Liposuction is popular among both men and women who want to slim or reshape a specific area of the body. Liposuction is not a weight loss surgery and should not be thought of as one. It’s more helpful to think of liposuction as a sculpting technique that can create beautiful and natural looking curves.
Candidates for Liposuction
If you are considering liposuction, you should be in good health, at a stable weight and have a good degree of elasticity in your skin. You should not have any serious medical conditions which could compromise your healing. Baltimore surgeon Dr. Horowitz will meet with you individually to discuss how liposuction can best help you to achieve your goals.
Liposuction can be used to create beautiful contours or sculpt the following:
- Back (low back and bra-line)
- Face (cheeks, chin, neck)
The Day of Surgery
Liposuction is an outpatient procedure that is performed with either intravenous sedation or general anesthesia. During liposuction, Dr. Horowitz will make several small incisions in the treatment area and insert a thin, hollow tube (called a cannula). The cannula delivers a combination of liquid anesthetic and epinephrine to constrict the blood vessels and minimize bleeding. Dr. Horowitz will move the cannula back and forth to break up the fat deposits. Then, he will suction the loosened fat from the body. Finally, he will close the incisions and place a compression garment around the treated area.
If you are considering having several areas of your body treated at once, please discuss this possibility with Dr. Horowitz during your surgical consultation.
Recovering from Liposuction
You will feel sore, swollen and bruised after liposuction. The swelling and bruising will subside within several weeks. Dr. Horowitz advises that you keep your compression garment in place for about a month after the procedure, as it helps “shrink” the skin. He will want to see you several times after surgery to check on the progress of your healing.
Schedule a Liposuction Consultation
If you are interested in tightening and toning an area of your body through liposuction, please contact the plastic surgery office of Dr. Jeffrey Horowitz. A member of our staff will be glad to schedule a one-on-one consultation for you so that you can meet with Dr. Horowitz and discuss liposuction and other body sculpting options such as thigh lift, arm lift or tummy tuck.