What is a liposuction?

Look slimmer and shapelier by eliminating unwanted areas of body fat. Dr. Retana performs liposuction for patients to give them a more sculpted and aesthetically appealing figure. You may be a good candidate for the procedure if you want to:

  • Get rid of trouble-spots that have been resistant to diet and exercise.
  • Tighten up targeted areas around your body.
  • Have results that look natural, smooth, and in harmony with your other features.

Dr. Retana can also combine liposuction with other procedures, such as Brazilian butt lift, to remove fat from the areas where you don’t want it and add fullness to the places where you need it. The results can completely transform your appearance.

Benefits of liposuction

Dr. Retana can use liposuction to eliminate fat from nearly any trouble-spot, depending on your personal aesthetic goals. The most common areas that patients want treated are:

  • Around the belly for a trimmer waistline.
  • Mid-back rolls, the lower back, and love handles.
  • Thighs and arms.
  • In the neck area, creating a more defined jawline and more graceful neckline.

Liposuction is a very common surgery for both women and men. Through a single, targeted procedure, patients can have the body they want even when options like diet and exercise aren’t showing results.

Dr. Retana’s Approach to Liposuction

Dr. Retana is certified by the American Board of Cosmetic Surgery with expertise in body contouring procedures such as liposuction. Patients rely on his care because of his gentle technique, eye for aesthetic detail, and commitment to attractive outcomes.

During initial consultations, Dr. Retana spends time learning about his patients’ aesthetic goals, conducting a detailed examination of the areas they want to address, and describing options for treatment. For patients considering liposuction, he will explain that the surgery is not a weight-loss solution but instead deals with contouring targeted areas of the body. He will also assess the patient’s skin quality; people whose skin is too lax may not benefit aesthetically from liposuction.

As part of the surgery, Dr. Retana uses a suctioning cannula to remove unwanted fat. He focuses on shaping the tissue that he leaves behind in a way that creates smooth and natural-looking features. Patients can also opt to combine liposuction with other procedures. Through natural fat transfer, Dr. Retana can slim down trouble-spots and adds fullness to areas such as the buttocks and breasts.

What to expect from the liposuction procedure?

Patients have their procedures on-site in Dr. Retana’s AAAHC-accredited surgical facility. On the day of your procedure, his staff will welcome you to the practice and help you get settled in. They will review your medical history, explain what you can expect during and after liposuction, and answer any questions you may have. Dr. Retana will also make some pre-surgical markings to guide the procedure and take photos for before-and-after comparisons.

Liposuction takes place under general anesthesia so that you can rest comfortably throughout the procedure. During surgery:

  • Dr. Retana will introduce tumescent fluid to the site. This is a mixture of local anesthesia and epinephrine that prepares the tissues for liposuction.
  • He will release and suction away unwanted fat from the areas you want to target.
  • If you are having a complementary surgery, such as a Brazilian butt lift, the fat will be kept sterile so that Dr. Retana can enhance and reshape the buttocks area.

What is the recovery from liposuction like?

After liposuction, Dr. Retana’s staff will bring you to a private recovery room, where a trained nurse will stay with you and help keep you comfortable and safe. You can expect to go home the same day as your procedure.

Dr. Retana sees his liposuction patients back in the office one day and one week after their surgery. You may experience some bruising, swelling, and achiness in the areas where you have had liposuction, but these symptoms should fade within 3-4 weeks. Dr. Retana will provide you with comprehensive post-surgical instructions to promote your comfort and recovery. Most patients see their final results within six months, at which point they can enjoy a firmer, fitter body contour.

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Learn more about your liposuction options during a video chat with Dr. Retana. Schedule one today by filling out our online form and reviewing pricing for the procedure.

Explore your options with liposuction. Schedule a consultation with Capital Center® for Cosmetic Surgery online or by calling our office at (202) 386-7100.