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Regain a Slim Figure with Liposuction

If you’ve been dreaming about having a flatter, tighter tummy, look to Charlotte liposuction surgeon Dr. Ferrari. Dr. Ferrari is a board-certified plastic surgeon in Charlotte with over two decades of body-shaping experience and over 11,000 satisfied patients. He uses the most advanced techniques to help patients lose those unpleasant fatty bulges and contour their bodies.

His customized liposculpting procedures can significantly help restore a more natural, balanced, and beautiful shape. Dr. Ferrari performs the latest tummy tuck (abdominoplasty) procedures, including the new "Hollywood Tummy Tuck" with no drains and the most amazing mommy makeover transformations you’ll ever see on the East Coast, right here in Charlotte, NC! Dr. Ferrari is compassionate and dedicated to the art of plastic surgery and obtaining natural-looking results, particularly sculpting the body with liposuction*. Call Premier Plastic Surgery Center today to talk with Dr. Ferrari about your customized plan as well as any questions you may have about liposuction costs. We strive to provide you with the best liposuction Charlotte has to offer.

What is Liposuction?

Many people have one or two areas of excess fat that prevent them from having the ideal physique. Despite reaching a healthy weight on the scale, these bumps and bulges often stubbornly remain where they are not wanted, causing a loss of confidence, difficulty finding clothes that fit well, and even embarrassment.

When exercising and calorie counting prove ineffective, Dr. Ferrari may perform liposuction to smooth and flatten areas of unwanted fat in order to create a slimmer figure that looks great in your preferred styles of clothing. In its most basic sense, liposuction is a cosmetic surgical procedure that aims to reduce pockets of subcutaneous fat that fail to respond to traditional diet and exercise efforts. As a body contouring procedure, it is not a weight loss solution but rather a means to slim and tone isolated fat bulges on areas such as the abdomen, flanks, thighs, back, arms, and chin. There are many types of liposuction on the market today. Generally speaking, most liposuction techniques involve dislodging the fat cells (through manual force, cavitation, or other means) and then using a suction-assisted hollow tube to extract the fat, leaving the target area noticeably slimmer.

What are the benefits of Liposuction?


The main benefit of liposuction is that it is guaranteed to result in a clinical reduction in subcutaneous fat, even when diet and exercise have proven fruitless to eliminate persistent fat bulges on a specific body part. While you might spend grueling hours at the gym for months or even years with minimal improvement, a single liposuction treatment delivers a noticeable result in a single treatment. As an outpatient procedure, liposuction is a convenient way to smooth out your trouble spots and get the figure you want in less time and with less wasted effort. With that said, it is important to reach and maintain a normal BMI (body mass index) before and after having liposuction in order to have the best long-term result.

Liposuction techniques and technologies

  • Tumescent Liposuction
  • Erchonia Laser
  • Laser-Assisted and Power-Assisted Liposuction
  • VASERlipo®
  • Renuvion

What happens during Liposuction surgery?

Dr. Ferrari goes over your options for anesthesia during your consultation, but you will receive either local or general anesthesia, depending on the size of the treated area and the extent of fat removal. Once we ensure you will feel nothing during the procedure, Dr. Ferrari introduces a cannula to break apart and dislodge the fat cells selectively. Next, Dr. Ferrari extracts the fat cells to slim the target area through a hollow tube connected to a suction device. He then closes your incisions and moves you to recovery before you return home.

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What happens during the Erchonia Laser treatment?


For patients who have chosen the Erchonia Zerona Cool Laser, Dr. Ferrari will instead position the laser transmitters a few inches above the targeted area of fat. When he powers the machine on, each of the five low-light laser beams causes the adipose cells to shrink and release their fatty contents into the space between the cells. The lymphatic system then flushes out the dispersed fat for a slimming effect approximately 12 weeks later. Erchonia may take place as a standalone treatment or in conjunction with conventional liposuction techniques. The initial treatment protocol is six sessions over two weeks. Each session is spaced 72 hours apart. The process is painless, so anesthesia is not necessary except when Erchonia is performed alongside other surgical body sculpting procedures.

