Liposuction in Charlotte – FAQs
- What is the procedure like?
- Who are good candidates for liposuction?
- What is the typical recovery time?
- What are the risks associated with the procedure?
- How much does liposuction cost?
Liposuction involves making 1 centimeter incisions in the creases around the periphery of the area to be suctioned. Even though the procedure is done under IV anesthesia, the area is infiltrated with high volumes of local anesthesia to provide both intense vasoconstriction and long-term postoperative anesthesia. The fat is then simply vacuumed out with specially designed surgical instruments called cannulas. The process can be thought of as a type of body whittling or sculpting; hence, the name lipo-sculpture. Patients are placed in compressive garments postoperatively, and because of the local anesthetic, are discharged home in virtually no pain.
Patients who are physically and emotionally healthy, have realistic expectations about the results of the surgery, and understand the risks and benefits of the procedure are ideal candidates for liposuction. The best candidate for liposuction is someone within 10 to 15 pounds of their ideal body weight, with isolated areas of body fat that are resistant to diet and exercise. They should have good skin tone that can contract into the now smaller volume of fat and should have realistic expectations. Even if patients have none of the other qualifications, but have realistic expectations, they can still greatly benefit from liposuction. Remember only ideal candidates get ideal results.
Patients are seen within 5 to 7 days to check their progress and remove stitches. Most of our Charlotte liposuction patients have surprisingly little bruising and may have such minimal discomfort that they are able to return to work within 2 to 3 days. In general, the more that is done, the longer the recovery time.The compressive garment is worn continuously for 3 weeks to limit swelling and ensure proper skin contraction. Patients are allowed to shower without the garment, beginning the second day postoperatively. Though improvements in body contour are noted immediately, the final results will take 2 to 3 months to be complete. Regular exercise may be resumed at 3 weeks.
Complications after liposuction are infrequent but include infection, bleeding, over-correction, under-correction, asymmetries, and skin irregularities. We try to remove just the right amount of fat to produce the desired improvement, but we always try to err on the conservative side. We can always take a little more fat out in a minor touch-up procedure, but it is more difficult to put fat back into areas that have been over-corrected.
The cost of the procedure depends on many variables, so it is not possible to give a price without a personal consultation. Associated costs may include the price of the procedure, operating room costs and anesthesia fees. Please contact us for a personal consultation.