Get Rid of Stubborn Fat 

What is Liposuction? 

Liposuction is a surgical procedure that removes stubborn pockets of fat. Using tiny entry points and surgical suction tools, it can contour and define specific areas of the body where you carry fat, achieving more targeted results than those possible with traditional diet and exercise. 

Why Sanctuary Cosmetic Center? 

Despite advancements in the non-invasive fat reduction field, liposuction remains among the most popular surgical procedures. At Sanctuary Cosmetic Center, Dr. Rostami has been performing liposuction for over 20 years. Through her years of experience, Dr. Rostami has perfected liposuction techniques, offering our Washington, D.C. and Northern Virginia liposuction patients excellent results. Our patients are consistently thrilled with how liposuction can remove areas of fat but still make the final results look and feel more natural and inherent. 

We can keep and accentuate the curves you like and remove areas of fat that you dislike. This helps contour your body in ways no other procedure can, giving you a body that makes you look and feel more youthful, slender, and contoured. Many patients have remarked that liposuction has improved their confidence and self-esteem. 

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Am I A Good Candidate for Liposuction? 

Liposuction is an incredibly flexible procedure that targets body fat in areas as diverse as the arms, legs, ankles, calves, torso, and even the neck and face. As such, liposuction can serve a wide variety of patients. Most of our liposuction patients: 

  • Have discomfort caused by areas of excess fat on the body 
  • Have areas of fat on the body that are resistant to diet and exercise 
  • Have areas of fat around the belly 
  • Have areas of fat around the arms or legs 
  • Have areas of fat in their hips or flanks 
  • Wish for better definition in their abdomen 
  • Have areas of fat around the neck or face 
  • Maintain a relatively stable weight 
  • Have realistic expectations about what this procedure can accomplish 
  • Are generally healthy enough for surgery 

Liposuction is typically used as a body contouring tool, not necessarily as a weight loss tool (although Sanctuary Cosmetic Center offers massive weight loss strategies). If you have areas of your body that you would like contoured, liposuction is likely the procedure for you. 

Benefits of Liposuction 

It’s not uncommon to want to be slender and fit. Ideally, that would be accomplished using a combination of exercise and healthy lifestyle choices. But the human body isn’t always so cooperative. In fact—especially as we age—our bodies tend to stubbornly hold onto areas of fat, making it very difficult to sculpt your body into the shape you desire. Though there are non-surgical solutions to eliminate these stubborn areas of fat, the best option to guarantee the most satisfactory results is surgery. 

Liposuction Alternatives 

For various reasons, not everyone who wants to eliminate stubborn areas of fat is a good candidate for liposuction surgery. Due to the high demand for this type of result, however, some non-surgical liposuction alternative procedures are quite popular today. These procedures are either done in conjunction with liposuction or done alone if a patient is not a good candidate for liposuction. These non-surgical techniques have the benefits of little to no downtime and a quick recovery. 

Precision Tx Laser 

At Sanctuary Cosmetic Center, we are pleased to offer our patients alternative treatments to traditional liposuction. Precision Tx is a new laser treatment for smaller-area contouring. Though the treatment is ideal for facial definition, such as the jawline, neck, or jowls, it can also be used on the body – mainly the upper arms and abdomen. The laser’s bidirectional fiber tip targets fat cells, and the heat created stimulates collagen production, resulting in retraction of the skin. The results provide loss of fat and tightening of skin. This procedure generally takes one hour, and patients experience little to no downtime. 


The CoolSculpting device uses cold to numb any discomfort and break down fat cells that are more susceptible to cold than skin. CoolSculpting in Tysons is especially popular because it lets patients quickly return to normal activities. The results take several weeks to manifest fully, as it takes some time for the fat cells to fully break down and be reabsorbed by the body. 


An alternative to CoolSculpting and Liposuction is a procedure called LipoSonix. This device uses ultrasound energy to break down the cell walls of fat, similar to CoolSculpting but generally more comfortably for the patients. LipoSonix may take several weeks to manifest full results, and more than one session may be necessary to get the ideal results. However, patients can achieve subtle body contouring without the need for surgery, and that’s appealing to a wide variety of people. 

The Liposuction Procedure 

Liposuction is usually viewed as a minimally invasive plastic surgery procedure. We can perform liposuction at the Sanctuary Cosmetic Center’s surgical suite in Tysons, Virginia. Depending on patient comfort and the surgeon’s input, liposuction may be performed under deep sedation or local anesthetic in combination with a sedative. Dr. Rostami will make a small incision in the appropriate place, depending on where you are targeting your liposuction procedure. 

Your surgeon will then insert a small tube called a cannula through that incision. The cannula is responsible for suctioning unwanted fat, and it may sometimes be assisted by an ultrasonic, laser, or other energy-based device to achieve the best results. Modern liposuction focuses not only on removing fat but also on contouring that fat so that the newly slender areas of your body look natural and conform to your overall look. 

Once the appropriate amount of fat has been removed, the small incisions are closed, and you can return home. 

Soheila Rostami, MD, FAAO, FAACS

Soheila Rostami, MD, FAAO, FAACS

Medical Director and CEO


Soheila Rostami, MD, FAAO, FAACS, is the Medical Director and CEO of Sanctuary Cosmetic Center in McLean, Virginia. She is passionate about creating individualized…

Liposuction Results 

Patients are usually able to return to most normal activities after roughly 7 days of recovery; however, the nature of liposuction means that swelling and bruising may persist for some time after that. Final—and optimal—results should be visible within 3 to 4 months, depending on the treated area. 

Our Virginia liposuction patients are consistently thrilled with both non-surgical and surgical liposuction results. Whether you’re looking to slim down your arms or get rid of a problem spot around the belly, these procedures are a great way to get bold—but natural-looking—results.  

Schedule a Consultation 

If you’re interested in what liposuction or non-surgical treatments can do for you, contact our Tysons Corner office to schedule a confidential consultation. We conveniently serve the greater Washington, D.C. areas of Falls Church, McLean, Odrick’s Corner, and Arlington.

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Our private, accredited surgical facility offers you the opportunity for a comfortable, private experience with your procedure. You don’t need to worry about going to the hospital – instead, you can enjoy the amenities of our spa-like environment while you focus on yourself.


We look forward to seeing how we can help you achieve a new level of confidence. Contact our team to set up a private consultation and explore everything we have to offer at Washington, D.C.’s premier cosmetic provider.

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