Even with good overall health and reasonable fitness levels, some people may still have problem areas on their bodies. These localized fat deposits can cause low self-confidence and disproportionate body contours. These stubborn fatty areas may be caused by inherited genes rather than poor diet and no exercise. In these cases, many people turn to liposuction. Charleston, SC, patients can benefit greatly from this common cosmetic surgery procedure performed at O’Neill Plastic Surgery.

*As with any procedure and/or treatment, the results may vary

How It Works

Dr. O’Neill or Dr. Swartz will make a small incision under local anesthesia over the targeted area. A small, hollow tube called a cannula is inserted through the incision. A back-and-forth motion of the cannula helps break up the fat cells. The cells are sucked out through a vacuum tube after they have been loosened.


Liposuction is able to offer you an improved profile and increase your self-confidence. The final results are permanent. The patient will be more easily able to find clothing that fits off the rack, and flexibility may be improved if the fat deposit was hindering movement.

Treatment Area

Treatment areas include, but are not limited to:

  • Abdomen
  • Waist
  • Thighs
  • Hips and buttocks
  • Upper arms
  • Back
  • Inner knee
  • Chest area
  • Cheeks, chin and neck
  • Calves and ankles
  • Submental
  • Other problem areas


As with any surgery, there are risks. Dr. O’Neill or Dr. Swartz will study your medical history, discuss your treatment goals and any potential risks associated with your case. Liposuction is a common, effective treatment that is generally considered very safe.

Most patients experience swelling and bruising after surgery. Initial results usually appear in two to four weeks. Final results should appear in 2-6 months. Significant weight gain can cause the recurrence of fatty deposits. Feel free to talk to our team about your liposuction surgery questions before or after your surgery, or if you could include liposuction in a combination procedure (like a mommy makeover), which is extremely common!


The amount of time it takes the patient’s body to heal depends upon the procedure chosen, the areas of the body to be treated, the extensiveness of treatment and the type of anesthesia used. Recovery can range from a few days to several months, depending upon these factors.


A liposuction procedure will be different for everyone. Please call the office to schedule a consult. As with any procedure and/or treatment, the results may vary.

Before & After Gallery


Are you ready to slim down and feel confident? Talk with Charleston plastic surgeon Dr. O’Neill or Dr. Swartz to learn more about liposuction surgery! During your consultation, we will talk about your cosmetic goals, all of your options, and every step of the procedure. Call us today at 843-881-2130 or contact us online to schedule your appointment.

Dr. O’Neill has been voted as the Best Plastic Surgeon in Charleston by City Paper voters 8 years in a row, from 2014 to 2021, so you know you’re in good hands. We are conveniently and privately located in Charleston, SC, on Daniel Island.

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