Liposuction in Macon, GA

Many people have areas of fat that don’t seem to budge, even when following a healthy diet and rigorous exercise program. Where these troublesome fat stores are located can vary from person to person, depending on genetics and body type, among other things. No matter where your trouble spots are, Dr. Joshua Groves, a board-certified plastic surgeon at the Georgia Center for Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery in Macon, GA, can safely and effectively remove stubborn fatty deposits with liposuction. Our state-of-the–art office welcomes patients from Macon, Warner Robins, and all communities in and around Bibb and Houston Counties.

What Is Liposuction?

The most common cosmetic procedure in the United States, liposuction shapes and contours the body by getting rid of excess fat. It’s most commonly performed on the abdomen, flanks, buttocks, thighs, upper arms, neck, chin, calves and back.

Liposuction, sometimes referred to as liposculpture or lipoplasty, has been a popular method of removing unwanted fat for several decades, but new advances in “lipo” technology make the procedure even safer and more effective than ever before. During liposuction, the fat is broken up and suctioned out. The removal of these fat cells is permanent, and the results of liposuction can be quite dramatic.

Liposuction is not a substitute for a healthy lifestyle, nor can it be used to treat obesity. It is, however, a great option for people who have stubborn fat deposits that resist change through diet and exercise. Liposuction is often used in conjunction with other body contouring procedures in order to achieve the best possible results.

What Are the Benefits of Liposuction?

There are many reasons why liposuction is the most popular cosmetic procedure in the country. These are a few of its benefits:

  • It can remove pockets of fat that make your body appear disproportionate
  • Your clothes will fit better
  • Unlike some other body contouring procedures, liposuction uses small incisions, which means smaller scars
  • Liposuction takes less time to perform than many other body contouring procedures
  • Liposuction can improve your appearance and your self-esteem

How Is Liposuction Performed?

Dr. Groves will determine which type of liposuction is right for your needs and expectations. In general, small tubes – called cannulas – are inserted into the areas being treated through tiny incisions. Dr. Groves will move the tubes around to target the specific fat deposits that are causing unsightly bulges and suction them out, leaving you with a more natural, contoured appearance.

Does Liposuction Hurt?

The procedure is not painful because of the use of anesthetics. You will likely experience tenderness, soreness, and general discomfort after the procedure, but this will fade significantly in a few days. You may experience residual tenderness in the treated areas for up to four weeks. You should note that Dr. Groves will provide you with post-op instructions designed to help you heal as quickly and as comfortably as possible. Following these protocols is the best way to ensure full healing and optimal results.

When Will I Be Able to See My Liposuction Results?

The majority of swelling should subside within four weeks. At that time, the areas that were treated should appear less bulky. However, you likely won’t be able to appreciate the full results of your liposuction until all the inflammation has gone done. For some patients, that can take a few months.

Will My Liposuction Results Be Permanent?

The fat cells removed during liposuction are gone forever, and patients who maintain their weight can absolutely expect their results to be permanent. Patients who don’t maintain their weight or a healthy lifestyle may notice that fat will deposit in areas other than those that were treated. That’s why it’s important to be committed to keeping your weight stable after your liposuction procedure.

Is Liposuction Right for Me?

At your consultation, Dr. Groves will determine whether you are a suitable candidate for liposuction. In general, there are some people who make ideal candidates, including:

  • Those with good skin tone and elasticity
  • Those with pockets of fat that don’t respond to diet and exercise
  • Those who have a positive attitude and realistic expectations about the procedure
  • Those in good health (liposuction is not recommended for people with chronic health conditions such as diabetes, coronary heart disease or those with weakened immune systems)
  • Non-smokers

What Is the Cost of Liposuction?

Liposuction is not generally covered by insurance because it is considered an elective procedure. To make paying for your liposuction procedure as easy and convenient as possible, the Georgia Center for Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery accepts multiple methods of payment. We offer financing through CareCredit® and Alphaeon™Credit. We also work with SunTrust Bank to offer low, fixed interest rate loans to patients with good to excellent credit for all cosmetic procedures, and accept cash, personal checks, MasterCard®, Visa®, American Express®, and Discover® Card.

While it isn’t a substitute for a healthy lifestyle, liposuction can dramatically improve your appearance by removing stubborn fat that doesn’t respond to traditional diet and exercise programs. Board-certified plastic surgeon, Dr. Joshua R. Groves at the Georgia Center for Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery, provides liposuction for patients in Macon and Warner Robins, GA, as well as the communities in and around Bibb County and Houston County. All you need to do is contact us to set up your consultation. You won’t be disappointed!