Liposuction Plastic Surgery – Types, Cost, Recovery & Risks

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Posted on December 13, 2018 under Liposuction

Liposuction is a minimally invasive procedure that aims to reshape different sections of the human body by removing excess fat through surgery. Often liposuction is combined with other surgical procedures like abdominoplasty to remove stubborn fat deposits. The procedure does not reduce weight and is solely for the purpose of removing fat in problem areas that do not respond to diet and exercise.

In Northern Virginia liposuction is also done for treatment of medical conditions like removal of benign fat tumors or lipomas, problem with body metabolism and excessive sweating. The most commonly treated areas for liposuction are abdomen, buttocks, legs, back and upper arms while some women also undergo liposuction on face and neck. Though a skilled plastic surgeon like Dr. Franklin D. Richards can carry out the procedure within a few hours itself this should not be done on people that are suffering from preexisting medical conditions like diabetes, lung disease and blood circulation diseases.

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Types of liposuction

1. Tumescent liposuction – During this cosmetic surgery procedure local anesthesia is applied to the areas where tube is likely to be inserted. To remove the fatty tissue, solution combining lidocaine and epinephrine is injected into that area.

2. Ultrasound assisted liposuction – Ultrasound technique directs heat rays on the required fatty deposits to melt and remove them. This procedure is most suitable for removal of fat from abdomen, sides and back area in McLean, VA.

3. Laser assisted liposuction – Low energy laser rays are directed by skilled doctor at the fat deposits which are collected through a cannula and removed from the body.

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Recovery & risks of liposuction

Most liposuction procedures are fairly risk free and do not require a long recovery periods so person can get back to work within a week or two. Plastic surgeon Dr. A. Dean Jabs may advice you to avoid exercise and take a couple of weeks off from work to recover from bruising, pain and swelling. The duration of recovery process takes a longer or shorter period depending on the number of liposuction procedures taken by patient at Bethesda, MD at one time.

Besides the usual risks of infection and bleeding some patients may not be able to tolerate the effects of anesthesia and can have dizziness or nausea after they recover. Patients are also advised to wear compression garments during the recovery phase for five to six weeks after the surgery when they out for work in Fairfax, VA which can hasten the healing process. Other common risks of liposuction are discolored skin and saggy skin which can be minimized with regular exercise and application of topical creams.

If you would like to learn more about plastic surgery procedures performed by Plastic Surgeons Franklin D. Richards, M.D. and A. Dean Jabs, M.D.  please visit  or Serving patients in and around Northern Virginia, Maryland, Washington DC, McLean, Bethesda, Fairfax County, Rockville, Alexandria, Chevy Chase and Potomac.

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Our Plastic Surgery Associates team includes Dr. Franklin Richards, Dr. A. Dean Jabs, and Dr. Keshav Magge. Each of our plastic surgeons is board-certified, and together they have over 60 years of combined experience. Drs. Richards, Jabs, and Magge are all highly qualified in procedures for the face, breast, and body, and pride themselves in providing excellent results through our state-of-the-art, Quad A certified operating centers