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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 liposuction in Washington, D.C. 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.

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Am I a candidate for liposuction?

The ideal candidate for liposuction is any adult within roughly 30% of their ideal body weight who doesn’t have a life-threatening illness, and is either a nonsmoker or can cease smoking for the duration of the procedure and its full recovery cycle. If fatty deposits anywhere on your body are bothering you, and they haven’t responded well to diet or exercise, liposuction is most likely an option for you. Liposuction should be considered a very effective body contouring and stubborn fat removal procedure, rather than one purely of weight loss.

What areas can be treated with liposuction?

Most patients think of liposuction as a treatment solely for the stomach or abdomen. And while that is a very commonly treated area, liposuction can in fact be done almost anywhere on the body where stubborn fat pockets live. We commonly treat our patients with liposuction in these areas:

  • Upper arms
  • Neck
  • Double chin
  • Hips & Thighs
  • Abdomen
  • Love Handles
  • Buttocks
  • Legs, above the knee
  • Calves & Ankles

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Are there Any Risks or Complications Associated with Liposuction?

Risks and complications are uncommon but could occur. They include, but are not limited to:

  • Infection
  • Bleeding
  • 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 liposuction in Washington, D.C., 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.

What Can I Expect During Liposuction?

Typically, our Washington, D.C. 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.

I cannot say enough good things about Dr. Forman. He has done my breast reconstruction, including a breast lift on the other side, a lower face and chin lift, vaso-liposuction on my inner knees and thighs, and a lower body lift. He is highly skilled, hugely talented, compassionate, kind, patient, thorough, and honest about what surgery can and cannot achieve. He prepared me well for post-op and recovery. He personally called me at home after every procedure. I HIGHLY recommend him and his staff.

—Anonymous

Dr. Huang is a talented, meticulous surgeon. The result speaks for itself — I could not be happier! Under Dr. Huang’s care, the entire process from consultation to surgery to post-op recovery went smoothly, and I felt supported every step of the way. On top of all this, Dr. Huang is warm, genuine, and kind. I felt complete trust in her as I went under general anesthesia, and I cannot emphasize enough how important that was to me. Many thanks to Dr. Huang, her fantastic, knowledgeable staff, and the wonderful folks at Sibley Memorial’s surgical center.

—M.L.

Between myself, friends and family members, I have knowledge of most highly rated Plastic Surgeons in the area. I can say without a doubt that Dr. Friedman is unequivocally the best of all of them. His professionalism, care, and office staff are exceptional.

—Carole Beaverin from Gaithersburg, M.D

I cannot say enough good things about Dr. Forman. He has done my breast reconstruction, including a breast lift on the other side, a lower face and chin lift, vaso-liposuction on my inner knees and thighs, and a lower body lift. He is highly skilled, hugely talented, compassionate, kind, patient, thorough, and honest about what surgery can and cannot achieve. He prepared me well for post-op and recovery. He personally called me at home after every procedure. I HIGHLY recommend him and his staff.

—Katy W. from Germantown, M.D

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Practice Policy Update Regarding COVID-19 View Update

Practice Policy Update Regarding COVID-19

Starting Monday, May 11th we will resume seeing patients in the office. Initially, you can expect digital check-ins, eliminating the need for a crowded waiting room, as well as the option for virtual appointments upon request. In addition, we have implemented the following changes:

  • Daily health screenings for our employees.
  • Mandatory facial coverings for employees and patients.
  • Enhanced cleaning and disinfecting protocols.
  • Appointment check-in process allowing patients to wait in the safety of their own vehicles.
  • Optimized use of our patient portal to offer contact-free communication and payment options.
  • Complimentary shipping for all skincare products.

Prior to appointments, patients will be asked to fill out a COVID-19 questionnaire. If you are experiencing any of the symptoms posed by the questionnaire, you will be asked to postpone your appointment and a virtual visit will be arranged.

We appreciate your cooperation as we transition to this new way of practicing medicine. Our goal is to provide the treatment and service you are accustomed to, even though it may look a little different than it has in the past.

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