As our single most popular treatment, liposuction offers patients unrivaled body contouring results by eliminating unwanted fat from the body. Younger Image Plastic Surgery Center, with offices in Vienna, Woodbridge, and Rockville, specializes in advanced liposuction techniques to help patients in Washington, DC, Arlington, and surrounding communities in Maryland and Virginia achieve their cosmetic goals.
What is Liposuction?
Liposuction is a body contouring procedure that eliminates stubborn fat in the body to produce a slimmer, smoother appearance. Many patients love liposuction because it is a versatile technique that can be used nearly anywhere on the body. Liposuction can eliminate unwanted fat in the abdomen, arms, legs, and more. At Younger Image Plastic Surgery Center, we maximize the results of our liposuction treatments using a technique called “lipo 360.” With this technique, we perform liposuction on all sides of the treatment area to ensure optimal results and achieve an hourglass shape or frame. For example, if a patient desires liposuction in the stomach, we will also perform liposuction on the love handles and lower back to enhance the contours on all sides of the body.
How Much Does Liposuction Cost in Washington, DC?
The cost of liposuction starts at $1,500 per area. The total cost depends on the number of areas treated, so an exact cost will vary from patient to patient. During your consultation, we will evaluate your cosmetic goals to develop a personalized treatment plan. At this time, we will be able to provide the full cost of your treatment. To schedule any treatment, we ask for a $1,000 deposit that is nonrefundable. Two weeks before surgery, the patient will have a pre-op appointment where his or her full balance is due to be paid in full.
We offer flexible financing options, including Alphaeon® and CareCredit® to ensure that each patient has access to the treatment that they need. The financing company will pay us in full, and the patient will pay the financing company a monthly fee. We also accept cash, checks, and major credit cards for your convenience.
What is Abdominal Etching?
Abdominal etching, or body etching, is an advanced body sculpting technique that can be performed with liposuction. With abdominal etching, we remove fat from very specific areas of the abdomen while leaving other areas untouched. This technique gives us complete control over the contours of the body, and we are able to sculpt the desired shape by precisely removing fat in certain areas. Although this technique may remove less fat than a full abdominal liposuction procedure, many patients enjoy the personalized, contoured results that it provides.
What is the Liposuction Procedure Like?
The liposuction procedure is performed with a cannula, or a small tube, which is inserted into the desired treatment area. We make every effort to keep the incision as small and discreet as possible. Incisions are made in areas of the body such as the elbow, belly button or below the underwear line so that scarring is minimal and less detectable. Once the cannula is inserted, fat is gradually suctioned out of the body using a vacuum system. Afterward, Dr. Yousefi uses the open drainage technique, which helps with patient downtime and recovery.
Open drainage is a modern surgical technique that allows the anesthetic solution to drain out of the body through open incisions. This requires the use of adits (excisions), compression pads and extremely absorbent sponges to contain and absorb fluid post-surgery. This technique cuts down on patient healing time and is followed by the patient wearing a compression garment to help remove the extra fluid from the body.
What is Recovery like Following Liposuction?
Your recovery following liposuction will depend on the extent of your treatment. However, most patients are generally able to return to work and other normal activities within 5 days. With the open drainage technique, you will be leaking tumescent fluid for 1-3 days after surgery instead of harboring it in your body. This is normal and is just the excess anesthetic solution that was injected into the fat. You should wear a compression garment around the treated area at all times (except showering) until Dr. Yousefi says to stop wearing it. Avoid stagnant water, such as a bath or pool for two weeks following the procedure. You may experience mild swelling, bruising or discomfort, but any pain can be managed with oral medications. We recommend that patients avoid exercise, heavy lifting, and other strenuous activities for at least a month after their procedure.
What Kind of Results Can I Expect from Liposuction?
After your liposuction treatment, you will notice results immediately. These results will improve as any swelling subsides and the body recovers from treatment. The results from liposuction can be long-lasting since they permanently remove fat cells from the body. However, future weight gain can detract from your results. We encourage patients to maintain healthy diet, exercise, and lifestyle habits to make their results last as long as possible.
Am I a Good Candidate for Liposuction?
Liposuction is an incredibly effective treatment for removing unwanted or stubborn body fat. However, it is not a weight loss treatment or an appropriate alternative to natural, healthy weight loss. Instead, it is intended for patients who are near their ideal body weight but may be struggling with stubborn pockets of fat that are resistant to diet and exercise. Additionally, liposuction cannot reduce loose or sagging skin. If you are looking to eliminate fat and excess skin, you may be a better candidate for a tummy tuck.
Younger Image Plastic Surgery Center believes in a holistic treatment approach, improving the health of the mind and soul by offering effective treatments for the body. If you are interested in liposuction or any of our other treatments, contact us today. We welcome patients from Washington, DC, Arlington, and nearby communities in Maryland and Virginia to visit our offices in Vienna, Woodbridge, and Rockville.