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Liposuction | Morea Plastic Surgery | Raleigh, NC

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Liposuction has become exceedingly popular due to its remarkable ability to correct areas of excess fat that are resistant to diet and exercise. Healthy, fit men and women desiring liposuction in Raleigh, N.C. can permanently reshape and refine their trouble spots and attain the shape they desire. Thousands of patients have entrusted Dr. Christopher Morea and his talented staff at Morea Plastic Surgery Center to sculpt their bodies and enhance their confidence through liposuction.

Liposuction is a contouring procedure which removes unwanted excess fat from specific areas of the body, especially the abdomen, buttocks, hips, thighs, knees and upper arms. Liposuction is not a weight loss method but rather a body contouring technique. It is a safe, effective way to achieve a sleeker shape that is in greater harmony with the rest of your body.

Liposuction is one of the most commonly performed cosmetic procedures at Morea Plastic Surgery Center of North Raleigh. Although there are several different methods of liposuction, Dr. Morea prefers the tumescent technique for more precise and dramatic results. All liposuction procedures are performed in our fully accredited AAAASF certified operating suite using either heavy IV sedation or general anesthesia. Dr. Morea will begin making small incisions and injecting the fat with an anesthetic solution which improves comfort and minimizes bleeding. A specialized hollow tube called a cannula is inserted to break up and suction out the excess fat. Immediately following your liposuction, you will be placed in a compression garment to control swelling, minimize bruising and provide additional comfort. You will be advised to wear this garment for several weeks following liposuction in order to achieve optimal results.

Our patients see a noticeable difference in the shape of their body within one to two weeks after surgery. Once fat cells are removed, they should not return, but it is important to note that liposuction does not remove all of the fat cells in any given area. A large weight gain after liposuction can affect the results of your liposuction. Maintaining a healthy weight and exercising will provide long lasting results from your liposuction surgery.

During your first consultation at Morea Plastic Surgery in Raleigh, N.C., you will meet personally with Dr. Morea to discuss your liposuction areas of concern. He will examine you and help you determine which liposuction procedure is best for you.
Dr. Morea will give you a person tour of his North Raleigh plastic surgery center. At the end of your consultation, you will be given a quote for the exact cost of the liposuction procedure designed for you.

Frequently Asked Questions

What type of scars can I expect from a mini tummy tuck?

A small incision on the lower abdomen similar to a C Section incision is utilized to perform a mini tummy tuck. Mini tummy tuck scars are easily concealed under most clothing, lingerie and bathing suits.

How soon can I have a breast augmentation revision following my breast augmentation?

Dr. Morea: I would recommend waiting four to six months before considering a breast augmentation revision. The reason for this is because it can take four to six months for breast implants to fully settle and for all swelling to be resolved.

What can be done to improve the appearance of my abdomen?

When I see a patient for cosmetic abdominal surgery, I evaluate the three components of the abdomen which I can change. The skin, excess fatty tissue and the strength/weakness of the muscle/fascial layer. The procedures of choice will range from liposuction to full extended abdominoplasty. Depending on what is bothering the patient, their exam and physical findings will determine what procedure is best for them.

How does a mini tummy tuck compare to a full tummy tuck? What determines which procedure is right for me?

A mini tummy tuck is an operation that is designed for women who are unhappy with the appearance of their lower abdomen. Specifically, the area below the umbilicus or belly button. It is the procedure of choice for women with a small amount of excess skin or bulging that is limited to the lower abdomen. It will not address the stretch marks, excess skin or bulging above the umbilicus. It has been my experience that about 1 in 20 women who come to me for tummy tuck consultation are considered to be a good candidate for a mini tummy tuck. During your consultation, I will examine your abdomen to determine which procedure is most likely to give you the results you desire. Factors that will be considered are the amount of excess skin, amount of excess fatty tissue and condition of the underlying muscle wall.

How long is the recovery after a tummy tuck?

Most patients should plan on being off of work both inside and outside of the home for 10-14 days following a tummy tuck. It will take 3-4 months for all of the swelling to resolve and you will have lifting restrictions for 6-8 weeks following a tummy tuck. I strongly advise mothers with small children to arrange help with child care for 7-10 days following their surgery.

How long is the scar with a tummy tuck?

A standard tummy tuck usually involves an incision from hip to hip. Liposuction is done through much smaller incisions frequently at the same time. Most women can still wear a two piece swimsuit following a tummy tuck procedure.

Should I choose a round or non round breast implant?

Breast implants come in a variety of shapes, sizes, widths and projections. I believe it is important to choose an implant that fits your chest dimensionally well. Breast implants can rotate when they are in the body. If a round implant rotates, there will be no change in the shape of the breast. However, rotation of a non round implant may distort the shape of the breasts. However, some patient’s are better candidates for the non round implant due to their particular anatomy. For this reason, it is important to individualize the surgery for each patient as much as possible.

Should I have my implants placed on top of the muscle or under the muscle?

There are pros and cons to each position placement. As a general rule, I believe most patients who are an A cup initially, are better off long term with submuscular placement or under the muscle. I believe saline implants should always be placed under the muscle. Any implant placed subglandularly, or on top of the muscle, has a greater risk of palpability and rippling. Any implant under the muscle has the risk of implant distortion with use of the chest muscles.

When will I be back to normal?

I tell all of my patients that it will be 4-5 months before all of the swelling is gone and the implants have fully settled into place. Most patients can begin a light work out within one week and have no restrictions after one month. Most patients can return to work both in and out of the home in 4-5 days.

Saline vs. Silicone breast implants. Which is best?

Both implants are excellent choices. One is no better than the other. The silicone breast implant is the softer, more natural feeling implant if every other factor remains the same. I believe my job as a plastic surgeon is to review the differences between the two implants. If I feel that one implant is better for a particular patient, I will tell them and explain the reasons why I feel that way. Both saline and silicone implants work well and are FDA approved.

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