Liposuction Alternatives at O'Neill Plastic Surgery in Charleston, SC

For patients who are generally fit and have maintained a steady weight, liposuction may seem like an attractive solution to their concerns about isolated fat pockets, like a “belly pooch.” Lipo is not right for everyone, however, and O’Neill Plastic Surgery works hard to ensure our patients are aware of their options. We will work with you to help identify liposuction alternatives that could be right for you and create the best treatment plan to help you meet your goals.

Is Liposuction Right For You?

Liposuction is a surgical procedure. Under anesthesia, a thin, hollow tube called a cannula is inserted into the problem area. The tube is then gently manipulated to break up the fat. The fat cells are suctioned out through the cannula. If the area of concern is more a matter of loose skin than stubborn fat deposits, liposuction may not be the right choice.

Liposuction Alternatives

Even if fat removal is the goal, there are liposuction alternatives to consider. If you have recently undergone significant weight loss or pregnancy, and have areas of sagging skin causing bulges, liposuction may not be the appropriate procedure. A body lift, tummy tuck, or CoolSculpting treatment may be a better option for you.


The CoolSculpting procedure, for example, involves using cryogenic therapy to break up fat cells, which are then reabsorbed into the body, leaving the targeted area smoother and more toned-looking. CoolSculpting requires no surgery, no needles, and no downtime. If you want to eliminate stubborn fat through a noninvasive procedure, this treatment may be right for you.

Appointments at O’Neill Plastic Surgery

Schedule a consultation with Dr. O’Neill to find out which procedure is right for you! Call us at 843-881-2130 or use our online contact form. When you come in to O’Neill Plastic Surgery for your consultation, we’ll discuss your concerns and the alternatives that will best fit your specific needs. We are dedicated to educating our patients about the latest techniques and procedures, and ensuring that they enjoy their results for a lifetime.

A picture of Patrick J. O’Neill, MD wearing his doctor attire.

About the Author

Upon completing medical school at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, SC, Dr. O’Neill completed nine years of residency training. These nine years included a full general surgery and a plastic surgery residency, both at the Medical University of South Carolina, and a hand and microsurgery fellowship at the Kleinert Institute for Hand and Microsurgery. Dr. O’Neill has extensive certifications, training, skills, and knowledge that make him a successful physician who can carry out your next plastic surgery procedure. His expertise and technique will result in the beautiful and natural look you desire post surgery.

Board Certified:
American Board of Surgery
American Board of Plastic Surgery
Sub-Certification in Hand and Microsurgery

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