At Ditesheim Cosmetic Surgery, our goal is to help patients feel comfortable, well-cared-for, and well-informed from beginning to end. Your unique liposuction experience will vary based on the amount of fat being removed or the type of procedure you desire. Liposuction can be done under local or general anesthesia, which Dr. Ditesheim will confirm after a consultation and examination appointment.
What is Liposuction?
Liposuction is a plastic surgery procedure that reshapes certain areas of the body by removing stubborn, unwanted fat. With state-of-the-art technology and unparalleled commitment to excellence, Dr. Ditesheim provides the best liposuction surgery in Charlotte.
Dr. Ditesheim’s Enhanced Liposuction Approach
Board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Jeffrey A. Ditesheim is a specialist in precision body contouring. His approach is to selectively remove fat to sculpt each person’s body. He has extensive experience with over 5,000 successful body shaping procedures. Lipo sculpting whether to highlight muscles, define curves or improve proportion is an advanced, more artistic approach requiring advanced training. (www.highdefinitionliposuction.com)
Dr. Ditesheim uses the most advanced liposuction technologies for precise sculpting: VASER liposuction and AquaShape liposuction. VASER liposuction uses a fine-tip probe that releases controlled ultrasonic energy to emulsify or break down fat cells. VaserLipo removes fat without injury to nerves and blood vessels, can sculpt superficial fat and results in skin tightening. Aquashape or Water liposuction is a uniquely gentle technology. Rather than use heat like Laser liposuction (also SmartLipo), Aquashape uses a controlled focus water jet to dislodge and remove fat permanently.
VaserLipo or Vaser Liposuction uses controlled ultrasonic energy to permanently remove superficial fat and tighten skin for precise body sculpting results.
Aquashape: (Water-jet Liposuction) Permanent fat removal with a Gentle pulsed water jet. Excellent for Awake Liposuction of one or two areas with quick recovery.
High Definition Liposuction is an advanced approach to precise body sculpting. Fat is selectively removed to reveal muscular highlights and anatomical detail.
What Areas Can Liposuction Treat?
One of the beauties of this surgical procedure is that liposuction can address stubborn fat nearly anywhere on the body. Dr. Ditesheim encourages patients to be open-minded when considering liposuction of one area of the body, as his approach is to consider the whole body contour circumferentially to truly sculpt the figure you want to achieve.
Liposuction for the Abdomen
Abdominal or Tummy liposuction can help both men and women achieve a flatter stomach, enhanced muscle definition, and a greater degree of confidence.
Liposuction for the Waist
For all women, a defined waist is essential to looking beautiful in clothes. Anatomically, the waist is the narrow zone where the lowest part of the chest meets the highest part of the pelvis. This serves as a defining point between the upper and lower body. Excess fat in the waist area causes the “muffin-top”. Selectively sculpting and removing lower back fat defines the waist and shapes the buttocks.
For men, fat is stored in the love handle, lower back area. The attractive, youthful, athletic male back is shaped by the large back muscles. The male frame has a natural V shape from the broad shoulders to the narrow pelvis. Excess fat in the lower back causes a roundness and bulging of the waist. Removing love handle fat via liposuction in Charlotte can restore the planar-defined V-shaped male back.
Back and Bra Rolls
Bra Rolls and Back Fat can be frustrating to embarrassing. Excess upper back fat gets squeezed above and below the bra strap. Using easily hidden 5mm incisions in the armpit or lower back, the superficial back fat can be easily removed. To obtain a smooth back without rolls, the skin must redrape over the back muscles. With age or decreased skin tone, back skin can lose elasticity. To tighten potentially loose skin, Renuvion is used to tighten the back skin. This advanced technology is used after liposuction to tighten the ligaments (collagen fibers) that connect the skin to the deeper muscle layer. Renuvion is used to minimize the appearance of loose skin.
Liposuction for Male Chest and Gynecomastia
For men who struggle with nipple puffiness or a round chest from excess breast tissue, it can be hard to feel masculine and confident without a shirt.
