Advances in technology have made liposuction a less invasive procedure with a shorter recovery time. 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.
Types of Liposuction
Water assisted liposuction that gently removes excess fat through tiny incisions to sculpt a more attractive shape.
Put simply, liposuction is a minimally invasive surgical procedure that removes unwanted fat from specific body areas. It is not a weight loss procedure, as liposuction is meant only to remove fat deposits that are stubborn and do not respond to diet and exercise.
Like any cosmetic surgery procedure, liposuction has risks and possible complications. However, it is safe when the procedure is performed in an accredited surgical facility operating room by a board-certified plastic surgeon like Dr. Ditesheim.
Even though the scars are very small and hidden, removing fat with liposuction can put a lot of stress on the body, meaning that it may require downtime for recovery, and may not be right for everyone.
What Areas of the Body Can be Treated With Liposuction?
Liposuction can reduce areas of excess localized fat to improve the body contours of patients. Specific body areas that can be treated include: the belly, waist, love handles, arms, bra roll, back, thighs, and legs.
A flat tummy, a defined waist, a muscular torso are all realistic expectations from expert liposuction in North Carolina. The fat is permanently removed from the body. The liposuction scars are tiny and easily hidden. The recovery after liposuction can be days (for smaller liposuction procedures) and weeks for larger liposuction procedures.
Liposuction for Men
Dr. Ditesheim offers techniques for men on multiple areas of the body and can recommend the option that would be most beneficial for you.
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People who are eligible for body contouring procedures such as liposuction should be:
A healthy adult (age 20 and up) in good physical health
Have reasonable expectations for both results and recovery
Practicing a healthy lifestyle, nutrition, regular exercise routine
Have specific areas of fat that are resistant to diet and exercise
If I am “Overweight,” Can I Consider Liposuction Safely?
Yes, the guidelines above apply to all adults who are considering a liposuction procedure. Many people labeled as “overweight” or “obese” given their height and weight can still be excellent candidates for liposuction. A healthy, mature adult with reasonable expectations who has fat that is resistant to diet and exercise can be a candidate for liposuction. To find out if you can benefit from NC liposuction, schedule a consultation with board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Ditesheim today.
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Your plastic surgery services will be performed in our state-of-the-art surgical center, highly accredited by the AAAASF. It can be performed under local anesthesia where you are awake or you may choose to be completely asleep under the expert care of your professional anesthesiologist. Depending on the extent of your planned procedure, treatment may take 1 to 5 hours.
First, using tiny, hidden incisions, tumescent solution is injected to shrink the blood vessels and numb the treatment area.
Second, Dr. Ditesheim will insert a very thin wand-like device that emits sound ( ultrasonic) waves. The sound wave energy precisely breaks down the structure of the targeted fat cells from a solid to a liquid form. The sound waves bounce off the surrounding tissues, leaving them undisturbed.
Third, Dr. Ditesheim will insert a small cannula (hollow tube) and gently move it around to remove the liquified fat. More precision means less swelling and shorter recovery time.
After the procedure, the areas are treated with foam and compression garments for the first several days to reduce swelling and help the healing process.
If you don’t take any sedating medicine orally to relax you before the procedure, you can drive yourself home. If you receive anesthesia to keep you comfortable and asleep, you will need someone to drive you home and stay with you overnight. You can shower the next day.
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The safest and simplest liposuction technique is called tumescent liposuction, which involves the injection of a dilute adrenaline and local anesthetic solution before removing fat. The tumescent technique should be a standard part of every liposuction treatment. The tumescent infiltration serves to contract blood vessels and create an area that has “numbness” or reduced feeling. Shrinking the blood vessels is important for minimizing blood loss and decreasing complications.
Liposculpting goes beyond simply “sucking out unwanted fat.” There are many confounding variables to consider when liposculpting, such as having good skin elasticity and relatively strong muscles, knowing precisely what type of fat you’re trying to remove and where in the tissue layers it resides, and being able to redistribute tissue when necessary for a natural appearing body shape.
