Working out at the gym and eating a healthy diet is often a winning combination for attaining a New Year’s resolution body. But what happens when you do all of that hard work, but the fat around your stomach, hips, thighs, buttocks, or back refuse to disappear?
The Cosmetic Surgery Associates in McLean and Bethesda offer liposuction for patients exactly like you. Dr. Jabs, Dr. Magge, or Dr. Richards can sculpt your body into that highly defined physique you have been fighting for.
There are many individuals looking to reduce the amount of fat in their bodies. Some diet, some exercise, and some do both. However there are certain individuals that possess fat deposits that are resistant to diet and exercise. This may seem like the goal of achieving a well-proportioned body is out of reach, but liposuction offers a solution.
The decision to improve the shape of your body is highly personal. You want a specific look and a Doctor that understands your concerns and desires. You want an experienced surgeon with an artistic eye who dwells on details and puts your well being above all else.
Liposuction is the most popular and the safest plastic surgery procedure performed in the United States today. Liposuction is an excellent method for reshaping body parts with diet and exercise resistant fat deposits. Liposuction is performed on an outpatient basis (no overnight hospital stay). It can be done under sedation or general anesthesia. Tumescent fluid is first put into the area to be suctioned using a small cannula (thin small tube) followed by suctioning of the fat. Often the VASER is used to help with fat removal and to tighten the skin. The tumescent fluid helps restore the fluid volume in your body making the procedure safer and allowing for more fat to be removed. It also has an agent in it to shrink blood vessels and thus decrease postoperative bruising as well as an anesthetic that helps to make the area numb after the surgery.
- 1 What is Fat?
- 2 What is Liposuction?
- 3 Types of Liposuction We Perform
- 4 Before & After Photos
- 5 Areas Treated
- 6 Ideal Candidates
- 7 Consultation
- 8 Preparation
- 9 The Procedure
- 10 Alternative & Ancillary Procedures
- 11 Recovery
- 12 Pricing
What is Fat?
Fat cells, or adipocytes, accumulate in your body through diet and get stored to use as expendable energy and insolation. These fat cells can be divided into two different categories; white fat and brown fat. White fat is developed in connective tissue when people gain weight from excessive eating, without burning the calories they consume. The white adipocytes can enlarge up to quadruple the size and begin to divide and proliferate. This is the fat we complain about. White fat ideally should remain between 15% to 25% in men and 15% to 30% in women.
When your body needs a source of energy or heat, brown fat steps in. Brown fat, which is given its color by iron-containing mitochondria and small blood vessels, is stored in the muscle tissue and surrounds internal organs. Brown fat is also referred to “baby fat”, as those adorably large baby rolls actually serve to keep infants at a stable temperature. Your body can produce brown adipocytes through exercise, sleep-producing melatonin, and being exposed to the cold. Unfortunately, the amount of brown fat cells dissipates as we age, ultimately deeming the few remaining brown fat deposits ineffective with normal state of nutrition or exercise.
What is Liposuction?
Liposuction is a surgical procedure to extract subcutaneous fat cells, or white adipose tissue that is stored under the skin. Liposuction cannot be used on visceral fat, which is the important tissue that is stored between the vital organs. Patients who receive liposuction are generally in good health within average weight range, and have difficulty getting rid of stubborn pockets of fat despite vigorous exercise and healthy diet. The procedure is performed on an outpatient basis and only takes 1 to 2 hours. Along with diet and exercise, liposuction can sculpt and define the body to help patients achieve their ideal physiques.
Types of Liposuction We Perform
During your consultation, Dr. Jabs, Dr. Magge, or Dr. Richards will determine the best suitable type of liposuction for you based on your specific needs and desired results. Listed below are the two types of liposuction procedures that the Cosmetic Surgery Associates offer.
Suction assisted liposuction, also known as SAL, extracts the patient’s fat manually with a small cannula, or a hollow tube, that is attached to pressurized vacuum equipment. The tube is inserted through small incisions in the desired areas to allow for the most precise contouring. This is the traditional form of liposuction.
Fat can have a component that makes it difficult for the cannula to remove the fat. Power assisted liposuction (PAL) has a powered device attached to the cannula to vibrate it, allowing the cannula to glide easily through the tissue to evenly remove the fat.
Laser Assisted (SmartLipo)
Laser assisted liposuction, or a LAL, uses a laser beam to break down the fat, liquefy it, and produce more collagen growth for skin tightening. This method allows for easier suction and minimizes recovery time. Patients are generally able to return to their regular activities very quickly after laser assisted liposuction.
Each technique has its merits, so one is not “better” than the other. The technique chosen for your individual case during your consultation will depend on body type, medical history, and the amount of fat you wish to remove.
Before & After Photos
Although most people assume that liposuction is only reserved for people suffering with obesity or who are in a higher weight range, the ideal candidate is actually in good health with an average body fat percentage. Men and women who exercise regularly and eat a balanced, nutritional diet, but have localized pockets of fat that they find difficult to get rid of, can greatly benefit from receiving liposuction. Patients should be in good health with no existing health conditions or blood disorders. The ideal candidate should have high elasticity in their skin so a tight form can be achieved after the fat is removed.
