Sometimes, diet and exercise alone aren’t enough to help you achieve your aesthetic goals. Liposuction is an excellent option to remove fat from unwanted areas such as the thighs, abdomen, arms, “love handles,” and neck to help you achieve your desired contour. Liposuction near Alexandria VA can be done under local or general anesthesia, depending on the specific procedure, your personal preferences, and your physician’s recommendations. The most common side effects are soreness in the treated areas and bruising. Consider scheduling an appointment with Chantilly Cosmetic Surgery for all your cosmetic surgery needs.
The Liposuction Procedure
Preparing for Liposuction.
Before surgery, you will have at least one in-depth consultation with Dr. Chopra and will have the opportunity to discuss your goals as well as the results you wish to achieve. He will make sure you are fully educated about all of your options, and you will decide together on the best course of action to help you reach your goals, determine which areas of the body to treat, and if you are a good candidate for surgery.
What happens during surgery
Liposuction is done through a series of tiny incisions around the area of fat to be removed. Very small incisions are placed and a tumescent solution containing lidocaine and epinephrine is injected. This is used to increase safety, emulsify the fat cells, provide local anesthesia, and prevent bleeding in the area. A liposuction wand is then used to remove the unwanted fat from the areas until the desired contour is achieved.
Pain Relief And Recovery.
After the liposuction procedure is completed, you will be given detailed instructions and pain medication to be taken at home. You can shower after 2 days, but it is essential not to take a bath or swim until the area has fully healed since this may increase your risk of infection. You will need to avoid heavy lifting and exercise for several weeks after your surgery.
Liposuction recovery time varies for each individual, but most plastic surgeons agree that at least one week of downtime is required for optimal results. During this time, patients wear compression garments over the treated areas to help with swelling and bruising.