Liposuction is one of the best ways to eliminate stubborn fat and improve the appearance of a problem area. In Maryland, Dr. Ashruf is an experienced plastic surgeon who understands how much one’s confidence can improve after a quick liposuction procedure.

Liposuction Procedure

Through liposuction, the doctor removes fat deposits from problem areas where fat seems impossible to lose, even with the best diet and exercise plan. Some give these problem areas pretty names, such as “love handles.” Others give them ugly words like “buffalo hump,” “saddlebags,” or “beer belly.” These fat deposits are mainly found in the outer and inner thighs, upper and lower back, abdomen, neck, knees, and many more.

You can undergo liposuction under general or local anesthesia. The procedure depends on the factors you discuss with your doctor during the consultation but Dr. Ashruf recommends you receive local anesthesia. Using local anesthesia, you can undergo liposuction on an outpatient basis and go home on the same day as the liposuction procedure.

The procedure begins by making small incisions around the problem area. The doctor can introduce a cannula, ultrasound device, or laser fiber through the incisions and then suction out the fat deposits from the problem area. Once the suction of fat deposits takes place, the incisions get closed with sutures. After the surgery, your medical team will take you to a recovery room for monitoring. Once stabilized, the doctor hands the patient over to the care of a responsible family member or guardian.

Recovery from the Procedure

Before discharge, you will be bandaged and wrapped using a compression garment and given instructions on how to change the bandages. The compression garment helps in reducing post-operative swelling and also improves the results; it is worn for three to four weeks after surgery.

Liposuction’s side effects include swelling around the incisions and slight bruising. The patient can experience post-operative discomfort but this can be controlled with over-the-counter drugs and prescriptions from your doctor. Within a maximum period of two weeks, the patient should have fully recovered. Recovery time depends on the volume of the fat deposits removed and the technique used.

So, Will Fat Move?

The simple and short answer is no. Some people believe that fat moves to other body parts after liposuction. However, this is often considered a misconception because liposuction does not help with weight loss. When a person gains weight, the fat cells enlarge, and when one loses weight, the cells shrink. Since the cells get removed during liposuction, there is no more fat left to move or enlarge. However, if a person gains weight after their liposuction procedure, other fat cells can enlarge so it is important to maintain regular exercise and a proper diet.

Schedule a Consultation

At Cosmetic Plastic Surgery & Laser Center of Maryland, Dr. Ashruf can answer these questions and more to ensure your comfort before receiving liposuction. Schedule a complimentary consultation online or call our office at 410-701-3348.