Effectively Spot Reduce Stubborn Fat with Liposuction

Diet and exercise provide whole body benefits such as improving health, building muscle, and helping you lose excess fat. For head to toe weight loss, these traditional methods are your best bet. However, fat doesn’t always accumulate evenly, hence the little nicknames for unwanted fat pockets: love handles, muffin tops, and banana rolls. If you’re close to your ideal weight, but stuck with rolls and bulges that won’t budge, what can you do?

Focus your fat loss on targeted areas with a body contouring procedure like liposuction. Using this powerful surgical treatment, we can effectively spot reduce stubborn fat and create your ideal shape. Call today and learn more about your options for liposuction at Diehl Plastic Surgery.

Where Do You Have Stubborn Fat?

Stubborn fat is a common problem for both men and women in Raleigh, NC. Most of our patients have at least one trouble spot where excess fat seems to gather and is difficult to lose. Unlike traditional weight loss that reduces the size of fat cells across the entire body, liposuction removes fat cells. This allows us to target specific areas. Since fat cells don’t regenerate, once we remove them, they are permanently gone. If you maintain a consistent weight, you should enjoy long-lasting results from your treatment. Many of our patients will never again struggle with stubborn fat pockets in the areas they treat with liposuction.

What areas can we enhance with this body contouring procedure? We use this treatment to shape and sculpt the body from top to bottom. Liposuction can remove stubborn fat from:










Diet and exercise alone aren’t the solutions for isolated fat pockets. Plain and simple, it’s just too hard for most patients to lose this type of fat on their own. Many give it a diligent effort and give up when the results don’t come after weeks and months of trying. Our body contouring treatments make it possible to eliminate the fat you can’t lose on your own. You focus on making your body strong and healthy, and we’ll take care of your trouble spots.

I’m Thinking About Liposuction and Want to Learn More About the Procedure

Turn your liposuction thoughts into body changing actions by calling our offices and scheduling a consultation. A consultation will provide you with personalized information and will give you the chance to sit down with a board-certified plastic surgeon and ask questions.

While you wait for your appointment, here is some information about the liposuction procedure and recovery.

What Happens During Liposuction?

This treatment is performed in our operating suite or in the procedure room, depending on the type of anesthesia selected. On the day of surgery, you’ll arrive at the facility and be escorted to a private waiting room. Patient privacy is very important to us.

Liposuction is performed under local or general anesthesia, depending on the extent of the procedure, patient preferences, and other factors. We’ll talk about this in detail during your consultation. Small incisions are made near the treatment area. Dr. Diehl carefully places each incision to minimize visibility. A special tube called a cannula is inserted through the incision and used to suction out fat. The treated areas are carefully shaped, to ensure a smooth, even result after treatment. We offer both traditional liposuction and laser liposuction with SmartLipo.

After the fat is removed and ideal shape is achieved, the incisions are sutured closed, and the area is wrapped in bandaging. We often use compression garments to ensure proper healing.

Patients return home after the procedure.  The level of post-operative recovery depends on the type of anesthesia selected.  You will go home in compression garments.

What Is Recovery Like After Liposuction?

You’ll be back on your feet and enjoying sexier curves shortly after your treatment. Many patients are back to work within a week, often sooner. Bruising, swelling, and tenderness are common side effects during healing.

How Long Until I See Results from My Treatment? How Long Do They Last?

Liposuction results evolve over time.  The most dramatic changes happen over the first month.  Final results evolve over 6-8 months.  Remain at a stable weight, and you may enjoy your results for years to come.

Trouble spots? Shape and contour your body to perfection with liposuction. Call our offices at 919-381-5540 to learn more about body contouring in Raleigh, NC.


Live Comfortably and Confidently with ThermiVa®

Can we get personal? Many women feel uncomfortable in their most delicate and sensitive areas: the vagina and labia. They may be embarrassed to talk about their problems, unaware that there are treatments available to restore comfort and confidence. If you’re suffering from uncomfortable symptoms in your feminine areas because of aging, pregnancy, or childbirth, come into Diehl Plastic Surgery and talk with Dr. Diehl about your concerns. The changes you’ve experienced are normal and very treatable with a non-surgical option called ThermiVa®.

Common Feminine Complaints and What to Do About Them

Are you having problems “down there”? Change is a constant in a woman’s body and sometimes those changes lead to uncomfortable and unexpected symptoms in a woman’s most intimate areas. After pregnancy or hormonal changes many women report:

-Stress urinary incontinence (urine leakage)

– Vaginal dryness

-Painful intercourse

-Relaxed vaginal tissues

-Stretched out or sagging labia

-Decreased sexual function

These changes can have a major impact on how a woman feels about herself. Urinary incontinence can make exercise difficult and laughter stressful. Sexual changes can leave a woman feeling anxious in the bedroom and can affect relationships. These changes are serious and deserve proper attention.

At Diehl Plastic Surgery, we treat these concerns and others with ThermiVa®. We are pleased to offer this non-surgical option for vaginal rejuvenation to women in the Raleigh and Chapel Hill, NC areas.  Dr. Gilkey, a retired gynecologist is the primary ThermiVa® provider and a wonderful resource for our office.

