Unfortunately, even after diet and exercise, many people still find themselves 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 properly and can decrease your confidence when wearing a bathing suit or shorts. Now is the time to regain lost self-esteem and restore a slender, more youthful body with liposuction.
Discover the gateway to a transformed physique with liposuction. This procedure brings a medley of advantages, from reshaping stubborn areas to enhancing your self-assurance. Here are more benefits:
Targeted Fat Reduction
Bid farewell to persistent fat pockets. Liposuction artfully sculpts areas like the abdomen, thighs, and hips, achieving smoother contours.
Experience newfound self-esteem as your body gains sleekness. Liposuction’s dramatic results can rejuvenate your overall self-image.
Once the surgeon removes the fat, it’s gone for good. Liposuction offers lasting outcomes, inspiring you to embrace a healthier, more confident lifestyle.
Actual Patient Results
Liposuction Procedure Snapshot
|What is the pain level after the surgery?
|Mild to moderate
|Anesthesia type (if applicable)
|Duration of Surgery
|Approximately 1 hour per desired area
|Where will scaring for this procedure be?
|Each incision is tailored the patient’s unique needs
|Timeframe to begin showing final results
|When is the patient able to return to regular activities?
|After a few days
|When is the patient able to resume exercise?
|Cost of surgeon’s fee
|$5,500 – $7,500 – Depends on number of areas
Actual Patient Results
Liposuction at the Naderi Center
Liposuction is an extremely effective, moderately invasive procedure designed to bring back smooth, shapely physical contours. By eliminating isolated areas of fatty tissue, the surgeon can sculpt targeted locations on the body for a natural, more youthful appearance. While liposuction performed alone can provide excellent results, the technique can also be combined with other cosmetic surgery procedures, like a , or the Mommy Makeover, for more extensive body sculpting benefits.
Actual Patient Results- Submental Liposuction
The most common areas for liposuction include:
- Chin (submental)
- Flanks or love handles
- Outer or inner thighs
- Upper arms
Actual Patient Results- Male Chest Liposuction
Actual Patient Results- Submental Liposuction
Actual Patient Results – Abdominal liposuction
The Naderi Center’s breast and body plastic surgeon specialist has provided safe and effective liposuction procedures for hundreds of patients. Using the latest in liposuction technology, the body plastic surgeon will tailor each liposuction session to the patient’s unique physical needs. Together with the patient, our specialist can determine the most beneficial technique to achieve the desired aesthetic results. Her knowledge and skills in body sculpting procedures make our surgeon and The Naderi Center the number one choice for liposuction in Maryland, Virginia, and Washington D.C.
Ideal Candidates for Liposuction
Actual Patient Results – Liposuction to the flanks and back.
Anyone who is unhappy with the appearance of stubborn, lumpy, fatty tissue may find liposuction beneficial. Ideally, potential candidates will be in good health and will be at a stable and desirable weight. Their skin should be firm and elastic so that they don’t end up with sagging or loose tissue after the cosmetic procedure. For patients with lax skin, the provider may recommend a tummy tuck or lift instead of liposuction. Liposuction should not be used as a replacement for a healthy diet and exercise. Nor should liposuction be considered weight loss surgery.
A good liposuction candidate patient will fully understand the procedure and the recovery requirements. They should also have reasonable expectations for their aesthetic goals and goal weight. Liposuction is not ideal for patients who believe the procedure is a substitute for proper diet and nutrition. Also, this procedure will not effectively treat cellulite or stretch marks. At the initial consultation appointment, The Naderi Center’s body specialist will discuss any risk of complications before determining if liposuction is the patient’s best option. If you have doubts about surgery, please ask your surgeon.
The Liposuction Consultation
To begin the liposuction process, potential patients will need to schedule a liposuction consultation. This appointment allows an individual to get to know the surgeon and learn more about the available liposuction techniques. Our plastic surgeon will carefully go over the medical history and perform a physical exam. Our surgeon will discuss the patient’s needs and desires, listening to what they would like to see from their liposuction procedure. The Naderi Center’s body specialist will use before/after photographs of our most recent patients to help patients get a good idea of their potential results. Our surgeon will answer any remaining questions at this time.
