What you Do Before Liposuction Really Matters

What you Do Before Liposuction Really Matters

Are you thinking of undergoing a liposuction procedure? If so, there are some boxes you’ll need to tick leading up to your surgery to get the best results. For instance, you need an experienced and knowledgeable surgeon, overall good health, and realistic expectations.


However, another essential element to consider is you. What you do before your liposuction procedure can have a huge impact on your surgery results.

Here are some things you should do leading up to your liposuction procedure.

1. Build muscle

Although liposuction gets rid of exercise-resistant fat, it’s up to you to tone the underlying muscles for a leaner and slimmer contour. For example, to get “six-pack” abs, you’ll need to work on your abdominal muscles.

Hence, focus on building your muscles several months before your procedure to attain the best results. This not only helps you achieve your desired looks sooner but also improves your strength and position for faster healing.

2. Hit your goal weight

While you don’t need to achieve any specific weight to undergo liposuction, it’s wise to reach your target weight several months before surgery. But, remember that achieving your target weight doesn’t translate to getting your ideal body.

At times, you may have stubborn fat in certain areas, even when you’re at your ideal weight. Liposuction can help you get rid of this excess fat.

3. Don’t use nicotine

Using nicotine can sabotage your plastic surgery results because it restricts blood vessels, decreasing blood flow. Your blood vessels play a vital role in your liposuction results and restricting them compromises your results.

Additionally, your blood flow has a huge impact on your recovery process as it determines how fast you heal and your likelihood of developing blood clots. Therefore, to ensure a quick recovery and a safe surgery procedure, stop smoking once you schedule your liposuction.

4. Change your diet

A healthy diet is important for everyone, but it becomes more vital when you’re getting ready for liposuction. Your pre-liposuction diet should increase your skin elasticity and boost your health for a better healing process.

It’s advisable to target foods high in antioxidants and water for your pre-liposuction diet. These include:

• Omega 3 fatty acids
• Celery
• Certain spices such as turmeric and cinnamon
• Cucumber
• Squashes, e.g., zucchini and pumpkin
• Different types of berries including blackberries, blueberries, and acai

Also, drink plenty of water daily.

5. Prep your home

Lastly, get your home ready before your liposuction procedure for your recovery phase. You may need to take a few days to rest and relax after your procedure to boost your healing. So, what should you do to prep your home?

• Arrange for help with children and pets
• Buy foods that are easy to prepare
• Put essentials items, such as lotion, within easy reach
• Organize your wardrobe to ensure you can find comfortable clothes easily
• Get extra-long charge cords for your electronic devices

Long-lasting liposuction results

Following these liposuction prep tips set you up for a successful procedure. Contact Allegany Plastic Surgery today to request your liposuction consultation.

What You Do Before Liposuction Really Matters

Liposuction is quite an intense procedure. For those who are planning to undergo this surgery, there are ways to help the recovery process. It will take some planning and dedication, but these pre-surgery preparations will be guaranteed to make life much easier afterward. Here is what to do before surgery:

Achieve Goal Weight

While liposuction does remove excess subcutaneous fat, cutting down on the amount to be removed will ensure better results from the procedure. Attaining a goal weight does not mean a perfect body. Liposuction is used to get rid of stubborn fat deposits that exercise does not, as well as give the body a more streamlined shape. Those planning a liposuction procedure can begin losing weight a few months beforehand to make sure their weight is stable by surgery time.

Work On Building Muscle

Liposuction is designed to remove fat that doesn’t go away with exercise. This will give the body some great contours and a more pleasing shape. The underlying muscles are important. Building strength and muscle will potentially aid with healing. Any muscle that is built before the liposuction procedure will be revealed afterward, as well. The hard work put into health and fitness will be evident. A workout regimen can be started a few months beforehand to give your body enough time to build muscle.

