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Liposuction

Many people in Charlotte want to change the shape or contour of their bodies, and they work hard with diet and exercise to help make those changes a reality. After all, time and circumstances can be challenging: the body changes through pregnancy and childbirth, aging and weight fluctuations. While some areas of the body may have been firm and taut, they now seem to be loose, saggy or bloated.

Why Choose Liposuction?

Even people who work hard to lose weight struggle with stubborn deposits of fat in specific areas of the body.

Some of the most challenging areas include the following:

  • Thighs and knees
  • Waist and abdomen
  • Buttocks
  • Hips
  • Upper arms
  • Back
  • Calves and ankles
  • Face and neck, including the chin and cheeks

These unwanted fat deposits can be “problem areas” that diminish people’s body confidence and pride. However, you can take action to change the appearance of your body and remove unwanted fat. Liposuction is the most popular cosmetic plastic surgery procedure in North Carolina and across the country for a reason: it is a safe, effective method to resculpt your body. At Queen City Plastic Surgery, board-certified Charlotte, NC, plastic surgeon Dr. Enam Haque can help you to accomplish all of your aesthetic goals and enhance your body confidence and pride.

How Does Liposuction Remove Fat?

During liposuction, your Charlotte plastic surgeon uses a thin straw-like object called a cannula to remove fat from a targeted area. The cannula is connected to a liposuction machine and inserted into the layer of fat beneath the skin. Using a tumescent liquid, Dr. Haque manipulates the cannula to remove unnecessary deposits of unwanted fat. Your plastic surgeon can reshape those areas to help restore a slim, taut appearance and rejuvenate the contours of your body.

Are You a Good Candidate for Liposuction?

Liposuction is best suited for healthy adults who are generally satisfied with their weight but want to enhance their appearance. This procedure is highly effective at reshaping and slimming your body contours, but it is not a substitute for weight loss and cannot be used to treat obesity. However, health, rather than weight or age, is the most important factor to determine if you are a great candidate for the procedure.

Liposuction can be appropriate for any Charlotte, NC, adult who is concerned about stubborn fat deposits that do not diminish with diet or exercise. It can have the best effects if you are already within 30 percent of your goal weight. In addition, it is important for people to have realistic goals for what they can accomplish with liposuction. For example, liposuction cannot remove the dimpled appearance of cellulite on the thighs or buttocks, although it can help you to achieve a slender contour in both locations.

What Can You Expect At a Liposuction Consultation?

When you visit Dr. Enam Haque at Queen City Plastic Surgery, he will review your medical history and discuss your goals for the procedure. As a board-certified plastic surgeon, he can answer all of your questions so that you can be confident as you move forward with the process. You can also examine sample before-and-after photos to help you envision how liposuction will affect your own body. Dr. Haque will make recommendations about the type of liposuction procedure that is best suited to your body and your goals.

How Can You Prepare for Liposuction?

Dr. Haque will provide you with a full plan to help you prepare for your procedure, including the type of liposuction involved and the potential use of other body contouring procedures, such as BodyTite or FaceTite. The procedure itself will be performed on an outpatient basis at the convenient Charlotte offices of Queen City Plastic Surgery. In most cases, your procedure will be performed under intravenous sedation or another type of anesthesia, and it will take one to two hours.

After your procedure, the areas where you received liposuction will be wrapped in compression bandages. These bandages can help to minimize swelling and support your recovery after your procedure.

What Is the Recovery Process Like?

Dr. Haque will discuss your detailed recovery protocol in advance. While you do not want to put unnecessary strain on the areas of treatment, walking and other forms of light movement can help to enhance your recovery process. In most cases, you can return to light exercise in three days following your procedure. The compression garments that you wear for approximately three weeks can also help to improve your recovery and support the areas targeted. In general, liposuction incisions are small and heal quickly; Dr. Haque takes great care with placement in order to render them nearly unnoticeable.

After your liposuction procedure, it is still possible to gain weight. Many satisfied patients report that this weight does not necessarily settle in targeted areas and may actually be more evenly spread through the body. By keeping up with your healthful diet and exercise, you can ensure that your results are long-lasting.

After your procedure, the areas where you received liposuction will be wrapped in compression bandages. These bandages can help to minimize swelling and support your recovery after your procedure.

Plan Your Liposuction Consultation

If you want to learn more about how liposuction can help you achieve your ideal body, call the offices of Queen City Plastic Surgery at 704-372-5685 or use our simple online form to request a consultation with Dr. Haque. Patients travel to his convenient Charlotte office from across the country and throughout the region for consultation and treatment.