If our surgeon determines liposuction will be the best treatment for the patient’s needs, they will put together a personalized surgical plan. Our surgeon will review the instructions for before and after the liposuction procedure. Before the patient leaves, the provider will determine the exact cost of liposuction treatment, and the patient coordinator will review all payment options.
The Liposuction Procedure
Actual Patient Results – Liposuction to the abdomen
Our surgeon will perform the liposuction as an outpatient procedure at an accredited, local surgical center or hospital. 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 our surgeon has removed the desired amount of fatty tissue and achieved the desired results, the surgeon will place sutures for proper healing. Our surgeon will then place a post-operative compression garment to optimize healing and minimize swelling.
Your surgeon will determine the best liposuction technique during the consultation. They will tailor each procedure to the patient’s unique needs. Keep in mind that liposuction procedures combined with other surgical techniques may take longer to perform.
What Are the Different Types of Liposuction Techniques?
Body liposuction has advanced since its initial utilization for the removal of unwanted fat and body contouring. Patients these days can choose from a variety of surgical techniques to achieve optimal results. It is important to discuss with your surgeon what technique you prefer for achieving your desired results.
Tumescent liposuction is one of the oldest and most common techniques utilized today for the removal of unwanted fat. This technique involves the surgeon initially injecting the patient’s tissue with a sterile solution of salt water, epinephrine, and local anesthetic prior to the suctioning of the fatty tissue. The “tumescent” or liposuction solution helps with pain control, decreases blood loss, and aids in the removal of the fatty tissue. The tumescent solution allows the injected area to swell and stiffen. The surgeon will then make small incisions on the skin to insert the liposuction cannula underneath the skin. The surgeon will then attach a liposuction cannula to a suction vacuum to remove the desired fat as well as some of the injected tumescent solution.
Ultrasound-assisted liposuction (UAL)
Ultrasound-assisted liposuction uses a specialized cannula that emits ultrasound waves underneath the skin. The ultrasound emitting cannula breaks down the walls of the fat cells. When fat cells are broken down, the fatty tissue becomes more liquefied and thus easier to suction out from under the skin.
Laser-assisted liposuction (LAL)
Laser-assisted liposuction uses a device that delivers high-intensity energy waves underneath the skin through small incisions. The energy from the laser helps to liquefy the fatty deposits, which the surgeon then removes with a suction cannula.
Power-assisted liposuction (PAL)
Power-assisted liposuction involves using a vibrating cannula to help separate fat cells. The vibrating cannula is gently moved back and forth across the tissues to release fat cells from surrounding tissues. The power-assisted liposuction device allows the surgeon to break up the fat cells using less traumatic and less forceful means. Less force and trauma will help speed up the recovery time for the patient and will result in less bruising and swelling.
Liposuction alternative: What is SAFELipo?
SAFELipo, which stands for separation, aspiration, and fat equalization, is a newer body contouring procedure that leads to dramatic and natural results. This process allows for a less invasive procedure that limits damages to the flap blood supply. Medical studies indicate that SAFELipo is better than traditional liposuction techniques for a variety of measures, including:
- Optimizing fat removal
- Maximizing skin retraction
- Preserving vascular integrity
- Comprehensive body contouring
- Minimizing the potential risk of complications
SAFELipo (Separation, Aspiration, and Fat Equalization) Is a 3-Step Process
STEP 1: SEPARATION
The surgeon will make a small incision near a localized targeted fat deposit. The surgeon then uses a specialized power-assisted cannula that both separates the fat deposits and infiltrates the tissue with local anesthesia. This “separation” process allows the fatty deposits to become loose and emulsified.
STEP 2: ASPIRATION
Aspiration refers to the removal of fat cells using suction. Step 1, or the separation process, makes the fat deposits much easier to remove than traditional liposuction techniques. The surgeon can now use smaller, thinner, and less invasive cannulas to suction out the unwanted fat. For patients, this means the recovery process with less bruising, decreased swelling, a quicker recovery, and the smallest scars possible.
STEP 3: FAT EQUALIZATION
The final component of SAFELipo is vital for ensuring long-term results and preventing contouring deformities in the skin. Fat equalization means that the surgeon leaves behind a precise, smooth, and nicely contoured thin layer of “local fat grafts” underneath the skin. This layer of “fat grafts” prevents the skin (“dermis”) from sticking and scarring down to the fascia (connective tissues). It is this “scarring” or adhesion of dermis to fascia that results in liposuction deformities that are seen with either dramatic and or superficial liposuction. Fat equalization is a patient’s best bet to ensuring they do not get the “lumpy bumpy” look after liposuction. The “fat grafts” truly contour and even out the results of the liposuction.
