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Sometimes dieting and exercise alone does not remove fatty deposits in parts of the body, such as the thighs, hips, abdomen, and upper arms, which can be frustrating to some people. The plastic surgeons at Johns Hopkins, in Baltimore, Maryland, offer liposuction, or lipoplasty, a process that removes excess fat deposits.

Liposuction is also often done in conjunction with other procedures, such as facelifts, neck lifts, inner thigh lifts, and breast reduction for men and women.

What to expect during liposuction

Generally, whichever kind of liposuction is done, it can be done as an outpatient procedure if it is not being done in conjunction with a more invasive procedure. You will likely receive a local anesthetic and sedation to keep you comfortable. Learn more about liposuction.

Recovery from liposuction

After the procedure, you will be able to walk and move around comfortably. You will need to wear a compression garment for six weeks to speed recovery time. Your doctor may also prescribe pain medication to deal with pain in the day or two after the procedure.

Swelling should begin to disappear in a matter of weeks and resolve completely in a few months. Though you may need to take a few days off of work, you should be able to return to normal activity and work within a week.

Because the incisions are so small, the scars that may occur will also be quite small and not very noticeable.

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