Liposuction Recovery Techniques


To minimize bruising and recovery time, give smoother contours, and remove the maximum volume possible, Dr. Ferrari routinely utilizes the tumescent liposuction technique.

The “tumescent technique” involves injecting saline with a small amount of adrenaline into the fat to shrink the blood vessels. This results in less bleeding and bruising than traditional liposuction methods.

In most cases, Dr. Ferrari may also recommend the latest laser-assisted and power-assisted liposuction technologies. These techniques allow removal of more fat, especially in dense areas such as the upper back, upper abdomen or chest areas. Patients are sore for a few days with diminishing discomfort for two to four weeks depending on the volume removed. Typically, patients are back to work in a week or less.

Dr. Ferrari encourages Liposuction patients to wait two weeks before resuming exercise and to try to limit your salt intake in order to avoid excessive swelling. Since fat is a fragile organ, it tends to swell after the surgery. About half the swelling is resolved in the first month. The rest of the swelling can take three to six months to resolve completely.

Liposuction Results

Due to the initial swelling, it can take up to six months to see the final results of liposuction. By following the recovery techniques mentioned above, patients may be able to hasten the recovery process and potentially see results sooner. Since much of the swelling resolves during the first few weeks, many patients can see an early preview of the results around six weeks after liposuction. If you have liposuction as an accessory to another procedure, such as a tummy tuck, this will add to your recovery time.

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For state-of-the-art liposculpting that gets beautiful results, call Premier Plastic Surgery Center today. For your convenience, you can make your preferred consultation appointment with our Charlotte plastic surgeon. Though most of our abdominoplasty patients come to us from Charlotte, Weddington, Monroe, Waxhaw and Matthews, Dr. Ferrari has also had many patients that have traveled from many parts of the United States and South America to have him perform their surgeries.

To inquire about the cost of liposuction in Charlotte, please call (704)-844-8344. Be sure to visit our liposuction before and after gallery to see some amazing transformations!

Call our Charlotte plastic surgeon at (704)-844-8344 to get started on scheduling a procedure.

How much does Liposuction cost?

The cost for liposuction depends on several factors. The type of liposuction requested, geographic location, type of anesthetic, and size and number of areas treated have the biggest impact on pricing.

The cost rises when Dr. Ferrari performs liposuction as an accessory to other body contouring procedures, such as a tummy tuck or arm lift. The good news is that the total cost may be less when treating multiple areas in a single procedure than treating one area at a time. Health insurance does not cover liposuction as it is purely done for cosmetic reasons; however, Specials and flexible, interest-free payment plans are available at Premier Plastic Surgery Center to make the out-of-pocket costs more manageable.

What's the Difference Between Laser Liposuction & SmartLipo?

Many patients have inquired about the difference between Premier Plastic Surgery Center’s ERCHONIA LASER and SmartLipo for laser-assisted liposuction cases. With respect to SmartLipo, Dr. Ferrari has chosen not to use it because the Erchonia Laser technology that he uses on patients is far superior, gives better results, decreases downtime and has essentially no risk of complications. First, SmartLipo was originally intended for small cases that could be done under local anesthesia (with the patient awake). It was not really intended for large areas.

In contrast, the Erchonia Laser-Assisted Liposuction is designed to cover large areas. Second, SmartLipo is a “hot” laser that literally melts the fat. However, this heat could be transmitted to the skin and burn it, which would lead to undesirable, visible, permanent scarring. The Erchonia Laser is a “cold” laser, so there has never been even one case of a burn. Third, the SmartLipo ads claim that it can shrink the skin.

The only way to shrink skin with SmartLipo is to pass the laser just under the skin from the inside, causing a mild internal burn of the skin. This will cause the heat to transfer to the skin and therefore make the collagen shrink. Unfortunately, this technique is fraught with problems because any minor imperfection in the technique will result in dimpling, depressions, grooves or possibly burns and scarring in the skin. Therefore, we are confident that the Erchonia laser is superior to SmartLipo in every way and has essentially no complications associated with it.

