Let us help you make stubborn fat disappear
Stubborn. Annoying. Will not budge. These are the types of things we say (and you likely do too) when talking about unwanted deposits of fat. Thanks to genetics, we are each prone to store fat in specific locations throughout the body, such as the hips, thighs, lower belly, or underneath the chin. This fat is particularly difficult to lose, even with a stellar diet and exercise program.
If stubborn fat is keeping you from loving the way you look, liposuction may be just what you need to trim down unsightly bulges and get a smoother, more toned look that you may not have been able to achieve with diet and exercise alone. Here at The Swan Center, we perform hundreds of liposuction procedures every year—and we love seeing how happy our patients are with their results! By selectively removing fat from your problem areas, we can help you reduce fat deposits while at the same time sculpting an improved shape to the area, enhancing your overall proportions. It’s a win-win solution for a better body!
Am I a good liposuction candidate?
Liposuction can help men and women of all shapes and sizes improve their appearance, but your results are likely to be more satisfying if you can answer “yes” to most of these questions:
- Am I happy with my current body weight? Liposuction can reduce fat pockets for a better shape, but it is not a weight loss procedure.
- Do I have specific deposits of fat I want to target? The happiest patients are those who want to spot-reduce in specific areas.
- Does my skin contract nicely? Good skin elasticity is key with liposuction—your skin needs to contract smoothly to the new, slimmer body contour.
- Am I a healthy non-smoker? Smoking increases surgery risks and slows the healing process, jeopardizing results. Quit smoking at least 1 month prior to any surgery.
Your Atlanta Liposuction Procedure
Liposuction uses a specialized instrument, called a “micro-cannula,” to selectively remove excess fat beneath the skin. The incisions used are very small—typically a half-inch or smaller—and are placed inconspicuously in the natural contours of the body.
All three of our board certified plastic surgeons are experienced in multiple liposuction technologies, including tumescent liposuction and ultrasonic liposuction. Both procedures produce safe, predictable and beautiful results; however, in special situations, the ultrasonic technique may offer better results.
Tumescent liposuction is a process where the surgeon injects sterile solution into the areas of the body with excess fat deposits. The fat swells and becomes firm, which allows the micro cannula to remove the fat more easily. This type of liposuction is most often used on the face and neck, arms, and calves and ankles.
Ultrasonic liposuction uses a specialized micro-cannula that produces ultrasonic energy. The ultrasound energy “melts” the fat, which is then removed through traditional liposuction. This technique is usually used for very fibrous areas such as the upper back, body contouring, and for male breast reduction (gynecomastia).
Autologous Fat Transfer
Liposuction can be used along with autologous fat transfer (“autologous” simply means your own tissue is used) for body sculpting. After reducing fat in the chosen area (typically abdomen, hips, flanks, or thighs) using liposuction, a portion of the harvested fat is then purified and injected into the face, breasts, or buttocks. For the right patient, we can use this procedure to address signs of aging in the face, add shape and volume to flat or sagging buttocks, and even enhance breast augmentation results. Learn more about body sculpting with fat transfer»
Liposuction aftercare & recovery
The majority of liposuction patients get more or less back to normal just a week or two following surgery. This depends, of course, on the extent and location of surgery as well as your individual healing process. Pain is typically minimal; liposuction tends to produce more general soreness. A special compression garment will help keep the area supported and minimize post-operative swelling. Exercise can be resumed within 2 or 3 weeks for most patients.
To learn more about liposuction in North Georgia, please contact our Swan Center office for a free consultation with one of our board certified plastic surgeons. We will take the time to answer your questions and help you understand all of your options to help you get the body shape you desire.