Many people are bothered by stubborn areas of fat that remain even though they eat a healthy diet and exercise regularly. When this is the case, liposuction may be used to manually remove these unwanted fat deposits.
Liposuction, sometimes called “lipo,” is a procedure that removes unwanted fat from the body. It can be used in many areas, including the thighs, abdomen, hips, buttocks, or chin and neck. Liposuction is also often performed in combination with another cosmetic surgery procedure, such as a facelift or tummy tuck.
During a liposuction procedure, local or general anesthesia is used. Then, a small incision is made in the treatment area. A thin, hollow tube called a cannula is then inserted into the incision. Dr. Rosenberg will manipulate the cannula to loosen the excess fat until it can be suctioned out of the body.
Technological advancements now offer new methods for liposuction, which can make the procedure easier to perform and recover from. These include:
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The final cost of your liposuction procedure will vary based on factors such as the area of the body you are treating, the location where your procedure will be performed, and the expertise of your surgeon. Some costs to consider are anesthesia, facility fees, surgeon’s fees, medical tests, and medications. On average, the cost of a liposuction procedure is about $4,000 and up. Please visit our pricing page to learn more. Dr. Rosenberg will give you a more accurate estimate of the cost of your procedure after a consultation.
Most adults who are generally healthy, without a life-threatening illness or a medical condition which impairs healing, are candidates for liposuction. In addition, you should be a non-smoker and within 30% of your ideal, healthy weight. Finally, the best candidates have good muscle tone and firm, elastic skin.
During your consultation, Dr. Rosenberg will work to understand your concerns and goals, determine your candidacy for liposuction, and develop a treatment plan. This is your chance to ask any questions you may have about the procedure, cost, and recovery process. Many patients find it helpful to write down any questions they have ahead of the appointment, so they know they will not forget anything in the moment. During the consultation, Dr. Rosenberg will review your medical history and take note of conditions or allergies. You should be prepared to discuss previous medical treatments and surgeries and any medication, vitamins, or supplements you use as well as any alcohol, tobacco, or drug use. Dr. Rosenberg will likely take photographs of the treatment area and discuss all your options before recommending a treatment plan.
During your liposuction consultation, you may ask your surgeon any questions you might have. Some common questions about liposuction include:
During liposuction recovery, you can expect swelling, redness, and some discomfort. You will be required to wear a compression garment to reduce swelling and encourage proper healing. Small drains may be in place as well. Most patients rest for 1-2 weeks before returning to work or other normal activities after liposuction.
Temporary side effects may include swelling, bruising, discomfort, and numbness. Most patients can return to work and non-strenuous activities in as little as one week.
Within six to eight weeks the patient should be feeling as good as new, but Dr. Rosenberg will carefully monitor your progress to make sure you are comfortable and healthy during your recovery period.
To learn more about liposuction and whether you are a good candidate for the procedure, schedule a consultation with Dr. Rosenberg. Call the Plastic Surgery Center of Maryland at (410) 324-3071 or request your appointment online.