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Liposuction in Northern Virginia

Learn about the procedure, its benefits, and why you should choose Dr. Maia for your transformation.


Many people are familiar with the concept of liposuction, sometimes called simply “lipo.” It is a cosmetic procedure intended to eliminate unwanted fat in the abdomen, body, upper arms, legs, thighs, under chin (double chin), neck and other areas. At Maia Plastic Surgery, Dr. Munique Maia and our team offer liposuction surgery as an option for reshaping the face or contouring the body, available at our clinic in Tysons Corner, VA.

What Exactly Is Liposuction?

Liposuction is one of the most common aesthetic procedures performed by plastic surgeons. In 2019, more than 270,000 patients underwent liposuction in the United States. The procedure can be performed under local anesthesia in the office or with general anesthesia (ambulatory setting, outpatient procedure), depending on the patient’s preference and comfort level. It involves inserting a cannula, or a thin tube, into areas of unwanted fat and then carefully suctioning it out. This helps patients to achieve targeted body contouring that may not be possible with diet and exercise alone, ultimately creating a slimmer, more defined figure.

38 year-old mother of 2 before and after 360 liposuction, BodyTite, and BBL
I am so pleased with the contour of my body

“I had 360 liposuction with Bodytite and fat transfer to the butt with Dr. maia. I am six months post surgery and couldn’t be happier. My results are beautiful and I am so pleased with the contour of my body. Dr. maia is an artist and her staff was so helpful all the way through”

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I really wish I did this sooner as it looks very natural and not overdone.

“I had abdominal and flank liposuction done by Dr. Maia. The experience overall was very good. I felt that Dr. Maia was very nice and listened to my concerns. I had a few consultations before choosing Dr. Maia and I felt that she was the only one who genuinely cared about her patients and did not push procedures you did not want/need. I actively go to the gym and work out about 5 times a week but no matter what I could not lose my belly. I really wish i did this sooner as it looks very natural and not overdone. I would recommend her to everyone. You will not regret it!”

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If the patient exhibits good skin and muscle tone with minimal to moderate excess fat, liposuction presents a highly feasible option for achieving the desired contour. The procedure boasts advantages such as a shorter recovery period and minimal scarring. Depending on the location and extent of liposuction needed, the procedure typically lasts between one to three hours.

Procedure Summary
Pain Level After Surgery Moderate discomfort controlled by medication
Anesthesia General or twilight sedation
Duration of Surgery 1-3 hours depending on amount and location
Scars Minimal scar that fades with time from cannula incision point
Downtime 1-2 weeks
Return to Regular Activity 4-6 weeks
Resume Exercise 4-6 weeks


  • Improved Body Contour
  • Removes Stubborn Fat Hard to Target with Diet and Exercise
  • Boosts Self-Esteem



While there are different options and techniques for permanent fat loss, liposuction is among the most popular because it is suitable for people of nearly any age, gender and size. It’s also a relatively quick and straightforward procedure with minimal recovery (compared with surgical lift or tuck procedures, for example), and the results can be remarkable, especially when contouring is the primary goal. There are different types of liposuction techniques. Dr. Maia will discuss your options and explain which technique would be best for you. Some liposuction techniques we offer include Tumescent Liposuction and 360 Liposuction.

The process is relatively uncomplicated and direct. The patient receives antibiotics and undergoes anesthesia in the operating room. To alleviate pain and reduce bleeding during surgery, the body is infused with a tumescent solution. Small incisions are strategically made in the predetermined areas discussed during the initial consultation, allowing for the extraction of the desired amount of fat through liposuction. Once the targeted fat has been adequately removed, the incisions are closed, and the patient is awakened. Common areas for liposuction include the upper arms, neck, chest, abdomen, flanks (love handles), back, bra roll, hips, outer thighs, inner thighs, knees, and ankles.


Dr. Maia, an esteemed surgeon practicing in Tysons Corner, Virginia, is dedicated to crafting a comprehensive post-operative plan tailored to ensure the best possible recovery for her patients. This individualized plan offers detailed guidance on what to expect after surgery, including estimated recovery timelines, strategies for managing pain, caring for dressings, and recommended levels of activity.

For both safety and optimal recovery, it is recommended to have someone accompany you for at least the initial 24 hours following surgery, assisting you to your follow-up appointment in the Tysons Corner clinic. Typically, patients are advised to limit physical activity for the first one to two weeks, with possible restrictions on driving and extensive travel. Refraining from strenuous exercise until medically cleared, usually around four weeks post-surgery, is also advised.

To facilitate healing, Dr. Maia stresses the importance of maintaining a diet high in protein and abstaining from smoking for at least two weeks before and after surgery. Bruising and swelling, common after surgery, can be managed with light makeup approximately one week post-operation. Additionally, specialized scar creams are available for those seeking enhanced aesthetic outcomes, although these come at an extra cost.

To ensure a smooth recovery and closely monitor progress, a series of post-operative appointments will be scheduled, beginning the day after surgery and continuing throughout the first year. Dr. Maia provides personalized care and is accessible beyond regular office hours for any immediate concerns or assistance.

The final post-operative visit, occurring one year after surgery, holds significant importance for both Dr. Maia and her patients. It marks the culmination of their journey and allows them to fully appreciate the transformative results. Patients in Tysons Corner, Virginia, can rely on Dr. Maia’s expertise and are always encouraged to return for any future needs, regardless of the time elapsed since their surgery.


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With Dr. Maia at Maia Plastic Surgery in Tysons Corner, VA, your journey to a rejuvenated appearance is guided by a blend of medical expertise and compassionate care. Dr. Maia’s mastery of liposuction techniques transcends mere surface changes, delving deep to sculpt and contour your body with precision and finesse. Her deep understanding of anatomy ensures results that not only endure but also reveal your inherent beauty while preserving your unique essence.

If you’re considering liposuction to refine your contours and enhance your silhouette, but you seek natural-looking results, we invite you to schedule a consultation with Dr. Maia. With her experience and credentials, she’s poised to be your trusted partner in achieving your aesthetic goals. Reach out to us at Maia Plastic Surgery, and let us accompany you on your journey to looking and feeling your best, at every stage of your life.

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