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Customizing Your Body Contour with Liposuction

A healthy lifestyle can go a long way toward achieving a slim, toned figure. Unfortunately, certain stubborn fat pockets can be difficult to diminish even if you’re following a good, healthy diet and following a great exercise routine. Certain areas of the body are designed to hold onto fat, making it particularly challenging to trim them down. This is why liposuction in Washington is such a popular, effective procedure to help patients achieve the sculpted physique they have worked so hard to achieve.

What is liposuction?

Liposuction is a cosmetic surgical procedure that eliminates localized fat deposits to enhance body contours. A small, thin tube (cannula) is inserted through tiny incisions to suction out excess fat from areas such as the abdomen, thighs, hips, or arms. This procedure is best suited for individuals close to their ideal weight but struggling with stubborn fat that does not respond well to diet and exercise.

What are the Benefits of Liposuction?

Benefits include:

  • Enhanced body contours and silhouette
  • Targeted fat reduction in stubborn areas
  • Improved self-esteem and confidence boost
  • Minimally invasive with quick recovery
  • Permanent fat removal in treated areas
  • Customizable treatment options
  • Potential improvement in overall body proportions
  • Long-lasting results with proper maintenance

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Common reasons for liposuction

  • Stubborn Fat Removal
  • Body Contouring
  • Cosmetic Enhancement
  • Tummy Tuck Complement
  • Love Handle Reduction
  • Thigh Gap Creation
  • Arm Toning
  • Facial and Neck Definition
  • Breast Reduction for Men (Gynecomastia)
  • Post-Bariatric Surgery

Liposuction Patient Testimonials

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.


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.


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

Your Liposuction Consultation

During your consultation, we will meet with you to discuss your goals for your figure and understand your concerns. We will examine the areas you would like to target for treatment and examine the quality and elasticity of your skin.

Based on your consultation, we will develop a customized treatment plan designed specifically for you to help you achieve a slimmer, more defined and sculpted physique.

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What is the Cost of Liposuction in Washington, DC?

The cost of liposuction is different for each person because the price varies based on a number of different factors. We will determine the price for your custom procedure after your initial consultation. During your consultation, we will go over options and work with you to ensure the cost of your surgery is within your budget.

What happens during the liposuction procedure?

At the Plastic Surgery Institute of Washington, liposuction in Bethesda 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. Small incisions are made, about a quarter of an inch in length. For traditional liposuction, fluid containing both lidocaine (local anesthetic) and epinephrine (vasoconstrictor) is injected into the target area. The fat is gently removed with a cannula.

Other procedure options vary, including the following:

  • To remove a larger volume of fat, power-assisted liposuction is performed with a reciprocating suction cannula.
  • Where the tissues are more fibrous or there is a small amount of excess skin, Vaser liposuction may be used. During Vaser liposuction, heat and sound waves are combined to liquefy the fat. The heating component provides the added benefit of promoting skin tightening.
  • The latest advancement in liposuction is called high-definition liposuction – this includes additional etching to create more abdominal wall definition.

At the end of the liposuction procedure, the small incisions are closed, and the treated area is wrapped with ace bandages and padding or a compression garment to help minimize swelling and improve the healing process.

Your Liposuction Recovery

After liposuction, recovery typically involves a few days of rest and managing discomfort with prescribed pain medications. Swelling, bruising, and soreness are common and can persist for a few weeks. We will see you again within a day or two of your procedure for a postoperative visit. During this visit, we will remove the initial dressing and place a snug compression garment. This garment is designed to minimize swelling and support the healing process.

Light walking is encouraged shortly after the procedure to prevent blood clots and aid circulation. Strenuous activities should be avoided for about 2-4 weeks. Full recovery varies but most individuals can return to work within a week or two. Close adherence to post-operative instructions and follow-up appointments is crucial for a smooth and successful recovery.

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Alternative and complementary procedures

Patients who are experiencing sagging or loose skin or abdominal weakness in addition to pockets of fat in the area may be candidates for a tummy tuck. This procedure contours the waistline, surgically tightens the stomach muscles, and removes loose skin to achieve a sculpted, slim waistline.

Patients who would love to combine other procedures with liposuction may have a mommy makeover to enhance and renew the breasts, contour the abdomen, and address other areas to enhance and renew the feminine physique.

Why choose the Plastic Surgery Institute of Washington For My Liposuction?

When you first enter the doors of the Plastic Surgery Institute of Washington, you will notice a difference. Our entire staff is dedicated to providing you with caring attention. Our board-certified plastic surgeons have a history of delivering sophisticated results with a warm, gentle demeanor. At the Plastic Surgery Institute of Washington, we have been performing liposuction in Washington DC for over 30 years. We love to see our patients walk out the door with a new confidence in their sculpted, contoured physique. Call for a consultation and find out more about realizing your vision for your figure at the Plastic Surgery Institute of Washington.

Liposuction FAQ's

Can I use the fat harvested during liposuction in other areas?

Fat removed during liposuction can be purified and utilized for injection into the patient’s buttocks during a Brazilian Butt Lift, or into the face or lips to achieve youthful, plump volume.

What are the different types of liposuction?

Aside from traditional liposuction, the different types of liposuction we provide include power-assisted liposuction, Vaser liposuction, and high-definition liposuction.

When will I see my results from my liposuction procedure?

You may see results immediately, although there will be some post-operative swelling. As swelling diminishes, you will see your new curves begin becoming visible. Final results of liposuction are generally achieved at about three months following surgery.

Does liposuction get rid of cellulite?

Liposuction is not recommended for getting rid of cellulite. Adding a laser treatment to liposuction may help to get rid of cellulite.

Are there any risks or complications associated with liposuction?

Like any surgical procedure, liposuction has risks, including scarring, infection, and numbness. Removing too much fat may cause lumpiness or dents in the skin. Risks increase the larger the amount of fat that is removed.

Are liposuction results permanent?

Liposuction results are generally permanent as long as the individual maintains a stable weight post-surgery. However, significant weight fluctuations or lifestyle changes can affect the long-term outcome.

How much fat can be removed with liposuction?

The amount of fat that can be safely removed with liposuction varies depending on factors such as the patient's overall health, the area being treated, and the surgeon's judgment. Typically, surgeons adhere to guidelines recommending the removal of no more than 5 liters (approximately 11 pounds) of fat during a single liposuction session to minimize risks.

Can liposuction be performed when overweight?

Liposuction can be performed on individuals who are overweight, but it's essential for them to understand that it's not a weight loss procedure and is most effective for contouring specific areas of the body. Candidates should ideally be within a stable weight range and have realistic expectations for the procedure's outcomes.

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