At RENU, Dr. Philip S. Schoenfeld treats patients seeking a liposuction treatment in Washington & Chevy Chase. He knows only the best results matter, and his before-and-afters show that. Patients come to RENU for the best lipo Washington & Chevy Chase have to offer.
Table of Contents
- About Liposuction
- What is SlimLipo?
- Areas of Treatment
- Liposuction Photos
- Scheduling a Consultation
- The Procedure
- Some Liposuction Concerns
A Little About Liposuction
A cosmetic procedure as liposuction is often the only way to get rid of these extremely frustrating stubborn pockets of fat that remain after the hard work put in for weight loss.
For years, the old mantra of achieving fat loss and a beautiful physique has been diet and exercise alone. While it’s true that these are important components of a healthy lifestyle and weight loss, fat cells don’t always respond to these methods.
Your “traditional” liposuction may do the job, but here at RENU in Washington, our liposuction varies just a bit. We include laser technology to make sure you receive optimal results! It’s no wonder so many in Washington seek our liposuction treatment over others.
What is SlimLipo?
- SlimLipo is an advanced liposuction technique that combines laser lipo technology with traditional liposuction methods for minimally invasive, yet effective body contouring.
- The laser is made up of two different wavelengths of light, making it a safer and more precise laser for fat removal compared to other laser liposuction devices.
- The device gently melts unwanted fat areas so it can be suctioned out with little trauma to the patient.
- Laser lipo can also be combined with the traditional tumescent liposuction technique, which uses an anesthetic fluid to numb the area and reduce trauma during the procedure.
The laser energy of the SlimLipo technology is also designed to tighten the skin while simultaneously melting fat as it uses two laser energy wavelengths. One designed to stimulate collagen and the other to melt fat. A significant amount of excess skin can be addressed at the same time as fat removal.
Many people think of liposuction as a tool for weight loss. While the procedure removes body fat, liposuction is a body contouring procedure rather than a weight loss surgery.
Laser lipo is appropriate for treating large and small areas of stubborn fat, not for significant weight loss. However, the liposuction results will often create a smooth and slim physique by contouring the trouble areas and enhancing the body’s overall figure.
Because SlimLipo uses laser technology, the skin in treated areas may also tighten somewhat following surgery, further enhancing the contours of the body.
Liposuction Treatment Areas
Many people find they plateau in weight loss and are left with “problem areas” of stubborn fat. These can occur in many areas of the body, but they are most common in:
This is a classic fat removal procedure that has evolved over the years to become safer and gentler—and more effective. Today, we offer modern, minimally invasive body contouring with SlimLipo at our offices in Chevy Chase, MD.
With our approach and type of liposuction, we can address the amount of fat in the targeted areas.
Good Candidates for Liposuction in Washington
Liposuction is a safe procedure that carries a minimal risk when performed by an expert board-certified plastic surgeon. However, not everyone is a candidate for liposuction. Good candidates are healthy adults that are at, or near, their stable goal weight, with isolated areas of fat that will not resolve on their own through diet and exercise.
This cosmetic surgery is also a good option for people with skin laxity or poor contour from previous liposuction procedures. If you are considering liposuction but aren’t quite at a stable weight yet, it may be best to wait, as you’ll help optimize your results by doing so.
Patients should have realistic expectations for the results of liposuction, and it may be a good idea to look at some liposuction before and after pictures to get an idea of what the procedure can accomplish.
Your Liposuction Consultation in Washington
If you think Laser Lipo is the right choice for you, then your next step is to schedule a consultation with Dr. Schoenfeld at Renu to discuss your candidacy. Your consultation is a one-on-one meeting with Dr. Schoenfeld to go over your goals for the procedure and get to know our staff and offices.
During the consultation, Dr. Schoenfeld may use digital imaging to give you a preview of your expected Laser Lipo results.
Dr. Schoenfeld will ensure that you are a good candidate for the procedure and give you the chance to ask questions you may have. We recommend patients have a list of questions prepared prior to the consultation as it’s easy to forget what you wanted to ask while you’re learning about the surgery.
The SlimLipo Procedure
Because it is a gentle cosmetic surgery, SlimLipo can be performed in a few different settings:
- Either a plastic surgery office, an outpatient facility, or a hospital.
- We will administer local anesthesia (with or without sedation), but patients should not need general anesthesia for safety and comfort.