Improve Diet

A healthful diet is prudent and highly recommended. When it comes to a pre-liposuction diet, foods that are hydrating and help boost skin’s elasticity are recommended. Some foods to incorporate a few months before surgery include:

  • Celery
  • Omega-3 fatty acids
  • Mixed berries
  • Cucumber
  • Oils such as olive or walnut
  • Squashes

Cut Out Nicotine

Using nicotine can produce significant negative results in the healing and recovery process after surgery. This chemical effects the blood vessels and reduces blood flow. Blood flow is a critical component of healing after injury or surgery. To help assure the best possible recovery, it is advised patients stop tobacco usage a few months prior to their surgery.

Prepare The Home

A significant portion of the healing and recovery will be done at home. To make their environments more conducive to healing, patients can make some small changes and preparations such as:

  • Securing some reliable help for any children and/or pets
  • Getting foods that are easy to make
  • Investing in charging cords for electronic devices that are extra long
  • Making sure essential items can be easily reached from the bed
  • Making sure there are plenty of comfortable clothes to wear that won’t inhibit healing

Preparation Matters

All of these areas of life effect recovery and outcomes. Preparing the body and home before surgery is a gift patients can give themselves.

If you are interested in liposuction, call the staff at Allegany Plastic Surgery today to schedule your consultation.

Could liposuction become more popular than breast augmentation?

Since its inception, breast augmentation has been a popular surgical procedure. There are numerous societal shifts that have liposuction projected to become more sought out and popular with patients than breast augmentation. The shift in popularity began in 2018 and this trend shows little sign of slowing down anytime soon.

What Is Liposuction?

The liposuction procedure is focused on body contouring and removing small, stubborn areas of fat that are not removed with diet and exercise alone. Although it does remove fat, this procedure should not be thought of as a weight loss option or a replacement for healthy living by prospective patients. Ideal liposuction candidates are already at or close to their ideal weight and the procedure will serve to contour and fine tune their shape.

The procedure itself involves a hollow tube being inserted into small incisions near the treatment areas to loosen and vacuum out the troublesome fat deposits. Liposuction is performed on various areas of the body, such as:

  • Upper arms
  • Buttocks
  • Hips
  • Abdominal area
  • Thighs
  • Back
  • Legs

This procedure can sometimes be combined with a tummy tuck for patients who have excess or sagging abdominal skin.

After the procedure, there will be swelling and tenderness. Patients will need compression garments while they are healing. Patients may usually return to work within a few days. Final results take somewhere between one to three months to show depending on the level of post-operative swelling. There is also noticeable bodily change immediately after the procedure.

Pros And Cons Of Liposuction

Any surgical procedure has pros and cons to it. Pros of liposuction include:

  • Minimally invasive
  • Small scars
  • Minimal downtime
  • Permanent fat removal

Some potential liposuction cons include:

  • Some patients need to lose weight before surgery
  • Potential for weight gain without healthy lifestyle
  • Does not work on cellulite or sagging skin

Risks of surgery in general could include:

  • Bleeding
  • Infection
  • Numbness in treatment area

Patients should discuss any concerns with their doctors and follow aftercare instructions to aid in healing.

Liposuction Trends

Liposuction saw a large increase in popularity beginning in 2018. This trend continued until the pandemic stopped most elective procedures. With procedures picking up again, liposuction is coming out on top. Weight gain and lack of exercise have people looking into the procedure.

Working From Home

There has been a shift toward working from home which leaves the option open to get liposuction and recuperate at home safely. It makes the procedure even more attractive.

Younger Liposuction Patients

Millenials and younger generations embrace surgical improvements. The drastic results of liposuction make it tempting to younger patients.

If you are considering liposuction, reach out to the staff at Allegany Plastic Surgery to schedule a consultation today.

Mini, Traditional or Extended: Which Tummy Tuck is Best for Me?

You may have heard of the tummy tuck procedure, but it might surprise you to hear that there are different types of tummy tucks. Each is suited to a different goal. Dr. Carpenter can give you the best idea of what procedure would be best for you and your goals. As you schedule your consultation, you should know about your options.

