Board certified plastic surgeon Dr. William Terranova, discusses liposuction surgery at his Charleston plastic surgery practice.
- Liposuction Treatment Areas
- Liposuction Candidates
- The Liposuction Procedure
- Liposuction Recovery
- What Will My Liposuction Results Look Like?
- Other Body Contouring Procedures
- Schedule a Liposuction Consultation
Liposuction is a fat removal technique that can improve the contours of the following areas of the body:
- Upper arms
By removing localized pockets of stubborn fat and creating more definition through liposuction, Dr. Terranova can significantly change the way you feel about your appearance. To achieve beautiful and natural-looking results, he relies on his surgical expertise, combined with an eye for balance and proportion.
Dr. Terranova will decide whether you are a suitable candidate for liposuction during a one-on-one consultation at his The Liposuction Procedure
Depending on the size of the treated area, surgery can take anywhere from 45 minutes to several hours. Either general anesthesia or local anesthesia with sedation medication is administered prior to surgery, so you won’t feel anything during your procedure.
Dr. Terranova begins by making several small incisions in the treatment area. Through the incisions, he instills fluid containing lidocaine (for pain relief) and epinephrine (to constrict blood vessels and limit bleeding). This is called the tumescent technique and is the gold standard for liposuction. Then, Dr. Terranova inserts a small, hollow tube (called a cannula) and moves it back and forth in the treatment area to break up the fatty tissue. Then, he gently suctions the fat from the body through the cannula.
Other techniques involve the use of laser or ultrasound energy to “break up” the fatty tissue so the body can naturally reabsorb it. Dr. Terranova can explore these liposuction options with you during your surgical consultation.
Every person recovers at a different pace. Most patients are up and active within a day or two of surgery, but may take a week or so off from work to relax and recover.
You will have mild to moderate bruising and swelling after liposuction, but these symptoms will mostly resolve within a few days or weeks. For the first week of your recovery, you should avoid any strenuous activities, including bending and lifting. Dr. Terranova will advise when it is safe for you to return to work, exercise and your normal routine.
Liposuction improves the contours of the treated area. As soon as residual swelling subsides (which can take up to several months), you will notice that the treated area is leaner, and you look like you’ve been working out and dieting successfully.
Since liposuction incisions are so small, any scarring will be barely visible.
In order to maintain your beautiful body sculpting results, you will need to continue to follow a healthy diet and regularly exercise.
If you have fat deposits and loose skin in a certain area of your body, you may benefit from another type of sculpting procedure. For example, if you’ve had a baby or lost a significant amount of weight and have loose skin around your stomach, you may be a candidate for tummy tuck surgery (abdominoplasty). Or, if you have loose skin and fat deposits in your upper arms or thighs, arm lift or thigh lift might be more appropriate for your needs.
If you’re interested in learning more about the rewards of liposuction Charleston plastic surgeon William Terranova would be happy to explain the procedure to you in more detail. Schedule a consultation by calling (877) 737-7182 or (843) 797-0440 or by sending us an email.