Adam N. Summers, M.D.
Maryland Plastic Surgery
Cosmetic Surgery & Medical Spa


Maryland Liposuction Surgeon - Dr. Summers
Baltimore, Annapolis

Literally thousands of liposuction patients have visited Baltimore cosmetic surgeon Dr. Summers at the Maryland Plastic Surgery Center to achieve a reduction in love handles, saddlebags, double-chins, bulges around the waistline, or other unsightly fatty deposits. When diet and exercise alone is not enough to reduce these fatty deposits, liposuction patients seek Dr. Summers to assist in the slimming and trimming of their figures. He has dedicated his professional career to helping each Maryland and Baltimore liposuction patient enjoy a healthy and happy life after treatment at his state-of-the-art surgical facility.

As liposuction is one of the most popular of plastic surgery procedures, Dr. Summers has spent much of his time performing this procedure. As a result of his dedication to mastering this surgical technique, many consider Dr. Summers to be a top Maryland liposuction specialist. In the paragraphs below, Dr. Summers describes the liposuction procedure and how he can help you enjoy a slimmer figure.

Liposuction Introduction:

Liposuction is a body-sculpting procedure that has helped many Baltimore liposuction patients remove fat that is unresponsive to dieting and exercising. This procedure can be applied to nearly any area of the body and is commonly used on multiple areas during an operation.  Liposuction results in a slimmer and better proportioned figure.  Through the use of liposuction, Annapolis and Baltimore patients have achieved a better shape and a more beautiful body.

Through tiny incisions, Dr. Summers inserts small tubes (cannulas) to suction away the fat deposits.  With tumescent liposuction, fluid containing novocaine and adreneline is injected into the fat prior to liposuction - this results in numbness of the area and prevents bleeding.  Ultrasonic liposuction involves the addition of an ultrasonic probe to the tumscent liposuction procedure.  The probe literally "melts" the fat, resulting in a much less traumatic procedure (e.g. less pain and less bruising, resulting in faster recovery).  Dr. Summers performs both traditional tumsecent liposuction,  ultrasonic liposuction (commonly referred to as "Vaser Liposuction"), and laser liposuction (commonly referred to as "SMART Liposuction") at the Maryland Plastic Surgery Center.

There are two layers or compartments of fat on your body - a superficial layer which has an even thickness over most of the body, and deep compartments.  The deep compartments exist mainly in the areas mentioned above. If you are not overweight, but have a localized buldge in these areas, you have excess fat in the deep compartment. Deposits of deep compartment fat are hereditary, and usually do not respond normally to diet and exercise. Superficial compartment fat, on the other hand, increases significantly with weight and decreases with weight loss. Suction lipoplasty primarily removes deep compartment fat deposits to remove bulges.

The quality and elasticity of the overlying skin has a major impact on the success of suction lipoplasty. When fat is suctioned to remove a bulge, the overlying skin must shrink or contract to fit the new profile. If your skin is excessively lax before the procedure, the additional looseness after suctioning may be undesirable.  Also, although there is no absolute age at which the skin becomes too loose for the procedure, after age 45 (or occasionally sooner), the elasticity of the skin begins to decrease in many patients.  If excess skin is present or if the elasticity is poor, you may require excision or tightening of some tissue for an optimal result.  Dr. Summers will discuss the elasticity of your skin during your consultation at the Maryland Plastic Surgery Center.

In summary, liposuction is not a replacement for proper exercise and diet.  Instead, liposuction is a reduction procedure for stubborn areas where fat accumulates.  When performed across several areas of the body, liposuction can provide a well proportioned body appearance.  Ideal surgical candidates are those already in good physical condition but having stubborn areas that do not respond to diet and exercise. A good candidate for suction lipoplasty should have localized fat deposits, be within 20 pounds of their goal weight (not necessarily their "ideal body weight"), and have reasonably elastic skin overlying the areas of concern.

Procedure Goals:

Liposuction will help your clothing fit better, as well as improve your appearance in a bathing suit. After liposuction, Baltimore and Annapolis patients frequently describe the ability to buy clothes that "really fit" - they don't have to buy larger sizes to accommodate the areas of excessive fatty tissue accumulation.

