Real Expectations from Liposuction

Liposuction is for Contouring, Not Weight Loss

Liposuction is not a weight loss procedure and should not be considered if your goal or expectation is to lose weight. Liposuction is a procedure for contouring and helps to relieve your figure of unsightly fat deposits, whether, in the tummy, love handles, thighs, or another area of the body.

Liposuction can help your current figure appear slimmer and more appealing.

Does Liposuction Get Rid of Cellulite or Loose Skin?

Liposuction does not significantly alter cellulite and has no impact on the texture or elasticity of your skin. If loose skin or cellulite are issues for you then this can be discussed with Dr. Birely during your consultation, and effective treatments to correct those issues can be discussed. For example, if you have an excess of loose skin on your abdomen, then liposuction and a tummy tuck would be suggested as the best option to achieve a firm, taut, youthful abdomen.

What About Weight Gain After Liposuction?

If you gain weight after liposuction, less fat will grow in the areas treated by liposuction, but not all fat cells are removed, so as you continue to gain weight, new fat will be deposited in areas where liposuction was performed. It is best to try to maintain a stable weight after liposuction to maintain the results. Most people who undergo liposuction are inspired to maintain and enhance the sculpted look by eating a healthy diet and engaging in regular exercise.

What Side-Effects are Associated with Liposuction?

Side effects that are associated with liposuction could include numbness, an uneven result, excessive swelling or bleeding or other rare side effects. For superior results, ensure your treatment is performed by a highly-skilled plastic surgeon, Dr. Brent Birely who uses the most advanced liposuction system – older lipo systems produced a less attractive outcome.

Should I Consider Other Procedures Along with Liposuction?

If want to resolve an excess of loose skin, stretched or stretched abdominal muscles from weight gain or pregnancy or cellulite, then other aesthetic procedures should be considered in combination with liposuction. Dr. Birely will assess your cosmetic goals during your consultation and will discuss the best options to help you achieve the look you envision for your body.

Is Liposuction Preferable Over a Tummy Tuck?

If you are near your ideal weight but are suffering from stubborn fat deposits, then liposuction is preferable as it is less invasive and requires less recovery time than a tummy tuck. If you require a small amount of contouring to achieve a slimmer figure, then liposuction may be all that is needed. If you have a quantity of lax, drooping skin or loose or split abdominal muscles, a tummy tuck is likely needed.

Maintaining Health and Wellbeing After Treatment

Above all, healthy eating and regular exercise is the key to maintaining your weight and staying healthy. Drinking plenty of water and staying active can help you to enhance the results of your liposuction procedure and maintaining your newly-sculpted figure. Whether undergoing liposuction as a single procedure or in conjunction with surgery, living a healthy lifestyle is always an important factor in a speedy recovery and long-term results.

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Dr. Brent Birely is a board-certified plastic surgeon with offices in Lutherville and Bel Air, serving patients from Baltimore, Towson, Columbia, Westminster, and other Maryland cities. He is a very well regarded leader in cosmetic surgery and patient safety, and specializes in procedures including breast augmentation, tummy tuck, mommy makeover, facelift, and body lifting procedures after weight loss.

*The content/images on this website are not a guarantee of individual results. Individual results may vary. The information provided on this site is for general informational purposes only and does not replace the need for a formal consultation with a plastic and reconstructive surgeon before undergoing a surgical procedure or skin care treatment.

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