A good candidate for liposuction is one who has realistic goals and expectations for the procedure. That is why a personal consultation with your plastic surgeon is important. Together, both you and the doctor will help formulate a plan that will help you achieve the best results.
If you would like to discover if liposuction is right for you, please set up a consultation online to meet with Dr. Jabs, Dr. Magge, or Dr. Richards at either our McLean or Bethesda office.
During your consultation, Dr. Jabs, Dr. Magge, or Dr. Richards will ask you about your cosmetic concerns, which areas you would like to receive liposuction, and answer any questions you may have.
You will be asked about your health history and medications you routinely take.
You will be able to look through prior patients’ before and after photographs, which will help to understand the realistic results, although results do vary between patients. Your surgeon will perform a thorough examination, and you both will work together in creating a treatment plan that will give you the results you are looking for.
Your surgeon will explain the entire procedure process, any preparation you will need prior to your appointment, as well as a recovery protocol. Pricing can be discussed at this time as well. The Cosmetic Surgery Associates staff want to ensure a comfortable process and make you feel comfortable and prepared.
Your doctor may require certain tests or examinations from your primary health care provider before you are cleared for your surgery. Please refrain from alcohol, smoking, sunbathing, and blood-thinning medications or supplements 2-3 weeks prior to your procedure date. Ensure that you continue eating a healthy, balanced diet that is rich in nutrients, as well as getting enough hours of sleep each night. You will want your body in elite shape for optimum healing.
Obtain all of your prescriptions and post-procedure materials discussed in your consultation to have readily available when returning home. Organize for a friend or family member to pick you up after your procedure and assist you in recovery for the next 24 hours.
The night before your appointment, wash your body with an antibacterial soap which we will provide. Do not consume any food or drinks after midnight. Arrive to your procedure wearing comfortable, loose-fitting clothing. If you have any more questions regarding preparing for your liposuction treatment, please do not hesitate to contact us.
Liposuction is a procedure where fat deposits are removed from certain areas of one’s body, face or neck. As a result, it can slim the hips and thighs, flatten the abdomen, shape the calves and ankles or eliminate a double chin.
Liposuction from one of our doctors is a procedure that can help sculpt the body by removing unwanted fat from a variety of specific areas.
From your first consultation to your last follow up visit, you will be pampered. The entire staff is trained to make your experience a positive one. During the initial consultation our doctors will listen to what you want and learn about your medical history. After a brief examination, you will review pre and post operative photos of patients and decide what look is best for you. All of your questions will be answered with detailed individualized information and a quote for the procedure will be provided. Scheduling is quick and easy.
Your surgery will be performed at a hospital affiliated outpatient surgery center where your care is provided by anesthesiologists. The procedure will take few hours and you will be on your way home soon thereafter.
The entire process will take between 1 to 2 hours depending on the treatment area(s). When you arrive for your liposuction procedure, you will be given a local or general anesthetic and marked for proper incision placement. Depending on the exact method discussed in your consultation, the procedure will be performed by making small incisions and inserting a cannula to suction the fat deposits out of the body. A special solution will be used during the surgery to minimize bruising.
After the operation, you will be wrapped in a compression bandage to reduce swelling and reinforce the desired form. At this time, your family member or friend will be able to take you home and help you with your recovery.
Alternative & Ancillary Procedures
During your consultation, your surgeon may see it fit that you undergo a different procedure. In some cases, complementing procedures are performed together to achieve greater contouring results.
If you have given birth or lost an ample amount of weight and have either stretch marks or sagging skin, a tummy tuck may be right for you. The tummy tuck will eliminate excess skin, remove fat, and tighten the midsection muscles. This procedure can be done in conjunction with a liposuction treatment, or on its own. Traditional liposuction does not include skin tightening, so it is often paired with a tummy tuck. SmartLipo provides some skin tightening, but not as drastic as a tummy tuck.
Mothers who have given birth who wish to regain the body they had prior to pregnancy can greatly benefit from a mommy makeover. A mommy makeover is a combination of body contouring procedures that aim to enhance the breast and stomach. This can include breast augmentation, breast lift, breast reduction, liposuction, and/or tummy tuck. Mothers can choose a combination of 2 or more procedures, depending on the extent of body contouring they desire.
Pain after the surgery is not sharp and feels more like a bruise or soreness of the muscles. Drains are not typically needed, but are used in some cases. A compression garment is worn for one week after the procedure to help mold the area and allow the soft tissue to adhere to the underlying muscles.
All follow up care is included. There will be no stitches to remove. You will be wearing a compression garment for 3 weeks and be able to return to walking exercises in three days.
Most individuals that undergo liposuction find they are more at ease with their bodies and feel more comfortable in a variety of clothes. Now even though the results of liposuction can be permanent, you can still gain weight. However, many find that this new weight is distributed more evenly and does not settle in the bulging areas. A healthy regiment of dieting and exercise can help maintain the results.
Average cost: $2,000-$7,000
The cost of your liposuction procedure will depend on your specific case and if you opt to receive additional treatments or procedures. Please feel free to schedule a private consultation to receive a quote.