Mini Tummy Tuck

This tummy tuck is the least invasive and generally produces the least dramatic results. “Mini” tummy tuck usually involves a combination of liposuction of the upper and central abdomen and a conservative removal of loose skin in the lower abdomen. It can be a great option for patients who are looking for only a minor adjustment and a little skin removed from the area below the belly button. This technique does not include  tightening the abdominal muscles. Patients return to usual activities in a few days. If you’re looking for a subtle improvement and minimal downtime, a mini tummy tuck might be your best option.

Traditional Tummy Tuck

As the name implies, this is the most common type of tummy tuck and produces a great balance of results and downtime. This tummy tuck is most beneficial in postpartum women because surgical tightening of the abdominal muscles (which become stretched out by pregnancy) is performed. Usually all the excess skin and fatty tissue below the belly button is removed, and the upper abdominal skin is flattened and tightened. Stretch marks below the belly button are removed with the skin and fat. Return to driving and normal daily activities is usually two weeks, although it may 4-6 weeks to return to vigorous exercise or heavy lifting.

Extended Tummy Tuck

This technique addresses the abdomen and flanks, or “love handle” areas if the lower abdominal roll extends around almost to the back. This is most common in massive weight loss patients. A vertical incision may be used as well as an extended horizontal incision, resulting in a comprehensive surgical solution for excess skin and fat all around the lower body and flanks. As in traditional tummy tuck, the abdominal muscles are tightened as well.  An extended tummy tuck downtime is similar to traditional tummy tuck. It can produce dramatic results if you’re looking for a complete abdominal and flank rejuvenation.

Belt lipectomy

As the name implies, Belt Lipectomy is a 360 degree removal of excess fat and skin from the lower body, basically combining a lower body lift with the extended abdominoplasty.  This improves the contour of the buttock and lateral thighs (also called a lower body lift) and the  flanks and abdomen. Patients who have experienced massive weight loss are the most common candidates. Recovery time may be slightly longer than  abdominoplasty, but the results can be dramatic!

During your consultation, Dr. Carpenter can assess your body and recommend the best procedure for you and your intended goals. To schedule your consultation, contact our office in Cumberland or fill out our form online!

Choices in Breast Augmentation

If you’ve decided to make the first steps towards your breast augmentation consultation, then you’re not alone. Breast augmentation is consistently the number one plastic surgery procedure from year to year, and many women recognize that this procedure can produce confidence-boosting results. At  your consultation, there are a few things you should be ready to discuss and consider with your plastic surgeon.

What Type of Implant Do I Want?

Despite the wide selection of implants that are now on the market, the choice generally remains pretty simple— implants are generally either saline-filled or silicone-filled. These each have different pros and cons, and other questions like your placement, size, or preferred profile might sway your decision one way or another. Your plastic surgeon can help you determine this, as well as what size will get you the best balance between projection and comfort. Other factors to consider can include the shape of the implant (round or pear-shaped) and surface of the implant (smooth or textured). If it seems overwhelming, your plastic surgeon can guide you to the right type if you have a strong sense of what you want your results to look and feel like.

Where Do I Want Them?

This might seem like a strange question but implants can be placed differently within the breast area for different results. Generally, the implants can be placed on top of the pectoral muscle (but within the pocket of breast tissue) or be placed underneath the pectoral muscle. Where the implant sits on the chest wall will affect the contour and shape of the breast, and your recovery. Your plastic surgeon will make a recommendation on placement based on your implant type and personal anatomy.

How Do I Want Them Placed?

The most common incision for silicone implants is the Inframmary incision (below the breast fold). Depending on your  wishes, anatomy, size of the implant and whether  you’re undergoing an additional procedure at the same time, other incisions may be used, such as periareolar, breast lift incisions and axillary (armpit) incisions.  Your plastic surgeon can take into account all these factors when making this decision.

It can seem overwhelming when trying to navigate the wealth of information available on breast augmentation, but the best person to speak to about your questions is your plastic surgeon who can guide your decision-making process. Your consultation can take some time as you discuss these options and what they mean, but these are important decisions. Contact Allegany Plastic Surgery to begin planning your breast augmentation with Dr. Carpenter, who is a board certified plastic surgeon with many years of experience performing breast augmentations.

