There are any number of reasons to consider liposuction. Women and men choose this procedure to remove excess fat that is resistant to diet and exercise. It is an ideal way to create a slimmer and better-proportioned body contour.
If you are near normal weight or have a specific problem area and desire contour changes, liposuction offers a permanent improvement in the contour and proportion of the treated areas. Commonly treated areas include thighs, hips, abdomen, saddlebags, upper arms, inner knees, ankles and under the chin. Men most often seek to improve the appearance of their love handles or abdomen, and liposuction can be used for male breast reduction.
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“No matter how much I exercised or dieted I still had stubborn pockets of fat on my outer thighs and inner knees. I am very pleased with my liposuction results!” —C.C. (age 27)
About the Procedure
The procedure is performed on an outpatient basis, with general anesthesia for safety and comfort. Tumescent solution is used to swell the fat cells and constrict the blood vessels prior to beginning suctioning. The tumescent technique also speeds the recovery, minimizes bleeding and bruising, and improves the overall result of liposuction for Maryland patients. Small suction tubes called cannulas are inserted through incisions placed in inconspicuous locations. The surgery proceeds rapidly with most procedures lasting less than one hour. At the conclusion of the procedure, you will be placed in a support garment to help minimize swelling and bruising, and to permit the skin to shrink down after removal of the fat. Other popular procedures that can be combined with liposuction include tummy tuck, thigh lift, and breast augmentation.
Ranging from $3,175.00-6,795.00 +
A return to work in 3 to 7 days is normal following liposuction in Maryland. Any swelling and bruising usually subsides within two to four weeks, and many of our patients are in bathing suits showing off their new body after only four weeks. The final result continues to improve for up to three months or more.
After your liposuction procedure, you’ll be able to enjoy improved contour in the treated area which balances out other physical features. Patients have a more flattering figure and find that clothes fit better.
- Does the fat come back?
Yes and no. There is always a safety layer of fat left behind after the liposuction. It is very unattractive to liposuction so severely that the skin sticks to the outer covering of the muscle. That safety layer of fat as well as areas not liposuctioned can gain some weight back with extreme weight gain. We strongly recommend that our liposuction patients maintain a balanced diet and exercise program following surgery to maintain their results.
- I’ve tried dieting, but that just doesn’t work for me. Is liposuction an answer?
No. When the limit for safe liposuction is between five and ten pounds for each surgery, this is obviously an extremely expensive way of losing weight, and under those circumstances it is neither appropriate nor prudent. Liposuction works best for specific problem areas, not for an overall weight reduction.
- What are some areas women commonly choose for liposuction in Maryland?
The most common are the saddlebags, the hips, the abdomen, inner thighs, knees, ankles and sometimes under the chin. Some of these areas do extremely well; others less so. The skin of the inner thigh area does have as much elasticity as other areas and cannot be liposuctioned aggressively. But even a modest liposuction is enough to stop the upper portion of the legs from rubbing together giving a very satisfactory improvement.
- What are the most common areas to be treated with liposuction for males?
Men essentially only have two areas – the abdomen and the love handles. Once men pass the age of forty, these are extremely difficult areas to get under control with diet and exercise alone while responding exceptionally well to liposuction.
- How quickly can I get back to work?
For patients who have a single area liposuctioned and whose job is relatively sedentary, many people can get by with a stretched weekend—essentially a Friday, Saturday and Sunday. On Monday they will not be functioning at full speed, but can easily get by during this period of time. For those who have several areas treated, the recovery will be somewhat longer with return to work in about 1 week. Swelling and bruising will subside within the first month with the final results evident in 3 to 6 months.
- How long do I have to wear the support garment?
The support garment that we put on at the time of the surgery is a little bit more visible under clothing than some of the things you might purchase for yourself. Most people will only wear the heavy support garment for the first four or five days. After that, you may change to clothing that has a very high spandex content—definitely something that is more supportive than pantyhose. Biking shorts or spandex exercise shorts that are nice and snug certainly will provide the type of support that is necessary until the body finishes absorbing the residual fat, achieving its optimal size and contour. We generally recommend that some level of support be worn for a full month after the surgery.