Simply removing all the fat in a given area will create deformity, which is why it counts to have an experienced plastic surgeon with an artistic eye to ensure the best results from liposuction in Charlotte.
Since the 1980s when liposuction was introduced, the procedure has been made gradually safer through advancements that minimize blood loss and skin irregularities. Today, by injecting tumescent solution to shrink the capillaries and blood vessels in the desired body area, there is minimal to no blood loss. And by using smaller cannulas and leaving a layer of fat under the skin, skin irregularities decreased dramatically.
Still, liposuction is traumatic. Traditional suction-assisted liposuction, a common technique performed by many doctors, depends on moving the cannula back and forth to loosen fat for removal. This requires mechanical force that is very traumatic to the body. Advanced techniques like tumescent liposuction treat fat cells before removal to reduce the trauma applied to tissues.
Cutting-Edge Liposuction Techniques
The latest advances use other means to soften, emulsify, or mobilize the fat, in place of mechanical trauma. VASERLipo or VASER liposuction utilizes sound waves to target fat cells without damaging the surrounding normal tissues like nerves and blood vessels.
Aquashape, or water-jet assisted liposuction, uses a water jet that can mobilize fat cells where they are attached, making it easier to remove them from the body. The water jet also does not damage normal surrounding tissue. As a result, water-jet liposuction results in very little post-procedure bruising.
Other techniques that are used in liposuction include power-assisted liposuction, tickle-liposuction and nutational liposuction. These techniques all depend on vibrational energy applied to a handpiece to break up fat cells. These “power techniques” are probably most popular and are very effective in fat removal. However, they are less protective to surrounding tissues and so result in more bruising, swelling, and longer recovery.
Frequently Asked Questions
Are you put to sleep for liposuction?
Dr. Ditesheim performs liposuction procedures both using local and general anesthesia, depending on the intensity of the procedure and the number of incisions being made.
Can visceral fat be removed?
Visceral fat are deposits of fat deep in the body, covering internal organs. These cannot be removed with liposuction.
How can I get rid of tummy fat?
If you have body fat that won’t go away no matter what you eat or do, liposuction can be an effective way to permanently remove it.
Liposuction Recovery Steps
Immediately after the procedure, a foam and compression garment will be placed to minimize swelling. You should continue to use the compression garment as long as your body still has swelling during the day.
The first 3 days after any liposuction procedure you can expect some swelling and bruising of the treatment areas or the areas adjacent to the treated areas. There may be fluid that is still draining from the incisions (if they are left open). Drains may be placed to collect fluid and reduce swelling. Dr. Ditesheim will show you how to manage the drain for at-home care. All drains are removed within eight days of the procedure.
Everyone heals at different rates, and you are the best judge of when you are ready for certain activities. Patients often resume all normal activities within 2 to 3 weeks of surgery as the swelling and bruising subside. Bruising and swelling are normal, temporary responses to liposuction Charlotte.
Walking every day promotes healing, so patients can drive once they are comfortable and may be able to return to work within a week. After about 6 weeks patients can return to their normal exercise routine.
Long-Lasting Results with Liposuction
Your final result is the combined effect of the surgical procedure and your body’s healing ability. Dr. Ditesheim will stay in close contact during recovery and follow-up appointments. Please follow all the post-operative instructions Dr. Ditesheim gives to have the most comfortable recovery and best results.
Although there are limits to the amount of excess fat that can be removed, in most cases you can achieve the body contour you desire through liposuction. The results can last for many years as the fat cells in the treatment area are permanently removed. A healthy lifestyle, regular exercise program, and maintaining an appropriate weight keep your body in the best shape possible.
Consultation with Expert Liposuction Plastic Surgeon
The first step in your liposuction treatment is to schedule a consultation to meet Dr. Ditesheim and his exceptional staff at Ditesheim Cosmetic Surgery in Charlotte, NC. In your initial consultation with Dr. Ditesheim, he will talk with you, review your medical history, examine you and discuss if liposuction is a safe procedure for you to consider.
To learn more about liposuction in Charlotte, NC, contact us by calling 704-389-2052 or filling out our online form today.
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