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Liposuction or body contouring is a procedure that removes excess fat between the skin and muscle by suction. Liposuction is a very popular and effective procedure but is not a treatment for obesity and should not be used in the place of diet or exercise. Liposuction surgery is ideal for removal of stubborn fatty areas that have proven difficult to remove by an exercise regimen and healthy diet. The most common areas that liposuction surgery focuses on are the buttocks, abdomen and oblique (love handles), inner and outer thighs, hips, face and arms.


When the decision has been made to have liposuction surgery, our patient will schedule an initial consultation with Dr. Roberta Gartside. During this personal consultation, our patient will discuss the expectations and determine if these expectations are realistic for our patients body and other factors such as; elasticity of skin, lifestyle (tobacco use and/or alcohol consumption), plans for potential pregnancies, and past and present health conditions. It is important for our patients to supply accurate and complete information to ensure the safe and effective experience of the liposuction procedure. During the liposuction consultation, this will be the time to ask any questions regarding the liposuction process.


The majority of liposuction surgeries are done as an outpatient procedure. Anesthesia varies by type of liposuction and the amount of fat being removed. A cannula (a small, hollow, stainless steel tube) is inserted into small incisions near the area to be treated. The cannula is placed in to the incisions and oscillates between the muscle and skin to remove excess fat by using a syringe or suction pump. The process takes approximately 2 hours, depending on the areas to be treated and amount of fat being removed. Upon completion of the procedure, our patient will be monitored in a recovery room by a nurse. The amount of recovery time varies by person, anesthesia and type of liposuction procedure.


Dr. Roberta Gartside will discuss the recovery time with our patients after the liposuction procedure. When the anesthesia subsides, the soreness has been described as the soreness one feels after a rigorous work out. Our patients may be prescribed pain medication for any further soreness or discomfort associated with the liposuction procedure. The incisions made in the skin to remove the fat may drain for several days after the liposuction procedure; a drainage tube can be used to remove any fluid or drainage from the incisions. Tight clothing or compression garments should be worn for several weeks after the procedure to aid in the healing process. Results usually reach the full desired potential after a few months, sometimes taking up to 6 months. It is important to keep a healthy lifestyle after the procedure in order to reach the full potential and effectiveness of the liposuction procedure. Please keep in mind that a continued relationship with Dr. Roberta Gartside is important for a successful recovery. Our patient will be able to schedule follow-up visits to evaluate the progress of the liposuction procedure.


For more information about Tumescent Liposuction, Ultrasonic Liposuction, or SmartLipo using laser technology contact our Washington, D.C. area plastic surgeon to schedule a complimentary cosmetic surgery consultation!  Serving the metro Washington, D.C. area including Reston, Fairfax, and McLean Virginia.