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Salem, VA 24153


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Liposuction Surgery

Fat can be extremely stubborn. Just when you think you've managed an efficient parting of ways through diet and exercise, you catch a glimpse of yourself in the mirror - and there's that conspicuous lump of fat, right where you left it. If you are one of the hundreds of Virginia men and women struggling with localized and unsightly bulges, then liposuction at the Salem, VA, office of Dr. Carol A. Wray may be for you. Another new option that may be appropriate is Cool Sculpting which is a non-surgical procedure used to reduce bulges.  Please schedule an appointment at The Center for Plastic Surgery at Ridgewood Hill and discover why residents from Salem, Roanoke, Cave Spring and other nearby cities have made us a popular destination for liposuction and Cool Sculpting in Roanoke Valley.

What is liposuction?

Liposuction is a surgical technique that is designed to improve the body's natural contours by removing excess fat from localized areas between the skin and muscle. Very small access sites are used, so scarring is minimal. "Lipo" stands for fat, and liposuction is the process of "suctioning out" the undesired fat.

Who is a good candidate for liposuction?

Of the various patients seeking liposuction at our Salem location each year, the best candidates are men and women at their ideal body weight, but who have localized bulges that they want contoured. Liposuction is not for weight reduction, and obese patients may not be candidates for this operation. Usually, anyone with a lot of excess skin will not be a good liposuction candidate because this surgery does not remove skin, only fat. Skin reduction procedures may be more appropriate if there is an excess of skin.

How is liposuction performed?

There are several different methods, but the one Dr. Wray most often uses in Salem is super wet liposuction, which is probably the gold standard with which other techniques are compared. This procedure features a saline solution, which contains an anesthetic and medication to lessen bleeding. Dr. Wray will instill the fluid into the target section, loosening the fat cells. Then, using very small punctures (strategically placed to hide the small scars), she will suction the area with various-sized cannulas to achieve better contouring.

You can get a more accurate idea of your suitability for liposuction when you attend a preliminary appointment at The Center for Plastic Surgery at Ridgewood Hill. Our staff welcomes the opportunity to help patients throughout our community, such as residents of Salem, Roanoke and Cave Spring, use liposuction to finally get rid of frustrating fat bulges that remain on their bodies.

How does liposuction work?

By suctioning out small tunnels of fat in the desired areas, liposuction creates a honeycomb effect. When compression is applied, the honeycombed areas collapse. The skin will re-contour in response to the underlying changes in the fat, resulting in a new shape.

When can I return to work?

Because liposuction creates very small incisions, and does not involve the muscles, most people experience very little down time when it comes to normal activities. More vigorous movements may be postponed for a week or so, but it is usually up to the patient's comfort level after the first week. Most people are able to return to work within a few days after having liposuction in Salem.

Are the results of liposuction permanent?

The fat that is removed with liposuction will rarely return in the same proportions. But if the patient does not maintain a good diet and exercise program, fat will certainly increase in all areas of the body, including the treated areas.

How much weight will be lost with liposuction?

Liposuction is not a weight loss procedure, and the amount of weight lost will be minimal. Liposuction is better described as "spot reducing," meaning it eliminates specific bulges rather than overall weight.

Is liposuction a good treatment for obesity?

No, liposuction is usually not a treatment for an obese patient because it is not going to give an overall reduction of body fat. It does not address any of the excess fat that is inside the abdominal cavity (a "beer belly"), and it can become dangerous if too much fat is removed at one time.

What are alternatives to liposuction?

Liposuction is best for localized excess fat deposits without overlying loose skin. Sometimes - if there is a lot of loose skin, as well as fat - some of our patients in Salem will decide against liposuction and instead opt for a direct excision of the excess skin and fat. Also, successful dieting will always result in loss of fat, but it is more generalized and cannot spot reduce.  For patients that don't need much of a reduction, there is a newer procedure called Cool Sculpting that can give about a 20% reduction in fatty areas without any downtown.

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The professionals at The Center for Plastic Surgery and MediSpa are always available to answer any questions regarding our liposuction procedures. We welcome patients from across the region, including Salem, Roanoke and Cave Spring. Please give us a call at to schedule a consultation.