Maintaining a healthy diet and regular exercise routine are essential elements of looking fit and toned. However, working out and eating right may not be enough to get the sculpted figure you’ve been working so hard to achieve. If you struggle with stubborn pockets of fat that resist your best diet and exercise efforts, liposuction may be an ideal solution.
To learn more about liposuction, please contact McLean Plastic Surgery today by calling 703-893-1111 or completing the form on this page to schedule a consultation. Board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Gloria Duda and Harvard Fellowship-trained plastic surgeon Dr. Munique Maia serve patients from McLean, Tysons Corner and nearby Fairfax County, Northern Virginia, Maryland and Washington D.C.
What Areas Can Liposuction Treat?
Liposuction, clinically known as lipoplasty, is a versatile body contouring procedure that can be used to eliminate unwanted pockets of fat from just about any part of your body. Some of the most common areas that liposuction can treat include:
- Flanks (“love handles” or “muffin tops”)
- Face, neck and jowls
- Upper arms
- Chest (as part of a male breast reduction procedure)
Liposuction is often used in mommy makeover procedures to remove excess fat that has lingered after childbirth.
Am I a Good Candidate for Lipo?
If you want to get rid of unwanted pockets of fat, you are likely a good candidate for liposuction. Ideal liposuction candidates:
- Are in good overall health
- Have realistic expectations for the outcome of the procedure
- Are at or near a stable, healthy weight
- Exercise regularly and are physically fit
- Have one or more localized areas of fat they would like to eliminate
- Do not smoke or are willing to quit
Liposuction is not a weight loss tool. It should be considered as a way to put the finishing touches on your diet and exercise efforts, not a substitute for maintaining a healthy lifestyle. If you are not at an ideal weight before this procedure, a weight loss consultant from Ideal Solution Weight Loss is available.
Tumescent liposuction involves the injection of a specialized tumescent solution into a targeted area before removing unwanted fat through a small tube called a cannula. Tumescent fluid consists of:
- Epinephrine: Medication that temporarily shrinks blood vessels
- Lidocaine: Local anesthetic
- Saline solution: Sterile saltwater
Power-Assisted Liposuction (PAL)
The cannula used in power-assisted liposuction (PAL) contains a vibrating tip which breaks up fatty deposits from the surrounding tissues so that it can be easily suctioned away. This process typically reduces procedural time and lends to the successful removal of fat cells from fibrous areas such as the back, "love handles" and male breast tissue (gynecomastia).
Ultrasonic-Assisted liposuction (UAL)
Ultrasonic Assisted Liposuction (UAL) involves tumescent fluid and a special cannula that delivers ultrasonic energy and heat into subcutaneous fat. As it passes through areas of fat, the ultrasonic energy liquefies the fat, making it easier to remove and easing recovery.
Schedule Your Liposuction Consultation Today
If you are considering liposuction to finally free yourself from frustrating deposits of stubborn fat, call McLean Plastic Surgery today at 703-893-1111 to schedule a confidential consultation with Dr. Duda or Dr. Maia. We welcome patients from McLean, Tysons Corner and nearby Fairfax County, Northern Virginia, Maryland and Washington D.C.