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Liposuction in Virginia Beach

Dr. Ben Hugo, a board-certified plastic surgeon, performs liposuction in Virginia Beach. In fact, he has performed liposuction at his cosmetic surgery practice for more than 20 years and has taken a special interest in refining the techniques, using state-of-the-art technology including SmartLipo Triplex laser lipolysis to achieve highly precise and pleasing results.

What is Liposuction?

Liposuction (also known as lipoplasty, suction lipectomy or liposculpture) is consistently the most popular and successful procedure performed to remove fat permanently from selected areas of the body.

Liposuction is a surgical procedure that uses a suction device to remove fat cells through a very thin metal tube (cannula) inserted under the skin. Liposuction will permanently reshape body contours. We aim to achieve a smooth shape and balanced figure, removing fat deposits that create disproportionately large bulges. Facial liposuction is a popular choice, and it can also be used in breast reduction.

To find out if a liposuction and SmartLipo are right for you, request a cosmetic surgery consultation by calling us today at (757) 496-4801.

Is Liposuction Right for Me?

The best candidates for liposuction are within 30 percent of their ideal body weight, with firm elastic skin and good muscle tone. It is not a treatment for obesity, dimpled skin or cellulite. Liposuction can be very effective in safely removing up to 10 to 15 pounds of fat. When applied to selected body areas, such as the tummy, waist, thighs, arms, breasts or back, a very significant improvement in contour, shape and size can be achieved, even when patients are somewhat overweight.

The Procedure

There are various types of liposuction available in Virginia Beach, but they all work on the same principle of fat removal by suction. At your preoperative consultation, Dr. Hugo will discuss the benefits of the various techniques and technologies, including SmartLipo Triplex laser lipolysis. He will help you select the appropriate procedure to suit your individual needs.

We perform liposuction procedures in our fully equipped, state-of-the-art outpatient operating suite, certified to the highest standards by the American Association for Accreditation of Ambulatory Surgery Facilities (AAAASF), located within Dr. Hugo's office in Virginia Beach. Light sedation or anesthesia is administered by board-certified anesthetists to ensure comfort and achieve optimal results. The process will typically proceed as follows:

Before the operation, Dr. Hugo will ask you to stand while he marks you with a pen to determine exactly where the fat will be removed. If a small area is being treated (e.g. a bulge of the lower abdomen), the procedure can be done under local anesthesia with an oral sedative. If you require multiple areas of liposuction or if Dr. Hugo anticipates that large volumes of fat will be removed, the procedure can be done either under a very light general anesthetic or under light intravenous sedation where you are asleep and do not remember anything-such as when you have a wisdom tooth removed by a dentist.

First, fluid containing local anesthetic is injected into the areas where fat is to be removed. This solution is known as "super wet" or "tumescent," and is a combination of saline, epinephrine (which minimizes blood loss) and lidocaine (which numbs the area).

Dr. Hugo and his team will then apply an External Ultrasound Assist device to the surface of the skin for a few minutes. This is a non-invasive step, which helps to diffuse the injected anesthetic fluid and provide a smoother contour, which in turn allows for more precision when the fat is removed and helps prevent bruising.

Tiny incisions will be made in the area or areas where fat is to be removed. A narrow metal tube (cannula) is inserted to break up and vacuum the fat from beneath your skin. Most patients undergoing liposuction will benefit from the use of the SmartLipo Triplex laser system together with liposuction. This is applied during the procedure in order to promote skin and tissue tightening. The small incisions are usually sutured with stitches that will dissolve on their own in a week or two, and the incision sites will not be easily noticeable once you are healed.

The liposuction cost in Virginia Beach and time required to perform your procedure depends on the size and number of areas being treated and the volume of fat being removed. Typically, Dr. Hugo performs only one surgery per day and takes time and care to achieve the best possible contour and results.

Dr. Ben Hugo

Dr. Ben Hugo

Whether your needs are surgical or you are simply looking to rejuvenate your appearance, Dr. Hugo and his qualified staff welcome you. Learn more about Dr. Hugo, his qualifications, and how he can help you.

Learn more about Dr. Hugo, his qualifications, and how he can help you.

Liposuction Recovery

Immediately after liposuction surgery, you will be in our recovery area and a nurse will stay with you and make sure you are comfortable until it is time to go home. After your surgery, you will be given instructions regarding your care and activity. Any discomfort from swelling, bruising and soreness will lessen each day-and in the meantime we will instruct you on the use of pain medication to maintain a good comfort level.

You will be placed in a tight surgical compression garment to help encourage the skin to retract around the newly contoured area. The garment is preferably used for one to six weeks after liposuction, until the swelling resolves.

Getting Back to Normal After Liposuction Surgery

We will want you to start walking soon after the liposuction procedure. You should begin to feel better in a couple of days and be back to work within a few days. You can expect to drive after three to five days (after pain medication has been discontinued). You are able to begin gradual exercise and other strenuous activity after two to three weeks. You may see some bruising for about a month, and you should take care to avoid sun exposure to these areas.

Our entire staff is dedicated to help you achieve "your" good outcome. You will visit our office at about five days, two weeks, and one, six and 12 months postoperatively.

After a few weeks-as the "new you" emerges-we are confident you'll be happy. The results of liposuction are permanent as long as postoperative weight is maintained. Your clothes will fit better, and you'll feel much more comfortable with your appearance. Even if a few pounds are gained, it may be more evenly distributed.


With an excellent artistic sense, Dr. Hugo has built a reputation for consistently providing natural results for his plastic surgery patients. Before and after photos of Dr. Hugo's liposuction patients in the Virginia Beach area are available to help you visualize the possibilities.

To find out if a liposuction is right for you, contact us at (757) 496-4801 to request your personalized consultation.
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