A variety of factors determine the overall cost of your liposuction surgery
- Surgeons Fee: $5,500 + (depends on number of areas performed)
- Anesthesia Fee: Depends on the length of the procedure
- Hospital and Surgical Facility Fees: Depends on the length of the procedure
- Post-Surgery Garments: Included with the surgeon’s fee at The Naderi Center.
- Pre-Surgical Medical Clearance and Lab Tests: Usually covered by medical insurance
- Medication Costs: Usually covered by medical insurance
- Follow-Up Visits: Included with surgeon’s fee at The Naderi Center
Before & After photos
Getting Ready for Your Liposuction Treatment
Once a liposuction session has been scheduled, patients should begin preparing for their procedure. This is important to ensure a smooth recovery and to achieve the best possible results. If at any time a question arises, patients should immediately contact The Naderi Center.
While the surgeon will perform the liposuction procedure as outpatient surgery, patients will need to have a ride home from the surgical center. They should fill prescriptions before the day of the procedure so that they will have pain medications immediately on hand. The follow-up appointments with our surgeon will already be scheduled, so patients should put these on their calendar. These visits are important for the healing process, and patients should always keep them. It can also be very helpful for patients to have assistance with small chores for the first several days following liposuction.
Actual Patient Results – Liposuction to the flanks and back
Recovering After Liposuction
On average, the liposuction recovery will take less than a week. Most people will feel well enough to return to work or school in just a few days. Walking and light exercise are encouraged, and they can be resumed in only two to three days.
Patients will be sore after their liposuction procedure. Mild pain and burning are normal. The Naderi Center’s breast and body plastic surgeon specialist will prescribe medications for a comfortable recovery. Bruising and swelling are normal and expected and should resolve over the course of several weeks. To encourage appropriate healing and minimize swelling, the patient should wear the compression garment as much as possible after surgery for the first few weeks.
Possible Risks and Complications with Liposuction
Cosmetic surgeons have utilized liposuction for decades, and it is widely considered to be a safe procedure. A skilled plastic surgeon should perform all surgical aesthetic procedures to ensure the best possible results. While complications of liposuction are rare, there is still a small chance for problems to occur. Risks and liposuction side effects include bleeding, infection, asymmetry, skin discoloration, fat embolism, contour irregularities, and nerve damage. At the consultation appointment, our surgeon will thoroughly review all of the potential risks of the liposuction procedure.
Just like any major surgery, various complications could occur. The risks and complications unique to liposuction can include:
- Poor wound healing
- Worsening of cellulite
- Thermal burn from ultrasound
- Anesthesia complications
- Fluid accumulation underneath the skin requiring drainage
- Numbness that is either temporary or permanent
- Internal puncture of organs – In rare occasions the liposuction cannula may perforate too deep causing an internal organ to impale. In this case, emergency surgery repair is required.
- Contour irregularities – Due to poor skin elasticity and uneven fat removal, skin may appear to come off as bumpy or become shrunken. Depending on the severity of the irregularity, these changes may be permanent.
- Spotted skin appearance – Damage to tissue underneath the skin may result in a permanent spotted appearance of the overlying skin.
- Kidney and heart problems – As tumescent fluid is injected in and suctioned out of the body this can result in shifts of the body’s natural fluids that may cause life-threatening kidney and heart complications. This is why an anesthesia provider should monitor patients closely at all times during the liposuction procedure.
- Fat embolism – A fat embolism is a piece of fat that breaks off and enters a blood vessel. From the blood vessel the fatty deposit may enter the lung, brains or any other vital organ or tissue impairing its blood supply. A fat embolism is a crucial medical emergency that must be treated immediately.
- Loose skin after liposuction – Some patients are left with loose skin after liposuction, which may necessitate the need for removal of this skin in a subsequent procedure.
Immediate Postoperative Experience of Liposuction.
- Pain. Treatment areas will be sore and hurt the most in the first few days after surgery. Patients should limit strenuous activities for the first few weeks after surgery and take oral pain medication, as needed, to help manage any discomfort.
