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What is liposuction?

Liposuction is a cosmetic surgical procedure for removing exorbitant amounts of unwanted fat tissue. Liposuction actively slims areas of the body while reshaping them to a more desired appearance. With this procedure, patients can experience a more desirable body shape and feel more secure with their image.


Am I a Candidate for Liposuction?

Ideal candidates for liposuction in Maryland are within 30 pounds of their ideal weight and have maintained a stable weight for minimally three months. Liposuction is not a procedure for weight loss, but for body contouring, so this should be kept in mind while considering undergoing this procedure. Candidates should also:

  • Be non-smokers
  • Have no medical conditions that could prohibit surgery
  • Be mentally and physically healthy
  • Have realistic goals
  • Be looking for body contouring results as opposed to weight loss

A consultation with Dr. Birely will reveal whether you are a candidate for liposuction. Meet with us to find out which of our several body sculpting procedures offered at Artistry in Plastic Surgery would be most effective for you.


Which Body Regions Can Be Improved with Liposuction?

Liposuction, as a popular procedure, is sometimes coupled with other procedures including breast reductions and tummy tucks. The reason lies behind the versatility of the procedure.

Receiving liposuction in Maryland can address many problem areas during one procedure. You can combine other treatments with your liposuction procedure to improve different areas of the body with Dr. Brent Birely.

Because liposuction helps to reduce localized tissue, it can target multiple areas including:

  • Tissue in the abdomen
  • Fatty deposits in the thighs, hips, and buttocks
  • Small excesses around the chin, neck, or cheeks
  • Breast and chest tissue
  • Under and upper arm regions
  • Pockets around the knees, calves, and ankles
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What Can I Expect during a Liposuction Consultation?

During your consultation with Dr. Birely, you can ask specific questions, raise any concerns you may have about your procedure, and learn more about the options offered through a liposuction procedure. During your appointment, you will thoroughly discuss the results as well as the side effects of surgery. Once Dr. Birely performs his analysis on your health, desires, and lifestyle, the date of surgery will be determined. You can leave knowing that you hold more informed expectations of your procedure.


What are the Benefits of Liposuction in Maryland?

Liposuction in Baltimore is incredibly popular because it is considered a relatively safe surgical procedure, and the results boast more than a 90% satisfaction rate for clients. Liposuction has many benefits:

  • Targets stubborn body fat in the neck, thighs, hips, chest, buttocks, abdomen, or back
  • Causes very minimal scarring
  • Provides a better fit in clothing
  • Enhances the shape and contour of your body
  • Removes or helps to remove benign fatty tumors in certain areas of the body
  • Removes fatty male breast tissue.
  • Improves overall health
  • While it is not a weight-loss procedure, it helps you lose up to 10 pounds
  • Eliminates sweating and chafing in stubborn fatty areas
  • Boosts confidence
  • Provides long-lasting results
  • Provides a slimmer, leaner physique
  • Liposuction can help inspire healthy eating and exercise habits 

View Our Liposuction Before & After Gallery


In most cases, the surest testament to a surgeon’s skill is the visual result. Within our gallery, you’ll find many such testaments, allowing you to further decide if Dr. Birely is the surgeon for you.

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How are Liposuction Procedures Performed?

Like most inpatient procedures, Liposuction maintains a specific set of steps. Some variation of these steps may be used during your surgery, depending on your individual needs and predetermined desires. Patients will be under general anesthesia or sedation during surgery. Once patients are sleeping, liposuction is performed using a thin hollow tube, known as a cannula. The tube is inserted through incisions and loosens up the unwanted fat tissue. Once this fat tissue is loosened, Dr. Birely will suction out the fat from the body. The surgery can vary in time, according to the amount of tissue removed as well as the number of areas where liposuction is used. The actual procedure, the incision making, and tissue removal necessitates a 2 or 3 hour period. However, a patient can expect to remain in the facility anywhere between 3 or 7 hours.

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Preparing for your Liposuction Procedure

Before your liposuction in Maryland procedure, you’ll want to be at or very near your ideal weight. Because liposuction is not a weight-loss procedure, for best results you’ll be at the weight you want to be, which will highlight the areas of fat you want to target that won’t go away with exercise and healthy eating.

