Richmond Plastic Surgeon Highlights Liposuction Benefits and Limitations

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Neil J. Zemmel, MD, FACS of Richmond Aesthetic Surgery discusses various benefits and limitations of fat reduction via liposuction.

Richmond, VA — Despite maintaining a healthy diet and regular exercise regimen, many people experience fat accumulations in certain areas of their bodies that are stubborn to change, states Dr. Neil J. Zemmel, a board certified plastic surgeon in Richmond. For individuals who are interested in diminishing these diet and exercise-resistant pockets of fat, he says liposuction can often be an excellent cosmetic surgical option.

At Richmond Aesthetic Surgery, Dr. Zemmel notes that liposuction is frequently used to eliminate localized fat buildups in the lower and upper abdomen, “lovehandles,” hips, inner knees and thighs, outer thighs, chin, neck, and chest. In addition to fat removal in these areas, he explains that benefits of this popular body contouring procedure can also include:

As a surgical procedure, Dr. Zemmel says prospective patients should fully understand what to expect after liposuction, including possible side effects, downtime, and how long it may take for final results to become apparent. “Following liposuction, a spandex-like compression garment will be placed to help diminish any temporary swelling and/or bruising that may occur in the targeted treatment area,” he writes in a recent blog post. Generally concealed underneath clothing, he explains that this garment needs to be worn for approximately three weeks to provide necessary support for optimal healing. Most individuals are able to resume non-strenuous jobs and activities after about one week, he adds, and final outcomes are typically visible by the three month mark.

Ultimately, Dr. Zemmel states that liposuction is not a weight loss procedure, and it is typically most beneficial for individuals who are at or near their ideal body weight. Although fat cells are removed permanently, he notes that fat can accumulate again if a significant amount of weight is gained following the surgery. For this reason, he stresses the importance of maintaining a healthy lifestyle by eating a nutritious diet and exercising regularly to help ensure excellent long-term results.

About Neil J. Zemmel, MD, FACS

After receiving his undergraduate degree from the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, VA, Dr. Zemmel went on to obtain his medical degree from the University of Virginia. Subsequently, he completed the highly competitive six-year plastic and reconstructive surgery program at Virginia Commonwealth University Medical Center in Richmond. Dr. Zemmel is certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery, and he remains actively involved in the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, and several other esteemed medical organizations. He is also a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons.

To learn more, visit,, and Dr. Zemmel is available for interview upon request.


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