Liposuction FAQs

Liposuction is one of the most popular cosmetic surgery procedures performed in the country. The same is true at Plastic Surgery Center of the South. Our surgeons have found that providing information to the women and men who visit them for liposuction in Marietta from Woodstock, Acworth, and Canton, GA, and other nearby communities sets realistic expectations and positive outcomes. They take the time to make sure each patient’s questions and concerns are thoroughly addressed as part of the consultation. On this page, our surgeons have provided the answers to some of the most common questions they are asked.

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Common Questions

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Will the fat come back after liposuction?

Fat cells that are removed during liposuction cannot grow back. However, if you gain weight in the future, remaining fat cells including those in the treated areas will increase in size and possibly form new bulges. You can maintain your slimmer contours by exercising regularly and eating right.

I hear about so many kinds of liposuction these days; which one is best?

A lot of marketing efforts go into promoting technology that is supposed to make liposuction better. Whether with a laser, ultrasound energy, or even water, these “types” of liposuction actually supplement traditional tumescent liposuction by liquefying the fat before it is suctioned out. But, advanced technology is costly and may introduce unnecessary complications. Our surgeons believe that the additional expense and risks are not worth the benefit to the patient. They have years of experience providing consistently smooth, attractive results with tumescent liposuction for metro Atlanta, GA patients without added safety risks or a higher price.

Why do some doctors have limits on how much fat they remove?

Reputable liposuction surgeons consider patient safety and the quality of their results over removing a specific quantity of fat. If too much fat is removed, the possibility of complications increases and there is a risk of a lumpy, uneven appearance. Instead of helping you reach your weight-loss goal, our surgeons will make sure that liposuction is a safe procedure for you and that you end up with the attractive results you want.

How many areas can you treat in one surgery?

Our surgeons regularly perform liposuction on multiple areas at one time. The specifics depend on a variety of factors including the patient’s health, number of areas being treated, and the overall fat removal goal. Patients who have several large areas in need of treatment, such as people who have lost a lot of weight through bariatric surgery, will need to have their liposuction performed in stages. The surgeon may focus on the upper body in one procedure and the lower body in a second procedure after the patient has recovered from the first procedure. At our practice, the top priorities are always the patient’s safety and well-being.

Can liposuction be used on the face?

Yes. Liposuction is an excellent way to sculpt the jawline and neck and remove a double-chin. Our surgeons often perform liposuction as part of a facelift or neck lift procedure.

Can liposuction take care of the tummy bulge I developed after pregnancy?

Possibly, if fat is the cause of your tummy bulge. However, pregnancy often does more to a woman’s body than increase fat stores; it stretches the abdominal skin and muscles. Distended abdominal muscles can make the tummy bulge out. Exercise alone cannot return the area to its naturally flat form. You may need a tummy tuck as well.

Does liposuction treat cellulite?

For most people, the appearance of cellulite doesn’t change drastically after liposuction. Cellulite is caused by fibrous bands that pull the skin down from within and form dimples on the surface. Liposuction improves body contours, but it doesn’t target the cause of cellulite.

Can I do something about my love handles without surgery?

While liposuction is the most effective way to reduce areas of isolated fat, our surgeons offer 2 non-surgical alternatives that can provide a noticeable reduction in fat: the CoolSculpting procedure and Lipodissolve. The CoolSculpting® procedure reduces fat by freezing the fat cells from the outside without harming the surrounding skin and tissues. Lipodissolve involves injections of a natural compound that breaks down the fat. Both treatments provide results gradually over time.

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How to Visit Us in Marietta

Because of our top-notch patient care and beautiful results, Plastic Surgery Center of the South has built a strong reputation in the region. If you are interested in visiting our Marietta practice from a nearby community, choose your area below to get easy-to-follow driving directions.

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