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Liposuction in North Carolina

Liposuction is the most popular procedure for removing localized deposits of fat from almost anywhere on the body. UNC plastic surgeons at the UNC Aesthetic, Laser & Burn Center perform liposuction for slimming specific areas of the body.

What Is Liposuction?

Although it cannot be used as a means of weight loss, liposuction is a surgical means of removing selective pockets of fat that do not respond to diet and exercise. It can be performed almost anywhere on the body including the breasts, arms, midsection, thighs, face, back, chest, neck, knees and ankles.

Who Can Benefit?

Liposuction in North Carolina is performed for individuals who are at a stable, healthy body weight, but still struggle with fat deposits in one or more of the areas listed above. In order to undergo this procedure, you should also have good skin elasticity.

The Liposuction Procedure

Commonly performed on an outpatient basis, liposuction in North Carolina can take anywhere from 45 minutes to two hours to complete, depending on the area to be treated. If a large amount of fat is to be removed, you will be placed under a general anesthetic while a smaller procedure will only need a local anesthetic and sedation.

In the areas to be targeted, your plastic surgeon will make small incisions through which a tumescent solution will be added, which contains an anesthetic and works to break up the fat cells. Using a small tube called a cannula, your plastic surgeon in NC will dislodge and remove the fatty tissue through the incisions. Any fluids lost during the procedure will be replenished with intravenous fluids.

Liposuction Aftercare

Following your liposuction treatment, you will likely have a drainage tube to prevent fluid build up. For the first two to three weeks, you will also wear compression garments that aid in healing and help the skin to contract. Numbness, as well as a burning sensation and swelling, are common, and your plastic surgeon may prescribe medication to manage discomfort. As long as you maintain a healthy lifestyle, fat should not return to the liposuctioned area.

Some side effects are possible following liposuction and may include infection, poor skin contour, extended healing, clotting, fluid loss, and skin damage or burns.

Learn More About Liposuction in Raleigh-Durham

To learn more about the various liposuction options offered at the UNC Aesthetic, Laser & Burn Center in Chapel Hill, we encourage you to contact our plastic surgeons with your questions. Service areas include: Raleigh, Durham, Chapel Hill, Charlotte, Cary, Greenville, Clayton, Fayetteville, Garner, Greensboro, Wilson, Apex, Hillsborough & Sanford.

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