While not a substitute for living a healthy lifestyle, including proper diet and weight loss, liposuction is beneficial in removing stubborn localized areas of fat that don’t respond to working out or diet. Liposuction, also called liposculpture or simply “lipo,” is one of the more popular cosmetic procedures both nationwide and in our Raleigh plastic surgery center.
Liposuction is a commonly performed procedure used to remove deposits of fat in the abdomen, buttocks, thighs, arms, breasts, and back. There are two liposuction techniques: suction-assisted and ultrasound-assisted. Suction-assisted liposuction, a plastic surgeon injects a saline and water solution plus anesthesia into the fat cells that are targeted for removal. The fat is then suctioned out using a cannula, a thin tube used for IVs. Ultrasound-assisted liposuction is a bit different. A specific cannula vibrates at high frequencies and radiates ultrasound energy to get rid of fat cells. The cannula is placed in the targeted area, and as it moves through the fat cells, the energy radiating from the cannula liquifies the fat and is then suctioned out. Both methods are highly effective ways of removing excess fat that are performed as outpatient procedures with minimal scarring and downtime. You will discuss with Raleigh board-certified plastic surgeon, Dr. Ortiz, which method is right for you during your consultation. You can also determine if Lipo 360, a procedure performed around the entire torso, not just the belly or back, is right for you. Read more about liposuction in ourliposuction FAQs.
If you're at a healthy weight, but you would like to slim down areas of your body or remove some areas of stubborn fat, liposuction may be the right option for you! Dr. Ortiz has worked with countless men and women to get the figure and shape they want through liposuction. To learn whether or not liposuction is right for you, contact our Raleigh plastic surgery center for a consultation by calling us at 919-532-2270 or send us an email using our easy-to-use online contact form below.