Liposuction in McLean and Northern Virginia

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what is Liposuction?

No matter how much you diet and exercise, you might still have pockets of fat that are keeping you from feeling fully confident in yourself. Mesbahi Plastic Surgery in McLean, VA, Washington, D.C., and Beverly Hills, CA is proud to offer the most advanced methods to safely rid fat from certain body parts. Liposuction is a body reshaping procedure that reduces pockets of fat from the abdomen, hips, thighs, and buttocks to create a more defined appearance. This fat removal surgery can be blended to treat multiple body parts. During your initial visit, seasoned plastic surgeon Dr. Alex Mesbahi will assess areas of your body you wish to address so you can attain your aesthetic goals. Contact our practice to set up an appointment to learn more.

who is a Candidate for lipo?

Fat removal surgery is a great treatment for individuals who are at an ideal weight but have stubborn pockets of fat that cannot be lost with even the most healthy lifestyle. Women and men interested in liposuction should have healthy, tight skin because liposuction is not a treatment for loose skin. It is also important to know that liposuction is not a solution for weight loss. Women having liposuction should have childbearing behind them as this could compromise the results. During your initial consultation, Dr. Mesbahi will discuss realistic expectations.

Traditional Liposuction

Surgical liposuction is performed in an outpatient setting under general anesthesia. A punch-hole incision is placed in the skin and a cannula is inserted to help loosen the fat as it is being removed. Once the fatty deposits have been extracted, Dr. Mesbahi will close the small incision. Depending on the number of sections receiving treatment, your surgery could take several hours. After your procedure, you will be monitored for a short time and then released to go home. 

Vaser Lipo

VASER high-definition liposuction utilizes ultrasound-assisted energy to safely and effectively target fat cells. A huge advantage of VASER is that it offers three-dimensional results and enables Dr. Mesbahi to work in specific areas without harming the surrounding tissue. It is considered an outpatient procedure and is performed under general anesthesia. At the start of your procedure, a tumescent saline solution will be injected into the designated treatment area. Then, the handheld VASER device will be applied to transmit the ultrasound energy. This process will loosen the fat to enable a smooth extraction. 

after your procedure

The recovery period after liposuction will look different for everyone as it is dependent on the number of treatment areas being addressed and the amount of fat that was removed. Most patients can expect 1 – 3 weeks of recovery. Prior to your release, our office will also provide you with post-operative instructions to follow at home. It's normal to see bruising and swelling for one or two weeks, and sutures are generally removed 7 – 10 days after surgery. What is most important after your procedure is to allow your body time to recover and rest. When you are ready to go back to work, you should do your best to minimize stress and strenuous activity. To increase your strength and stamina, stick to light workouts and go for walks as approved by Dr. Mesbahi. Keep in mind, you may see some changes after six weeks, but it takes around 6 – 10 months until your new body contour and shape is attained.

liposuction faqs

What about loose skin?
Surgical liposuction only corrects excess fat. For loose skin, Dr. Mesbahi may recommend combining liposuction with a surgical body lift. Lipo is often done along with skin tightening surgery, like a tummy tuck, arm lift, or thighplasty, to give you your best results. 

Will I have scars?
Since liposuction is a surgical procedure, incisions will be made and sutured. This will leave scars; however, Dr. Mesbahi does his best to reduce their appearance. This starts with making thin incisions in the natural folds of your body or in less visible areas. After your surgery, Dr. Mesbahi or a member of our team will teach you how to care for your incisions so they heal flat and eventually fade.

How long will my results last?
Before liposuction, it is important to be prepared to maintain your results. Although liposuction reduces the number of fat cells in your body, you can still gain and lose weight. Dr. Mesbahi recommends that you be at or near a healthy weight before having liposuction. Afterward, it's best to remain within 5 – 10 pounds of your post-surgical weight. Pregnancy after liposuction will also affect your results; however, a second surgery can be done to refresh your appearance.

Look Fit and Toned

Liposuction at Mesbahi Plastic Surgery offers both women and men the chance to have annoying fat diminished almost instantly. Without the help of liposuction, it can be frustrating to achieve the slimming results you desire. We offer various alternatives for liposuction treatment, depending on your personal struggles. We welcome you to call our practice in McLean, VA, Washington, D.C., or Beverly Hills, CA to schedule your one-on-one consultation with Dr. Mesbahi.

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