Liposuction Charleston

Board certified plastic surgeon Dr. William Terranova, discusses liposuction surgery at his Charleston plastic surgery practice.

Before & After Photos

Liposuction Treatment Areas

Liposuction is a fat removal technique that can improve the contours of the following areas of the body:

  • Abdomen
  • Hips
  • Flanks
  • Buttocks
  • Thighs
  • Knees
  • Upper arms
  • Cheeks
  • Neck

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.

Liposuction Candidacy

Who are the best candidates for liposuction? In general the best candidates for liposuction, one of several body contouring procedures offered at the practice of Charleston liposuction surgeon William Terranova, MD, are patients who have specific disproportionate body areas where the disproportion is caused primarily by excess fat. These patients do not significant skin excess and skin elasticity in this particular area is reasonably good.

Patients with generalized obesity are not good candidates for liposuction. It can certainly be done and done safely, but to what end? There will either be little postoperative difference or obvious disproportion is created. These patients are generally much better off losing a significant amount of weight. Even though this likely will result in a situation that has to be corrected by more invasive, excision surgery, the results will be far better and more dramatic and will have been much more worth the money spent.

Patients with significant excess skin or who have skin with very poor elasticity, are also not good candidates. If these patients have liposuction alone (i.e., without concomitant skin excision), the skin will either not contract at all leaving significant and obvious skin folds or will contract irregularly leading to significant surface deformities and wrinkling.

Liposuction Candidates

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.

Liposuction Recovery

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.

What Will My Liposuction Results Look Like?

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.

Other Body Contouring Procedures

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.

Schedule a Liposuction Consultation

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.