Restoring a masculine chest always requires removing the abnormal glandular tissue. High definition liposuction further defines the chest by defining the chest highlights: the hollow under the chest, the lateral pectoral border and the hollow under the arm. Sometimes fat is added to the chest to restore the upper pole convexity. Learn more about gynecomastia surgery.
Upper Arms Liposuction
“Hanging Arms” are very frustrating both because they suggest poor fitness and older age. Sleeveless tops, even jackets don’t fit, leading to embarrassment and frustration. Sculpting the arms by removing fat circumferentially can restore the athletic, youthful shape. Often Renuvion is used to tighten loose skin after liposuction. When arm skin has significantly stretched, removing skin is often necessary (brachioplasty).
Thighs and Legs
Saddlebags or Heavy, Thick Thighs result in body disproportion. Jeans that fit the thighs will not fit the waist. Inner thigh chafing can be a problem. Shaping the thighs starts first with understanding your frame ( shape of the pelvis) and muscular definition. Runners will have larger quadriceps muscles. Excess fatty tissue can cause the beautiful tapered shape of the thighs and legs to appear shapeless, thick and heavy. Fat is selectively removed from the inner, outer thighs, knees and upper legs. Occasionally, fat is removed circumferentially from both the thighs and legs to obtain a feminine athletic shape. Lipedema is a condition that causes excess and painful fatty tissue deposits most frequently in the lower body of young women. Aquashape Liposuction, preserving lymphatic vessels, is the preferred treatment method.
Neck and Chin Liposuction
Losing the shape and definition of the neck foretells aging. The jawline and neck angle blur and the lower face is no longer defined. Sometimes excess superficial fatty tissue under the chin and upper neck can be removed to restore the neck angle and jawline (Neck Liposuction). With age, neck skin loses elasticity. Renuvion can be used with liposuction in Charlotte to improve neck shape without surgery (Renuvion and Neck Lipo). For some patients, the neck has an excess of deeper fat that needs surgical treatment. (Necklift).
How Much Does Liposuction Cost in Charlotte?
Dr. Ditesheim knows that everyone wants the best value for their money. And with many plastic surgeons content to diminish or play down patients’ end costs in an attempt to hurry them through their decision to have liposuction, Dr. Ditesheim emphasizes transparency throughout the process.
Liposuction is an investment in your appearance and self-image. For most men and women in Charlotte, liposuction cost ranges from $4,500 to $18,000. The four patients had different procedures and you can see their investment. The investment is given for transparency so you can see the investment together with the surgical result. Each person’s investment will be based on the surgical plan at the time of consultation. These fees are not meant to be a warranty or implied guarantee of any other patient’s fees or investment.
Financing is available and our office will be glad to help you determine which company and plan is best for you.
Is Liposuction Safe?
At the end of the day, a variety of factors make liposuction performed by a board-certified plastic surgeon safe and highly effective. These include the type of facility, the doctor’s expertise, and the patient’s qualifications for surgery.
One way to ensure the safety and efficacy of liposuction in Charlotte is to be a well-qualified candidate for this minimally invasive procedure. Liposuction is widely available to many people who have concerns about specific problem areas or who want general enhancement in their body contour.
A good candidate for liposuction is at a stable weight and has no underlying health conditions that would make surgery risky. Even those labeled as “overweight” can be good candidates in many cases, although Dr. Ditesheim will determine candidacy during an in-person consultation.
Understand that liposuction is not a weight-loss procedure, and in order to maintain your results and ideal body weight it is best to get regular exercise and maintain a healthy diet.
Fully Accredited Facility
It’s hard to overstate the importance of not only the doctor’s skill, but also the facility in which they’ll be working. A fully accredited surgical suite is critical to ensuring patient safety in any and all scenarios, especially when using general anesthesia.
Surgery centers certified by the American Association for Accreditation of Ambulatory Surgery Facilities (AAAASF) meet certain rigorous standards to ensure patients who are treated there have board-certified anesthesiologists to monitor vital signs throughout surgery, as well as have the proper tools and procedures to maintain patient comfort and respond to any complications that may arise.
