules for effective fat reduction

Lots of new fat reduction treatments promise little downtime, but what results can you expect? Non-invasive technologies like CoolSculpting® reduce the absolute number of fat cells by a modest amount. But will a minimal change in the muffin top or a slightly smaller tummy be enough to get you feeling comfortable in a bikini? Liposuction can dramatically reduces fat in an area while also sculpting the body. Compare CoolSculpting & liposuction patients side by side

More aggressive procedures that use laser to melt fat (Zerona®, SmartLipo®) can actually destroy other tissues in the process by burning, shattering or extracting non-fat cells.

The heat from the laser does melt fat but also requires more healing from the surrounding tissues. Think of the “heat” you feel with a sunburn. Now imagine that on your inside layers. Not too pretty, is it?

Other technologies that use high energy, like ultrasound (Vaser®) or radio-frequency energy (Tickle-lipo®) or even vibratory energy (traditional Power-Assisted Liposuction®) all remove fat cells but are traumatic to the surrounding tissues and consequently require more healing time.

What Types of Liposuction Do We Offer?

Liposuction remains the most effective fat reduction procedure for most patients. Dr. Ditesheim uses the latest generation technology to perform liposuction to gently achieve beautiful, natural-looking results with an easier recovery and a shorter downtime.

AquaShape Liposuction

In an AquaShape liposuction procedure, Dr. Ditesheim gently removes excess fat through tiny incisions to sculpt a more attractive shape. AquaShape is ideal for the delicate face and neck areas, beautifully defining the jawline with virtually undetectable scarring. This versatile procedure can be used to reduce unwanted fat nearly anywhere on the body, including smaller areas, such as:

  • Under the chin
  • The knees
  • Between the breast and underarm

It can also be used for precise contouring of the lower body, reducing fatty deposits that create love handles, tummy bulges, and saddlebags, and reshaping the buttocks with or without fat transfer.

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Vaser Liposuction

The VaserLipo system represents an advance in body sculpting technology. This minimally invasive, precision body contouring system can be used to sculpt a variety of body areas, including the back, chest, love handles, buttocks, thighs, calves, and ankles. It can also be used to define muscle groups, creating a firmer, tighter look.

Benefits of Vaser liposuction include:

  • Precision body contouring with far superior outcomes to traditional liposuction
  • Larger quantities of unwanted fat can be removed for more dramatic results in a single treatment
  • Sculpts and smooths difficult-to-treat areas, such as the neck and arms
  • Tightens the skin for a smooth, natural appearance
  • Provides customized sculpting to create muscle definition
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Liposuction: Still the Most Effective Fat Reduction Technique

New, non-invasive fat reduction treatments cannot compete with liposuction when it comes to body sculpting while dramatically reducing stubborn fat in specific areas. Dr. Ditesheim at Ditesheim Cosmetic Surgery produces stunning, natural-looking body contouring results using advanced, minimally-invasive liposuction techniques.

We're the only plastic surgery practice in Charlotte with AquaShape Liposuction

You can get rid of your lovehandles today and be enjoying your better body by next week! AquaShape liposuction gently removes unwanted fat deposits and sculpts smoother, more attractive proportions with a much shorter recovery than typical liposuction.

Why AquaShape is better:

  • Many AquaShape procedures can be performed using local anesthesia
  • Incredibly quick recovery: most patients return to work or school after just 1 or 2 days
  • The results are superb and look amazing after just a few days—virtually no bruising or swelling
  • Dr. Ditesheim is the only plastic surgeon in Charlotte performing AquaShape liposuction

All About AquaShape Liposuction

Water assisted liposuction reduces deposits of unwanted fat, sculpts a more attractive and adds natural contour in an area. By targeting the areas that bother you most, liposuction can help you feel more comfortable in clothes and confident in your appearance.

Despite the recent deluge of fat reduction treatments appearing in the news, we believe liposuction remains the most effective fat reduction procedure for most patients.

AquaShape: Superb liposuction results with minimal downtime

Dr. Ditesheim uses the AquaShape by Body-Jet® when performing liposuction. While it’s Dr. Ditesheim’s skill and highly trained aesthetic eye that helps him achieve beautiful, natural looking results, the AquaShape allows him to achieve it much more gently.

How AquaShape Works

Through tiny incisions, Dr. Ditesheim removes unwanted fat cells and sculpts a better shape. Using the pulsating action of a controlled water spray, the fat cells can be gently separated from the surrounding normal tissues, so the unwanted fat can be removed from the body more easily and your new shape sculpted more naturally.

Less trauma to the body means minimal swelling, minimal bruising and quicker and predictable recovery. In fact, the technique is so gentle that the fat can be used in fat grafting for facial rejuvenation or even breast and buttock augmentation.

“The outcome!! I had aquashape lipo on my stomach after having a baby. It had made me 100% more confident in myself. The staff is amazing! I was 100% comfortable the entire time. They make sure you are completely satisfied and do everything they can to make you comfortable.”

What can AquaShape liposuction help me treat?

An extremely versatile procedure in terms of treatment area, AquaShape can help you lose unwanted fat nearly anywhere on the face or body, even small areas like the knees, between the breast and underarm or under the chin. Liposuction can also enhance the results of other plastic surgery procedures by sculpting a seamlessly smooth, natural contour.

The precise contouring possible with AquaShape makes it perfect for sculpting an improved contour throughout the lower body, helping to remove love-handles, muffin tops, and saddlebags while ensuring your proportions look natural throughout.