How Will I Know if I Am a Good Candidate?


Making a decision to undergo any surgical procedure should done after careful consideration. The first thing to decide is if you are properly motivated to undergo a cosmetic surgery procedure. In other words, are you doing this to feel better about your appearance or are you trying to satisfy someone else’s desires or obtain some ideal image in your mind that might not ever be attainable?

If you feel you are properly motivated psychologically and have realistic expectations, then there are physical issues to consider. The best candidates are healthy, have stable weight and are non-smokers. Though liposuction can tighten loose skin to some degree, some patients may need removal of excess skin (such as in a tummy tuck) along with their liposuction. It is also important to realize that though liposuction can dramatically improve shape and contours, it is not considered a weight-loss technique.

Liposuction FAQs


The other technology mentioned above was “power-assisted liposuction”. Traditional liposuction works by forcefully and quickly ramming a metal tube (called a “cannula”) into the fat to break it up while a vacuum is applied to remove the fat. This type of liposuction is fairly traumatic and has been associated with internal organ injuries.

In contrast, Power-Assisted Liposuction uses smaller-diameter cannulas that are mounted on a special handpiece that causes the cannula to vibrate back and forth just a fraction of an inch at a very high speed. (You may have seen Dr. Ferrari discussing this on WSOC-TV News in the past. You can see a video of that newscast on the video page of our site.) This back-and-forth action breaks up the fat in a MORE GENTLE manner.

Also, the handpiece can be held with two fingers and slowly passed into the fat layer in a slow, rhythmic fashion. Therefore, THE CHANCE OF INTERNAL ORGAN DAMAGE IS VIRTUALLY ELIMINATED because as long as the cannula is in the fatty layer, it glides easily; if the cannula reaches the muscle layer, it becomes very hard to advance it. The surgeon simply stops the advancement of the cannula, backs up and heads off in a different direction.

You will be asked to fill out a medical questionnaire that will be reviewed by a nurse and the doctor. Additional questions may be asked about your medical history such as medications, tobacco use, prior surgeries, family history, etc. There will also be a discussion of your motivations and desires in terms of appearance. An exam will be performed and careful measurements taken. After the exam, Dr. Ferrari will discuss your options and risks and show you photographs of other patients. The costs will be reviewed with the office manager. She will also be able to schedule your procedure and arrange for you to have affordable monthly payments if desired.

If you have certain medical conditions, Dr. Ferrari may ask you to have some blood tests done or obtain a preoperative clearance from your primary-care physician. All products containing nicotine, aspirin and certain medications or herbal supplements that are known to inhibit clotting should be discontinued at least two weeks prior to your surgery. Dr. Ferrari also can give you information about vitamins that can help aid in healing and scarring.

Two weeks before your surgery, you will meet with one of our nurses to review your desires, the proposed plan, consent forms, medications, pre- and post-op care and follow-ups. Any questions you have will be answered at that time. Photographs will be taken. Finally, you will pay the balance of your procedure or set up affordable monthly payments.

Most procedures are done in our operating room at Premier Plastic Surgery Center, which is accredited by the American Association for Accreditation of Ambulatory Surgical Facilities to ensure the highest standards in safety. In rare cases, the procedures are performed in a hospital setting such as Novant’s Matthews Medical Center (formerly called Presbyterian Hospital - Matthews).

Plastic surgeons employ nurse anesthetists (CRNAs), at Premier Plastic Surgery Center we only use board-certified anesthesiologists (MDs) who specialize in outpatient procedures. These physicians are able to give precise combinations of anesthetics that provide excellent comfort before and during the procedure as well as quick recovery after the procedure. Our anesthetic regimens wear off very quickly, so you won’t have that “hangover” effect that typically occurs with other anesthetics.

Yes. Careful measurements will be taken to provide you with a compressive garment that will help minimize your swelling. Ideally, you would wear the garment at least 20 hours per day for the first three weeks. After that, we recommend you wear the garment at least 12 hours per day (or night) for the next two months.

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