What is Liposuction and How Does it Work?

What is Liposuction and How Does it Work?

What is Liposuction?


Liposuction can otherwise be known as liposculpture, lipectomy, lipo, or lipoclastic. It is a type of plastic or cosmetic surgery that basically sucks excess fat from different parts of the body. This kind of surgery is most commonly done on parts of the body such as the thighs (inner or outer), love handles (or flanks), buttocks, abdomen, back, chest, hips, under the chin and on the neckline, or the upper arms. Liposuction permanently removes fat cells from problem parts of the body, but does not remove things like dimples, stretch marks, or cellulite.


How does liposuction work?


During a liposuction treatment, fat is removed through using an instrument called a cannula. The cannula is inserted below the skin and basically acts with as a high pressure vacuum that sucks up the fat underneath. There are different common types of liposuction, including dry liposuction, wet liposuction, and super wet liposuction. Dry liposuction means that local anesthesia is not injected into the fat under the skin before the liposuction procedure. Wet liposuction means that local anesthesia containing epinephrine of around 100 milliliters is injected into the fat before the procedure. Super wet liposuction means that the injection of local anesthesia will be a dilute less than half the volume used for the tumescent technique. When any one of these procedures are carried out, the patient is usually under general anesthetic.



Who should get Liposuction?


Liposuction is not considered a treatment for obesity, and does not aid as a weight loss tool. It is considered a cosmetic surgery with more subtle results.


Patients must be approved as a candidate in order to be able to qualify for this type of cosmetic surgery through a qualified plastic surgeon.


The best candidate would be:


  • Over the age of 18 years old
  • In great health
  • Within 25 pounds of their ideal body weight
  • A person that has deposits of fat that haven’t responded to diets or exercise
  • People with good skin elasticity


Somebody that would not be a good candidate:


  • Women that are pregnant or nursing
  • Those taking blood thinning medication
  • Those allergic to Lidocane
  • People with health problems that could get in the way of healing fully after the procedure
  • People that suffer from serious medical conditions



No matter what, always consult with a professional to make sure that you are a good candidate for this procedure.


What are some complications of liposuction?


While it is generally a safe and successful procedure, there can be complications just as with any kind of surgery. One of these complications can include baggy areas of skin left over if the skin is not elastic enough after the fast is removed. Some other complications can be scarring, numbness, or infection, lumpiness, or dents in the skin. These complications can also be affected by the amount of fat removed, so it is important to consult with your plastic surgery professional on the right amount for you.




If you have any questions about liposuction, or want to schedule a consultation, please contact The Loudoun Center For Plastic Surgery today!

3 Things to Consider Before Getting A Breast Augmentation

3 Things to Consider Before Getting A Breast Augmentation

Are you self-conscious about the way your breasts look or about their size? With breast augmentation, you have many different options that a trained plastic surgery professional can provide for you to have the breasts that you’ve always wanted. However, there are many things that women should consider before getting any kind of breast augmentation. As somebody that is considering breast augmentation, you probably have many questions about the process to be answered.


This article will talk about three of the most important things that you should consider before getting a breast augmentation.


1) What do you want?


The first and most important thing to consider when looking at getting a breast augmentation is what you want. Are you looking to have larger breasts, smaller breasts, or more cleavage?


Check out your options for breast augmentation and make sure that you are fully informed on the type of surgery that you want. Going to a consultation with an experienced plastic surgeon can greatly help with this step.


Your basic options for breast augmentation at the Loudoun Center are:


Implants – This is the most common type of breast augmentation. It allows for an implant to be inserted in through incisions in order to increase the size of the breast.


Lift – Otherwise known as Mastopexy, this surgery lifts the breast through removal and tightening of extra skin around the area.


Reconstruction – With several options on how to recreate the breast, many choose this option to try and bring back the same look of a breast previous to a mastectomy due to breast cancer.


Reduction – Otherwise known as a Reduction Mammoplasty, breast reduction can fix a few problems. If you have neck, back, or shoulder pain or are uncomfortable with a largely disproportionate breast size, this would be the option for you. Breast reduction surgery allows for the breast to be resized to a smaller cup size.


2) What is your budget?


It is important to remember that any kind of breast augmentation is considered a cosmetic surgery and won’t be covered by your medical insurance. Therefore, you will personally be responsible for the full cost of the surgery. At the Loudoun Center, breast augmentations usually cost between $5,000-6,000, dependent on different variables.


3) What is your personality, how do you workout, and what do you wear?


Some extra considerations when thinking about breast augmentation are your clothing style, personality, and how you keep fit. All of these things work together to form an idea of how large or small you should go when considering any kind of breast surgery. When trying on sizes, make sure to bring in some of your favorite outfits or even outfits that you might want to be able to wear after the surgery. Also, think about the physical activities that you do and how your size might affect those activities. Lastly, think about what would best fit your personality and the way that you would like to be perceived physically. While these are personal decisions, it can be a great idea to consult your partner, family, or good friends on these considerations as well as they can help you to come to the right decision for you.

Preventing, Detecting and Treating Skin Cancer

Preventing, Detecting and Treating Skin Cancer

Detecting Skin Cancer

Skin cancer is treatable and curable if it is found earlier on in it’s process. Head to toe self-examinations are recommended by The Skin Cancer Foundation in order to find any new spots of concern that could be cancerous or precancerous. When checking your own skin for any abnormalities, look for the ABCD’s of skin cancer. This means that there shouldn’t be any signs of asymmetry, there should be a clear border, a uniform color, and a small diameter. Check for spots on the skin or moles that have changed over time that you might be worried about. Immediately notify a doctor if you spot anything suspicious!

