Body Sculpting and Non Surgical Options in Charlotte NC

Are you looking forward to the summer months — yet your body isn’t quite ready to sport a bikini? Dr. Robert Graper and Dr.  Garrett Harper can help. The Charlotte plastic surgeons offer several types of body sculpting treatments to eliminate unwanted body fat and create a slimmer, sexier physique.

Read on as the plastic surgeon team discusses your surgical and non-surgical treatment options. 

Traditional Liposuction

“Traditional liposuction is the gold standard of fat reduction,” says Dr. Graper. “No other treatment produces results as dramatic as liposuction.”

Liposuction can be used to reshape the thighs, hips, buttocks, abdomen and even areas like the arms and neck. Tiny incisions are made in the treatment area and a solution containing local anesthesia is delivered to the area; this constricts the blood vessels for less bleeding and makes the procedure more comfortable. Then, the unwanted fat is gently vacuumed from the body.

Tickle Liposuction

Tickle liposuction is one of the newer forms of liposuction that uses a vibrating cannula (that creates a tickling sensation) to simultaneously break up fat and deliver local anesthesia to the treatment area. The system can be used to sculpt the waist, thighs, buttocks, abdomen, knees, ankles, back and chin.

Tickle lipo is a more efficient form of liposuction and does a better job of removing fat just like a steak knife is a better way to cut meat than a butter knife, though both are knives.


Another relatively new form of fat reduction is CoolSculpting. Unlike liposuction and Tickle lipo, CoolSculpting is non-surgical and does not require incisions or anesthesia. It can be used to reduce fat on the waist, flanks, upper back, and inner/outer thighs.

The unwanted fat is exposed to controlled cooling, which destroys the fat cells. Over time, the body naturally filters the fat through its normal waste removal processes.

“CoolSculpting is a ‘cool’ way to get rid of excess body fat,” says Dr. Harper. “Though it won’t eliminate the same volume of (as much) fat as liposuction surgery, our patients are generally very happy with their results! CoolSculpting can remove as much as 22 percent of the fat in one treatment. Many patients will do the treatment several times because it is so easy and effective with no down time.”

To find the best fit for your specific body sculpting needs, please contact Graper Cosmetic Surgery and request a consultation with one of our plastic surgeons. You can call 704.375.7111 or contact us online.