Liposuction: Goodbye to Stubborn Fat

Most people have certain areas on their bodies and face that tend to accumulate fat – even people who are seemingly “super fit!” Genetics, aging, pregnancy, weight loss: All of these factors play a role in how fat sits on our bodies. The good news is that stubborn pockets of fat can be removed through liposuction.

Board certified liposuction surgeon Dr. David Allison uses power-assisted liposuction to help sculpt a trimmer, tighter body or facial contour. Liposuction is often combined with other surgical procedures such as tummy tucks to produce the best outcomes.

What Liposuction Can Correct

Your body contour can be slimmed or reshaped by removing excess fat and providing a more tapered appearance in a variety of areas – not just the abdomen:

  • Thighs
  • Hips
  • Buttocks
  • Abdomen
  • Waist
  • Back
  • Chest area
  • Knees
  • Chin
  • Neck

Liposuction Procedure

The main idea behind liposuction is that fat is broken up and then suctioned out of the body.

  • Allison first makes a small incision in the area to be treated. He inserts a thin tube called a cannula to perform the procedure.
  • Using power-assisted liposuction, tiny, rapid vibrations are introduced to break through the fat tissue. The fat is then suctioned out of the body through the same tube.

The procedure is performed under general or local anesthesia. This process is gentle on the body because it eliminates the more harsh manual method of breaking up fat. It is also a quicker, more efficient and safer process.

Liposuction Recovery

By using power-assisted liposuction, recovery time and bruising can be greatly reduced over the manual method. Your specific recovery time will depend on the size and location of the area(s) being treated. In general, you should allow a minimum of 1-2 weeks to fully recover. You will be provided with specific post-op instructions on what to do and what not to do as you recover such as:

  • Do not smoke or be around second-hand smoke for at least 2-4 weeks
  • Do not participate in strenuous activities, including heavy lifting, for several weeks
  • Follow your doctor’s instructions for post-op appointments and medications
  • Monitor your incision area as it heals

Risks of Liposuction

Liposuction risks can include:

  • Loose, wrinkled skin
  • Changes in skin pigmentation
  • Infection
  • Blood clots
  • Bleeding
  • Nerve damage

Dr. Allison will discuss all of the potential risks with you before the surgery. Because Dr. Allison has performed hundreds of liposuction procedures with excellent results, he is highly qualified to help patients achieve the bodies they desire.

Don’t settle for hiding your stubborn fat under your clothes or scarves. Let Dr. Allison assess your situation and tell you if you are a good candidate for liposuction in Northern Virginia. Contact us today to schedule your free Cosmetic Consultation.