Sometimes, even the most diligent diet and exercise regimen can't address those stubborn fat deposits. From small, specific areas such as the chin to large-volume areas such as the abdomen, liposuction is a popular way for men and women from the Baltimore-Washington Corridor to reduce frustrating areas of fat. Here, Dr. Eric Chang has compiled a list of the questions he hears most often from his liposuction patients in Columbia.
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In addition to traditional liposuction, Dr. Chang offers Smartlipo MPX™ to help maximize his patients' results. As with standard liposuction, he uses Smartlipo MPX at his Columbia practice to remove stubborn fat deposits. It also helps to tighten the skin to enhance the body's new contours. Smartlipo MPX is laser-assisted, which means Dr. Chang uses a laser to melt fat before it's removed from the body. This additional step amplifies the results.
Liposuction is popular for areas including the abdomen, upper arms, hips, and thighs. Many people don't realize that liposuction can also be safely used on areas such as the chin, neck, and knees.
The removed fat will cause a negligible amount of weight loss, and liposuction is not a solution for those who are significantly overweight. Nor is it a substitute for a healthy lifestyle. Liposuction works best on patients who are at or near healthy weights but would like to reduce small, stubborn fat deposits. Although liposuction is not a weight-loss surgery, many patients find that their improved bodies help motivate them to live more healthfully after the procedures — a great added benefit!
There is some evidence that laser-assisted liposuction, such as Smartlipo MPX, can tighten targeted skin in addition to removing fat. However, for skin that's significantly loose or sagging, an additional procedure, such as tummy tuck, may be recommended. Surgical procedures remove excess skin as well as fat, redraping it for a smooth, streamlined final result. During your consultation, Dr. Chang helps you decide whether another surgery can better create the results you want.
Because liposuction can be performed on various parts of the body, the recovery process varies from person to person. If only a small area is targeted, such as the chin, neck, or knees, only 2 or 3 days of downtime may be necessary. Larger areas, such as the abdomen, or thighs, may require at least a week of rest and reduced activity at home. Swelling, bruising, and discomfort are typical but manageable with medication. Although most people can return to work after 1 week, it may take up for a month before a patient may fully return to his or her regular activities.
Yes. In fact, liposuction is one of the most common "partner procedures" because Dr. Chang can easily add it to many other surgeries without affecting the recovery process. Dr. Chang uses liposuction to enhance the results of tummy tuck surgery, neck lift surgery, and mommy makeover procedures, among others.
Your body won't generate new fat cells, so the effects of your liposuction procedure could potentially be long lasting. However, the fat cells that remain can get bigger if you don't stick to a good diet and exercise regimen. Dr. Chang encourages his patients to adopt or maintain a healthy lifestyle to get the most out of their results, which can last indefinitely.
Dr. Chang currently offers a non-surgical liposuction alternative called CoolSculpting®. Cleared by the FDA, CoolSculpting uses a blast of cold to freeze fat cells, which die at higher temperatures than other cells. The frozen fat cells are naturally broken down by the body over the course of several months following the procedure. In many cases, patients can achieve noticeable results after a single, brief CoolSculpting treatment, although experiences vary. Patients can resume their daily activities immediately afterward.