Liposuction is an ideal procedure for patients who have small pockets of fat around their body that don’t respond to diet and exercise. These troublesome deposits of fat can cause much frustration and embarrassment, but Dr. Anne Nickodem can help you address areas of fat through liposuction. Target areas include:
- Around the face and neck
- Upper arms
- Abdomen, love handles and mid-back
- Buttocks, hips and thighs
- Calves, ankles and knees
- Chest (gynecomastia in men)
If you are considering liposuction, it’s important to remember that the procedure is not a weight loss solution. Liposuction is meant for those who are looking to eliminate small layers of fat and those who undergo this treatment should be at or near their ideal weight prior to the procedure.
During a liposuction consultation in Annandale, Dr. Nickodem will determine your candidacy for liposuction and explain in detail everything you need to know about the procedure and how to prepare. A general guide to preparing for liposuction is as follows:
- Discuss all of your cosmetic goals with Dr. Nickodem and have realistic expectations about the procedure.
- Because smoking can cause blood clots, you should be a non-smoker or be able to quit for a period of time before and after the procedure.
- You should not be on or be able to stop taking any blood-thinning substances before your procedure because they can cause bruising and increase bleeding. These may include alcohol, aspirin and certain anti-inflammatory medications.
- You’ll need to take a few days off from work to rest and recover. Consider meal planning or arranging help from friends and family so that you are able to relax as you heal.
- You will be able to return home the same day as your liposuction procedure and will need to arrange for someone to transport you.
- It’s best to avoid strenuous activities for at least 4-6 weeks to ensure proper healing.
- A compression garment must be worn for 24 hours a day for up to 2 weeks after the procedure and worn for 12 hours a day for the final 3-4 weeks of recovery.
- Some results can be seen immediately but full results may take up to 6 months or more to be seen.
While everyone has different, specific needs they wish to address, and the procedures used may vary per patient, knowing what to expect and how to prepare will help keep your procedure safe, effective and aid in your recovery.
If you’re interested in liposuction or wish to learn more, contact Anne Nickodem, M.D., by calling 703-560-8711 or visiting aestheticallyyours.com to schedule a consultation.