Charlotte Liposuction Surgeon – Dr. Graper
Dr. Graper is recognized as a leading Charlotte liposuction provider who is able to create beautiful body contours by combining advanced surgical techniques with his years of experience and fine-tuned aesthetic judgment. By using the liposuction procedure, Dr. Graper is able to remove unwanted fat deposits and reshape his patients’ thighs, buttocks and the abdomen. He also specializes in the enhancement of the upper body, including the arms and neck. If you would like to learn more about liposuction in Charlotte and the results this treatment helps achieve, please explore the paragraphs below.
Who Is a Candidate for Liposuction in Charlotte?
The best Charlotte liposuction candidates are individuals who suffer from isolated areas of body fat that have proven resistant to traditional regiments such as diet and exercise. In order to achieve the best body sculpting results, liposuction patients should be within 10 to 15 pounds of their ideal body weight with relatively good skin tone that can contract to the smaller volume of fat following treatment. A one-on-one consultation with Dr. Graper can help you form realistic expectations and gain a deeper understanding of the aesthetic results that you can achieve with liposuction.
Liposuction Surgery in Charlotte
Traditional liposuction was first introduced in 1978 by French plastic surgeon Dr. Jacques Ileuz. His original technique has evolved into the modern liposuction procedure we use today. The current liposuction technique involves several small incisions and the use of a vacuum device, also known as a cannula. Liposuction can be performed under many types of anesthesia, from IV sedation to local depending on the degree of invasiveness. Following surgery, patients are placed in compressive garments and are free to leave the surgical suite and recover in the comfort of their home.
After Liposuction in Charlotte
In order to ensure safety, patient comfort and a smooth recovery, Dr. Graper sees his liposuction patients within one week after the procedure. During this time, the treatment areas are closely examined and stitches are removed. The garments are worn continuously for 3 weeks to limit postoperative swelling and ensure proper skin contraction. Most of our liposuction Charlotte patients have surprisingly little bruising and have such minimal discomfort that they are able to return to work within 2 to 3 days.
Improvements in body contour are noted immediately; 75 percent of the results are evident at 4 weeks, but it takes a full 3 months before all the results will be evident. Regular exercise may be resumed at 3 weeks.
Possible Liposuction Complications
When performed by Dr. Graper, a skilled Charlotte liposuction surgeon, the risk of complication is greatly reduced. However, liposuction, just like any surgical procedure is associated with rare side effects, such as 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 if we err, we always try to err on the conservative side. We can always take a little more fat in a minor touch-up procedure, but it is more difficult to put fat back into areas that have been over-treated.
SmartLipo in Charlotte
An alternative treatment option to traditional liposuction is SmartLipo. However, this technique, which involves the use of a laser to melt the targeted fat prior to extraction, often does not produce results any different than can be achieved with the traditional liposuction method performed by Dr. Graper. In fact, many Charlotte SmartLipo patients visit Dr. Graper to try to correct the over-aggressive outcome of their SmartLipo treatment.
Ultrasonic-Assisted Liposuction in Charlotte
Ultrasonic-assisted liposuction is a new modification to the current liposuction procedure. Under the same type of anesthesia, through slightly larger incisions, an ultrasonic transducer is introduced into the body to emulsify the fat before it is suctioned out.
While ultrasonic-assisted liposuction is an exciting new process, it does not match up to the gold standard of traditional liposuction. Adding ultrasound to the procedure requires larger incisions, longer operative time and increased cost due to the tremendously increased cost of the ultrasound equipment. As improvements are made to the ultrasonic equipment and technique, this may become the future of the procedure, but for now, traditional liposuction remains the standard of care.