Liposuction can be an excellent solution for reshaping the buttocks with or without a fat transfer. By removing excess fat from the areas surrounding the buttocks, such as the lower back, hips, and inner and outer thighs, Dr. Ditesheim can sculpt an aesthetically pleasing shape that also enhances your curves.

We find AquaShape to be ideal for delicate areas such as the face and neck, helping to achieve a beautifully natural contour to the jawline with virtually undetectable scarring. The technique is so gentle that the removed fat can be immediately used for facial fat grafting to enhance the jawline or restore volume to the cheeks or lips.



Our mission is your comfort, along with fantastic results.

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Vaser Liposuction

Body sculpting technology has advanced with the development of the VaserLipo body sculpting system. This precision body contouring system is minimally invasive and can sculpt and trim hard-to-reach areas of the body, including love handles, thighs, calves, buttocks, ankles, back, chest, and can define muscle groups to produce a tight, firm, athletic look.

Benefits of the VaserLipo

At Ditesheim Cosmetic Surgery in Charlotte, NC, we are committed to staying at the cutting-edge of aesthetic technology and have chosen to use the VaserLipo system for high-definition body sculpting. The advantages of the system include:

  • One treatment produces remarkable results
  • Precision body contouring with outcomes far superior to traditional liposuction
  • Larger quantities of fat can be removed in one treatment
  • Smooths and sculpts hard-to-treat areas such as arms and neck
  • Customized sculpting to create muscle definition
  • May help you avoid the need for surgical body sculpting
  • Tightens skin for a smooth, even look

How Does Vaser Liposuction Work?

The VaserLipo system can produce far superior results when compared to traditional liposuction, which required a longer recovery time and often left patients with an uneven, lumpy look, or lack of skin retraction. This advanced liposuction system uses sound waves to break up fat, without damaging the surrounding tissues.

Prior to treatment, the area to be treated will be filled with a special solution that numbs the area and shrinks the blood vessels to greatly reduce the risk of bleeding or bruising. The solution swells the fat cells. After the application of this solution, a sound energy-emitting probe is passed beneath the skin. This probe essentially “shakes” the fat cells loose from the surrounding tissue, after which its suction feature extracts the expanded fat cells. One of the most significant advantages of this advanced body sculpting system is that just the fat cells are gently and effectively extracted.

Custom Body Sculpting with VaserLipo

If eating a healthy, nutritious diet and engaging in an exercise program has been unable to resolve excess fat, Vaser Liposuction can allow you to finally achieve a trim, fit, more athletic body shape. As the system is far more efficient at separating fat cells, and allows for a precision approach, muscle groups surrounded by excess fat can be treated, including chest, arms, thighs, love handles, abdomen, or other area where fatty deposits linger. The system has the added benefit of promoting higher levels of skin retraction for smooth, natural result.

Candidates for Vaser Liposuction

Candidates for VaserLipo are those who want to create a more defined, sculpted body shape, and are struggling to reduce fatty deposits in specific body areas. Every patient will be evaluated to ensure this very safe treatment is appropriate. You should be:

  • In good general health
  • Within 30 percent of your ideal weight
  • Skin in good condition, retaining elasticity
  • Non-smoker (or prepared to quit)
  • Do not have an existing medical condition that may put you at risk of complications

Get Muscle Definition with VaserLipo

If you have worked hard to have a healthy, strong physique, watch your diet, and are still unable to achieve muscle definition, treatment with the VaserLipo system produces remarkable results in just one treatment.

The ability to custom-sculpt your body, defining muscle groups in chest, arms, thighs, or other area of the body has made VaserLipo one of the most exciting technological developments in aesthetic technology. Men and women alike appreciate the appearance of defined muscles, but cannot always achieve the look, no matter how often, or how vigorously they work out. VaserLipo can produce a cut, defined look with targeted fat extraction around these muscle groups.

Why Choose Dr. Ditesheim for Vaser Liposuction?

Dr. Ditesheim has garnered a reputation for excellence in plastic surgery and body sculpting treatments. He is committed to staying at the leading edge in the latest developments in technology and procedures. As a board-certified plastic surgeon known for achieving exceptional results, his goal is to help his patients achieve the look they want with the most effective, least invasive approach, including the use of the VaserLipo system for body contouring.

Dr. Ditesheim is warm, personable, and a highly-talented plastic surgeon who is committed to excellence. The first step in the journey to a more sculpted body is a private consultation. The doctor/patient relationship is a critical point in our ability to create the look you envision for your body. We listen carefully to our patients, and ensure they are educated, know what to expect in treatment, recovery, and in the final appearance.


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VaserLipo vs. Traditional Liposuction

While traditional liposuction treatments were effective in extracting excess fat, this method was hard on the patient’s body, and required many weeks of recovery time. Traditional liposuction simply extracted the fat, and had a damaging impact upon the surrounding tissue, and led to extensive bruising and bleeding in many cases. When the blood vessels are damaged, the recovery time will be longer, and less comfortable.

The VaserLipo system does not damage the surrounding tissue, as the fat is gently shaken free from the surrounding tissue prior to gently extracting the cells. With less blood loss, less inflammation, and less pain, patients are back to their normal lives within days – not weeks or months. Some of our patients are interested in an added procedure – natural fat grafting – and the fat cells extracted by the VaserLipo system are left intact and can be injected to create more volume in buttocks, breasts, or other body area.

Learn More at a personal consultation with Dr. Ditesheim

If you live in or plan to travel to the Charlotte, NC area and are interested in AquaShape liposuction, contact us today.

At a personal consultation with Dr. Ditesheim, you can get a better idea for how liposuction with AquaShape can help you enjoy a slimmer and shapelier body.

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