Liposuction creates a better, more pleasing physique
Liposuction, including Liposculpture and Laser-Assisted Liposuction are the most common cosmetic surgical procedures in the United States. We perform Liposuction at Southern Surgical Arts to remove excess fat in unwanted areas and to contour your body into a more desired shape and appearance. The Laser-Assisted Liposuction technology used at Southern Surgical Arts is called SmartLipo.
Common areas treated with liposuction include the abdomen, flanks, back, knees, legs, neck and upper arms. Anesthesia for liposuction includes a combination of tumescent (local anesthesia), fluid injections and IV sedation. Nearly all liposuction procedures are done in an outpatient setting and recovery times vary from one to seven days.
SMARTLIPO is one of the latest advancement in cosmetic surgery technology. Pioneered in Europe, SmartLipo is the first laser-assisted liposuction procedure; it was approved by the FDA in November of 2006 and is the most advanced technology in cosmetic surgery. Southern Surgical Arts was the first cosmetic practice in North Georgia and Chattanooga to offer SmartLipo body sculpting.
The Goal of Liposuction
Liposuction permanently removes fatty tissue from isolated areas that do not respond to diet and exercise. These areas include the hips, flanks, thighs, abdomen, knees, ankles, arms and neck.
A variety of factors can affect the results: Physical condition, genetic makeup, diet, exercise, smoking, alcohol intake and skin elasticity. Liposuction is done under tumescent anesthesia and sedation on an outpatient basis. The surgeon makes small (less that ¼ inch), discreet incisions in the areas to be treated. A cannula (suction tube) is inserted in a small incision and attached to a suction machine. The procedure may take an hour or more, depending on how many areas are involved. Recovery from liposuction is relatively easy. Expect a mild amount of swelling, soreness and bruising in the following two weeks. You will wear special garments provided to apply pressure, minimize swelling and provide support while healing. These garments also assist in retraction of the skin.
Results are recognizable almost immediately and will continue to improve as swelling subsides. You should be up and walking around the day after surgery. Increase your activity daily until full activity is resumed at 2-4 weeks. You will be ready to return to office work in 3-5 days and more active employment at 10-14 days.
Who is a Good Candidate for a Liposcution?
- Age 18 to 65
- Generally in good health
- Want to remove unsightly fat deposits that are resistant to diet and exercise
Liposuction is most successful in people with good skin tone who have small areas of excess fatty deposits. It is not a treatment for obesity. If weight gain occurs following liposuction, the fat will be deposited in areas that have not been treated. The procedure can be repeated, if necessary. To maintain the safety of the procedure, there is a limit on how much can be done at one time.
What is the Cost of Liposuction in Chattanooga, North Georgia and North Alabama?
Liposuction at Southern Surgical Arts begins at $3,600. Your quote will include the surgeon's fee, anesthesia costs and the facility fee for the operating room and all other supplies and implants when indicated. The total price at Southern Surgical Arts also includes all routine follow-up visits.
Some surgery centers bundle the price of the procedure into one total fee like we do at Southern Surgical Arts and others may only quote you their surgeon's fee so that their prices seem less. We will give you the total surgery price.