- Small incisions are made in the area to be treated, and we then insert the laser device into these incisions.
- Once the laser is in place, fat is gently liquefied and suctioned out.
- The laser treatment also produces a skin tightening effect that will help improve the contour of the area.
Compared to other liposuction recovery downtimes, recovery from Laser Lipo is fairly brief. Patients will be placed in compression garments following the SlimLipo procedure and will be asked to wear the garment for about two weeks.
Patients can return to work the day following their procedure and Dr. Schoenfeld asks his patients to refrain from more vigorous physical activity for at least two weeks following the SlimLipo procedure.
Most people can get back to work within two days. However, allow a few more to ensure you are feeling well enough to resume your normal routine.
Hi Dr. Schoenfeld, I just wanted to say thank you sooo much! You did a wonderful job on my abdomen last year and I feel like your work on my hips has really improved my mid-section and overall shape. There is some bruising and swelling but I can already see the difference. I am very pleased and excited to see the final result!
Though there will be less swelling and bruising with SlimLipo than with other liposuction methods, you will see swelling and bruising following the procedure and your compression garment will aid in resolving this swelling and bruising. Liposuction results will be immediate however, it will take several weeks before all the swelling subsides and your final result is realized.
Some Liposuction Concerns
Laser Lipo and Menstruation
A question that has come up frequently: can laser liposuction affect the hormones and cause my period to be late?
Although obesity can affect hormones and your periods, there are no known cases of laser liposuction contributing to any changes in hormones that would affect your periods. There are reports, however, that liposuction can help with individuals who may have developed Type II diabetes due to their obesity but, that is an entirely different issue.
Liposuction and Epilepsy
We’ve had patients before – suffering from epilepsy – considering liposuction with us at our Chevy Chase location. They tell us that liposuction may have a potential risk of causing seizures, but not a direct cause.
Sometimes, a surgeon administers too much lidocaine during a lipo procedure that has the potential to cause seizures. This is something we would have control of. However, we recommend getting full medical clearance from a neurologist so we place no one at risk.
Contact us today! Dr. Schoenfeld guarantees the best liposuction results to his Washington & Chevy Chase patients. You won’t be disappointed.
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FAQs about Liposuction
What areas of the body can be treated with Laser Lipo?
SlimLipo is a gentle and versatile treatment that can treat many different areas of the body, including the face. Common treatment areas include:
Neck – Arms – “love handles” – Stomach – Knees – Thighs
Many people also seek treatment for the submental area under the chin prone to stubborn fat and skin laxity, often known as a “double chin”. SlimLipo is perfect for small, difficult to treat areas, due to the precision the laser offers.
Will the fat ever come back?
Fat cells destroyed through liposuction will not come back; however, it is still possible to gain weight following liposuction surgery. Other fat cells can still expand, resulting in weight gain and new problem areas, which is why it’s so important to be at a stable weight before the procedure and to continue practicing good diet and exercise habits long-term. This will help preserve your results.
Will there be liposuction scars from the procedure?
The incisions made during the procedure are so tiny that the risk for visible scarring is extremely minimal. You shouldn’t even be able to notice them at a glance unless you look closely, once everything has healed.
What type of anesthesia will be used during the procedure?
Laser Lipo does not require the use of general anesthesia, but all patients will receive at least local anesthesia for safety and comfort. Some patients prefer to be sedated, while others do not and all patients are offered oral sedation prior to the procedure but are fully awake if they choose to be without any of the anxiety. We will also use tumescent anesthesia to help reduce bruising and discomfort, and to assist with fat removal during the procedure.
When will I see my results?
The swelling from the procedure will subside gradually, but you can expect to see results after about a week when the initial swelling has resolved. In the weeks following, the contours of the body will settle more, and you’ll be able to see the results emerge.
I’ve had liposuction before. Is SlimLipo an option for me?
SlimLipo is often a great option for people who have had a prior liposuction procedure that resulted in contour irregularities or skin laxity. The precision of the laser, combined with the skin-tightening effects, can sculpt the body and help improve the overall appearance.
What are some SlimLipo liposuction side effects and risks?
SlimLipo is a very safe procedure, but all surgery carries at least some risk. Aside from minor discomfort, swelling and bruising, which occur following almost any surgery, patients may also rarely experience infection or bleeding. These risks are minimized by choosing a qualified plastic surgeon to perform the procedure.