- Fluid discharge. It is completely normal to have leakages of clear or blood-tinged fluid from the liposuction incision sites. This should cause no alarm unless it is bright red blood or you have to make very frequent dressing changes.
- Swelling. Following liposuction surgery, patients should wear the compression garment at all times. You will usually wear the compression garment for about 4-6 weeks following your liposuction. The garment should feel snug but not so tight that you develop wounds or blisters or have trouble breathing or moving. You can remove the garment only when washing it or showering. The more you wear the compression garment, the better your body will be contoured and the quicker the swelling will resolve. Your surgeon may at some point advise you to switch from the compression garment to a shapewear-type garment. Additionally, avoiding the sun and heat and being active can help with swelling.
- Bruising. You will experience bruising. The extent of the bruising will depend on how dramatic your liposuction results are. Individuals heal from bruises differently, but most bruises should go away after about 2-3 weeks. Bruises will change from a purplish color to a yellow/green shade as they start to improve.
- Performing regular massage of liposuction areas. Light massage to the liposuction areas will speed up healing and recovery. At some point, your surgeon may even advise you to get a deep tissue massage.
- Itching. You may feel compelled to scratch the incision sites, as they feel itchy. Do not scratch. It is normal to feel an itching sensation. Benadryl may help with this itching sensation.
- Numbness/Sensory Changes in Skin. Numbness or tingling sensations around incision sites and throughout the liposuction areas are normal. These sensations start to go away after a few months.
- Scarring. Scars are small and minimal, especially with our body plastic surgeon’s liposuction techniques. Scars can take a year to completely heal. However, you can use scar gels and a special brown tape to speed up the healing process. Avoiding the sun and topical irritants is key to minimizing the appearance of scars.
It is extremely important to remember that everyone has a different outcome depending on the volume of fat cells removed and the specific area of treatment.
How Do I Minimize the Appearance of Scars After Liposuction?
The incisions from liposuction are typically small. However, if patients take proper care of their incisions, they will minimize the appearance of their scars. A key element of proper incision healing is to leave the incision site alone as well as any dressings or tape. Tapes or steri-strips may cover incisions. The patient should leave steri-strips alone as they will fall off on their own. In some cases, the surgeon will be able to remove them in the office. Patients should be sure to wear loose-fitting clothes so they do not snag or irritate the incisions. Most incisions will heal nicely in 2 weeks if proper care instructions are followed. Once an incision has healed, your surgeon can recommend how to minimize any scarring left behind from the incision. Typically silicone gel or ointment as well as brown tape will help with scarring. Avoiding sun exposure and topical skin irritants will aid in scar healing.
What Is a Compression Garment for Liposuction?
A postoperative compression garment is key to optimizing your results after liposuction. Compression garments provide external gentle pressure in the areas where liposuction was performed. The external pressure from a compression garment helps to:
- Minimize swelling (edema)
- Decrease, or even stop, bruising on the skin
- Improve blood and fluid circulation in the body
- Retract the skin to its new position and minimize loose skin formation around liposuction areas
- Achieve the desired contoured figure
The length of time a patient has to wear the compression garment depends on the area and amount of liposuction. Typically, the more fat that was removed and the more dramatic the results, the longer the patient will need to wear the garment.
For the best and most effective results, the garment should fit the patient snugly but not be too tight. Patients will know it is too tight if they have difficulty to moving around or experience pressure problems. Edema refers to a condition when cavities or tissues of the body collect excess water fluid. Once the edema resolves, the patient may be advised to switch over to a smaller garment or a shapewear-type garment.
A compression garment that is too tight on the body can prolong swelling and edema. Excessive compression can damage the normal function of lymphatic capillaries, which leads to inflamed tissues at the treatment sites. Let your surgeon know if you suspect that your garment is not the proper size for your body.
Is Liposuction Permanent?
Liposuction is permanent if maintained with proper diet and exercise. Liposuction removes the fat cells from the treatment area of the body, and these cells do not grow back. The patient should maintain a stable weight so that the procedure remains optimal. If the patient gains an excessive amount of weight following the procedure, their overall appearance will change due to excess fat being stored in the untreated areas of the body.
