American Society of Plastic Surgeons
Member Log In
For Medical Professionals
 

Liposuction

Lipoplasty

Liposuction, sometimes referred to as "lipo" by patients, slims and reshapes specific areas of the body by removing excess fat deposits and improving your body contours and proportion.

View this content in Español

What are the steps of a liposuction procedure?

The liposuction procedure includes the following steps:

Step 1 – Anesthesia

Medications are administered for your comfort during the surgical procedure. The choices include local anesthesia, intravenous sedation and general anesthesia. Your doctor will recommend the best choice for you.

Step 2 – The incision

Liposuction is performed through small, inconspicuous incisions.

First, diluted local anesthesia is infused to reduce bleeding and trauma. Then a thin hollow tube, or cannula, is inserted through the incisions to loosen excess fat using a controlled back and forth motion. The dislodged fat is then suctioned out of the body using a surgical vacuum or syringe attached to the cannula.

Problem areas that can be addressed with liposuction

Liposuction problem areas

Liposuction problem areas

Step 3 – See the results

Your improved body contour will be apparent once the swelling and fluid retention commonly experienced following liposuction subside. Get more information about liposuction results.

Liposuction rear and side after

Liposuction front and face after



Logo

Surgeons In Your Area

Behzad Parva Headshot

Behzad Parva, MD

224-D Cornwall Street, NW Suite 300
Leesburg, VA 20176

(703) 777-7477

David Berman Headshot

David Berman, MD

14 Pigeon Hill Drive Suite 100
Sterling, VA 20165

(703) 406-2444

Christopher Knotts Headshot

Christopher Knotts, MD

1825 Samuel Morse Drive Austin-Weston, The Center...
Reston, VA 20190

(703) 893-6168

Timothy Mountcastle Headshot

Timothy Mountcastle, MD

44095 Pipeline Plaza Suite 430
Ashburn, VA 20147

(703) 8583208

Roberta Gartside Headshot

Roberta Gartside, MD

1300 Chain Bridge Road The Magassey Building
McLean, VA 22101

(703) 204-2706

Fadi Nukta Headshot

Fadi Nukta, MD

20745 Williamsport Pl Suite 100
Ashburn, VA 20147

(703) 5742588

Michael Vincent Headshot

Michael Vincent, MD

15245 Shady Grove Road Suite 155
Rockville, MD 20850

(240) 912-4708

Michael Brown Headshot

Michael Brown, MD

45155 Research Place Suite 125
Ashburn, VA 20147

(703) 726-1175

Logo

Patient Care Center