Did you know that liposuction is the second most sought after cosmetic procedure in the United States? As long as you get your surgery done by a board-certified surgeon, liposuction is considered rather safe. Despite that fact, it is still major surgery, and there are post-surgery steps that need to be followed for a smooth and quick recovery.

What to Expect

Typically, liposuction is an outpatient surgery, meaning you can go home on the day of your operation. One exception to this is if you are getting a lot of fat removed, you might have to stay overnight in the hospital. It is important to make sure you have someone drive you home after surgery. You won’t be able to drive because you might feel the side effects of anesthesia, feel the side effects of the pain medication, or be in too much pain.

The First Few Weeks After Liposuction

During the first few weeks after your liposuction procedure, you can anticipate that you will have some discomfort. Make sure to follow the schedule your doctor gave you concerning the pain medication. The pain medicine will help your discomfort to become more tolerable. Also, your doctor may have given you antibiotics to prevent infection. Make sure to take them.

For the next month or so, you will have to wear a compression garment. This garment will help reduce swelling and help maintain your new shape.

It is important to minimize any activity for the next few days.

You also may go home with drains at the incision site. These drains help reduce fluid build-up. If there is fluid around the incisions, they will heal slower. Your doctor will tell you how to take care of the drains and how long you will need them.

After a few weeks, your discomfort will start to subside compared to the first few days. Many people return to work after the first or second week; however, if your job is strenuous, you should wait longer to return.

The One Month Mark and Later

You may still have some swelling, but your pain should be gone. Most patients can begin to perform light exercises. You will even start to see results from the procedure. These are not your final results; it sometimes takes months for the swelling to go down.

At week 6, you can finally take your compression garment off. You should also be able to see the full results of your liposuction, although keep in mind that some people stay swollen for longer compared to others. You can also go back to doing difficult activities unless your doctor tells you not to.

During recovery and to maintain your new body, it is important to eat well, stay hydrated, and stay well-rested.

If you are interested in having liposuction or have more questions, contact CalvertHealth Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery. Our surgeon, Dr. Wilfred R. Ehrmantraut, Jr., is board-certified and has over twenty years of experience. Through a thorough consultation, he will be able to determine if liposuction is right for you and answer any questions you may have.

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After making it through the holidays, it’s common to start looking forward to your spring schedule and enjoying the beautiful weather. With spring break quickly approaching, it’s time to start getting beach-ready– however, whether you had a few too many desserts over the holiday season or just want to achieve the body you’ve always been dreaming about, plastic surgery is one of the best ways to transform your figure for the biggest impression in your favorite bikini. In fact, getting started on your new body now is one of the best ways to give yourself plenty of time for your new results to emerge. Here’s a guide to some of the best options for transforming your figure with minimal downtime so you can get right back to enjoying the sunshine.


If you’ve whittled your weight down to your ideal number but still have some stubborn fat pockets, liposuction is an effective option. With tiny incisions, it can remove fatty tissue in fatty areas like the stomach, thighs, hips, arms, or chin for more refined contours in your favorite areas. The best part is it requires only a few days of downtime before you can return to your regular schedule. Your final results will continue to emerge in the following months.

Breast Augmentation

When you’re looking for a little boost to go with the new you, breast augmentation is an old, reliable favorite. With the right implants and placement techniques, breast augmentation results are more natural and flattering than ever. Additionally, you can select the right incision patterns so you don’t need to worry about visibility in your favorite beach outfits. To get started, Dr. Ehrmantraut can create the right surgical plan for you so that you can enjoy your results just in time for beach weather.

Breast Lift

Whether you want to add implants or not, the breast lift is a great way to rejuvenate breasts that sag or don’t have much volume. With incisions, a breast lift can remove excess skin and reposition the breasts to a more upright and perky position. Although it requires around one week of downtime, you can enjoy more youthful breasts that more effectively fill out your favorite swimsuit tops.

Mini Tummy Tuck

The mini tummy tuck comes with drastically less downtime than the traditional tummy tuck, but it limits the treatment area to below the belly button. If you have some extra fat in this area, then this can be a great way to flatten your profile with incisions that can be easily hidden in your bathing suit. Liposuction is a common accompaniment to this option for some additional contouring for a stunning lower abdominal profile.

Schedule a Consultation

The best way to get ready for your best spring break yet is by scheduling a consultation with Dr. Ehrmantraut to learn more about your options. We invite you to contact our Prince Frederick office by calling or filling out our online form.

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Liposuction is one of the most popular cosmetic surgeries, as it targets fat that is difficult to lose with diet and exercise, alone. During the procedure, these stubborn pockets of fat are surgically removed from the body. The most common trouble areas that can be treated with this procedure are the lower abdomen, the sides of the torso, inner thighs, and upper arms. Liposuction is a great tool for removing fat, but it may not be a good option for those with loose skin.

When we gain weight, the skin stretches to accommodate the extra fat. Liposuction removes this fat, but the excess skin remains. It is similar to the loose skin that some experience after a major weight loss. Liposuction can help to tighten loose skin to a degree, but moderate-to-severe loose skin may require other procedures to address it.

Who Gets Loose Skin?

Typically, losing a lot of weight in a short time is the main reason behind developing loose skin. When this happens, the skin can’t adapt and shrink gradually. The same is the case when large amounts of fat are removed all at once during liposuction. However, in many cases, it is temporary and can be fixed.

