It’s unfortunate, but sometimes there are stubborn pockets of fat that just won’t budge. No matter how many hours you spend in the gym or how much you restrict your diet, those unsightly bulges can remain. If you’re fed up with carrying around extra fat where it isn’t wanted, our Washington DC liposuction could provide an excellent option for sculpting a more attractive body shape.
Why is Liposuction Performed?
Liposuction is one of the most common cosmetic surgical procedures performed in the United States today. It involves removing fat beneath the skin through small incisions slightly more than a quarter of an inch. The tumescent technique of liposuction involves first injecting large quantities of fluid containing both lidocaine (local anesthetic) and epinephrine (vasoconstrictor) into the area being suctioned, allowing for the fat to be removed through small diameter cannulas with minimal blood loss. Occasionally, power-assisted liposuction, a reciprocating suction cannula, may be utilized to remove larger volumes. In cases where the tissues are more fibrous (vibrating) or there is a small amount of excess skin, Vaser liposuction may be indicated.
This technique combines heat and sound waves to liquify the fat, and the heat provides a component of skin tightening. There is a form of liposuction called smartlipo, which we do not do because “it is not smart.” Our end point on liposuction is pinch. We know what needs to be left behind. The end point on smart lipo is temperature. When the skin gets to a certain temperature, they stop. We have seen burns from this form of liposuction as the laser has gotten too close to the skin surface. The latest advancement in liposuction is called High Definition Liposuction – this includes additional etching to create more abdominal wall definition.
Can I Use the Fat Harvested During Liposuction in Other Areas?
The fat that is removed through liposuction can be utilized for injection into the patient’s buttocks (Brazilian Butt Lift), facial creases, lips, and any other areas of contour irregularity or deficiency.
What Can I Expect During Liposuction?
Typically, our Bethesda liposuction surgery is performed on an outpatient basis with general anesthesia. If combined with other procedures, an overnight stay in the hospital may be recommended, but this is determined on a case by case basis. The areas on which liposuction is to be performed are first marked with the patient standing upright, prior to undergoing surgery. At the end of the procedure, the small incisions are closed, and the treated area covered with ace bandages and padding or a compression garment.
What is the Recovery from Liposuction Like?
In the initial 24 hours after surgery, there may be some drainage from the incision. We will see you a day or two after your procedure for a postoperative visit, at which time the initial dressing is removed and you will be placed into a snug compression garment, which is worn day and night with the exception of showering for one to two weeks. The garment is then worn just during the day for the next four weeks. You will be required to limit your physical activities for about two weeks from the day of the surgery, gradually increasing it up to your normal levels, when given the okay by your surgeon.
Are there Any Risks or Complications Associated with Liposuction?
Risks and complications are uncommon but could occur. They include, but are not limited to:
- Unfavorable scarring
- Delayed wound healing
- Sensory changes of the overlying skin
- Contour irregularity and waviness
- Fluid collection beneath the skin (seroma)
When Will I See Results from my Liposuction Procedure?
You may see results immediately following your Washington DC liposuction, although there is some post-operative swelling. Swelling goes down with gravity so you will see the swelling leave upper areas first and linger longer in more dependent locations. As that begins to diminish, you will see your new curves begin becoming visible. Final results of liposuction are generally achieved at about three months following surgery. Lymphatic massage may expedite the resolution of swelling.