Go from flab to fab in 1 quick procedure
Sometimes diet and exercise are no match for those fat deposits that just won’t budge. Whether it is from lack of weight control or fitness – or simply heredity – liposuction might be the best option for getting that healthy, lean look you want.
Liposuction, also called lipoplasty, slims and reshapes specific areas of your body by removing excess fat deposits, and improving your body contours and proportion. It can be used in any area on your face or body that does not respond to diet or exercise.
Dr. Helena Guarda uses the latest cosmetic surgery and liposuction techniques to help reduce localized fat deposits and contour your figure.
What parts of the body can be treated with liposuction?
Virtually any parts of your face or body that have excess fat deposits can be treated with liposuction, including:
Cheeks, chin and neck
Hips and buttocks
Upper arms and thighs
Breast or chest area
Inner knees, calves and ankles
Abdomen and waist
Liposuction can be performed alone. But, in many cases, it is used with other plastic surgery procedures, such as facelifts , breast lift, and tummy tucks. It is important to understand that liposuction is not a treatment for obesity. Proper nutrition and exercise are key to maintaining the benefits of liposuction.
Will liposuction get rid of my cellulite?
No, liposuction is not an effective treatment for cellulite, the dimpled skin that typically appears on the thighs, hips and buttocks. It is an ideal procedure for permanently reshaping your body contours where excess fat deposits create areas that are disproportionately large in an otherwise balanced figure.
How do I know if liposuction is right for me?
If you are within 30% of your ideal weight, have firm, elastic skin and good muscle tone, you are a good candidate for liposuction. If you have diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease or have had a previous surgery to the areas you want to have treated, Dr. Guarda has specialized protocols for your care.
To find out if liposuction is right for you,
schedule a consultation with Dr. Guarda by calling
What should I expect at my appointment?
At your first consultation, Dr. Guarda, will evaluate you and learn what you want to achieve through liposuction, including an evaluation of your skin tone and elasticity, as well as your fat density and distribution. She will explain how she can help improve your body contours, share your options and recommend a course of treatment to meet your goals. Dr. Guarda will answer all your questions in a pressure-free environment; so, you may want to write down your questions and bring them with you to the appointment. Be prepared to discuss your:
Medications (over the counter and prescription)
Honest expectations from your procedure
Is liposuction safe?
As with any surgery, there are risks. However, there are steps you can take to help assure your safety:
Choose a plastic surgeon certified by The American Board of Plastic Surgery
Have your liposuction performed at an accredited surgical facility, either office-based or at an ambulatory facility
Follow your pre-op and post-op instructions
Dr. Guarda will discuss the risks and answer any questions you have. All liposuction techniques require incisions in or near the area to be suctioned – in some cases the incisions are so small that no stitches are needed. A cannula is used to loosen excess fat. The fat is then removed using a surgical vacuum or syringe for small, very isolated areas. When fat grafting is performed the fat is used to fill in wrinkles or hollow areas of the face or depressions in the face or body. Dr. Guarda will carefully explain your liposuction procedure.
How much does liposuction cost?
The cost of liposuction varies based on your unique needs. After your initial consultation, the staff at Plastic Surgery Specialist of Virginia will discuss the fees associated with your individual procedure and share financing options available to you. What happens after surgery? After your liposuction, a compression garment or elastic bandages may cover treatment areas to help control swelling and compress your skin to your new body contours. You may also have small temporary drains to remove excess fluid. Before you go home you will get instructions for:
Caring for the surgical site and special concerns to look for
You may experience swelling, numbness, soreness, bruising or discomfort that can be controlled with medication, which are common. Light, normal activity is encouraged as soon as you feel like it and can help prevent blood clots and other complications. Initial wound healing may take 5 – 10 days. Healing will continue for several weeks as swelling reduces. It may take several months for swelling to fully go away. As it does, your new contours will continue to develop. As long as you maintain your weight, eat healthfully and get regular exercise, your fabulous new body should reflect the healthy, lean look you want.
What should I do next?
- Call our office at (757) 483-6550 or fill out our form here >
- Make an appointment for a consultation.
- Learn what options are best for you and your lifestyle.
- Review costs and benefits of liposuction and decide if the procedure is right for you.
- Liposuction takes between approximately 1 – 3 hours in an out-patient setting.
- Recovery takes approximately 1 – 3 weeks.
- Start Exercising to maintain your weight and tone your body.