Liposuction surgery is a popular procedure designed to remove fatty tissue from certain areas of the body. Dr. Will removes undesirable fat in isolated areas which are unresponsive to diet and exercise. Among the body contouring procedures offered at Will Surgical Arts, liposuction is one of the most popular options.
Liposuction can treat many areas of the body, including the following:
The best candidates for liposuction in Maryland will have a stable body weight and good skin tone. Liposuction is not a treatment for obesity. Body contours made irregular by fat can be improved with liposuction; contours that are irregular for other reasons, such as muscle weakness or hernia, cannot be improved with liposuction.
How is liposuction performed?
Liposuction is performed under general anesthesia on an outpatient basis in our accredited surgical center. Dr. Will makes small (less than 1/2 inch), discreet incisions in the areas to be treated. A small tube called a cannula is inserted in an incision, allowing the targeted fat to be suctioned. The procedure may take an hour or more, depending on how many areas are treated. To maintain the safety of the procedure, there is a limit on how much can be done at one time.
Newer liposuction methods, such as laser liposuction, are performed using the same basic procedures while adding laser energy to enhance effectiveness.
How much does liposuction surgery cost?
The cost of liposuction typically falls in the range of about $4,000 to $7,000, depending upon the areas treated and upon additional details of the procedure. View information on our financing plans.
Liposuction Recovery and Results
Recovery from liposuction is relatively easy, but a fair amount of swelling and bruising will occur during the two weeks following treatment. Special garments are worn to apply pressure, to minimize swelling, and to provide support while healing. These garments also assist in retraction of the skin. Stitches will be removed in a week to ten days.
Results are recognizable almost immediately and will continue to improve as swelling subsides. The day after surgery, you should be up and walking around. Increase your activity daily until full activity is resumed at two to four weeks. You will be ready to return to office work within three to five days, and more active employment at 10 to 14 days. Avoid the sun until all bruising has subsided. A sunscreen should be used routinely–it is easy to get sunburned during recovery because of decreased sensation. Factors like skin elasticity, age, diet, and exercise habits may affect the outcome.
Following liposuction, the scars will go through a maturation process—during the first eight to 12 weeks, they may be red and possibly raised. The scars will mature during the next six to 12 months, becoming pale, flat, and soft. You may experience temporary numbness, burning, and tingling around the incision site. While the results of liposuction are permanent, significant weight gain can have a negative effect; it can lead to rippling in the treated areas. Liposuction can be repeated, if necessary.
As with any surgical procedure, complications can occur. To perform the safest liposuction procedure possible, there is a limit to the amount of fat that can be removed in a given procedure. At Will Surgical Arts, we take all necessary safety precautions to decrease the chance of complications.
A consultation with Maryland cosmetic surgeon, Dr. Michael Will, can help you determine if liposuction is right for you. Contact Will Surgical Arts in Urbana to learn more about this procedure. Our cosmetic surgery practice is conveniently located for liposuction patients residing in Frederick, MD and the Washington, DC metro area.