Suction lipoplasty is not designed for weight reduction. It is a contouring procedure, removing bulges to blend body outlines more aesthetically.

Areas of the body where fat deposits can cause localized bulges include the neck, upper arms, upper and lower abdomen, flank areas (love handles), inner thighs, outer thighs and hips (saddlebags), buttocks, knee areas, calves, and ankles.

If you have a rippled or "cellulite" appearance of the skin prior to suction, it may become more noticable following the procedure. It is possible to see small areas of skin rippling, dimpling, or contour irregularities following suction lipoplasty.  In order to reduce this possibility, Dr. Summers provides four complimentary Endermologie treatments for patients with significant cellulite who desire liposuction -- additional Endermologie treatments may be purchased if the patient is pleased with the initial results.

The Procedure:

Before your suction lipoplasty procedure at the Maryland Plastic Surgery Center, Dr. Summers will very carefully outline the areas of bulging which are to be suctioned and draw detailed lines to further define the shape and contour characteristics of the fat deposit.

Tiny incisions are made in concealed areas, where possible, and then tumescent fluid is injected into the tissues.  This helps to reduce bleeding and helps provide comfort after the procedure.   small suction tubes are inserted to the proper depth of the fat deposit. The tube or cannula is then passed back and forth until an appropriate amount of fat has been re-moved. In the case of ultrasonic liposuction (VASER Liposuction) or laser liposuction (SMART Liposuction), a ultrasonic or laser probe is first inserted to melt the fat.  The cannula is then  inserted to removed the melted fat. The entire bulging area is treated in this fashion, carefully removing small amounts at a time, and constantly checking fat thickness and contour as suctioning proceeds.

After suctioning is complete in one area, the opposite side is treated in the same way, comparing the two sides and adjusting to best match. Finally, the incisions are carefully closed, and an elastic garment or dressing is placed to put gentle pressure on the skin and prevent excess fluid accumulating in the area suctioned.

All of your incisions will be carefully closed with stitches. You'll be able to shower immediately after the procedure. Liposuction can last from thirty minutes to several hours depending upon the amount of fat to be removed. 

Liposuction Recovery:

After liposuction in Maryland, patients typically have mild to moderate discomfort. Many patients compare the discomfort to the muscle soreness one gets from exercising after a long period of inactivity. The discomfort is readily controlled with medication. Most patients are able to return to light work-related activities and social activities in 2-3 days.

We encourage return to full normal activity as soon as possible. Just don't do any type of strenuous exercise that would push your pulse over 100 for about two to three weeks. Any aerobic activity that increases your pulse over 100 also increases your blood pressure, and could make you bleed.

To minimize fluid collection and swelling in the treated areas, we'll ask you to wear an elastic garment we provide for three weeks after surgery -- this may vary depending on the areas and extent of your procedure.

You will have some swelling, bruising, and numbness over the treated areas. These usually resolve in 2-3 weeks or sooner, and you'll notice feeling starting to return (if it was decreased) in about 2 weeks. Although you'll see an immediate contour change, it may take up to 6 months for complete resolution of swelling, especially in the thighs.

In addition to liposuction, Baltimore and Annapolis liposuction patients have enjoyed the added benefit of an abdominoplasty procedure to tone, tighten, and flatten the stomach. After undergoing tummy tuck in Maryland, patients enjoy a slimmer, more sculpted figure. Liposuction can also be combined with body lift and can be performed as part of the Brazilian butt lift in Maryland. To learn more about these procedures, please explore the respective pages.

Dr. Summers is listed as a Baltimore liposuction specialist on the PerfectYourself Liposuction resource, which you may visit for additional information.

Frequently Asked Questions About Liposuction:

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Q: How do I know if plastic surgery is right for me?

Q: Can I have several procedures performed simultaneously?

Q: Does it matter how old I am?

Q: What happens during my initial consultation?

Q: How long will it take to recover from my surgery?

Q: Will liposuction prevent weight gain?

Q: Will fat move to untreated areas?

Q: Can liposuction remove a large amount of weight?

Q: Will loose skin shrink after liposuction?