Can Loose Skin Be Avoided?

It’s not possible for your surgeon to completely predict how well an individual’s skin will react to liposuction. Dr. Ehrmantraut will evaluate your skin’s elasticity before surgery and can make a general estimate. However, some procedures can be done post-recovery from liposuction to tighten loose skin. These will be discussed with you at your initial consultation, and any questions you may have will be answered in detail.

Schedule Your Consultation

Dr. Ehrmantraut has a demonstrated history and reputation of compassion, patient-centric treatment, and exemplary results. Together, with the staff of Plastic Surgery of Southern Maryland, he will create an individually tailored treatment plan, including recovery and support options, ensuring that each person receives the treatment they deserve. Call today to schedule your consultation.

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Two of the most common cosmetic procedures are liposuction and tummy tucks. These two procedures share the same goal of improving the appearance of a person’s midsection. However, aside from this shared goal, these procedures both achieve this in different ways.

Continue reading to learn the difference between a tummy tuck and liposuction.


Liposuction is mainly geared toward people who are looking to eliminate small deposits of fat. Small fat deposits are often located around the stomach, thighs, hips, and buttocks. During the procedure, the plastic surgeon will begin making tiny incisions into the targeted areas. A surgical tool, called a cannula, will be used to break up the fat and suction it out. 

Unlike the tummy tuck, liposuction does not get rid of any skin and does not tighten up the skin tissues either. This procedure is less invasive than a tummy tuck and takes much less time. There are multiple forms of liposuction ranging from laser lipo to ultrasonic. Depending on your goals, the type of surgery will change. Suitable candidates for liposuction are in good general health, have excess fat, and are close to their goal weight. 

Tummy Tuck

A tummy tuck, professionally known as an abdominoplasty, is for people whose skin is loose from weight loss or giving birth. This procedure is vastly different than liposuction. A plastic surgeon will start by making a wide incision along a patient’s lower abdomen.  Next, the muscles that are either weak or torn are repaired and any excess skin is removed. When compared to liposuction, this procedure is considered invasive, requires general anesthesia, and there is a lengthy recovery period. Candidates should be in good general health, close to their goal weight, and have realistic expectations. 

To qualify for the procedure, you must be in good health, have separated abdominal musculature, be a nonsmoker, and understand the risks. If you’re a smoker, it is highly suggested that you refrain from doing so for about a month before and after the procedure. As for the recovery, there is downtime, you may have some pain and you will have to wear an abdominal binder.

Now that you know what these procedures are and what to expect from them, it’s up to you and your plastic surgeon at Plastic Surgery of Southern Maryland to determine the treatment to help you reach your aesthetic goals.

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Liposuction is a medical procedure that breaks up fat and removes it from troubled areas of the body. Common body areas that benefit from liposuction are the stomach, neck, buttocks, thighs, and upper arms. The process involves inserting a hollow instrument known as a cannula under the skin. The fat is then removed through a suction mechanism.

Liposuction is one of the most common cosmetic procedures performed in the United States. However, many people considering the procedure still possess many questions.

Are The Results of Liposuction Permanent?

The body shape you will enjoy after liposuction can be long-lasting. The fat that was removed during liposuction can never return, however, you can still gain weight in untreated areas of the body. The best way to ensure long-lasting results is to maintain your weight with proper diet and regular exercise.

How Much Weight Loss Is Possible With Liposuction?

Liposuction should not be viewed as a way to lose dramatic amounts of weight. However, liposuction can help to slim your contour and define your figure. You will lose some pounds in the fat removed, however, the best candidates will already be in their ideal weight range before treatment.

Will Fat Cells Return?

Fat cells are permanently removed by liposuction. You do not gain new fat cells when you gain weight, instead, your existing fat cells expand. So, after fat cells are removed they will not come back, but untreated fat cells can still expand.

What If I Get Pregnant After Liposuction?

Pregnancy will not spoil the results of a successful liposuction procedure. You may experience new pockets of stubborn fat after pregnancy, especially in the abdominal area. Talk to your surgeon about further treatment plans if you notice a dramatic change to your contour after pregnancy.

How Much Fat Can The Procedure Remove?

It is safe to remove about six to eight pounds of fat during a liposuction procedure. Any more than this amount in a single day may pose risk of harm to the patient. If more fat removal is needed, multiple procedures should be performed on separate days.

How Long Before The Results Show?

One to three months usually passes before patients see the results of their liposuction procedure. This is because there is a considerable amount of swelling that takes place after the procedure that can hide your new contour.

Can Cellulite And Sagging Skin Be Corrected With Liposuction?

Cellulite and sagging skin are not affected very much by liposuction. Liposuction addresses stubborn fat only, and can actually worsen skin laxity if this is a concern to begin with. If you have significant sagging skin or cellulite, Dr. Ehrmantraut can discuss other treatment options with you.

Who do I turn to?

Dr. Wilfred R. Ehrmantraut, Jr., M.D. is a member of the American Board of Plastic Surgery and has more than 20 years of experience as a surgeon. Dr. Ehrmantraut and the staff at Plastic Surgery of Southern Maryland are available for individuals in the Prince Fredrick, Maryland area in need of liposuction or other cosmetic procedures.

The office of Plastic Surgery of Southern Maryland can be reached by calling 410-994-2706. A consultation can also be scheduled by using this online contact form.

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