What Is ThermiVa®?

ThermiVa® is an FDA-approved treatment for vaginal rejuvenation. It uses radiofrequency energy to gently heat vaginal and vulvar tissues to build collagen and gently tighten the internal and external tissue. The ThermiVa® device is a specially shaped wand that can treat feminine tissues both inside and outside of the vagina.

There are many benefits to ThermiVa® including:

-Tightening of the vaginal opening and canal.

-Reduction of sagging labia.

-Tightening of the vulva.

-Improved skin tone of feminine areas.

-Improved lubrication and less vaginal dryness.

-Increased sensitivity that may lead to easier, stronger orgasms.

-Less urinary incontinence.

These treatment benefits come from a non-surgical procedure that requires no downtime. You can even resume sexual activity the same day as your treatment.

What Can I Expect from a Vaginal Rejuvenation Treatment in Raleigh, NC?

ThermiVa® treatments are performed in our offices and take about 45 minutes, start to finish. Patients are comfortably positioned on a treatment chair with soft knee crutches as they would during a pelvic exam. The handheld ThermiVa® wand will be moved across, over, inside, and around the vaginal and vulvar area. The treatment is painless and requires no anesthesia. Patients describe a warming sensation during ThermiVa®.

After your treatment, you’ll be ready to return home immediately. Many patients go right back to work. Patients can resume exercise and sexual activity as desired.

Surgical Treatment Options for Vaginal Rejuvenation

ThermiVa® is a safe and effective non-surgical treatment for vaginal and labial changes. We also offer a surgical vaginal rejuvenation option known as labiaplasty. This procedure reduces the size of the labia minora. This treatment is ideal for women with enlarged labia minora (inner labia lips), especially if they are causing embarrassment or discomfort. Dr. Diehl can explain your treatment options during a consultation.

Rejuvenate yourself after pregnancy, childbirth, and hormonal changes with ThermiVa®. Call our office to schedule your treatment consultation.


Say Goodbye to Cellulite with Cellfina®

Short shorts are a summertime clothing staple, but when you’ve got cellulite, you may feel like you have to cover up. Bare your legs with Cellfina®, a revolutionary cellulite treatment. Say goodbye to your cottage cheese thighs and discover smoother skin. Call us at 919-381-5540 to learn more about your options for treating stubborn cellulite.

What Is Cellulite and Why Do I Have It?

Most women have cellulite. It occurs when fibrous tissue bands pull the skin down over fat deposits creating a lumpy, dimpled appearance on the skin. Having cellulite doesn’t mean you’re fat. Many of our cellulite treatment patients are a healthy weight. Cellulite can happen to men or women, overweight or at a healthy weight.

Why Cellfina®?

We carefully choose each treatment we offer to ensure maximum benefit and safety for our patients. We love Cellfina® for cellulite treatment because:

-It targets the underlying cause of cellulite (fibrous bands).

-It is minimally invasive and non-surgical.

-No heavy anesthetics are necessary.

-Only one treatment is needed.

-Results are long-lasting.

-Patients return to work and other activities quickly.

Cellfina® Works Better than Topical Creams for Treating Cellulite- Here’s Why

Have you tried topical cellulite treatments? They offer big promises on the bottle, but when put to the test, often disappoint. Cellulite isn’t a topical skin problem, so topical treatments aren’t going to be effective. Cellulite starts deep within the skin as fibrous bands pull tissue down.

This treatment works underneath the skin’s outer layer, at the source of cellulite. It releases the fibrous bands, smoothing out the dimples. This is one of the most effective treatments for cellulite we’ve ever seen, and we’re excited to offer Cellfina® in Raleigh, NC.

What to Expect from a Cellfina® Treatment

We start a Cellfina® treatment by carefully marking the dimples on the thighs and buttocks. Once the dimples are marked, you’ll lie down, and we’ll prep the treatment area. The Cellfina® device pulls the skin taut, and a special handpiece will precisely cut the fibrous tissue band. We numb the area before treatment with a lidocaine and saline solution to minimize discomfort. After we release one fibrous band, we’ll move onto the next until each marked dimple has been treated and released.

After we treat all of your dimples, you’ll be ready to return home. Most patients are back to their regular activities quickly, often later that same day.  You’ll need to wear a compression garment for a few weeks. This helps the body to heal quickly and properly, improving your results. After treatment, you may experience bruising and soreness. These symptoms are temporary and typically resolve in a few days.

Am I a Good Candidate for Cellulite Treatment?

At Diehl Plastic Surgery we want you to be delighted with your results. Although Cellfina® is an excellent fit for many patients, it isn’t always the right procedure. Good candidates for this treatment:

-Are close to their ideal body weight, typically within 10 pounds.

-Have cellulite on the buttocks and/or thighs.

-Do not have skin laxity.

If Cellfina® isn’t the best procedure for you, we’ll recommend another option. Many of our patients achieve excellent results with SmartLipo, especially those patients that want to combine cellulite treatment with body contouring.

