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DC Cosmetics is the East Coast’s leading center for body contouring with liposuction, laser lipo (Smartlipo), liposculpture, and other advanced body sculpting procedures. Dr. Khalifeh is a double board-certified plastic surgeon who has performed thousands of liposuction treatments and is considered one of the nation’s most accomplished body sculpting experts. Liposuction removes excess fat with mechanical extraction techniques to create a more aesthetically pleasing figure. Some of the best laser liposuction provided by Dr. Khalifeh.

Which type of liposuction is best for me?

Our goal is to match our patients with the best techniques after a comprehensive examination. About 30 percent of the people we see are not good liposuction candidates, and for the rest, a combination of laser liposuction and tumescent liposuction often produces the best result. When under the care of Dr. Khalifeh, your liposuction or body sculpting treatment is customized for you.

Dr. Khalifeh Performing Liposuction

Dr. Khalifeh on the advantages of laser liposuction

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Types of Liposuction

Several liposuction techniques are available at DC Cosmetics, including:

  • Laser liposuction: Laser-assisted liposuction is among our most recommended procedures, as it offers extra skin tightening beyond traditional laser. At DC Cosmetics, we offer Smartlipo laser by Cynosure. Laser liposuction does not require general anesthesia and is among the most popular and effective body sculpting procedures available.
  • Tumescent liposuction: Tumescent liposuction involves injecting a solution of local anesthetic and epinephrine into the area before fat extraction. The solution swells the area, allowing for greater control in removing more substantial quantities of fat.
  • Power-assisted liposuction: Power-assisted liposuction (MicroAire) are also available at DC Cosmetics. These systems are appropriate for higher fat volume extraction, or if the harvested fat cells are to be processed and then transferred to the breasts or buttocks to increase natural volume.

The fusion of advanced technology and education: Superior results in liposuction

When considering body sculpting, you must separate hype from reality. We believe the fusion of advanced technology with education, experience, and artistry produces a far superior result.

What are liposuction techniques?

Most modern liposuction procedures start with infusing tumescent fluid. Tumescent fluid is composed of saline, lidocaine for pain control, epinephrine for bleeding control, and bicarbonate to make the infusion less painful. The quantity of these substances will depend on the area being treated. If you hear of the “wet technique” or “super-wet technique.” These terms refer to the quantity of fluid injected. No matter what type of liposuction is to be used, you can expect some amount of tumescent fluid to be injected.

What are liposuction technologies?

After the infusion of the tumescent fluid, varying technologies may be applied, including laser or ultrasound, to break up and release the fat cells from the surrounding tissues. Skin tightening and fat breaking technologies vary and include laser-assisted (such as Smartlipo) or ultrasound (such as Vaser), or radiofrequency devices such as ThermiTight or J-plasma. Power-Assisted liposuction called MicroAire or a water-jet assisted system may be applied to loosen and break up the fat. There are advantages and disadvantages to each method. We have selected what we believe to be the most effective technologies, including Smartlipo. Our laser liposuction treatment is cutting edge and can help you attain your beauty goals.

Before & After

What are the types of liposuction anesthesia?

The primary decision you need to make if planning to undergo liposuction is whether you are awake or asleep. Many patients want to stay awake during the procedure to avoid general anesthesia. During awake procedures, you are kept comfortable with numbing medications. Click here for more information on anesthesia or discomfort when undergoing laser liposuction. Click here to see images of patients undergoing liposuction in various body positions. For more involved cases, an anesthesiologist can administer twilight or general anesthesia.

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Recovery from liposuction and laser liposuction recovery

Recovery from a single Smartlipo treatment requires only a day or two. For more involved cases such as multiple area liposuction and fat transfer cases, recovery takes from five to seven days before you can return to work or other activities. Click here for information on recovery from our liposuction.

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Learn about incisions, recovery, and more

We have performed thousands of procedures, and over the years, we have created a library of more in-operative and area-specific details on the surgery. If you are interested, you may want to explore our techniques and incision pages.

Contact DC Cosmetics to find out more about liposuction, body sculpting, and removing excess fat with liposuction or laser liposuction with Dr. Khalifeh. Fill out our online appointment form, or call us directly to schedule your appointment at (301) 244-0148.

Visit the Cynosure website to learn about Smartlipo technology.


How long will liposuction results last?

This is an important question and is related again to weight control (a recurrent theme). Click here to get the facts about recovery.

Weight control and liposuction

Liposuction is not a weight control method. It is a body reshaping treatment. This important distinction can help you achieve long term results after liposuction. Read about liposuction vs. weight loss for more information.

If I choose awake Smartlipo, will it be painful?

Smartlipo is a tolerable procedure for most patients that do not want to undergo anesthesia.

If I’m awake, what is the numbing process like?

Click to see a video of the numbing process. Alternatively, an anesthesiologist can administer anesthesia.

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