Liposuction has long been a go-to procedure for plastic surgeons to minimize areas of excess fat on patients and restore their bodies to a more proportional, aesthetically pleasing appearance. Double board certified plastic surgeon Dr. David Whiteman uses a combination of the most effective liposuction methods (old and new) to help his male and female patients achieve the results they desire, regardless of their problem areas.
Success of any liposuction procedure relies on the plastic surgeon’s ability to manually loosen fatty tissue with an instrument called a micro cannula. And while outdated liposuction methods were associated with excessive bruising and swelling, newer and more advanced liposuction methods like tumescent and power assisted liposuction methods greatly reduce recovery time while maintaining excellent results.
Dr. Whiteman most commonly uses tumescent liposuction which uses a mixture of saline, anesthetic, and adrenaline to puff-up the area of excess fat – resulting in easier removal and shorter recovery time. Also recommended for some patients is power assisted liposuction, which utilizes vibration from a suction tube to separate fat cells from surrounding tissue for easier removal.
Depending on the needs of the patient, more traditional methods of liposuction may be recommended for the most effective results. Ultrasound assisted liposuction (ultrasonic) is one such procedure that uses sound waves to help isolate fat cells within the patient’s body for easier removal.
“Ultrasonic liposuction is excellent for areas of the body, like the back or male chest wall, where fat is typically more tightly held,” said Dr. Whiteman of Southern Plastic Surgery. “It is important to note that there is not one specific type of liposuction perfect for each patient; a combination of methods is often required to achieve the best end result. Depending on the amount and location of fat to be removed, it’s not uncommon that I would use both ultrasonic and tumescent methods to ensure that all the fat is effectively targeted.”
Another exciting cosmetic procedure within the field of liposuction is fat grafting, also known as fat transfer. Using liposuction, Dr. Whiteman can harvest fat from areas where it is undesired and transfer it after purification to other areas like the face, lips, and buttocks to restore a more youthful appearance.
Liposuction is often performed in conjunction with tummy tuck surgery, also known as abdominoplasty, or a procedure to surgically remove excess skin and tighten the underlying abdominal muscles. Whether a patient is interested in trimming their natural curve, or redefining their look all together, Dr. Whiteman and the Southern Plastic Surgery team are experts in cosmetic and reconstructive procedures.
To schedule a consultation or learn about the latest procedures visit Southern Plastic Surgery’s website.
David M. Whiteman is a Double Board Certified Plastic & Reconstructive Surgeon (United States and Canada). He has been practicing plastic & reconstructive surgery in Atlanta, GA since 1993 and maintains privileges at many nationally accredited hospitals and surgical centers throughout Atlanta. Dr. Whiteman is currently the head of plastic surgery at Gwinnett Medical Center (Duluth & Lawrenceville).
Southern Plastic Surgery P.C.
3855 Pleasant Hill Road, Suite 370
Duluth, Georgia 30096