University of Virginia Plastic Surgery
1300 Jefferson Park Avenue 4th Floor
Charlottesville, VA 22908
Phone: (434) 924-1234
Location Hours: Monday–Friday | 8 a.m.–5 p.m.

Liposuction

At UVA Plastic Surgery, our experienced plastic surgeons perform liposuction in Charlottesville, VA, to reduce areas of excess fat that cause patients to feel self-conscious or dissatisfied with the way they look. Our team uses state-of-the-art, evidence-based techniques for smooth, even results, and optimal healing.

We are all genetically predisposed to distribute fat in certain ways. Some people carry their fat evenly over their bodies while others have places where fat collects and forms bulges. Diet and exercise often do little to slim these areas that can make people feel unattractive or out of proportion. Liposuction provides an effective solution for our patients from Richmond and Harrisonburg, VA; Washington, D.C.; and nearby communities.

Liposuction

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

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Liposuction Case 46 Before & After View #1 | Charlottesville & Fishersville, VA | University of Virginia Plastic Surgery
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Case #46

This active, 56-year-old woman wanted to improve the appearance of her abdominal wall through abdominoplasty (tummy tuck) and liposuction. Despite being at a normal weight and living a very active lifestyle, her abdomen was out of proportion with the rest of her body.She is shown several months out from her tummy tuck with small... Read More
Liposuction Case 3 Before & After View #1 | Charlottesville & Fishersville, VA | University of Virginia Plastic Surgery
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Case #3

This patient has had children and presented to UVA Plastic Surgery Faculty with concerns of stretched out skin and stretch marks. She is very active and of normal weight, but no amount of exercise and activity could improve these concerns.The patient underwent abdominoplasty (tummy tuck) and abdominal liposuction by UVA... Read More
Liposuction Case 81 Before & After View #1 | Charlottesville & Fishersville, VA | University of Virginia Plastic Surgery
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Case #81

This healthy, active, 44-year-old woman was concerned with her lower neck and upper back region. UVA Plastic Surgery Faculty used ultrasound and standard liposuction to succesfully treat the lower neck and upper back region. She is shown 6 months post-op from her procedure, very happy with her results.To learn more about liposuction in... Read More
Liposuction Case 83 Before & After View #1 | Charlottesville & Fishersville, VA | University of Virginia Plastic Surgery
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Case #83

This 49-year-old woman underwent liposuction surgery with UVA Plastic Surgery Faculty. Since a very young age she had been concerned with the apperance of her lateral thighs, below her buttocks, and medial thighs. She has always been very active and despite exercising daily she saw very little, if any improvement in these areas.The patient... Read More
Liposuction Case 28 Before & After View #1 | Charlottesville & Fishersville, VA | University of Virginia Plastic Surgery
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Case #28

46 year old woman who despite being active and fit was concerned with problem areas involving her inner and outer thighs and her "love handles" and below her buttocks.  She underwent SMART LIPO liposuction  in the clinic under local anesthesia and had just over 2 liters of fat removed.  She is shown 6 months from the procedure. ... Read More

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

Who is a candidate for liposuction?

Women and men from Roanoke, Arlington, and surrounding cities who are in good health, at or near their goal weight, have good skin elasticity, and want to reduce areas of fat typically make good candidates for liposuction. This procedure is often used to slim and contour the following areas:

  • Abdomen
  • Flanks (love handles)
  • Hips
  • Inner and outer thighs
  • Upper arms
  • Chin
  • Breasts

Our plastic surgeons often use liposuction to enhance other plastic surgery procedures, such as a tummy tuck, facelift, and male breast reduction. CoolSculpting® is a nonsurgical alternative to liposuction that provides gradual fat reduction without incisions or downtime.

What happens during lipo?

Our plastic surgeons typically perform liposuction as outpatient surgery using local anesthetic with IV sedation or general anesthetic. Once the patient is asleep or areas are numb, the surgeon inserts a thin, hollow tube called a cannula through small incisions in the targeted area. Whenever possible, incisions are placed in natural creases where the resulting scars will not be obvious. As the cannula is moved in and out, the fat is suctioned away. For natural-looking results, the surgeon takes care to remove just the right amount of fat to ensure bulges are slimmed while the outer skin remains smooth. Once the procedure is complete, the incisions are loosely sutured closed or left open to allow fluid drainage. Most incisions are too small to require sutures.

What types of liposuction do you offer?

Our liposuction procedures are often based on the standard tumescent technique that involves infusing targeted fat with a wetting solution of saline, lidocaine, and epinephrine to numb the areas and minimize bleeding. The surgeon may enhance the standard technique to make fat removal easier with one of the following options:

  • Power-assisted liposuction (PAL), which uses a vibrating cannula to break up fatty tissue before suctioning it away.
  • Ultrasonic liposuction, which involves a special cannula that emits ultrasound energy to break up the fat making it easier to remove and encourage tightening of the outer skin.

Our surgeons choose a specific technique for each patient based on individual factors such as the size of the areas being treated, and the density and amount of fat being removed.

What can I expect during recovery after liposuction?

How patients experience recovery and when they return to work varies with the specifics of the surgery and other individual factors. For the first few days, treated areas will likely be sore, swollen, and possibly bruised. Patients need to wear a compression garment for about 4 to 6 weeks as directed to minimize swelling and create firm, smooth contours.

Are you ready to find out more?

To meet with one of the world-class plastic surgeons at UVA Plastic Surgery in Charlottesville or Fishersville, request a consultation using our online form or call (434) 924-1234 for an appointment.