Liposuction or Tummy Tuck? All About Liposuction

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Are You a Good Candidate for Liposuction?

If you’re facing the summer with trepidation or dread, plagued by a poochy lower tummy, let me assure you, there are several options that may help you in time to enjoy a stress-free summer.

Many patients see some improvement with non-surgical clamping and freezing procedures like Coolsculpting. But these techniques do not offer immediate results and they do not offer body-shaping benefits. For hanging skin or true weakness of the lower tummy: think tummy tuck. If the lower tummy pooch is fatty tissue, just thickness, then liposuction in Charlotte may be the answer.

What is liposuction?

Rather than cutting, liposuction removes fat through a tube introduced though a slit in the skin. The tube is connected to suction and literally fat is sucked out! Sounds gross, but if the lower tummy is just thickness, extra fatty tissue, then you can get the flatter tummy without big scars and with less recovery. Like the lower tummy problem, liposuction works best in shaping the “problem areas” like the lower tummy, muffin top, love handles, saddlebags, neck, and arms. Better shape translates to not having to “dress around” a certain part of your body. You can feel liberated to wear what you want, even feel good in a bathing suit.

Many techniques, are they all the same?

To make the work for the surgeon easier, there are different techniques that either melt or destroy fat more aggressively. It would be logical to think “more is better” and that a more aggressive technique takes out more fat quicker. The real “cost” is recovery and potential complications. More heat, more energy creates more trauma for the body and more recovery for you. Lasers can burn the skin and too much power can create irregularities in the surface or remove too much fat. It is like only needing “simmer”, but using “high heat.” There are many techniques by different names (SmartLipo, CoolSculpt, BodyShape, Vaser, Tickle, Liposonix, PowerLipo) and they are all forms of liposuction, but they are not all the same.

Introducing AquaShape: A Gentler Solution

If you have ever considered liposuction or you are familiar with traditional liposuction surgery, I am excited to tell you about the gentler AquaShape procedure. Rather than using laser or high power sonic waves, AquaShape uses a controlled water jet to separate and remove unwanted fat. It’s natural and gentler for the body making recovery easier. Fat can be removed without creating irregularities in the skin.

Most AquaShape patients return to full activity the next day or within the week. This type of liposuction is so gentle that anesthesia is optional. This means that it is realistic to drive yourself in and drive yourself home, maybe even go shopping after the procedure. (How is this possible? The areas treated are injected with a local anesthetic that keeps the treated areas pain-free for up to 9 hours after the procedure.)

AquaShape: Recycle the Fat

A unique advantage of AquaShape is that the fat removed can be used somewhere else on the body. Following a principle called lipofilling, deficient areas of the body such as the breasts, buttocks, hands or face can be reshaped with the harvested fat.

AquaShape’s Benefits

• There are many benefits to AquaShape Liposuction:
• AquaShape offers great shaping results.
• No anesthesia is usually required.
• Less recovery time is needed.
• Fat can be recycled elsewhere in the body.

However, you should be aware that anesthesia is needed for multiple or large areas and there can still be some bruising and swelling in larger patients.

What to Consider Before an AquaShape Procedure

Result: Predictable permanent shape change.
• Recovery: Predictable recovery 1day to 1 week
• Expertise: This is a new type of liposuction that is different from all other techniques and requires experience. You should seek out a board-certified plastic surgeon who is experienced with the AquaShape technique.
• Trust: Many techniques remove fat. Liposuction in the right hands can be an excellent shaping tool to give you better proportion. AquaShape is gentler, can be done without the risks of anesthesia and can have an easier recovery. All liposuction procedures have risks. You want to be in the hands of an experienced board-certified plastic surgeon.
• Cost: For all fees: starts at $4900

With many different options for surgical and non-surgical procedures promising to help you be slimmer by summer, you can see why it is so important to be an educated consumer, fully consider your own circumstances, goals, and be realistic about the risks and recovery that will be needed for any procedure that you decide to have. Contact my office to schedule a consultation and let’s make a plan to address your goals.

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