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Concerns about disproportionate, localized fat bulges that don’t respond to diet or exercise are common. Sometimes you inherit them, other times they develop with age, pregnancy or dramatic weight changes. Whatever your areas of frustration – abdomen, thighs, hips, knees, arms, buttocks, etc. – liposuction can help to remove unwanted fat and create a more defined, smooth, proportionate appearance.
Who is a good candidate?
Liposuction is a great solution for people who
- Have localized fat bulges or areas that are out of proportion to the rest of your body
- Have tried diet and exercise with no success
- Have firm, elastic skin that will contract to your new body shape
- Are in good physical condition and at a relatively stable weight
Liposuction is not a substitute for diet and exercise. With a healthy lifestyle, liposuction results are long-lasting.
About the Procedure:
Liposuction takes approximately one to five hours, depending upon the complexity of the procedure and the size of areas being addressed. It is performed on an outpatient basis with general anesthesia.
The procedure requires a very small incision, through which a thin, hollow tube called a cannula is manipulated back and forth to loosen the excess fat. The dislodged fat is suctioned out of the body using a surgical vacuum or syringe attached to the cannula. A sterile saline solution, combined with adrenaline anesthetic, is used to minimize bleeding and improve patient comfort and safety.
The surgeons at Belcara Health use an ultrasonically assisted liposuction technique that employs ultrasonic energy to liquefy excess fat prior to surgical suctioning allowing them to refine the results even further.
At Belcara Health, we make every effort to ensure recovery is as quick and comfortable as possible. However, every recovery is different and depends largely on the extent of your procedure, your general health and how compliant you are with your surgeon’s instructions.
Most patients experience some swelling, bruising and soreness, which can be mitigated with compression garment. We recommend you wear the garments for a least 6 weeks for optimal results and comfort. We encourage patients to get up and move around as soon as possible, and most return to work and normal activities in about 3-7 days.
What areas can be addressed?
Liposuction may be used to reduce fat in all areas of the body, including the thighs, hips, buttocks, abdomen, waist, upper arms, neck, back, inner knee and chest area.
Additional Body Contouring Options:
Liposuction is often performed in conjunction with other body contouring techniques to achieve optimal results.
Patients with excess, loose, sagging skin may benefit from a body contouring procedure. Common areas for body contouring are the abdomen, arms, thighs and buttocks. During the procedure, your surgeon will remove your loose, sagging skin and and excess fat to dramatically improve your shape. Learn more about Body Contouring for the Abdomen (Tummy Tucks), Arms, Thighs, and After Dramatic Weight Loss.
Fat Transfer uses a patient’s own fat to enhance the size and shape of another area of the body. During the procedure, your surgeon will remove fat with liposuction, usually from the abdomen, and use that fat to sculpt and enhance the target areas of concern.
CoolSculpting is a groundbreaking, FDA approved technology that freezes targeted fat cells, which are then naturally eliminated from your body. The procedure takes about 1 hour and effectively reduces fat with no surgery, needles or downtime. Great for love handles, muffin tops, belly pouches, bra rolls, arms, thighs, knees and chin. Learn more about CoolSculpting.
What does Liposuction Cost?
We understand that having a general range of procedure prices can be helpful, so we are happy to provide estimated price ranges for the plastic surgery procedures we perform. However, it is important to note that price ranges are general estimates only.
The best way to learn about procedure pricing is consult directly with one of our board certified plastic surgeons. During your consultation, your surgeon will listen carefully to your concerns and goals and assess your medical history, lifestyle and anatomy. Together, you and your surgeon will review all your treatment options and develop a personalized plan that meets all your needs. Only then are we able to provide an accurate price quote.
Your quote will include:
- All visits before and after the procedure
- Operating Room time and supplies
- Surgeon’s fee
- Anesthesia fees
- All medical support materials
Liposuction procedures at Belcara Health range from $3,500 – $10,000.
What are Patients Saying?
Our Surgery Center
Most liposuction patients elect to have their procedures performed in our onsite Surgery Center. Our 5 star facility was designed with the safety, comfort, privacy and convenience of our patients in mind. It features state-of-the-art technology and meets the most rigorous safety standards. We are proud to be one of the few outpatient surgical facilities to earn AAAHC accreditation, as well as certifications from Medicare and the State of Maryland. Because safety is our first concern, all surgical procedures are performed with board certified anesthesiologists and registered nurses.
Why Belcara Health
At Belcara Health, we care for the whole person. Our world-class medical team – across multiple specialties, all under one roof—provide a unique mix of services is designed to enhance your lifestyle now and for the years ahead. Our integrated, customized services will help you live a healthier, happier, more vibrant life. Learn more about our Medical Team and services: Plastic Surgery, Dermatology, Ophthalmology, and Wellness.
- Schedule your private consultation today by calling 410.296.0414.
- Have you met our incredible Skincare Specialists yet? Read more about the wide range of advanced skincare treatments and medical-grade skincare products available at Belcara Health.
- Are you a Member? Check out our LOYALTY program – an affordable, flexible way to maintain your youthful look
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- Check out this post: CoolSculpting vs. Liposuction vs. Tummy Tuck
Insurance Guidelines: Liposuction is a cosmetic procedure and is therefore not covered by insurance.
BEFORE & AFTERS
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“My surgeon and the entire office staff made me feel like I was important and really took the time to listen as well as accommodate every question and request I made. You can tell it is very important to the staff to make the patient feel comfortable and at ease. I feel like they bent over backwards to meet all my needs. My whole life I have been self-conscious of my body image, but now I’m so much better. Cloths fit and I’m so happy. Belcara Health is wonderful and I’m so grateful to them.”
Our practitioners who specialize in Liposuction.
Dr. Michael D. Cohen
Dr. Michael Cohen, Board Certified Plastic Surgeon and Medical Director of Belcara Health, is recognized as one of the leading plastic surgeons in the nation. Dr. Cohen has been named LEAD Surgeon by Mentor for Breast Augmentation – and Top Doc by Baltimore Magazine for Breast and Body Surgery – for many consecutive years. With over 25 years of experience, Dr. Cohen has performed thousands of procedures for the face, body and breasts – creating natural, beautiful results that help his patients look and feel their best. Read full bio.
Dr. Gary A. Vela
Board Certified Plastic Surgeon Dr. Gary Vela is one of the premier plastic surgeons in the area. Dr. Vela is renowned for his exceptional skill, natural results and compassionate approach to patient care. Understanding that patients’ thoughts, feelings, and emotions play a pivotal role in their outcome, Dr. Vela has helped thousands of patients achieve the transformative results they desire. Read full bio.