What To Consider Before Getting Liposuction

liposuction reston mcclean virginia washington dc plastic surgeonAt New Image Plastic Surgery Associates, PLC, we are committed to ensuring our Reston-area patients have a pleasant liposuction experience. It is important to us that you safely achieve your aesthetic goals.

A crucial component of this objective is taking steps before your procedure to make sure liposuction is right for you. We believe that we can best achieve this by providing you with as much information as you need to make an informed choice. In the sections below we’ll review a few of the important points you’ll need to consider before you undergo the liposuction procedure.

Liposuction Candidacy

The first step is determining if liposuction is the right procedure for you. The best way to make sure you have a successful surgical experience is to undergo a procedure that is appropriate for you and your needs.

When it comes to liposuction, the ideal candidate:

  • Is at or near their ideal body weight—liposuction is not a weight loss procedure. It’s designed to help patients who are trying to eliminate stubborn deposits of fat.
  • Has realistic expectations for the procedure and understands what liposuction entails
  • Does not smoke
  • Is prepared to fully follow our doctor’s instructions
  • Is in sound mental health
  • Possesses no allergies to anesthesia or other medications

Of course, the only way to know for sure if liposuction is right for you is to arrange a consultation and examination with our board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Roberta Gartside. She’ll talk to you about your needs and goals and discuss whether body contouring is the right way to go.

The Recovery Process

It’s never too early to start thinking about the post-liposuction recovery process. It’s easy to neglect your recovery, but you need to devote as much time to recovery as is necessary. Rushing the process can extend our recovery time even further.

Every patient is unique, and everyone responds to liposuction a little differently. But you can expect to be away from work for several days (more if you have a physically demanding job), and you should also plan to be off your feet and unable to assist around the house for a period of time after your procedure.

This means that, before you undergo your liposuction procedure, you should think ahead and prepare for your recovery. Make arrangements to have yourself driven home after your procedure. And do the same for household tasks, such as looking after the children.

More generally, before undergoing liposuction, you need to commit to following all of our instructions for the recovery process. These are designed to get you safely through your recovery as quickly as possible. Dr. Gartisde will give you detailed postoperative instructions to assist in your recovery so that you can be back on your feet in a safe and quick timeframe.

Choosing the Right Plastic Surgeon

The quality of your liposuction surgeon matters. This is easy to forget because liposuction is such a commonly performed procedure and boasts an impressive safety record. But it’s important to remember that this safety record has been built up by trained, experienced plastic surgeons.

When considering liposuction providers in the Reston area, make sure you find a plastic surgeon with ample experience in the field. There’s no substitute for actual, hands-on experience with liposuction. Do not settle for someone without specialized experience.

There are many doctors who aren’t specially-trained plastic surgeons and perform liposuction in an attempt to make some extra money. This is legal, but it’s not right for you. At New Image Plastic Surgery, Dr. Roberta Gartside is board-certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery and is also a member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) and has extensive experience with all body contouring procedures.

If you need a liposuction provider you can trust, please call New Image Plastic Surgery Associates, PLC today at 703-742-8004 for your consultation. We also provide services to those who live in and near Fairfax, Mclean and nearby areas of Virginia and Washington, D.C.