Fat reduction & body contouring in Asheville, NC
Every person is genetically programmed to accumulate fat in certain ways; a lucky few enjoy an even distribution of body fat and are not affected by unsightly pockets of fat on the abdomen, hips, thighs, or elsewhere. Most of us are not so lucky—we may inherit love handles, a bulge on the belly, or a “double chin.”
Stubborn fat deposits are notoriously difficult to reduce, even with a healthy diet and vigorous exercise, but if you are bothered by excess fat, liposuction can help. This time-tested cosmetic surgery selectively suctions out fat cells to reduce unwanted fat and create a smoother, sleeker body contour.
Why consider liposuction?
Liposuction has remained the most popular cosmetic surgery in the United States for many years—more than 396,000 liposuction procedures were performed in 2015 alone, according to the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery. It is a versatile procedure that offers a number of key benefits:
- Reduces pockets of stubborn fat that exercise and diet fail to address
- Improves body shape and proportions by sculpting away excess fat in select areas
- Addresses “problem areas” in a single procedure with lasting results
While non-surgical alternatives may work for some people to reduce the size of a fat bulge, only liposuction allows for precise control over fat reduction and sculpting with predictable, long-lasting results. Liposuction can also help to enhance results of other cosmetic procedures, such as a tummy tuck or male breast reduction.
Choosing Dr. Conway for your liposuction procedure
Dr. Donald Conway has more than 20 years of experience performing liposuction as a board certified plastic surgeon. He also has professional training and experience as a medical illustrator. This unique combination of skills has helped Dr. Conway develop a keen sense of symmetry, proportion, and precision that shines through in his patients’ results.
Additionally, Dr. Conway always performs liposuction in our AAASF accredited surgery center and works with board certified anesthesiologists for your safety.
Where on the body can liposuction be done?
Liposuction is an extremely versatile procedure; Dr. Conway can remove tiny pockets of fat around the underarms as well as smooth out larger bulges around the abdomen. Common areas our Asheville patients request liposuction include, but are not limited to:
- Lower belly and flanks
- Hips and lower back
- Inner or outer thighs
- Knees and ankles
- Chest and back
- Neck or beneath the chin
Am I a good candidate for liposuction?
Liposuction is a fat reduction procedure; it is excellent for reducing pockets of subcutaneous fat (fat beneath the skin) to improve body contours. If you are healthy and happy with your body weight but have certain “problem areas” that bother you, liposuction can offer lasting improvement and a boost in confidence.
- You are at or near your ideal body weight. Liposuction will not help you lose weight; no cosmetic procedure can. You will enjoy a safer surgery and more satisfying results if you reach your goal weight several months prior to surgery. Then, liposuction can help you improve your body shape.
- You have good skin contraction. Liposuction will not improve sagging, stretched skin. In fact, undergoing liposuction in an area where skin can no longer contract can make the appearance of loose skin worse. If you have excess, sagging skin, a tummy tuck or other body contouring procedure would be more appropriate.
- You are a healthy non-smoker. Your safety and results are Dr. Conway’s highest priority; you should only undergo cosmetic surgery if you are in otherwise good health. Smoking increases risks for complications before and after surgery; if you smoke, quit at least 2 months before and after having liposuction.
If you are unsure whether or not you meet these criteria, Dr. Conway will offer clarification at your consultation, helping you understand what results you might expect from liposuction and whether liposuction or another procedure, such as a tummy tuck, will better meet your goals.
About the liposuction procedure
Dr. Conway performs liposuction at the Plastic Surgery Center in Asheville, North Carolina, a fully-accredited private surgery center that is adjacent to his practice office. General anesthesia is provided by a board certified MD anesthesiologist.
Incisions made for liposuction are very small—typically 1cm in length or smaller. Dr. Conway takes care to place incisions in the least conspicuous locations possible, and with proper care resulting scars usually fade beautifully.
Following your liposuction procedure, you will be placed in a compression garment. This helps to control swelling and provides support to the liposuctioned area as it heals. After a brief time in our quiet recovery room, you will be allowed to go home.
Liposuction recovery: what to expect
Liposuction recovery is typically a smooth and relatively quick process for healthy patients who follow Dr. Conway’s instructions for post-operative care. You will be up and walking around the same evening after surgery, although you will mainly want to rest the first couple of days as effects of anesthesia continue to wear off. Pain is usually minimal; with most patients reporting more soreness than pain. Showering is permitted after 1 to 2 days.
If you have a sedentary job, you should be able to return to work within 1 week after your procedure. Jobs and exercise involving lifting or straining should be avoided for about 3 weeks after liposuction surgery. By a month or so after your procedure, you should be ready to resume your normal lifestyle. Dr. Conway may recommend wearing your compression garment for 4 to 6 weeks for optimal skin contraction.
Keep in mind, however, that if you have additional procedures, your recovery may progress at a different rate and/or require additional modifications in your routine. Dr. Conway will explain the recovery process in detail at your consultation.
Do liposuction results last?
Liposuction removes a portion of the fat cells in the treated area. As long as you maintain a stable weight, your results should last for many years. Substantial weight gain in the future will result in additional body fat deposits, so it is important to remain committed to a healthy lifestyle following liposuction.
Are you interested in learning more about liposuction in Asheville? Please contact our office to schedule a personal consultation with Dr. Conway. He and our team will answer your questions and provide you with the information you need to make a confident choice about liposuction or any other plastic surgery procedure.