Buy or prepare meals ahead of time to have easy access to while recovering after your procedure. Arrange for help with caring for children or other duties that involve moving around.

Stop smoking, if you do smoke. It’s also important to stop any medications or supplements that could thin the blood, such as aspirin, vitamin E, and other anti-inflammatory medications. Be sure to discuss your current supplements and medications with Dr. Birely ahead of time.

What can I expect from my Liposuction Results?

At first, you will experience some swelling and fluid retention in the area as you are healing. Once the swelling subsides and you’ve completely healed from your liposuction procedure, your results will become fully apparent. The results will be a leaner, slimmer body contour and a more sculpted figure. 

As long as you maintain your weight, the results of your procedure will be relatively permanent because the fat cells that were eliminated cannot return. However, other fat cells that still remain in the area can grow, and the results of your liposuction procedure can be diminished if you don’t maintain your weight with a healthy diet and an active lifestyle. As long as you maintain your weight, your results will last. 

Exercising after Liposuction:


It’s important to exercise and maintain a healthy, active lifestyle after you heal from a liposuction treatment. After 1-2 days, you may resume light, general activity, but for exercise, you should wait for 2-3 weeks. 

It’s best to begin at 25% of your usual effort level when you begin to exercise again, keeping yourself to a more moderate routine for a couple of weeks. We recommend waiting for 4-6 weeks before beginning more strenuous activities such as running or weightlifting.

Once you’re fully healed, we recommend cardio workouts such as running, cycling, swimming, and aerobics to keep yourself trim and toned so that the fat you’ve eliminated doesn’t return.

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As One of Baltimore’s Best, Dr. Birely Can Guide You through Liposuction Recovery

The recovery process for liposuction will depend on your individual surgery and the areas affected. After your surgery is completed, bandages will be placed over each of the treated areas. You may also be provided with a garment for swelling compression, depending on the extent of your liposuction procedure. Dr. Birely will inform you about incision care, medication, and follow up appointments before you leave the facility. Patients may feel well enough for work a few days after surgery.

However, you may experience side effects like bruising or swelling for a few weeks. Your results, in their entirety, should fully heal within a month or two post-surgery.

If you have any more questions or concerns, please schedule a consultation with Dr. Birely. In his care, you'll receive arguably the best liposuction Maryland has to offer. He will be able to optimize a plan that is specific to your wants and needs.

Frequently Asked Questions

How Should I Prepare for Liposuction?

Are There Any Risks Associated With Liposuction?

How Much Does Liposuction in Maryland Cost?

Is Financing Available?

How Should I Prepare for Liposuction?

Part of your preparation will include the initial consultation with Dr. Birely, where you may be asked about your medical history, or have lab tests completed. After your consultation you may be asked to stop or reduce how much you take of certain medications or supplements that thin the blood for a period of time prior to surgery.

Make advance preparations by arranging to have a friend or family member pick you up after surgery and assist you during the first few days of your recovery.

The best preparation for liposuction is to ensure your treatment is performed by a respected, accomplished board-certified surgeon. Dr. Birely has a reputation for being among the finest plastic surgeons practicing in the Baltimore area. He will answer your questions, so you fully understand what to expect in treatment, recovery, and results.

Are There Any Risks Associated With Liposuction?

The risks associated with liposuction are minimal, especially when you have chosen to have liposuction performed by a board-certified and experienced surgeon such as Dr. Birely. Possible risks could include bruising, swelling, bleeding, and infection. Other risks could be uneven contours, asymmetrical results, or numbness in the treated areas.

How Much Does Liposuction in Maryland Cost?

The average cost of liposuction is in the range of $3,500, but costs vary, based upon the number of areas you want sculpted. Those having smaller areas treated may expect to pay less than those who are having multiple or larger areas slimmed.

Is Financing Available?

Financing is available with reasonable monthly payments. Health insurance does not cover cosmetic procedures in most cases, although there are some exceptions, such as when liposuction may be one part of a breast reduction procedure for medical reasons. To discuss financing options, contact our office and one of our team members will be happy to discuss financing options that suit your requirements.

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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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