Liposuction- Charleston, SC

If you have worked for years to eat well and exercise right, to still be troubled by stubborn fatty areas, you might want to look into liposuction. Liposuction targets localized fat deposits that just don’t seem to go away on their own. These areas could be caused by genetics, so it’ no wonder all of your kale smoothies and Zumba classes aren’t doing the trick. And if the state of your body is affecting your self-esteem or daily activities, it’s time to make a change!


Here are a few places where liposuction can be done to remove fat:

  • Muffin top
  • Love handles
  • Thighs
  • Hips and buttocks
  • Abdomen and waist
  • Upper arms
  • Back
  • Inner knee
  • Chest area
  • Cheeks, chin and neck
  • Calves and ankles

During Surgery

After Dr. O’Neill prepares you for surgery, he will make a small incision over the fatty area that you want to get rid of. Then, a hollow tube (cannula) will be inserted into the area. To break up the fat cells, Dr. O’Neill will move the cannula back and forth and then suck up the broken down fat with a vacuum tube. 

After Surgery 

After the procedure is complete, you may experience swelling and bruising. You can expect results from your liposuction surgery in two to four weeks, with final results appearing anywhere between 2 to 6 months. Be careful, though, because if you experience significant weight gain after your surgery, the fatty deposits that were removed could come back

Are You a Good Candidate?

If you’re thinking about getting a liposuction procedure, there are a few things you should keep in mind. We recommend patients who want liposuction to be nonsmoker, in good health, and close to their target weight. If you feel you meet these specifications, then you would be a good candidate. 

O’Neill Plastic Surgery

Here at O’Neill Plastic Surgery, we want you to look and feel your best. If fat is affecting your daily life, you may want to consider liposuction. For any questions about the removal or reduction of fat through liposuction, call (843) 881-2130 or contact us online. 

Treatment for Age Spots and Acne Scars – Charleston, SC

As you age, you may start to notice dark age spots and acne scars. The age spots may be new, but acne scars can significantly affect your daily life from when you were a teenager to present day. If you’re tired of trying to hide acne scars or age spots with makeup or scarves, it may be time to look into treatment options.


Skin Rejuvenation Laser Treatments

This type of skin treatment is non-invasive. Your doctor will use the microbeams of energy in the laser to break down old skin tissue, which stimulates your body’s natural healing process. During this process, new collagen will form and improve the texture and look of your skin. Treatment time is very short, only about 15 to 30 minutes, and results in little downtime. After the treatment, you may experience mild redness or discomfort, but will most likely be able to return to your regular activities within a day of your treatment.


PicoSure Laser

The PicoSure is a high tech laser from the industry-leading Cynosure medical laser treatments manufacturer. PicoSure uses tried and tested laser technology to remove tattoos, revitalize skin, clear acne scars, reduce wrinkles, and reduce age spots. To remove acne scars, PicoSure breaks up the cells under the scars and promotes smooth, supple skin with healing. The PicoSure can also remove brown spots in a quick and painless way that leaves your skin looking and feeling younger. PicoSure gently delivers short bursts of photomechanical light energy to target problem areas without causing harm to the surrounding skin. Photomechanical light causes less cellular damage than traditional skin revitalization laser techniques. These treatments are about 10 minutes each and are scheduled six to eight weeks apart.


O’Neill Plastic Surgery

Here at O’Neill Plastic Surgery, we want you to look and feel your best. If age spots and acne scars are affecting your daily life, you may want to consider one of these treatments. For any questions about the removal of acne scars or age spots, call (843) 881-2130 or contact us online.


Charleston Breast Reconstruction

pink breast cancer awareness ribbonWe’ll continue our featured posts detailing the plastic surgery options available to women who have had a mastectomy, in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness month. We wanted to shine a light on the types of procedures available for women who are interested in using surgery options available to reconstruct one or both breasts with natural and beautiful results. In this post, we’ll focus on the difference between immediate and delayed breast reconstruction methods.

Upon consultation, Dr. O’Neill will walk you through each type of breast reconstruction that he performs and will answer any questions you may have.


Immediate Breast Reconstruction refers to a procedure that is performed directly after a mastectomy occurs. A surgeon and Dr. O’Neill work in conjunction with one another during the dual procedure. Benefits of this surgery include; the possibility of fewer scars, fewer potential future surgeries, and the possibility of waking up with reconstructed breast(s).


A number if women feel the need to complete their cancer treatments prior to having breast reconstruction surgery. This, unless otherwise noted breast cancer awareness Charleston SC breast reconstruction patientmedically, is a preferential choice. A few reasons for delaying the reconstruction procedure may be;

  • Due to post-mastectomy chemotherapy or radiation treatments, your doctor or surgeon may opt to delay the reconstruction procedure to limit potential for complications.
  • There may be a potential for a re-occurrence of breast cancer.
  • A feeling of overwhelming, pushing you to finish the treatment before moving onto the next stage.

Dr. O’Neill is a leading Charleston, SC plastic surgeon. He has years of experience assisting families through trying and healing times. Dr. O’Neill and his staff are here to guide you and your family through it all. Contact us with any questions!

To learn more about Immediate or Delayed Breast Reconstruction, click here!