What To Know Before Making a Liposuction Decision - Rosenberg

What To Know Before Making a Liposuction Decision

Liposuction is one of the most popular types of cosmetic procedures because of the way it enhances the body. The number of people who have had this procedure has increased over recent years, with more people seeking information for removing stubborn fat deposits in certain areas. Here are a few details that could help you decide whether you want liposuction.

What Is Involved?

During liposuction, a small incision is made so that a cannula can be inserted. Fat in the targeted area is broken down and then removed. Fat is usually deposited into a canister and then disposed of in a safe manner. Sometimes, the fat that is removed can be transferred to other areas of your body, such as your buttocks or calves. Don’t think of the procedure as a way to lose weight. Instead, it is performed to remove fat in areas that sometimes don’t deliver the same results after weight loss. Common areas include the thighs, upper arms, love handles, and the area where the bra strap goes underneath the armpits.

Are You A Candidate?

You would be a good candidate for liposuction if you are close to reaching your weight loss goals. You also need to be in good health. Your skin should have good elasticity as well to allow for contouring after the fat cells are removed. Dr. Rosenberg can meet with you to talk about the reasons why you want to have the procedure performed and to ensure that there are no issues that would prevent you from getting the surgery. Sometimes a procedure like a tummy tuck or a thigh lift is more appropriate, depending on your situation.


When you meet with Dr. Rosenberg, you’ll be given information about what to expect during and after surgery. Most liposuction procedures require sedation, or anesthesia, meaning that you will need someone to drive you home afterward. You likely won’t be able to eat or drink 12 hours before the surgery.


You can usually go back to your daily routine a few days after surgery. You might experience some discomfort for a week or two, depending on how much fat was removed and how many areas were targeted during the procedure. You could see swelling at the incision site as well as some bruising. Your doctor will usually give you pain medication to take during the recovery process to make it easier for your body to heal. Since the instruments used during the surgery are small, the scar left behind is typically small in size as well. Keep in mind that you likely won’t see results right away. It sometimes takes a few weeks to see the full impact left behind from liposuction. The fat that’s removed won’t come back in that area. However, if you gain weight, you’ll notice it in other areas of your body.

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Lawrence Rosenberg, MD

Dr. Lawrence Rosenberg is a founding member of The Plastic Surgery Center of Maryland. He began his plastic surgery practice in Baltimore after completing 13 years of extensive postgraduate training. Today, he is a distinguished surgeon, expertly performing breast augmentations, breast lifts, liposuctions, tummy tucks, facelifts, facial rejuvenation, and more for patients in the Maryland area and beyond. View all posts by Lawrence Rosenberg, MD

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