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Liposuction has been used for decades – but advances in aesthetic technology have improved the results of this fat-removing process. Dr. Sonya Merriman is a respected, talented plastic surgeon who uses advanced fat removal techniques in performing liposuction for smoother, better results.


What is Tumescent Liposuction?

Dr. Merriman is known for her ability to achieve excellent results with liposuction. Tumescent liposuction is a significant change in how liposuction is performed. In this modern approach to fat removal, a liquid is injected into the areas to be treated. This liquid is made up of saline, adrenaline, and a numbing agent.

Each of these ingredients perform an important function. The adrenaline works to shrink blood vessels to reduce the risk of bleeding and bruising, the anesthetic makes the procedure more comfortable, and the saline swells the area to loosen fatty deposits for easier, more effective extraction.

Will Liposuction Work for Me?

Are you plagued by fatty areas on your body that just won’t go away, no matter how diligently you watch your diet, or how often you exercise? The human body is genetically programmed to store fat in certain areas. On women, the fatty zones linger on the tummy, love handles, buttocks, and thighs, and men frequently have fat deposits on the abdomen. A bulging tummy can be addressed with modern liposuction, producing a trimmer, firmer, more sculpted body.

Dr. Merriman performs liposuction on men and women who are unhappy with unsightly, unwanted fat on the following body areas:

  • Tummy
  • Thighs
  • Buttocks
  • Back
  • Neck
  • Double chin

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Liposuction for a Sculpted Body – At Last.

You do not have to live with excess fat that won’t respond to diet or exercise but can finally have the sculpted appearance that brings you confidence and joy. Rather than wearing loose-fitting clothing to try to hide the situation, you will be free to wear tighter, revealing clothing with confidence.

The Procedure: What to Expect

It is important that you, as a patient, know what to expect when undergoing the procedure. The first step is to mark the areas that will be treated. Anesthesia will be administered for your comfort, typically local with intravenous sedation. The anesthetic in the liquid injected in tumescent liposuction aids in greater numbing of the area. It is now injected, swelling the area. After injection, a thin, hollow needle, called a cannula, is inserted through a small incision, and the fat gently extracted. The length of your treatment will vary, based upon the number of areas you want trimmed and slimmed.

After Liposuction

Once your procedure is complete, you will wear a compression garment. This tight, elasticized garment holds the treated zone in place, and aids in healing.

You will need to return home to rest and recover. Plan for your recovery in advance, including arranging a friend or family member to drive you home and help you the first day, filling your prescriptions, and having everything you may want, such as food and drink, purchased and close at hand.

You will have some restrictions in your activities.

  • Avoid alcohol
  • Rest comfortably, preferably sitting in a recliner to aid in drainage
  • Stay hydrated
  • Wear your compression garment
  • Take slow, gentle walks frequently to aid circulation
  • Use Tylenol to manage pain

Most of our patients feel well enough to return to work in two or three days; you may want to plan your liposuction treatment at the end of the week, so you can return to work after the weekend. However, everyone heals at a slightly different speed and you may need an extra day or two.

You will be treated with professionalism, kindness, and exceptional skill.

Meet with us and discover a clinic where we focus on creating natural-looking results in every procedure.

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Practice Policy Update Regarding COVID-19

Dear Patients,

We are doing our part to limit the spread of COVID-19. We are still here and working but not currently offering treatments. We are available to answer any questions you have. Our number one priority is safety of our patients, staff and our community.

We are seeing our patients who have recently had surgery for suture removal and to make sure your recovery is safe. We will keep the reception area empty and you will go straight back to an exam room. We will wear masks for your protection. Please only bring one person with you and if possible, it would be best if they can stay in your car during your visit.

We are offering Tele-Health visits for Surgical and Non-surgical consultations. It will be done the same way as an in person consultation would be done, except we will use video to communicate with you. This is done using our Electronic Medical Record and ensures your privacy. Having that consultation process done will allow you to schedule surgery and treatments so they can be done as soon as we are able to provide them again. I believe that after this ordeal, we will all be ready to do something nice for ourselves!

We are providing people with the chance to purchase products. We can bring them to your car. You can also purchase gift cards and we are developing several packages we want to offer. We are also shipping products during this time.

We understand all this uncertainty is frustrating and we apologize for the inconvenience. This situation changes day to day and we will keep you updated as we know more.

So what are we doing since we are not filling our schedule doing surgery, lasers, fillers, Botox, Dysport etc?

We are doing staff training. We will continue to brainstorm and think of ways we can provide even more exceptional patient experience.

We will be making videos and continuing to post on social media. Some of these will be educational and some will be to entertain! How entertaining will probably depend on how stir-crazy we get!

Be safe and be smart. Do your part to slow this virus down. And please, support your local businesses as much as possible.

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