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Liposuction Specialist

Advanced Plastic Surgery Center

Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeons located in DC area, Arlington, VA

If you’re frustrated by extra weight or pockets of stubborn fat that don’t respond to diet or exercise, liposuction might be an excellent option for you. The team of expert plastic surgeons at Advanced Plastic Surgery Center in Arlington, Virginia, offers traditional liposuction as well as high-definition VASER® ultrasonic liposuction services to help you get a slim, contoured body. Call Advanced Plastic Surgery Center or schedule a consultation online today to learn about your liposuction options.

Liposuction Q & A

What is liposuction?

Liposuction is a popular cosmetic procedure that suctions unwanted fat out of your body. The talented and experienced surgeons at Advanced Plastic Surgery Center perform liposuction on a wide range of body parts, including:

  • Thighs
  • Hips and buttocks
  • Abdomen and waist
  • Upper arms
  • Chin and neck
  • Inner knee
  • Chest area
  • Calves and ankles
  • Back

Dr. Economides offers traditional liposuction as well as HD VASER® ultrasonic liposuction. Traditional liposuction involves the insertion of a cannula, a thin tube that your surgeon uses to manually loosen and then suction the unwanted fat out of your body. During HD VASER ultrasonic liposuction, your surgeon uses the VASER equipment to break up your fat with sound waves before suctioning it out of your body. 



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What happens during liposuction?

The doctors provide general anesthesia before starting liposuction. It’s an outpatient procedure that usually takes 1-3 hours. Your surgeon makes a small incision in your skin and inserts the cannula. Then, they either manually loosen or use the VASER device to gently break up your unwanted fat and suction it out of your body. When your procedure is complete, your surgeon removes the cannula and closes the small incision with a suture. 

What should I expect after liposuction?

When you recover from your anesthesia, your surgeon reviews your aftercare instructions and releases you to go home and recuperate. You may feel stiff or sore after your liposuction procedure, and you should expect some swelling and bruising. 

In most cases, you can manage discomfort with over-the-counter pain relievers and should be up and walking around the day after your liposuction. Most patients can return to work and most regular activities within five days, although you shouldn’t engage in vigorous physical activity until your surgeon says it’s safe.

Am I a good candidate for liposuction?

If you’re within 30% of your ideal body weight but are struggling with pockets of fat on trouble spots like your abdomen or thighs, liposuction might be an excellent option for you. You should be in good health overall and have realistic expectations about your results. 

Liposuction isn’t a replacement for weight loss, and you do need to continue to make healthy choices to maintain your new slim silhouette.

Call Advanced Plastic Surgery Center or make an appointment online today to find out how liposuction can help you get the slim, contoured body you’ve always wanted.