Liposuction for Washington, D.C.

The board-certified plastic surgeons at Center for Plastic Surgery offer liposuction to help women and men from the Washington, D.C., area reduce unwanted areas of fat that are not responsive to diet or exercise. Liposuction is a contouring procedure, not a substitute for weight loss. It can be a beneficial addition to a combined weight loss and exercise program.


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Keep in mind that each patient is unique and your results may vary.

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Who Is a Good Candidate for Liposuction?

Liposuction cannot change underlying dimensions, but it can improve contour significantly when subcutaneous fat is the problem. The best liposuction candidates are those who are at or close to their ideal body weight and size, yet still have persistent areas of unwanted fat accumulation.

The most common areas that benefit from liposuction include:

  • Abdomen
  • Hips
  • Thighs
  • Upper arms
  • Double chin and neck

We can use the J-Plasma treatment to smooth and tighten the skin after fat removal. If you feel that more than one area needs to be corrected, liposuction may be combined with other procedures such as a tummy tuck to maximize your overall benefits.

Dr. Samir Rao is a highly skilled and kind plastic surgeon. I wouldn't see anyone else. My liposuction result is nothing short of amazing.”

Keep in mind that each patient is unique and your results may vary.

What to Expect from Liposuction

Liposuction is a safe procedure when appropriate guidelines are followed. We always have an anesthesiologist with you during liposuction to ensure that you are comfortable and safe. It is usually performed on an out-patient basis, so we limit the amount of fat removed during any one procedure.

During liposuction, a small metal tube called a cannula is connected to a suction machine. We insert the cannula through a small incision into the area of the body adjacent to the unwanted fat. The fat is then aspirated or “removed.” Because the incisions and the cannula are small, the resulting scars are usually inconspicuous. Infiltration of physiological saline solutions allows easier removal of the fatty tissue, less blood loss and added post-operative comfort.

From the time you walk in the door for your consultation, until you leave with your procedure booked, they make you feel right at home. The entire staff is friendly, professional, and go above and beyond to answer any questions you may have. They are also happy to schedule as many follow up visits as necessary for you to feel comfortable.”

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Advanced Technology for Liposuction

Liposuction terminology can be very confusing. Many different terms such as tumescent, power-assisted, laser-assisted, ultrasonic, and water-assisted are used. The key to understanding these terms is that they all involve liposuction. When it comes to laser or ultrasonic liposuction, the laser or ultrasound energy are used to break up the fat, making it easier to remove with liposuction. These heat-based techniques also can create scarring and contour irregularities.

Our surgeons offer an innovative body contouring technique called SAFElipo®, which stands for “Separation – Aspiration – Fat Equalization”.  It includes power-assisted liposuction performed with a special vibrating cannula that breaks up the fat. The SAFElipo technique was originally designed to treat the complications from heat-based liposuction techniques until doctors realized that it was just a better way to do liposuction from the start. Our surgeons have found results achieved with this technique are unparalleled.

Recovery Following Liposuction

After liposuction, you will be placed in an elastic support garment, similar to a girdle, while you are still asleep. This garment will cover and compress the treated areas to limit fluid accumulation and provide gentle, balanced pressure, assuring a smooth final contour. You will wear this garment continuously for two to four weeks, except when bathing.

Some patients experience bruising and swelling after liposuction. Others experience “skin rippling.” These conditions will improve considerably in the first few weeks, but results can take up to three months or longer to be fully visible. While experiences vary, most patients are able to resume normal activities, including walking and driving, within five to seven days. You should postpone strenuous exercise for three weeks.

CPS has been helping Washington, D.C., get slimmer with liposuction since 1986. We’d be happy to help you feel confident about your contours. Request a complimentary consultation using our online form.