Have you tried diets and exercise, only to find that localized areas of fat stubbornly refuse to go away? If so, you’re not alone. This is a common problem for both men and women, which is why Liposuction is one of the most popular plastic surgery procedures.
At The Maryland Institute of Plastic Surgery, our experienced surgeons perform Liposuction as a standalone procedure or in conjunction with other procedures, such as a neck lift, breast reduction, male breast reduction (gynecomastia surgery), tummy tuck (abdominoplasty), arm lift (brachioplasty), thigh lift, and fat transfer procedures.
If liposuction is performed alone, it is best for people who have excess fatty deposits without lax skin. If you also have lax skin or low skin elasticity, you should opt for surgery that will remove both the fat and the excess skin so that you have a smooth, tightened contour.
- Chin, neck
- Upper arms
- Lateral breasts/chest
- Back/bra rolls
- Thighs/inner knees
We customize every liposuction procedure based on your anatomy and how you wish to look. Note that liposuction is not a weight loss procedure. It is best performed on patients who are near their ideal weight.
During your consultation, we will discuss your concerns about your appearance and your goals for liposuction, as well as your medical history, medications you take, and previous procedures you have had. We will also answer all of your questions, explain what to expect from surgery, and tell you how to prepare for your surgery.
The Liposuction Procedure
The length of time required for your liposuction procedure will depend on the amount of fat to be removed. We will advise you during your consultation how much time you can expect.
We perform three different types of liposuction, but in all cases, small incisions are made. A tube called a cannula is then inserted into the incisions and attached to a suction device.
- Regular liposuction is the traditional form. An anesthetic solution is injected into the areas to be treated, and after the fatty tissue has been removed, the incisions are sutured.
- Ultrasound-assisted liposuction (UAL) is used for tough fibrous tissue that usually occurs in the lateral breasts or the back. The ultrasound technology liquefies the fat before it is extracted.
- Laser liposuction/Smart Lipo is a technique that is appropriate for some patients. It can be done with smaller incisions that can heal without sutures, and it minimizes bruising and recovery time. Smart Lipo also improves skin shrinkage so that there is no lax skin after the fat has been removed, and it can be performed in the office as an outpatient procedure.
Preparing for Your Liposuction
Please avoid taking Advil, Aleve, aspirin, ibuprofen, Motrin, and Naprosyn for two weeks prior to your surgery. High dose vitamins and herbal medications should also be avoided. Most other medications that you take regularly can be taken before your procedure. It is especially important to take blood pressure medication so that your blood pressure remains normal during surgery.
Your liposuction will be performed either in our office or at the outpatient surgery center depending on the method recommended. In all cases, be sure to have someone available to drive you home and stay with you for the first 24 hours, as you will be drowsy from the anesthesia.
Recovering from Liposuction
Your will wear a compression garment for 4-6 weeks. For traditional and UAL liposuction, drains will also be placed in the incisions. These collect fluids as you heal and will be removed within 1-2 weeks of your surgery. There is often a large amount of drainage following these methods of liposuction, so we recommend that you cover upholstery and bed linens with plastic during the first few days after your procedure.
Some bruising, swelling, soreness, tightness, and itching are normal after liposuction. You can take medication, if necessary, to ease discomfort, and Arnica Montana can be used to reduce bruising. These symptoms will gradually subside during the first 2 weeks. As a result, most patients take about 1-2 weeks off from work to recover. If you have had Smart Lipo, your recovery period will be on the shorter end of the range.
Please avoid heavy lifting and strenuous activity for 4 weeks. Full results from your surgery can take 6 months to be visible.
Liposuction is permanent, but fatty deposits can develop again. Maintaining a steady weight can help to sustain the outcome.