Heredity and life experience can make some parts of the body harder to improve than others through diet and exercise. For many of us, there are still areas for improvement even after we’ve done our best.

Liposuction is often the technique of choice for closing this gap to our goals. In fact, liposuction is consistently at or near the top of the most-performed cosmetic surgery techniques in the U.S. Its effectiveness in areas such as the abdomen, thighs, buttocks, and upper arms has been demonstrated over the years.

Improvement, Experience, and Benefits

The active practice of liposuction throughout the last several decades – particularly the steep and focused advances made since the early 1980s – have brought more accurate and complete evacuation of fat cells, less discomfort, and more rapid recovery.

The effectiveness of a variety of anesthetic approaches has been established to suit patients’ particular requirements, too. As a result, more people qualify for the procedure today, and they can anticipate an even higher degree of satisfaction.

How It Works

Small, thin instruments called cannula are inserted under the skin and moved by your board-certified plastic surgeon through specific fat deposits. The instrument conveys negative pressure, like a vacuum, and suctions out fat cells in the selected improvement areas.

The procedure is usually performed on an outpatient basis, with no overnight hospital stay called for in most cases. Compression garments or elastic bandages are used to keep swelling to a minimum. People can stand and walk as soon as the effects of anesthetic are gone, and most patients can return to work in a few days, if they so desire. The length of time to expect for full recovery and the benefits of the procedure depend on the individual case, including how wide an area is treated and how much fat is removed.

Often One Technique in an Ensemble

Many patients choose liposuction as just one part of their approach to achieving their goals, particularly in combination with tummy tuck or breast reduction procedures. As a proven procedure, it “plays well with others.”

The Surgeon You Choose Makes the Difference

As a board-certified plastic surgeon deeply experienced in both the fundamentals and the fine points of liposuction, Dr. Marc Wetherington would be very glad to talk over your goals to see if liposuction could be useful in helping you achieve them. Just call us at 706.235.5119.