Gary Burton, MD

Plastic Surgeon located in Bowie, MD

Do you have areas of unwanted fat on your body that don’t seem to budge no matter how good you eat or how often you workout? Skilled Plastic Surgeon Dr. Gary Burton, in Bowie can sculpt the figure you work so hard to get with traditional or tumescent liposuction. For more information about liposuction, call the office or book an appointment online.

Liposuction Q & A

What is liposuction?

Liposuction is a surgical procedure that removes areas of unwanted fat to improve the shape of your body. For comfort, Dr. Burton performs liposuction under general or conscious sedation.

There are two types of liposuction: traditional and tumescent.

Traditional liposuction

Dr. Burton uses a specialized tool that suctions the fat from your body. He typically chooses traditional liposuction if you have only a small amount or pocket of fat to remove.

Tumescent liposuction

Tumescent liposuction is a specialized cosmetic treatment that injects a solution of lidocaine and epinephrine to assist in the removal of unwanted areas of fat. Dr. Burton uses tumescent liposuction for all types of fat removal.

Liposuction isn’t meant to serve as a means to help you lose weight, but as a way to contour your body to give you the shape you’ve worked so hard to get.

What areas of the body can be treated with liposuction?

Liposuction can be performed on almost any area of your body, including:

  • Abdomen and love handles
  • Thighs, hips, and saddlebags
  • Buttocks and back
  • Arms
  • Cheeks, chin, and neck

What can I expect during liposuction treatment?

Liposuction is a safe and effective procedure. To remove the fat, Dr. Burton makes a small incision in the area you’re treating and inserts a special cannula, which is a surgical tube designed to suction out the fat. He then uses a back and forth motion with the cannula to remove the fat from your body.

With tumescent liposuction, Dr. Burton first injects the lidocaine and epinephrine solution before inserting the cannula for suction. The lidocaine reduces discomfort, while the epinephrine constricts the blood vessels to minimize bleeding. Dr. Burton then moves the cannula in a back and forth motion to suction out the fat.

After liposuction, you may experience some bruising in the treatment area, which will usually subside in three to five weeks.

Once the fat is gone, it usually doesn’t come back as long as you maintain a healthy diet, continue to exercise, and do not gain weight.

How do I maintain results after liposuction?

Dr. Burton can give you the shape you’ve been working so hard to get, but he recommends you continue to pay close attention to your diet and engage in regular activity to maintain results.

To find out how liposuction can improve the shape of your body, call the office or book an appointment online today.