A few different factors can affect the patient’s body shape and contour:
- Lack of a healthy lifestyle
- Excess weight gain
Take-home message: Maintain an ideal weight to preserve the longevity of your newly contoured body.
What Are Some Typical Cosmetic Surgeries That Are Often Combined with Liposuction?
The surgeon can perform liposuction along with a few different surgical procedures, most commonly:
- Brachioplasty/arm lift
- Thigh lift
- Body lift
- Abdominoplasty/tummy tuck
- Brazilian butt lift
- Fat transfer to the face and breasts
Can Fat Obtained from Liposuction Be Injected into Other Parts of My Body?
If you are considering volume augmentation procedures such as breast augmentation, facial volume augmentation, or butt augmentation, then you will want to have these procedures done at the same time as your liposuction. The surgeon can inject the fat that is harvested from the liposuction into the desired areas of the body to create more volume. The most common area for fat transfer is typically the face, breasts, and/or buttocks.
Does Liposuction Help with the Appearance of Cellulite?
Patients with very little body fat can still have cellulite. Cellulite is due to fatty deposits that pass through layers of connective tissue or collagen directly under the skin. Genetics as well as weight gain play a role in the amount of cellulite one has.
A common myth of liposuction is that it gets rid of cellulite. Liposuction shapes one’s body and uses tiny incisions to suction out fat cells. Liposuction does not typically help with the appearance of cellulite. However, it should not make it worse.
Can Laser Liposuction or CoolSculpting® Achieve the Same Results as Surgical Liposuction?
The results from laser liposuction and CoolSculpting® will never be as profound as the results from surgical liposuction. For patients desiring a subtle result and who want to avoid operation or anesthesia, laser liposuction or CoolSculpting® may be a great alternative. Laser liposuction or lipolysis uses heat from fiber-optic lasers at a variety of wavelengths to help melt body fat. CoolSculpting® is a noninvasive fat-reduction procedure that freezes fat cells. Over time, the frozen fat cells die, and the body removes them. Results from laser liposuction as well as CoolSculpting® typically take a few weeks and multiple sessions to be more noticeable. Surgical liposuction is a one-time-and-done procedure that allows the surgeon to remove higher volumes of fat cells and to contour the body.
What Is a Surgical Drain and How Will I Know if I Need One?
The surgeon will place surgical drains within the incision sites to drain out any excess body fluid and blood. Drains help prevent swelling and decrease buildup of pressure in treatment areas. If you have a drain, our surgeon will instruct you on how to properly empty its contents and take care of it. The surgeon will remove drains in the office. Patients should also watch our video on drain management. With liposuction alone, you will not have a drain. However, if your liposuction procedure is combined with more invasive surgery, the surgeon may need to place a surgical drain.
How Do I Manage My Surgical Drain?
Once patients are sent home with a drain, they must take good care of it to ensure it does not fall out. When caring for the drain, always wash your hands before cleaning the site, and be sure to cleanse the area gently and rinse well. Avoid bathing in the tub with an unhealed incision. It is also important to pay attention to the type of draining you have. The drainage is typically a pink-tinged cloudy fluid. If the drainage seems to be bright red blood or more pus colored, inform your surgeon immediately.
How can you get started towards a liposuction procedure?
If you are thinking that liposuction may be the answer for those stubborn areas of fatty tissue, schedule a consultation at the Naderi Center. Appointments can be made in the Reston, 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.
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, our plastic surgeon can sculpt a more toned, slender body.
Our plastic surgeon’s liposuction procedure will take, on average, an hour per area. The length of the surgery will depend on the individual patient and their desired correction.
Most liposuction patients feel good enough to return to work in a week or less.
Fat cells removed through liposuction cannot grow back. However, if patients do not follow a healthy diet and exercise routine, they 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.
Liposuction has been performed for years, and it is considered to be a safe procedure when conducted by a skilled practitioner. Our plastic surgeon has extensive experience with the liposuction procedure. However, on the rare chance that complications occur, these may include bleeding, infection, contour irregularities, and asymmetry.
When a surgeon removes fat with liposuction, it will never return. However, the surgeon will not remove all of the fat cells during the procedure. The leftover fat cells can and will increase in size and will grow if the patient gains weight with time. It is always important to maintain a healthy diet and lifestyle after liposuction to prolong and sustain your liposuction results.
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