Liposuction in Charlotte, NC

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Liposculpture is a relatively new term describing the artistic technique of liposuction in Charlotte and throughout the US. Liposuction involves selectively removing fat through small tubes. The technique of liposculpture uses liposuction to sculpt selective body areas and fat deposits to achieve a contoured and balanced appearance.

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Dr. Kara Criswell & Dr. Brian Criswell talking about preparing for Liposuction on the Debra Kennedy Show

What is Liposuction?

Liposuction is a cosmetic surgical procedure designed to remove excess fat from specific areas of the body, such as the abdomen, thighs, or hips. During liposuction in Charlotte, NC, Dr. Kara Criswell or Dr. Brian Criswell will use a thin tube (cannula) to suction out fat cells, sculpting a more desirable body contour.

It is not a weight loss method but rather a way to target stubborn fat pockets that resist diet and exercise. Liposuction is popular for enhancing body aesthetics and achieving more proportionate, toned results.

*Individual results may vary*

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Who is a Candidate for Liposuction?

Liposuction consistently ranks as one of the most popular cosmetic surgical procedures in the nation. As reported by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS), 246,354 liposuction procedures were performed in the U.S. in a recent year. Advanced liposuction techniques allow surgeons to effectively treat smaller, more delicate areas, such as the cheeks, chin, and neck.

The best candidates for liposuction in North Carolina:

  • Are physically fit and not more than 20 pounds overweight
  • Can maintain a stable weight
  • Have good skin elasticity
  • Have tried and failed to lose pockets of localized fat through diet and exercise
  • Have stubborn fat deposits in the abdomen, flanks, hips, buttocks, thighs, back, chest, arms, knees, calves, ankles, cheeks, chin, or neck

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What is the Liposuction Procedure?

Like many people, you may have stubborn fat that’s resistant to exercise and dieting. Expending effort that gets you nowhere can be extremely frustrating. If you want to see real results, it’s time to consider an alternative: liposuction.

This popular fat removal procedure can be used to reduce fat in numerous areas of the body, such as the thighs, back, abdomen, arms, buttocks, chest, hips, face, and neck. Liposuction is very versatile, and it provides effective body contouring.

Our surgeons use the latest tumescent liposuction techniques. The procedure involves placing tumescent fluid within the fatty areas, which helps break up the fat and decrease discomfort and bruising.

Once the trouble areas have been numbed, small incisions are created, and tiny cannulas are inserted. These are thin tubes used to suck out the fat. The cannulas are used to fragment the thick fatty tissues into smaller pieces, and then suctioning of the broken-down fat takes place. The removal of the fat cells causes an overall reduction in size and better contour.

Results from liposuction will be visible following your procedure, however there will be some swelling and bruising in the treated areas. These areas will return to normal over the course of around five to eight weeks. A support garment should be worn for about six weeks to lessen the amount of swelling. Massaging the areas will help to avoid dimpling and hypersensitivity.

Any pain experienced during your liposuction recovery can be managed with the aid of pain medication recommended by your plastic surgeon.

Typically, around 4 to 7 days off of work will be recommended for proper recovery. Do not engage in strenuous activities for around two weeks.

Doctors Bryan Criswell and Kara Criswell are available to discuss their liposuction with greater detail during a complimentary consultation. To arrange an appointment, contact our office. Contact us if you are interested in learning more about our lipo options

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What are the Advantages of Liposuction?

Liposuction is a popular procedure with many benefits that can be performed alone or in combination with other procedures. Benefits of this treatment include:

  • Body contouring for a shapelier silhouette
  • Treat stubborn fat deposits that do not respond to diet and exercise
  • Results often achieved in one treatment
  • Procedure performed with local or general anesthesia
  • Consistent, predictable results

When is Liposuction Recommended?

Liposuction is an effective procedure for removing stubborn fat deposits that do not respond to diet and exercise. It is used for body contouring, rather than as a substitute for weight loss. Best results are achieved when liposuction is performed in combination with a healthy diet and regular exercise. Our skilled surgeons at Criswell & Criswell Plastic Surgery in Charlotte, North Carolina can tell you whether this procedure is appropriate for you.

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What Is Recovery Like after Liposuction?

We use tumescent liposuction techniques that make recovery faster and easier. The anesthetic solution injected into the fat layer in this procedure temporarily constricts the capillaries, significantly reducing bleeding, bruising, and swelling. As this solution contains local anesthesia, the treatment is not uncomfortable, and has the added benefit of reducing the risks and unpleasant after-effects of general anesthesia.

Most patients can return to work within four to seven days after treatment and return to normal activities in approximately two weeks. You may experience minimal soreness, swelling, and bruising, which can be controlled with over-the-counter medications. Slow, gentle walks will improve your circulation and help promote healing.

You may be instructed to wear a compression garment for several weeks after the procedure. It is important to wear it consistently as directed. This helps the skin adjust and mold to your new body contours and reduces the risk of swelling or loosened skin.

Why Choose Criswell & Criswell for Liposuction?

