As the most popular cosmetic surgery procedure in the U.S., liposuction effectively sculpts the body by removing undesirable fat from target areas that have not responded to diet and exercise. These critical areas include the abdomen, waist, hips, buttocks, thighs, knees, chin, cheeks, neck and upper arms. Local anesthesia or general anesthesia may be used, and the procedure can last anywhere from one to five hours depending on the amount of fat being removed. With thousands of liposuction procedures performed it’s no wonder why patients choose Belmont Plastic Surgery when looking for the best liposuction Washington DC has to offer.
“I never thought I would say liposuction changed my life, but it is incredible how much it has. Everyone at Belmont was so caring and Dr. Feledy quite literally saved me from hating my body.” - D.Z.*
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What is liposuction?
Liposuction (also referred to as lipoplasty) removes excess body fat through multiple small incisions using suction. While the procedure removes fat, it will not correct the excess skin problems facing many significant weight loss patients. Liposuction is commonly used as a complementary technique to the other procedures we offer such as body contouring. There are several different methods that plastic surgeons use when performing liposuction including ultrasound-assisted lipectomy (UAL) and suction-assisted lipectomy (SAL). In both types, fluid is first injected into the area of the body to be treated. A tiny incision is made in a place that is as inconspicuous as possible, and a cannula (small tube) breaks up the fat layer and suctions it out.
What are the steps of the liposuction procedure?
Prior to the procedure, a general anesthetic or sedative will be administered. Small incisions will be made at inconspicuous points near the targeted areas. Sterile solution will be introduced into each of the incisions to minimize bleeding and trauma. The cannula is placed within each hole and swept back and forth to dislodge the excess fat from the connective tissue. Using a syringe or surgical vacuum, the excess fat is then suctioned up through the cannula and the incisions closed.
Who is an ideal candidate for Liposuction in Washington D.C.?
While this procedure may be effective for anyone with excess fat, it is designed to be used in conjunction with exercise and proper diet to remove stubborn areas of fat. Ideal candidates for liposuction are non-smokers who exercise regularly, maintain a stable weight, and are well informed about the liposuction procedure and its outcomes.
Dr. Feledy will also show you before and after photographs of his patients so you can look at his earlier work and see actual results for yourself and what to expect. It is important that you and Dr. Feledy agree on the cosmetic details of your surgery in order to obtain the results that you want.
The caring staff of Belmont Plastic Surgery will meet with you and make sure that any questions you have about financing and insurance are answered completely.
Many people have heard of liposuction but they don't entirely know what it is or how skillfully and effectively it can help an individuals appearance and resolve areas of fat that haven't seemed to budget with diet or exercise."Dr. Jules Feledy
Before & After Photos of Liposuction
See Belmont Plastic Surgery's liposuction before and after results. It is important to look at before and after images to get an idea of what can be achieved with a surgery and to help guide the process with the doctor of determining the outcome you are going for.
What happens after the liposuction procedure?
Compression garments and elastic bandages are often given to control the swelling that occurs following liposuction. Occasionally it may be necessary to insert small drains in the incisions to remove excess fluids. The swelling should subside after a week, and the bruising after about three weeks. It may be possible to return to work in a few days, and resume normal activities in one to two weeks.
Additional Liposuction Options & Techniques
VASERlipo (Vaser Liposuction):
Another option is Vaser Ultrasonic Assisted Liposuction. Vaser Liposuction uses minimally invasive ultrasound technology for precision body contouring. VASERlipo produces eye-catching results in just one procedure and the technology provides many benefits versus traditional liposuction treatments.
By targeting fat in various regions of the body, ultrasonic waves break up and separate fat cells for removal. Surrounding tissue is unharmed, and patients generally experience less pain and consequential bruising.
Key benefits of VASERlipo:
- Produce eye-catching results in a single procedure
- Easily remove large amounts of stored fat
- Smooth skin even in delicate areas like the arms and neck
- Refine and accentuate the appearance of muscles
With VASERlipo, a small probe transmits ultrasonic sound energy to break up fat upon contact. The liquefied fat is suctioned out to preserve surrounding vessels and nerves. Many patients see immediate results.
MicroAire’s PAL® LipoSculptor™ is the only US-patented liposuction instrument using a reciprocating motion (rather than rotating) to facilitate the movement of the cannula within tissue. Power assisted liposuction (PAL) uses a motorized cannula to remove body fat in a significantly speedier, safer way than traditional wands. The PAL uses very small, quick vibrations to break up fat cells which are then suctioned out. Using this technique, a greater amount of fat can be removed in a faster amount of time.
PAL’s vibrating tip allows for safer liposuction because of its small, precise motions. Surgeons can target specific areas without damaging surrounding tissue. This reduces the amount of manual force and physical effort required to perform lipoplasty, especially in areas with fibrous tissue. The result is a more comfortable experience for the patient and a more efficient procedure for the surgeon.
Unlike ultrasonic and laser lipoplasty devices, the PAL® LipoSculptor™ does not use heat, so there are no concerns for the accidental burning that can occur with other systems and the fat cells are just as healthy and viable as cells harvested using manual liposuction
With a PAL procedure, patients receive a more gentle procedure with a larger amount of fat potentially removed. They also enjoy less bruising and damage to surrounding tissue and a speedier recovery.
The PAL® System from MicroAire Aesthetics is a patented surgical instrument system used for liposuction and body contouring.
Dr. Feledy and Belmont Plastic Surgery provide the best options for liposuction in Washington DC. Set up a free consultation to determine which method is best for you.
Are there any risks or side effects to getting liposuction?
As there are different liposuction techniques, there are different risks associated with them. Most of the potential side effects of liposuction involve the appearance of the final body shape and contour. Effective and thorough communication prior to and following the procedure can help prevent many of these potential problems. In addition, as with any surgical procedure, there are a few very rare side effects, including nerve damage, blood clots, scarring, pain, swelling or heart and lung complications. As with any surgery, there is the risk of bleeding, infection and poor wound healing. Belmont Plastic Surgery strives to provide the safest liposuction Washington DC has available and works to make any procedure as painless and easy as possible.