You can also get a dermatologist to give you an annual or bi-annual screening to check for any cancerous signs. A doctor can do a full body exam and possibly find things that you yourself might miss. If the doctor finds anything, then they can address the abnormalities to investigate further if they are cancerous. They will also be able to figure out if it is a basal cell carcinoma, squamous cell carcinoma or melanoma. They will move forward with a biopsy and run tests to see if there are cancerous cells present.


Treating And Preventing Skin Cancer


Preventing Skin Cancer

Preventing skin cancer is the highest of priorities, as it can all be avoided if you properly take care of your skin. A professional dermatologist is able to help you actively prevent skin cancer by combining supervision, products, and treatments in order to work towards the best possible health of the skin. Dermatology can work from the inside out, and help to prevent skin diseases and cancers. Some of the ways in which they can do this is skin cleansing and toning, correction of problem areas, stimulation, and providing products to help protect your skin against UV rays. Most importantly, these efforts should go hand in hand with your personal efforts to keep away from harmful sun exposure. UV rays cause skin cancer in the long run, and are one of the main factors in aging and forming cancerous cells.


Treating Skin Cancer

Now, let’s say that you are past the point of detection and prevention. You or your dermatologist has found a form of skin cancer on your body. What can you do? Your dermatologist will be able to perform removal of the area affected in order to hopefully avoid any further spread of the cancer cells. Some can even perform plastic and reconstructive surgery as part of the process.


If you would like more information on preventing, detecting, and treating skin cancer, please contact the Loudoun Center For Plastic Surgery and Dermatology today.




What is Body Contouring?

What is Body Contouring?

Body contouring refers to a series of procedures that can be done to the body in order to eliminate completely or reduce extra unwanted skin and/or fat. These procedures usually follow major weight loss or weight loss surgeries, and help to shape the body to better fit the new size.

These body contouring procedures include but aren’t limited to:

Butt lift –

Butt lifts are usually performed on women that would like to enhance the shape and size of their current buttocks. Naturally sagging and changes of shape over time or because of extreme weight loss can cause the need for a woman to feel as if she would like to alter the size, firmness, or even shape. Augmentation of the butt can be done by inserting butt implants, injecting fat, or taking away skin along with liposuction around the area to create a lift.

Liposuction –

Liposuction is a procedure that removes unwanted fat from various parts of the body by sucking it out through a tube. Liposuction can be done on both men and women on parts of the body such as stomach, back, arms, legs, neck, and hips. This procedure is usually used on problem areas that do not go away even with efforts such as diets and exercise.

Tummy tuck –

Tummy tucks are a procedure that removes extra skin and fat from around the waist and abdomen, and that also usually involve muscle tightening around the area. Mini and full tummy tucks can be performed. The result of a tummy tuck is a flatter, smoother stomach that will last for a long period of time.

Arm, thigh and body lifts –

Arm, thigh and body lifts are all procedures that are used to get rid of excess fat and skin around these areas. If one is beginning to experience fat and loose skin under the arms after aging or extreme weight loss, then an arm lift might be the right procedure for them. If they are experiencing the problem area in the legs, then a thigh lift would be a great option. However, some people might have issues with the whole body after something like extreme weight loss, and will look towards something more comprehensive like a body lift.

Male breast reduction –

Male breast reduction is a procedure that is done on males that have unusually large and unwanted breast tissue. This disproportionate breast tissue can come about from extreme weight loss, aging, metabolic disorders, side effects of medications, and many more reasons.


All of these body contouring procedures can be done by the Loudoun Center For Plastic Surgery. Contact them today for more information on how to get the body that you want.

Who Needs Botox and How Does it Work?

Who Needs Botox and How Does it Work?

Who Should Get Botox?


People With Static or Fine Lines


A static line is a fixed line on the face. What this means is that there is a line left on the face, such as a laugh or smile line, even when it is not moving. Static lines come from age, as they need years of overuse and motion to form.

Fine lines such as frown lines, crow’s feet, and scowl lines can form on the face around our features when facial expressions are made over and over. When facial muscles are active for long periods of time they can create deep harsh lines. Treatments can affect these lines due to facial expressions that people might not even realize they are making.


People That Want Preventative Botox


Preventative Botox is the act of using these filler procedures earlier in life before the wrinkles happen. While some might think that this isn’t necessary, others argue that starting earlier will help to save from many more procedures later on in life. Dr. Kenneth Arndt, a Boston-area dermatologist says “it’s been clearly shown for a long time that frown lines, forehead furrows and crows’ feet are due to repetitive folding of skin from normal expressions” and that “if you slow down the use of these muscles beginning early in adult life, the lines never develop.” His argument is that “rather than going backward and fixing something that’s there, you can inhibit it from starting in the first place.”



How Does Botox Work?


There are three different kinds of Botox


  • OnabotulinumtoxinA (BOTOX© by Allergan Inc.) is a FDA approved sterilized extract from bacteria.


  • XEOMIN® (incobotulinumtoxinA) is a FDA approved bacteria treatment made by Merz Pharmaceuticals that can be used for severe from lines.


  • AbobotulinumtoxinA (DYSPORT™ by Medicis) is a similar treatment to Botox but is more concentrated.



These medicines work by weakening muscles until they are not able to contract.


In this way, Botox stops unwanted lines from forming on the face. This is done by injecting the medicine into problem areas where muscles are creating lines. Although it paralyzes the muscles, it does not harm nerves or muscles but only stops them from unnecessary contraction. After repeated treatments, lines can completely go away. Treatments can last 3 to 6 months dependent on things like genetics, amount of product injected, and how well the doctor performed the procedure. However, there is no limit to the amount of injections that someone can have, so when muscles activity returns, the patient can have more procedures.

For more information on Botox and procedures, please visit our informational page on injectable treatments.


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