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Dr. Cynthia Diehl, Diehl Plastic Surgery

Cynthia Diehl, M.D. FACS Raleigh NCDr. Cynthia Diehl with Diehl Plastic Surgery is a board certified plastic surgeon and active member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons and the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery. Her practice shares an office space with Dr. Spence and they work closely together as fully trained plastic surgery colleagues providing comprehensive surgical options to the patients. She specializes in body contouring surgery including abdominoplasty (tummy tucks), SmartLipo MPX and liposuction, and vaginal rejuvenation including surgical labiaplasty and non-surgical ThermiVa. We also have a busy non-surgical practice with CoolSculpting, miraDry, and the Thermi platform.

Dr. Diehl obtained her medical degree from UNC Chapel Hill where she also completed her general surgery training and her subspecialty training in plastic surgery. She serves as an advisor for the Miramar company and is on the board of directors for a medical app company providing patient education.

Some of the procedures offered at Diehl Plastic Surgery:

After pregnancy, weight loss or just due to aging, many women find themselves with excess skin and fat around the belly and decreased strength and tone of the muscles beneath. Abdominoplasty or "tummy tuck" addresses all of these problems. The result is improved body contour and a smoother shape to the abdomen. During the surgery an incision is made within the "bikini" line in the lower abdomen; this helps to hide the scar under clothes following the procedure. Excess skin and fat are removed, the muscles beneath are tightened, the skin is redraped to provide a pleasing body shape, and the belly button is re-sutured within the newly contoured abdomen. In certain cases, a "mini-abdominoplasty" can be appropriate, particularly when the excess fat and skin is located in the lower abdomen. Also, abdominoplasty is often times combined with liposuction for additional fat removal and body contouring. Dr. Diehl will work with you to develop an operative plan that addresses your individual needs.

During your consultation at Diehl Plastic Surgery, Dr. Diehl will examine you and discuss recommendations for the specific type of abdominoplasty to yield the best results. The procedure is done on an outpatient basis under general anesthesia. Most patients return to work about ten to fourteen days after surgery. Dr. Diehl usually will use a drain to remove excess fluid for several days following surgery. There may be some bruising for a week or so and some swelling for a few weeks following surgery.

Keep in mind that every person's body is different. Your recovery time may be very different from someone else with a similar procedure. Dr. Diehl will present you with all of the information you need to understand the range of outcomes, and how to best-maintain your improved body shape.

Liposuction / SmartLipoMPX
SmartLipo MPX, sometimes referred to as laser liposuction, uses a carefully calibrated laser to liquefy fat cells. The laser actually ruptures the fat cells and the resulting liquid substance is removed through small incisions in the skin by the surgeon. The laser also seals/coagulates blood vessels during the procedure, so there is typically less swelling, bleeding, and bruising then with traditional liposuction. Laser liposuction can frequently be done under local anesthesia only.

Many patients are good candidates for SmartLipo™ treatment. In general, candidates should be in good health, exercise regularly, and be within 25 lbs. of their ideal weight. They should have focal areas of body fat that have responded poorly to diet and exercise. The laser is used in conjunction with traditional liposuction techniques.

Some of the areas treated with laser liposuction include the submental region (under the chin and jawline), the chest, the arms, the abdomen and flanks (lateral and posterior), the back and bra fat, the mons pubis, the outer and inner thighs, and sometimes the knees.

If you are afflicted with an oversized, asymmetric or misshapen labia minora, resulting in uncomfortable intercourse, irritation with exercise, visibility in swimsuits/clothes, moisture retention or self-esteem issues, labia minora reduction (labiaplasty, labia plasty, labioplasty or vaginal rejuvenation) may be an excellent solution. These procedures are becoming increasingly common. At your consultation, Dr. Diehl will discuss whether labiaplasty surgery is a good option for your specific needs. We also use ThermiVa for non-surgical vaginal rejuventation. ThermiVa can help with mild to moderate urinary stress incontinence, vaginal atrophy and dryness, improved sexual function,and internal and external vaginal tightening.

Non-surgical options at Diehl Plastic Surgery


CoolSmooth Applicators

CoolSculpting is a non-invasive, FDA approved technology to reduce fat from problem areas with no surgery, no anesthesia, and no downtime. Schedule and appointment to see if CoolSculpting can help you reach your goals.


We are now offering miraDry at Diehl Plastic Surgery! This FDA approved technology will produce a dramatic decrease in sweating and odor in the underarm region with one treatment. The miraDry system delivers precisely controlled electromagnetic energy to the region with the sweat glands and eliminates them permanently. The procedure can be done with local anesthesia and you can expect minimal to no downtime. We use tumescent anesthesia only so we can treat at the highest energy level throughout the axillary region. This makes the procedure completely comfortable and may yield a better result. Over the counter pain medicines and ice packs are useful post-procedure. The goal is to eliminate the need for antiperspirants, toxins, and surgery with one treatment. Patients with hyperhidrosis can also experience significant improvement but may need a second treatment for optimal effect.


Minimally invasive radiofrequency technology that delivers controlled heat directly to the targeted area to tighten tissue of the face, neck and other areas.

Non-invasive radiofrequency energy to gently heat tissues so that women can reclaim, restore and revive feminine wellness without discomfort or downtime. This treatment can improve/correct mild to moderate stress incontinence, dryness and atrophy, improve sexual function and internal and external vaginal tightening.

A non-invasive treatment to improve the appearance of aging skin through tightening and increased collagen production over a period of time.