- Length of Treatment: 1-2 hours (depending on area)
- Anesthesia: Epidural and/or IV Sedation
- In-Patient/Out-Patient: Out-patient
- Potential Side Effects/Risks: Bruising, temporary numbness, slight irregularities in contour
- Principal Benefits: Flatter appearance in areas of previous fat bulging
- Time off Work: 3-5 days
- Physical Activity: Resume light activity (treadmill, bike, leg exercises) within 7-10 days; routine workout within 3-6 weeks
Liposuction Surgery Candidates
Liposuction is an exceedingly common procedure for us to perform. The reason is quite simple. This is a quick and effective method of eliminating fat that is difficult or impossible to lose by means of diet or exercise.
Many of our patients desire to improve their appearance in bathing suits, clothing and even without clothing. The briefs we use for medical photography allow us to closely determine and analyze which areas need liposuction as well as to assess post operative results! That is why so many of these photos you see are taken in these “revealing” garments.
In our practice, we specialize in the tumescent liposuction technique, which allows us to remove more fat, minimizes blood loss, and affords you a more rapid recovery. Using the new technique, liposuction can be applied to almost any area of the body where there is unwanted fat. Ultrasonic Liposuction (UAL) and the use of a reciprocating cannula are other techniques available but infrequently used. During your consultation, we will be happy to discuss these liposuction options with you and help you choose the technique that will best enhance your result.
Liposuction can be performed alone or in conjunction with other procedures such as tummy tuck, breast augmentation, or facial cosmetic surgery.
For men or women who are close to or moderately above their ideal body weight, liposuction is a perfect way to remove isolated areas of fat in the buttocks, thighs, hips, knees, breasts, abdomen and even neck! A garment is worn on these areas for 3-5 weeks to keep the skin compressed and help remold the region to a more trim appearance.
Our plastic surgery practice is happy to answer your questions on liposuction by email or by phone at 410-484-8860. As with our other procedures, a detailed consultation with Dr. Vogel is necessary for you to be fully informed about the procedures, alternatives, and risks.
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Frequently Asked Questions About Liposuction
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How do I know if I need a tummy tuck (abdominoplasty) or liposuction?
If you have loose skin in the abdomen or weak abdominal muscles (usually due to pregnancies, excessive weight gain, or weight loss) you will likely need an abdominoplasty.
Can’t I have liposuction instead of a tummy tuck?
Liposuction is a preferred technique for isolated pockets of fat on the legs, tummy and hips. Therefore, not all patients are candidates for liposuction. To be effective, there must be little excess skin. However, for many patients, if the lower tummy tissues are excessively stretched, abdominoplasty (tummy tuck
) is indicated. Occasionally, the two techniques can be used together. In the majority of cases, the tummy tuck is performed first and a second stage liposuction is done several months later.
I work out a lot and eat right but cannot trim my thighs or waistline; will liposuction help?
Liposuction is ideal for people who have isolated areas of fat that persist in spite of a good diet and exercise. If you live in or near Baltimore, Maryland and would like to learn more about liposuction, we would be happy to discuss your options for liposuction.
I have heard horror stories of liposuction accidents and even death. Is the procedure dangerous?
Liposuction is exceedingly safe and complication-free when performed by a qualified surgeon in an accredited surgical facility. Our plastic surgeon
, James Vogel, MD, is a qualified surgeon and our facility is fully certified! The horror stories and deaths were almost all associated with excessive fat and fluid removal or procedures not performed by an experienced liposuction surgeon.
I need to lose a lot weight in a hurry. Can liposuction help?
Liposuction can remove localized pockets of fat. There is a limit to the amount of fat that can be safely removed during one operation. Therefore, liposuction is not a diet or exercise substitute. It is simply intended to eliminate unsightly fat deposits in unwanted areas.
Do I need to lose as much weight as possible before having liposuction?
In general, it is preferred but not always necessary. Each case much be individualized. There are two reasons for this answer. First, even with general weight loss, some fat remains in the deep pockets of the thighs, hips, love handles, and tummy; liposuction is ideal for these areas. Second, realistically speaking, it can be tough to lose those final pounds and liposuction can provide that incentive to lose additional weight and keep it off.
Since I had my children, my stomach makes me look fat. Am I a candidate for liposuction?
A fat stomach after childbirth is usually due to the stretching of the abdominal skin and muscles. Liposuction may not be an effective treatment for this problem. A tummy tuck, which would eliminate excess skin and tighten the stomach wall, would be a better treatment choice.
What is liposuction recovery like?
You will have moderate soreness after liposuction for a few days but this improves quickly thereafter. You will have bruising for 2-3 weeks. Drains are not used. Most people take off one week from work to recuperate from liposuction.
Can liposuction get rid of cellulite?
No, it cannot. However, our practice offers Endermologie®, an FDA-approved, minimally invasive technique designed to visibly reduce the appearance of cellulite.
Can I speak to some of your previous patients who had this surgery and get a reference?
Absolutely, we would encourage this. Our past patients are my greatest endorsement. Our staff will gladly arrange this for you.
If you would like to learn more about liposuction please contact Dr. James Vogel today.