What is Liposuction?

Do you live a healthy lifestyle that incorporates exercise and a balanced diet, but are still dealing with stubborn pockets of fat? We understand that this can be frustrating, especially after all of the hard work you have put in. Liposuction is a cosmetic procedure that removes excess fat deposits to sculpt and contour the body to help you achieve your aesthetic goals.

Liposuction can be used on many areas of the body, including the abdomen, waist, buttocks, hips, knees, thighs, upper arms, and more.

Liposuction can be used to improve the following:

  • Excess fat
  • Body contours

Who is a Candidate?

Individuals who would like to eliminate stubborn pockets of exercise-resistant fat may find liposuction beneficial. Ideal candidates will be overall healthy, nonsmokers who are at or near their goal weight. It is important that patients understand that liposuction is not a weight loss treatment or a cellulite treatment. If you have a significant amount of weight to lose, diet and exercise are effective options. For more information regarding candidacy, contact our office today to schedule a consultation appointment with Dr. Willis.


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The Liposuction Procedure

Liposuction is performed on an outpatient basis using local, IV, or general anesthesia. To begin, Dr. Willis will create small incisions near the treatment area. A cannula, or thin tube, is then placed through these incisions to loosen the fat cells, which are then suctioned out. The procedure can take anywhere from 1-3 hours, depending on the number of treatment areas.

There are a variety of liposuction techniques used today. The main difference is that each technique uses a different technology to assist in the removal of fat.

Ultrasound Assisted Liposuction

Ultrasound energy is used to break apart fat cells and loosen them from the body, allowing for easier removal. One common form of ultrasound assisted lipo includes VASER.

Tumescent Liposuction

This technique involves the use of an anesthetic tumescent solution that is injected into the targeted area to minimize discomfort and bleeding.

Laser Assisted Liposuction

This form of liposuction uses laser energy to loosen fat cells before they are removed.

Suction Assisted Liposuction

Suction assisted liposuction uses a vacuum device to suction fat out of the body. This technique is often combined with the other liposuction procedures.


After your liposuction procedure, you may be asked to wear a special compression garment to reduce swelling and support your new body contours. You may also have small, temporary drains placed to collect excess fluid. Overall recovery time may vary depending on the number of treatment areas. However, many people are able to return to work a few days after their procedure. Dr. Willis will give you instructions regarding how to care for your incisions, which medications to take, and when you can return to regular activities.

Contact Us Today

Individuals in the Charlottesville, VA area who are interested in liposuction can contact Charlottesville Plastic Surgery today! Our team will be happy to schedule your initial consultation with Dr. Willis to determine the best procedures to help make your aesthetic goals a reality.

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Are you put to sleep for liposuction?

For larger volume liposuction, you should undergo general anesthesia in order to have adequate liposuction

Can I get liposuction if I am overweight?

A BMI closer to 30 will allow for better cosmetic results.

Can visceral fat be removed?

No, visceral fat is within the abdominal cavity and insulates the intestines and internal organs. It cannot be liposuctioned

Does a tummy tuck remove fat?

A tummy tuck removes fat and skin

How can I lose tummy fat fast?

Diet and exercise are the only ways to lose tummy fat outside of surgery.

How dangerous is liposuction?

Under the care of a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon, liposuction should be very safe.

How do I prepare for liposuction?

You do not need to prepare anything in particular before liposuction.

How long do you need off work after liposuction?

Time off of work depends on what areas are undergoing liposuction and your job description.

How much fat can lipo remove?

You can safely remove 5L of lipoaspirate which is fat plus tumescent fluid injected before liposuction in an outpatient surgical setting.

Is there a weight requirement for liposuction?

Your BMI should be close to 30 or less.

What do they do with liposuction fat?

Lipsuctioned fat can be reinjected into another body part like buttock, breast, or face, or otherwise is safely disposed.

Does fat come back after lipo?

Liposuction should be permanent. You can still gain weight in the remaining fat.

Does liposuction get rid of cellulite?

Liposuction is not a good treatment for cellulite.

Does liposuction really work?

Liposuction is the most efficient way to reduce fat.

How can I avoid weight gain after surgery?

Diet and exercise are the best ways to prevent weight gain after liposuction.

How do you shower after liposuction?

You may shower in 48 hours after liposuction. Soap and water can run over your incisions. You do not want to submerge your incisions under water for 4 weeks.

How long do you drain after lipo?

You may drain from your incisions for up to 2 to 4 days after liposuction

Who is good candidate for liposuction?

The best candidates for liposuction are those who are at a stable weight, generally healthy, have firm, elastic skin and good muscle tone, and have realistic expectations of the results. Large BMI patients are typically not good candidates for liposuction. Additionally, if you have any loose or hanging skin, you are likely a better candidate for a skin excision.

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