Concerns about disproportionate, localized fat bulges that don’t respond to diet or exercise are common. Sometimes you inherit them, other times they develop with age, pregnancy or dramatic weight changes. Whatever your areas of frustration—abdomen, thighs, hips, knees, arms, or buttocks—liposuction in our Baltimore, Maryland office can help to remove unwanted fat and create a more defined, smooth, proportionate appearance.

Who Is a Good Candidate?

Liposuction is a great solution for people who:

  • Have localized fat bulges or areas that are out of proportion to the rest of the body
  • Have tried diet and exercise with limited success
  • Have firm, elastic skin
  • Are in good physical condition and at a relatively stable weight

Liposuction is not a substitute for diet and exercise. With a healthy lifestyle, liposuction results are long-lasting.

About the Procedure

Liposuction takes approximately 1 to 5 hours, depending upon the complexity of the procedure and the size of the areas being addressed. It is performed on an outpatient basis with general anesthesia.

The procedure requires a very small incision, through which a thin, hollow tube called a cannula is manipulated back and forth to loosen the excess fat. The dislodged fat is suctioned out of the body using a surgical vacuum or syringe attached to the cannula. A sterile saline solution, combined with adrenaline anesthetic, is used to minimize bleeding and improve patient comfort and safety.

The surgeons at Belcara Health use an ultrasonically-assisted liposuction technique that employs ultrasonic energy to liquefy excess fat prior to surgical suctioning allowing them to refine the results even further.

Patients share their stories


At Belcara Health, we make every effort to ensure recovery is as quick and comfortable as possible. However, every recovery is different and depends largely on the extent of your procedure, your general health and how compliant you are with your surgeon’s instructions.

Most of our Baltimore liposuction patients experience some swelling, bruising and soreness, which can be mitigated with a compression garment. We recommend you wear the garments for a least 6 weeks for optimal results and comfort.  We encourage patients to get up and move around as soon as possible, and most return to work and normal activities in about 3 to 7 days.

“My surgeon and the entire office staff made me feel like I was important and really took the time to listen as well as accommodate every question and request I made. You can tell it is very important to the staff to make the patient feel comfortable and at ease. I feel like they bent over backward to meet all my needs. My whole life I have been self-conscious of my body image, but now I’m so much better. Clothes fit and I’m so happy. Belcara Health is wonderful and I’m so grateful to them.”

What Areas Can Be Addressed?

Liposuction may be used to reduce fat in nearly all areas of the body, including the thighs, hips, buttocks, abdomen, waist, upper arms, neck, back, inner knee and chest area.

Additional Body Contouring Options

Liposuction is often performed in conjunction with other body contouring techniques to achieve optimal results.

Body Contouring

Patients with excess, loose, sagging skin may benefit from a body contouring procedure. Common areas for body contouring are the abdomen, arms, thighs, and buttocks. During the procedure, your surgeon will remove your loose, sagging skin and excess fat to dramatically improve your shape. Learn more about body contouring for the abdomen, arms, thighs, and after a dramatic weight loss.

Fat Transfer

Fat transfer uses a patient’s own fat to enhance the size and shape of another area of the body. During the procedure, your surgeon will remove fat with liposuction, usually from the abdomen, and use that fat to sculpt and enhance the target areas of concern.


CoolSculpting is a groundbreaking, FDA-approved technology that freezes targeted fat cells, which are then naturally cleared from your body. The procedure takes about 1 hour and effectively reduces fat with no surgery, needles or downtime. Great for love handles, muffin tops, belly pouches, bra rolls, arms, thighs, knees, and chin. Learn more about CoolSculpting.

How Much Does Liposuction Cost?

The best way to learn about procedure pricing is to consult directly with one of our board-certified plastic surgeons.  During your consultation, your surgeon will listen carefully to your concerns and goals and assess your medical history, lifestyle, and anatomy. Together, you and your surgeon will review all your treatment options and develop a personalized plan that meets all your needs. Only then are we able to provide an accurate price quote.

Your quote will include:

  • All visits before and after the procedure
  • Operating Room time and supplies
  • Surgeon’s fee
  • Anesthesia fees
  • All medical support materials

Our Surgery Center

Most liposuction patients elect to have their procedures performed in our on-site surgery center. Our 5-star facility was designed with the safety, comfort, privacy, and convenience of our patients in mind. It features state-of-the-art technology and meets the most rigorous safety standards. We are proud to be one of the few outpatient surgical facilities to earn AAAHC accreditation, as well as certifications from Medicare and the state of Maryland. Because safety is our first concern, all surgical procedures are performed with board-certified anesthesiologists and registered nurses.

Why Belcara Health?

At Belcara Health, we care for the whole person. Our world-class medical team—across multiple specialties, all under one roof—provide a unique mix of services is designed to enhance your lifestyle now and for the years ahead. Our integrated, customized services will help you live a healthier, happier, more vibrant life.

Ready to learn more? We’re ready to help. Request your consultation online, or call us at (410) 296-0414 to speak directly with a member of our staff.

Our Practitioners Who Specialize in Liposuction

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Dr. Michael D. Cohen

Medical Director, Board-Certified Plastic Surgeon & Breast Specialist

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Dr. Gary A. Vela

Board-Certified Plastic Surgeon & Body Contouring Specialist

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Financing & Payment Options

Obtaining the funds for elective procedures and products can sometimes be difficult, especially in these challenging economic times. At Belcara Health, we have a dedicated financing department, designed to help you get the financing you need, for the procedures you want.

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