You deserve the very best treatment when it comes to your liposuction procedure, and that’s what you’ll receive at Criswell & Criswell Plastic Surgery. Dr. Bryan Criswell and Dr. Kara Criswell are both board-certified plastic surgeons who take great pride in helping patients achieve their aesthetic goals and boost their self-confidence. Our team will go above and beyond to provide you with a positive experience and wonderful results.

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Liposuction Frequently Asked Questions

How long do liposuction results last?

Your new body shape should be long-lasting after a liposuction procedure, even if you gain a moderate amount of weight. Fat cells removed in the procedure do not grow back. Unless you gain an excessive amount of weight, you can expect to retain a more pleasing silhouette. Of course, liposuction cannot stop the clock and changes associated with the process of aging can still occur in your body shape, but the benefits will still be apparent.

How much weight can I lose with liposuction?

Liposuction is not designed for significant weight loss, but it can result in dramatic aesthetic improvements. Fat is removed from areas that are important to the silhouette, such as the belly, waist, back, buttocks, thighs, and upper arms. This can produce a slender, aesthetically-pleasing appearance, although overall body weight has not been dramatically reduced.

Can liposuction improve post-baby belly fat?

Our Charlotte liposuction procedures are excellent for improving the abdomen after pregnancy and childbirth. It can be performed alone or in conjunction with a tummy tuck to help restore a flatter, trimmer belly.

How long before I see results after liposuction?

You can expect some post-operative swelling after liposuction, which can take months to fully subside. Most patients will see a large percentage of their ultimate results within 1 to 3 months after surgery. Within 3 weeks, in many cases, the swelling reduces enough that the treated area looks far trimmer and slimmer than before the procedure.

What Are the Risks Associated with Liposuction?

Any surgery carries risks, including the risk of infection. Although they are rare, risks associated specifically with tumescent liposuction include lidocaine toxicity (when too much lidocaine is used in the fluid) and fluid accumulation (when too much solution is injected into the treatment area). There no risk of complications associated with general anesthesia when the procedure is performed with only local anesthetic in tumescent liposuction.

Our surgeons at Criswell & Criswell Plastic Surgery have earned a reputation for excellence. We are dedicated to providing custom-tailored treatment, the highest level of care, and a pleasant, comfortable patient experienced.

Is Liposuction a Good Treatment Option for Obesity?

Contrary to a common misconception, liposuction is not a treatment for obesity. Before undergoing this procedure, you should have reached, or be close to, your ideal weight. Liposuction is designed to remove pockets of stubborn, excess fat that do not respond to diet and exercise.

Men and women treated with liposuction do lose some weight when localized fat deposits are removed from the body. Once removed, those fat cells can no longer accumulate and store fat. However, it is not an effective treatment to achieve significant weight loss.

Rather than a weight loss procedure, liposuction in Charlotte, NC is designed for sculpting and contouring the body. By selectively removing areas of localized fat, our skilled plastic surgeons at Criswell & Criswell Plastic Surgery can sculpt a sleeker, slimmer, shapelier silhouette.

What Happens if I Gain Weight After Liposuction?

The more weight you gain after liposuction, the less dramatic your results will be. If you gain only a moderate amount of weight, chances are good that the fat will not return to the treated areas. Fat accumulates in different areas of the body in proportion to the amount of fat cells in those areas. Fat removed with liposuction does not grow back, and treated areas accumulate relatively less fat than untreated areas.


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Your health, safety, and wellbeing is our top priority.

Our office is open, and we are excited to be providing you with select services! Criswell & Criswell Plastic Surgery is leading the way in Charlotte and the South East region with our cutting edge technology, and continued safety measures We appreciate the trust you place in us and wish to assure you we are addressing the COVID-19 outbreak at the highest level to continue to ensure you enjoy an exceptional experience.

Criswell & Criswell Plastic Surgery is committed to taking proactive precautions, grounded in science, to provide the highest level of quality care to our patients. In addition to our already stringent policies, our office has implemented strict protocols and procedures based on the recommendations of The American Society of Plastic Surgery, the American College of Surgeons, the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Service Task Force, and the CDC. All staff members and surgical patients have tested negative for COVID-19 meaning our Quad A certified surgical suite is among the safest centers in the region.

We strive to consistently provide you with cutting edge technology for an exceptional patient experience. Our practice offers virtual consultations which you can enjoy in the comfort of your own home. Our virtual consultation process ensures you have ample time to have your questions answered and spend time getting to know your physician. You can also enjoy full access to your skincare specialist, nurses, and Patient Coordinators through virtual visits.

We know everyone is very busy and your time is valuable. Our in-person visits are designed with you in mind to keep your wait times short, and your in-room time effective and focused on your goals so we can get you back to your life.

We are privileged to serve you at Criswell & Criswell Plastic Surgery and are here to support you during these uncertain times.

Sincerely and with warm regards,

Bryan K. Criswell M.D., F.A.C.S.
Kara K. Criswell M.D., F.A.C.S.

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