Liposuction

Liposuction with Dr. Walter Erhardt in Albany, Georgia

Liposuction, also known as lipoplasty, is one of the most popular cosmetic procedures performed in the United States. Designed to remove localized pockets of fat, liposuction is ideal for people who are unable to achieve a slimmer body shape despite a healthy diet and exercise routine.

Liposuction is one of many body contouring procedures available at our plastic surgery center. Dr. Walter Erhardt is a board-certified plastic surgeon who has built his reputation on a very high standard of care. He offers his patients only the most advanced, reliable liposuction treatments on the market. 

Benefits of Liposuction

  • Though liposuction should not be used as a weight loss tool, it is capable of removing unwanted fat from parts of the body to create a more proportionate figure.
  • Liposuction is capable of treating localized fat deposits in the stomach, buttocks, hips, thighs, ankles, breasts, arms, back and neck.
  • Liposuction can be combined with other body contouring procedures to achieve a full body transformation.

Prior to electing liposuction, it is important for patients to possess good overall health and realistic expectations. You may be a good candidate for liposuction if you are at a healthy stable weight, you desire to slim down specific body regions and you have good skin elasticity.

Fact

Liposuction is one of the most popular plastic surgeries. It's one of the top procedures in the U.S., and very popular in South Korea, Italy, Columbia and Brazil. In 2010, liposuction accounted for 23 percent of all plastic surgeries performed worldwide, according to the International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery.

How Liposuction Works

Your consultation: In order to determine if you are good candidate for liposuction, you will need to be honest and upfront about every aspect of your health. Your consultation will include a physical examination, as well as an in-depth discussion of your medical history and cosmetic goals. This information will help Dr. Erhardt determine if liposuction is the best option available for you.

Surgery: Liposuction can be performed under local or general anesthetic. The length of your surgery will depend on the extent of your liposuction. Once you have been sedated, Dr. Erhardt will make small incisions near the treatment site. He will then insert a cannula (a thin suctioning tube) into the incisions. Using gentle back and forth motions, he will break up and suction out excess fat. All incisions will be secured with sutures and the treatment area will be wrapped in a compression garment.

Healing time: Most patients are able to return home the same day of surgery. Immediately following your procedure, you may experience some discomfort, tenderness and bruising in the treatment area. If a large area has been treated with liposuction, Dr. Erhardt may provide you with pain medication to manage discomfort. It is important to get plenty of rest for the first few days, but you should be able to resume normal activities within 10 days or less. Intense physical activity should be avoided for several weeks.

Expected Results: Swelling will obscure your final results for several weeks. How fast your body responds as well as the size of the treatment area will determine how quickly you see your end results. Additionally, the long-term results of your liposuction will depend on your lifestyle. Maintaining a healthy diet and exercise regimen is the best way to achieve long-lasting results.

Schedule a Consultation with Dr. Erhardt

If you're ready to learn more about liposuction, call 229-432-9325 to inquire about a consultation with Dr. Erhardt. Our plastic surgery practice is located at 506 Fourth Avenue, Albany, GA 31701.