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Liposuction Specialist

Sam W Huddleston IV MD PC

Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery located in Kingsport, TN

Have you been dieting and exercising for what seems like forever? Do you still have stubborn fat deposits that are holding on tight to your tummy, hips, legs, or thighs? For many people, this unwanted fat will not go away, no matter how many calories you cut or how many times you hit the gym. Thankfully, Sam W Huddleston IV MD PC provides liposuction to patients at his Kingsport, Tennessee, office to remove excess fat cells with a fast recovery. To learn more, call the office or book an appointment online today.

Liposuction Q & A

Who is a good candidate for liposuction? 

Liposuction is a surgical procedure that involves the vacuuming of fat from beneath the surface of the skin. Liposuction can be used to remove unwanted fat from many areas of the body including the:

  • Hips
  • Thighs
  • Flanks
  • Legs
  • Abdomen
  • Buttocks
  • Arms
  • Neck
  • Face
  • Back

A good liposuction candidate has realistic expectations and is at or near his or her ideal body weight with specific localized areas of protruding fat. Sometimes excess skin is more of a problem than excess fat. When that occurs, you may be better off having a tummy tuck (alone or included with liposuction) instead.

Patients should be at least 18 years old and should not have significant medical problems such as heart disease, lung disease, or diabetes. It is important to understand that liposuction is a body contouring procedure and not a weight loss procedure. A patient must be within a short distance of their goal weight and must have a healthy diet and exercise routine in place to maintain optimal results.

What are the different types of liposuction?

During your initial consultation, Sam W Huddleston IV MD PC will discuss which type of liposuction is best for your needs.

Tumescent liposuction

Tumescent liposuction involves the injection of salt water containing lidocaine and small amounts of adrenaline. This numbs the affected area and shrinks the blood vessels. This also has the effect of expanding the fat layer for easier removal, allowing Sam W Huddleston IV MD PC to suction out both the water and the excess fat.

Ultrasonic liposuction

Ultrasonic liposuction is more properly referred to as Ultrasound Assisted Lipoplasty (UAL). UAL is a new technique in which a specialized liposuction cannula emits high-frequency sound waves to liquefy the fat before it is removed.

What is the recovery following liposuction?

Liposuction is like all surgical procedures and involves certain risks including the possibility of infection, bleeding, blood clots, adverse reactions to anesthesia, and unevenness of skin contour. Sam W Huddleston IV MD PC will discuss these risks and how you can help to prevent them in your consultation. The procedure is outpatient and you will only receive very tiny incisions on the parts of the body that will be suctioned. 

Most people will experience a little bruising and swelling which will go away after a few days. Afterward, you will have a slimmer, shapelier figure and your self-image and self-confidence will soar through the roof! These dramatic results obtained through liposuction can be maintained for a lifetime by adhering to a healthy diet and exercise program.

With over 22 years of experience, Dr. Huddleston is the leading plastic surgeon for liposuction in Kingsport, Johnson City, and Bristol. If you are ready to eliminate those stubborn fat pockets, call Sam W Huddleston IV MD PC today for a free consultation or book an appointment online.