Liposuction, also called lipoplasty, is a reshaping procedure that slims specific areas of the body by removing excess fatty deposits beneath the skin. Common areas for liposuction include the tummy (abdomen), flanks and waist, hips, buttocks, thighs, inner part of the knees, upper arms, chest, back, and neck. The technique uses skinny metal tubes (cannulas) to put in wetting solution and then suck out the fat cells through small incisions with a minimum of scarring. It can be performed by itself, or in combination with other procedures such as a tummy tuck, breast reduction, or facelift. Dr. Hubert uses his experience and creativity to help you come up with a plan that best addresses your individual wishes and needs. Most liposuction procedures can be performed on an outpatient basis, with you going home the same day. Patients wear a fitted compression garment after surgery, usually for a period of at least several weeks, to help keep any swelling to a minimum and to help the skin heal in appropriate position. Liposuction is not a substitute for weight loss and works best on localized fatty collections beneath the skin.
At the Virginia Center for Plastic Surgery, Dr. Hubert utilizes the exciting and cutting edge technology of the VASER lipo system. This minimally invasive system uses ultrasound energy to assist in breaking up the individual fat cells, making them easier to remove, especially in stubborn areas. After the ultrasound part of the procedure is finished, regular liposuction is used to “clean up” and remove the unwanted tissues broken up by the ultrasound energy. The Vaser is especially useful in denser areas of the body where fibrous tissue is mixed in with the fatty tissue. These areas include the male chest, the lower back, hips, love handles, and thighs. VASERlipo system to learn more about the VASER lipo system.