Your Next Steps

Got cellulite? Try Cellfina®. If you’re interested in learning more about this treatment, call our offices and schedule a consultation. During a Cellfina® consultation, we’ll:

-Perform a detailed physical examination.

-Make treatment recommendations.

-Answer your questions.

-Provide detailed information about treatment cost.

If you’re ready to get started, get in touch and we’ll schedule your consultation with Dr. Diehl as soon as possible.

Other Non-Surgical Treatments for Summer

Cellulite reduction isn’t the only way to prep your body for summer. Discover some of our favorite non-surgical treatments for summer:

-miraDry®- Excessive sweat can be embarrassing, especially when the weather heats up. We offer miraDry®, a non-invasive and permanent solution to underarm sweat and odor. miraDry® is FDA-cleared and has an excellent safety record. Enjoy long-lasting results with a single treatment session!

-CoolSculpting®- It’s bikini season. Let’s get your body ready. CoolSculpting® freezes stubborn pockets of unwanted fat. Muffin top? Love handles? CoolSculpting® can get your body ready for its bikini debut. We love that this treatment is non-invasive and requires no downtime.

Is your body ready for summer? Come into Diehl Plastic Surgery to banish your cellulite. Bring on the short shorts!


Sculpt Your Best Bikini Body Without Surgery with CoolSculpting®

When the weather warms up, the bikinis come out, and many women realize they aren’t quite ready for swimsuit season. Hurry into Diehl Plastic Surgery in Raleigh, NC to get bikini body ready. CoolSculpting® can shape and sculpt your body without surgery.

Diet, Exercise, and CoolSculpting®- What’s the Link?

You’ve probably heard that diet and exercise are the keys to your best body. This may be true in theory, but many of our patients find that losing fat is more complicated than that. They eat right and exercise regularly, but still struggle with stubborn fat, located in common trouble spots like the love handles, abdomen, or thighs. They aren’t looking to lose weight but want to lose fat.

CoolSculpting® is a potential solution to your bikini body woes. This treatment uses intense cold to crystalize and destroy fat cells. Since the CoolSculpting® applicator is placed over the treatment area, we can target specific fat pockets, unlike exercise that produces a whole-body result. After treatment, your body will begin to naturally process and eliminate the treated fat, permanently removing those stubborn fat cells from your body.

CoolSculpting® isn’t an alternative to the healthy practices of diet and exercise. It enhances your hard work. Eat right, go for a run, and if trouble spots remain after your best efforts, let us help.

5 Reasons to Choose CoolSculpting® This Summer

Is CoolSculpting® the key to a better summer body? Come in for treatment this summer and discover some of the top benefits of this popular procedure:

No Downtime– Summer is a busy time for many of our patients. With CoolSculpting®, you can receive treatment and return to daily activities immediately, no downtime necessary. Recovery symptoms are typically minor and include tenderness, bruising, and mild swelling. These don’t usually interfere with your daily activities.

Noticeable Fat Reduction– Does CoolSculpting® actually work? Clinical studies and our own experience say it does. Patients typically experience a 20-25% reduction of fat in the treated area with one treatment. Want better results? A second treatment can be performed several weeks later.

Long Lasting Results– CoolSculpting® destroys fat cells and your body eliminates them through natural metabolic processes. Fat cells don’t regenerate. If you maintain your weight, results should last. Most patients start to see their results in a couple weeks with the most dramatic changes visible 1-3 months after treatment.

Targeted Fat Removal– Where do you struggle with unwanted fat? We can freeze fat from head to toe. Popular treatment areas include: abdomen, arms, chin (double chin), bra roll area, flanks (love handles), knees, inner and outer thighs, banana rolls, etc. If you want to treat more than one area, we have two machines and offer DualSculpting, or the treatment of two areas simultaneously.

Short 35-Minute Treatment– You’ll receive your treatment in our comfortable Raleigh, NC plastic surgery office. We’ll get you in and out, typically in under an hour. The treatment itself takes about 35 minutes.

What are you waiting for? Call today and get started.

What Happens During a CoolSculpting® Treatment?

Do you want to rock that bikini with confidence this summer without surgery? Call us to schedule your CoolSculpting® treatment at Diehl Plastic Surgery.

When you come in for your appointment, we’ll take you into a comfortable treatment room. A specialized gel pad will be placed onto one of your trouble spots. The CoolSculpting® applicator is then placed on top of this pad. At first, you’ll feel intense cold, but the sensation fades quickly as the area naturally numbs itself.

Sit back and relax. You won’t have to do anything but wait as the treatment progresses. Many patients read a book or use their mobile devices.

When the treatment is complete, usually about 35 minutes later, you’ll be ready to resume your regular activities. Many patients head right back to work.

Your body will begin to process the treated fat cells, and you’ll see your results start to appear in just a few weeks.

At Diehl Plastic Surgery all of our treatments are performed by our CoolSculpting® specialists, Lynn and Sharon. They have both have advanced training on the best practices for the procedure and have been performing this treatment since 2012 .

Let’s get your body ready for summer. Call today and learn more about non-surgical fat removal in Raleigh, NC.