Dr. Shawn Birchenough is a board-certified plastic surgeon who specializes in breast surgery and aesthetics. Dr. Katherine Birchenough is only the fourth physician in South Carolina to be board-certified in functional medicine, and she is certified in peptide therapy, bioidentical hormone replacement therapy, emergency medicine, and pediatrics. At OptimalSelf MD, we offer liposuction for men and women in Greenville, Simpsonville, Greer, Spartanburg, and the surrounding communities in South Carolina.
What is Liposuction?
The most popular cosmetic surgery procedure in the U.S. today, liposuction sculpts the body by removing undesirable fat from areas of the body that have not responded to diet and exercise. The best results from liposuction come from areas where the skin has the ability to “bounce back” (elasticity) after the deeper layers of fat are removed. Discussing the amount of “outside” fat (layers of fat just beneath the skin) versus “inside” fat (fat that is deep inside beneath the muscles and surrounding the abdominal organs) is critical to achieving realistic expectations on the abdomen after liposuction. Take a look at our liposuction before and after photos to see the results we have achieved for our patients.
How Much Does Liposuction Cost?
At OptimalSelf MD, we understand that you want to feel good about yourself, yet cost may be a primary consideration. We recommend that you schedule a consultation as a first step. As part of the consultation, we explain the price of your liposuction, and payment can be made by cash, check, and credit card. We also work with CareCredit® and Alphaeon® to offer our patients financing options.
Who is a Good Candidate for Liposuction?
If you have small areas of fat that haven’t responded to diet and exercise, you may be a good candidate for liposuction. This includes arm liposuction to contour the upper arm area, and chin liposuction to contour your jaw line and lower face.
What Can I Expect During Liposuction?
Small incisions are then made in places that are as inconspicuous as possible. A cannula (small hollow tube) is then inserted and moved back and forth beneath the skin, breaking up the fat layer and suctioning it out with the injected fluid. Local anesthesia or general anesthesia may be used and can last anywhere from one to five hours, depending on the amount of fat being removed.
How Long Will It Take Me to Recover from Liposuction?
During your liposuction recovery, you’ll be sore and a little swollen for a few days. Dr. Shawn can provide pain relievers to keep you comfortable. He will likely advise you to wear a special compression garment to speed healing and keep swelling under control. Everyone’s recovery is slightly different, but most patients can return to work within a few days. The best results of liposuction are noticed at three to six months after the procedure, as long as there is no significant weight gain. However, most patients notice changes within a few weeks. Strenuous exercise can be restarted at about three to four weeks, but patients may be encouraged to start low cardio activities within a few days, with the compression garments in place. Job restrictions will depend on how much lifting is necessary or how strenuous your job is.
Can I Schedule a Consultation for Liposuction?
Liposuction is the most popular cosmetic procedure in the United States, and many people want to have the surgery, but you should choose your plastic surgeon carefully. We encourage you to schedule either a 15-minute complimentary phone consultation with Dr. Shawn or an in-office consultation for a fee. During your consultation, Dr. Shawn will examine your areas of concern and help you decide if liposuction is right for you, or if the skin needs to be addressed separately with a different type of procedure.
OptimalSelf MD is the first center in South Carolina to offer plastic surgery, aesthetics, and wellness for men and women in Greenville, Simpsonville, Greer, Spartanburg, and the nearby areas of South Carolina. Contact us today to schedule a consultation to discuss your liposuction options.