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The shape of your body is determined by your genetic inheritance, your diet, and your activity level. In an ideal world, your fatty deposits are evenly distributed and limited in quantity. But, most of us have unwanted fat in our thighs, abdomen, or back sides, and we have worked hard at reducing them. One solution to remove unwanted fat is to have it surgically contoured, and liposuction is the very best way of doing just that. There are safe, effective techniques, which now are available to almost anyone. Lipoplasty is one of the most commonly performed cosmetic procedure in the world today, due in part to its exceptionally natural-looking toning effects.

Liposuction Candidates

Ideal liposuction candidates are at or near their target body weight, but struggle with isolated areas of excess fat. Good candidates for liposuction exercise regularly and eat a healthy diet. It is important to realize that liposuction is not intended for the truly obese (increased BMI) patient, whose risks for surgery are too high and whose results would be severely compromised by the presence of excess skin. Although liposuction is not designed to be a weight loss procedure, it is can be very effective at eliminating areas of stubborn fat that are resistant to diet and exercise efforts. Common areas of concern that our liposuction patients have achieved beautiful contouring results include:

  • Abdomen
  • Love handles
  • Thighs
  • Knees
  • Upper arms
  • Neck
  • Chin

The surgeon that you select to perform your body contouring surgery should be well trained, artistically inclined, and very experienced. You deserve to see a great many pre- and post-operative photographs and even may speak, by phone, to several patients who have had liposuction surgery. Your surgeon needs to listen carefully to your complaints about your body, and to perform a thorough examination to determine your medical risks for surgery. Careful attention must be paid to the health of your skin and the potential for it to respond favorably to the removal of fat.

Liposuction Procedure

In 1977, Dr. Illouz began the practice of liposuction in France. Since that time, the equipment and the techniques have undergone many changes. The newest procedures have increased the safety and decreased the complications of the surgery by employing an injection liquid that closes the blood vessels supplying the fat; this technique is called tumescent liposuction. The anesthesia for these procedures is usually a local numbing and sedation, sparing you the expense and potential complications of general anesthesia. Modern equipment and instrumentation reduce the risk of lumps and ridges, which can spoil the result and may be exceedingly difficult to correct. Because the cells that store the fat are removed, there is no tendency for the fat to recur in the operative areas. As long as you remain within your normal weight range, you should be able to maintain long-lasting contouring results, without ever having these fatty excesses again.

Neck Liposuction

Neck liposuction is a safe and effective way to get rid of fat deposits in the neck, giving your facial features and jaw line a more appealing appearance. Like liposuction performed for body contouring, the fat is removed using small tubes that leave no visible scars or marks. The neck is a common area of the body our patients at Annapolis Aesthetic Surgery wish to contour. By eliminating excess fat at the neck, patients may achieve a more defined jawline and chin while also enjoying a more youthful appearance.

Liposuction Recovery

Some mild swelling and bruising can be expected in the days immediately following liposuction. For the immediate post-operative period, you are expected to refrain from strenuous activity and to wear a support garment to reduce swelling in the areas of surgery. By your second month, post-operatively, your result should be smooth and well-contoured, and the tiny incisions used to enter the fatty areas through the skin should be well healed and hardly noticeable. Your clothes should fit better, and you may even need to buy a smaller size of clothing. Despite the fat reduction results you may notice, your friends should never see evidence of your having had plastic surgery. Over the course of the following months, all swelling should gradually dissipate, completing the healing process. As you begin to enjoy your final results, many patients also experience a boost in self-esteem as they feel more confident about their appearance.

To view liposuction before and after photos, you can visit our gallery to see how Dr. Ormsby has helped patients like you achieve a more contoured, toned shape.

Schedule Your Liposuction Consultation

To get started, simply contact our plastic surgeon, Dr. Marcia V. Ormsby, today to request a complimentary liposuction consultation, where you will be able to discuss your needs with her, ask any questions you may have, and learn about other procedures involving liposuction such as buttock augmentation.