Liposuction, or lipo, is one of the most popular cosmetic surgery procedures in Raleigh and across the country. Although it’s not a substitute for diet and exercise, liposuction is helpful in removing localized fat deposits that don’t seem affected by other weight loss techniques. If you’re at a healthy and stable weight but still have stubborn fat you’d like to get rid of, liposuction may be a good option for you.
Liposuction can remove fat deposits from many areas of the body, including the abdomen, buttocks, legs, arms, breasts, back, and neck. There are two liposuction techniques: suction-assisted liposuction and ultrasound-assisted liposuction. During suction-assisted liposuction, a solution of saline, water, and anesthesia is injected into the fat cells that will be removed. Then, using a cannula similar to an IV needle, the fat is sucked out. Ultrasound-assisted liposuction uses a special cannula that vibrates rapidly and gives off ultrasound energy to remove fat cells. The cannula is inserted into the area to be contoured and as it passes through the fat cells, the fat is liquefied by the energy and the cells are suctioned out. During your consultations, Dr. Ortiz will discuss these methods with you and decide which would be most appropriate for your procedure. Both methods are outpatient procedures with minimal scarring and a downtime of less than two weeks. Dr. Ortiz also performs lipo 360, which is liposuction around the entire torso instead of just on the abdomen or back. You can find more information about lipo in our liposuction FAQs.
For those at a healthy weight who just want a little help improving their figure, liposuction is a great option. Dr. Ortiz has helped countless men and women smooth their figure and boost their confidence with liposuction. His goal is to educate you about every step of the procedure and keep you informed so you always feel comfortable. Ready to discuss liposuction? Schedule your personalized consultation at our Raleigh plastic surgery center by calling us at 919-532-2270 or send us an email using our easy-to-use online contact form below.
34 year old female who presented for evaluation due to concerns about the shape of her waist and the desire to get rid of a buttock lipoma. The patient felt that despite having a healthy lifestyle she was unable to obtain the desired shape of her waist. Weight 170 pounds. Height 5 feet 5 inches. BMI: 28
46-year-old female that, after having a child and an emergent laparotomy for ectopic pregnancy in 2007, felt that she had a significant amount of loose abdominal skin and abdominal wall bulging. She desired an abdominoplasty to improve the appearance of the abdomen. She also brought to my attention an unsightly midline abdominal scar as a result of the emergent laparotomy. Procedures Performed: Tummy Tuck; Liposuction of the Lower Back and Upper Back
Weight: 170 pounds. Height: 5 feet 1 inches. BMI: 32
29 year old female who desired to improve the appearance of the hips and buttocks. The patient was concerned about the “flatness” on her hips and how her buttocks have become “droopy” after 15 lbs. weight loss. The patient desired more fullness of her buttocks and rounder hips. Procedures: Liposuction to flanks, hips, upper back and arms; Brazilian Butt Lift. Weight: 132 pounds. BMI: 23
31-year-old female who presents for evaluation due to the fact that she doesn’t have a significant amount of volume on her buttocks. Would like to have a narrower waist and more projection to the buttocks. Procedures: Liposuction, Brazilian Butt Lift. Weight: 135 pounds. BMI: 21
42-year-old female who presented for evaluation due to having an 80 lbs weight loss. The patient feels that despite adequate diet and exercise she is unable to achieve the desired contour in her torso and breasts. She desired her breasts to be perkier, seated higher on her chest, and the excess abdominal skin and fat to be removed to improve her waistline. Procedures performed: Tummy Tuck, Breast Lift, Liposuction, and Brazilian Butt Lift.
Weight 197 pounds. Height 5 feet 6 inches. BMI: 32
34-year-old male who has a healthy weight, participates in sports, and maintain physical fitness, desired improved waistline. He underwent circumferential trunk liposuction.
Weight: 187 pounds
Procedure performed: Lipo 360
50-year-old female who, despite adequate diet and exercise, was not able to get rid of her
“belly” and her belly button. The patient was noted to have a hernia in the umbilicus.
Approach: Lower transverse incision and umbilical reconstruction.
Technique: Abdominoplasty with immediate umbilical hernia repair and liposuction of the trunk
38-year-old female who, after a few pregnancies and some weight loss, was unhappy with the appearance of her breasts, abdomen, and buttocks. Liposuction was performed on her abdomen, in addition to a breast lift and Brazilian butt lift (BBL).
32-year-old female that recently gained a small amount of weight after having a child. Despite diet and exercise, she couldn’t regain the shapely contour that she had before getting pregnant. Her weight was still within a healthy range but she desired to have a curvy waist that she did not had before as well as more projection of her buttocks.
Weight: 138 pounds
Height: 5 feet 3 inches
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