Our state-of-the-art surgery center in Charlotte, North Carolina allows us to provide safe, personalized care for liposuction procedures that require general anesthesia.
Expertise and Training
Of course, one of the things liposuction patients should always look into are the plastic surgeon’s experience and expertise with any given procedure or type of liposuction. With decades of experience and the latest technology, Dr. Ditesheim is highly qualified and uniquely trained to offer the best liposuction results for nearly any goal you may have.
As a board-certified plastic surgeon, Dr. Ditesheim adheres to a strict set of ethics, continuing education, and training requirements. This ensures patients are treated with a high degree of care at every stage of the surgical process, as well as guaranteeing Dr. Ditesheim is fully up to date on the latest surgical techniques to ensure the most satisfying results upon recovery.
Preparing for Liposuction
Before arriving for your liposuction appointment, Dr. Ditesheim will instruct you on which medications you can and cannot take in the days and weeks leading up to the procedure. He will also instruct you to stop smoking, as this inhibits the body’s healing process and increases the risk of complications.
You will need to arrange for a friend or loved one to drive you home from the procedure, and you will likely need to refrain from eating or drinking for at least 12 hours before your surgery.
The recovery timeline can vary depending on the extent of your specific liposuction procedure surgical plan. Those who undergo a local anesthetic procedure will likely need less time to recover than those with more extensive procedures under general anesthesia. In most cases, patients can return to light work after about a week or two, but will feel discomfort in the days leading up to this point.
Immediately after surgery, you will have bandages and in some cases drains that Dr. Ditesheim will provide care instructions for during a consultation. Your activity level and range of motion for things like bending over and lifting objects will be reduced until you’re more fully healed. Most Charlotte liposuction patients see full results after swelling and bruising has gone significantly down, usually at around the six-week mark.
How is Liposuction Performed?
Dr. Ditesheim has multiple advanced liposuction techniques that can help different people achieve different goals, although all of them involve beginning with the end result in mind. All liposuction procedures begin with a tumescent liposuction solution that shrinks blood vessels and numbs the area being treated whether done under local or general anesthesia.
Learn More About Liposuction in Charlotte
Every person deserves to feel confident and proud of their body in all types of clothing. Liposuction is a highly versatile plastic surgery procedure that can help men and women of all shapes and sizes feel better about the way they look with a safe, minimal recovery timeline procedure. To learn more about your liposuction options, schedule a consultation with the expert liposuction surgeon himself, Dr. Jeffrey Ditesheim today. Start the conversation by calling our office or contacting us online. Our Ballantyne office is located 8 minutes from Marvin and 34 minutes from Rock Hill SC.
Frequently Asked Questions About Liposuction
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.
How much does liposuction cost in Charlotte NC?
Liposuction procedures vary widely in their cost based on your goals. For those looking to stick to a budget or treat only one area, liposuction can cost between $4,000 and $6,000. For those who want the most advanced liposuction techniques and the most dramatic transformation, procedures can cost up to $15,000.
Does fat come back after liposuction?
No. Fat that is removed with liposuction is permanently gone. However, gaining weight following treatment will cause increased fat stores uniformly throughout the body, which will affect your achieved results.
How much weight can I lose after liposuction?
People who have been treated with liposuction do not lose much weight as a direct result of the procedure. However, many patients experience a boost in self-confidence, helping them get back into a healthy exercise routine to maximize their results.
Is Liposuction better than cool-sculpting?
Liposuction is a more versatile and efficient procedure than CoolSculpting, allowing an expert like Dr. Ditesheim to
How much fat can be removed with liposuction?
There is a limit to how much fat can be safely removed during liposuction procedures, although up to five liters may be able to be suctioned away depending on your needs and goals.
Do you have to be put to sleep for liposuction?
Not in every scenario. Using the gentle, efficient AquaShape liposuction device, Dr. Ditesheim can perform minor liposuction procedures without having to put the patient under general anesthesia. This shortens recovery time and makes the procedure more affordable.