Unfortunately, even after diet and exercise, many people find themselves still frustrated with localized areas of unsightly body fat. Bulging fatty tissue can accumulate almost anywhere on the body, most commonly along the abdomen, thighs, upper arms, and buttocks. If you are struggling with bulging areas of stubborn subcutaneous fat, chances are you are also unhappy with your appearance. Unwanted fat can keep clothing from fitting appropriately, and can decrease your confidence in a bathing suit or shorts. Now is the time to regain lost self-esteem and restore a slender, more youthful body with liposuction.
Liposuction at the Naderi Center
Liposuction is an extremely effective, moderately invasive procedure designed to bring back smooth, shapely physical contours. By eliminating these isolated areas of fatty tissue, targeted locations on the body can be sculpted for a natural, more youthful appearance. Liposuction performed alone can provide excellent results. The technique can also be combined with other procedures, like a tummy tuck, breast reduction, or the Mommy Makeover, for more extensive body sculpting benefits.
The most common areas for liposuction include:
- Flanks or love handles
- Outer or inner thighs
- Upper arms
- Chin (submental)
Dr. Erica Anderson has provided safe and effective liposuction procedures for hundreds of patients. Using the latest in liposuction technology, Dr. Anderson will tailor each liposuction session to the patient’s unique physical needs. Together with the patient, Dr. Anderson can determine the most beneficial technique to achieve their desired aesthetic results. Her knowledge and skill in body sculpting procedures make Dr. Anderson and the Naderi Center the number one choice for liposuction in the Maryland, Virginia, and Washington D.C area.
The Ideal Candidate for Liposuction
Anyone who is unhappy with the appearance of stubborn, lumpy, fatty tissue may find liposuction beneficial. Ideally, potential candidates will be in good health, as well as be at a stable and desirable weight. The skin should be firm and elastic, so as not to leave sagging, loose tissue after the procedure. Instead, a tummy tuck or lift may be recommended for those with lax skin. Liposuction should not be used a replacement for a healthy diet and exercise. Nor should it be considered weight loss surgery.
A good liposuction patient will fully understand the procedure and the recovery requirements. They should also hold reasonable expectations for their final results. At the consultation appointment, Dr. Anderson will discuss any risks or potential complications before determining if liposuction is the patient’s best option.
The Liposuction Consultation with Dr. Anderson
To begin the liposuction process, potential patients will need to schedule a liposuction consultation with Dr. Anderson. This appointment allows an individual to get to know the surgeon and learn more about the available liposuction techniques. Dr. Anderson will carefully go over their medical history and perform a brief physical exam. She will discuss the patient’s needs and desires, listening to what they would like to get from their liposuction procedure. Dr. Anderson will use before/after photographs of her most recent patients to help patients get a good idea of their potential results. Any remaining questions will be answered at this time.
If Dr. Anderson determines liposuction will be the best treatment for the patient’s needs, she will put together a personalized surgical plan. She will review the instructions for before and after the liposuction procedure. Before the patient leaves, the exact cost of the liposuction treatment will be determined, and the patient coordinator will review all payment options.
How to Prepare for the Liposuction Procedure
Once a liposuction session has been scheduled, it is time for patients to begin preparing for their procedure. This is important in ensuring a smooth recovery, as well as achieving the best possible results. If at any time a question should arise, patients should immediately contact Dr. Anderson and the Naderi Center.
While the liposuction procedure is performed as an outpatient surgery, patients will need to have a ride home from the surgical center. Prescriptions should be filled before the day of the procedure, so that pain medications are immediately on hand. The follow-up appointments with Dr. Anderson will already be scheduled, so patients should put these on their calendar. These visits are important to the healing process and should always be kept. It can also be very helpful to have assistance with small chores for the first several days following liposuction.
The Liposuction Procedure
Dr. Anderson normally performs her liposuction as an outpatient procedure at an accredited, area surgical center. The technique may require general anesthesia, or a local anesthesia with IV sedation. The procedure on average takes an hour per area to complete, depending on the individual and extent of correction. Once Dr. Anderson has removed the desired amount of fatty tissue and achieved the desired results, sutures will be placed for proper healing. A post-operative compression garment will then be placed to optimize healing.
Dear Doctor,You did a wonderful job and the pictures say it all. It is exactly what we talked about and I am very pleased with the outcome. Thank you for your patience with getting me through this process.
Dr. Anderson will determine the best liposuction technique during the consultation appointment. Each procedure will be tailored the patient’s unique needs. Liposuction procedures that are combined with other surgical techniques may take longer to perform.
Possible Risks and Complications with Liposuction
Liposuction has been utilized by cosmetic surgeons for decades and is widely considered to be a safe procedure. All surgical aesthetic procedures should be performed by a skilled plastic surgeon, such as Dr. Anderson, to ensure the best possible results. While complications with liposuction are rare, there is still the small chance for problems to occur. Risks of liposuction include bleeding, infection, asymmetry, skin discoloration, fat embolism, contour irregularities, and nerve damage. At the consultation appointment, Dr. Anderson will discuss all of the potential risks of the liposuction procedure.
Recovering After Liposuction
On average, the liposuction recovery will take less than a week. Most people will be feeling well enough to return to work or school in just a few days. While walking and light exercise are encouraged, and can be resumed in only two to three days, strenuous activities and heavy lifting will need to be postponed for two to three weeks.
Patients will be sore after their liposuction procedure. Mild pain and burning are normal. Dr. Anderson will prescribe the needed medications for a comfortable recovery. Bruising and swelling can occur, as well. These will resolve over the following several weeks. To encourage appropriate healing and reduce the chance of swelling, a compression garment may need to be worn for several weeks.
How can you get started towards a liposuction procedure with Dr. Erica Anderson?
If you are thinking that liposuction may be the answer for those stubborn areas of fatty tissue, schedule a complimentary consultation with Dr. Erica Anderson at the Naderi Center. Appointments can be made in the Herndon, Virginia office at 703.481.0002, as well as the Chevy Chase, Maryland office at 301.222.2020. Online consultations are also available for those not in the area. To get more information on the liposuction procedure, or to arrange for an initial appointment with Dr. Anderson, contact the Naderi Center.
What is liposuction?
Liposuction is a moderately invasive procedure designed to eliminate isolated areas of stubborn, bulging areas of fatty tissue. By removing these isolated deposits of fat, Dr. Anderson can sculpt a more toned, slender body.
How long does a liposuction procedure take?
Dr. Anderson’s liposuction procedure will take on average an hour per area to perform. The length of the surgery will depend on the individual patient and their desired correction.
When can I return to work after my liposuction procedure?
Most liposuction patients are feeling good enough to return to work in a week or less.
Are the benefits of liposuction permanent?
The fat cells that are eliminated using liposuction cannot regrow. However, if a healthy diet and exercise routine are not followed, a patient can still gain weight, and the surrounding fat cells will expand. Although the aging process can cause changes to the body, the benefits of liposuction will still be seen.
What are the risks of liposuction at the Naderi Center?
Liposuction has been performed for years, and is considered a safe procedure when done with a skilled practitioner. Dr. Anderson has extensive skill in the liposuction procedure. However, on the rare chance complications can occur, these may include bleeding, infection, contour irregularities, and asymmetry.
Is it possible for belly fat to return after going through with liposuction?
When fat is removed from liposuction it will never return. However, not all of the fat cells are removed during the procedure. The leftover fat cells can and will increase in size and grow if weight is gained with time. It is always important to maintain a healthy diet and lifestyle after liposuction in order to prolong and sustain your liposuction results.