Your Liposuction Options

Liposuction can be a great choice for slimming down and contouring your new body, but did you know you have options? Traditional liposuction is still one of the top plastic surgery procedures being performed, but liposuction techniques have come a long way, and you might find that laser alternatives better suit your goals and expectations. Here are some more options to consider while you plan your liposuction consultation.

Traditional Liposuction

Chances are, you know someone who has undergone liposuction— or you have at least heard about it before. Liposuction is still one of the most popular Cumberland plastic surgery procedures because it’s effective and well-tested within the plastic surgery community. Although non-invasive options for fat reduction are more available in the marketplace, the results of these procedures are still far inferior to liposuction. Liposuction is also a great option for removing fat for fat transfer, and is often combined with other procedures like tummy tuck. Liposuction can produce life-changing results.

SmartLipo Triplex

Laser enhanced liposuction (Smartlipo) offers several advantages over traditional liposuction. The laser technology can help melt the fatty tissue, so it’s more easily removed, which can result in less bruising and trauma to the surrounding tissues. This can also mean less pain as you heal and comes with the benefit of skin tightening due to the heat from the laser jumpstarting your body’s collagen production. This technique can be especially effective on areas with higher fat volume, like the stomach and lower body, or where the fat is fibrous, like “love handles’’ and gynecomastia tissue in males, and upper back and buttock fat in women.

Precision Tx

As the name implies, this precise laser liposuction method is effective on areas of small fat volume, like the chin, arms, thighs, knees, and ankles. Like SmartLipo, this technique includes skin tightening, but instead directly heats the bottom layers of the skin so that healing and tightening is faster and more effective. This can be especially effective for treating areas that are prone to sagging and loosening of the skin— like upper inner arms and inner thighs, and may help avoid an excisional  procedure.

The best way to determine the best liposuction procedure for you is through a consultation with your plastic surgeon. Contact Allegany Plastic Surgery to schedule an appointment with board certified plastic surgeon Dr. Carpenter, who can discuss your liposuction treatment options and create your unique treatment plan.

Offload Your Seasonal Weight with These Procedures

It’s easy to put on extra weight during the winter and holiday months! Weather and an abundance of sugary and fatty foods can add up fast, and even with healthy New Year’s resolutions, you might be finding it difficult to lose those areas of stubborn fat. Fortunately, we offer many different solutions to fat that just won’t go away to get your body ready by spring!

Laser Liposuction

You might be hesitant to undergo an invasive surgery, so laser liposuction is a great alternative. Whether it’s Smart-Lipo Triplex to melt away love-handles or back fat, or Precision TX to contour and get into those precision areas, there’s a simple weight-loss procedure for you. These treatments use laser energy to destroy fat cells that can be impossible to shrink with diet and exercise alone!

  • Cynosure Smart-Lipo Triplex works best with large areas of fat like love-handles, muffin-tops, or back fat. Different than other laser lipo treatments, Smart-Lipo Triplex has the added benefit of skin-tightening after the fat is removed, minimizing the possibility of loose skin afterwards. Get your body beach-ready in one easy, minimally-invasive procedure!
  • Cynosure Precision TX Laser Contouring can melt away even the most difficult-to-reach areas that don’t respond to exercise. Common areas include the neck, inner arms, inner thighs, and knee and ankle areas. This technique provides definition without the invasive surgical body contouring.

Surgical Procedures

If you need drastic results for your excess fat, a traditional liposuction procedure can be a long-term solution and a jumpstart for a new, healthy you. If excess skin and tissue are causing you concern, you might consider a tummy tuck, arm lift, or thigh lift as well to re-tighten the underlying muscles that might be causing unwanted sag in areas where you want a healthy, attractive contour. Recovery from a surgical procedure can take some time, so get your procedure in now to be ready by the spring and summer!

If you’re ready for a positive change in your body and would like to discuss your options with our expert staff, contact our office.

Recover in Time for the Holidays with One of These Procedures

It might be too late to start planning a bigger surgery like a breast augmentation or tummy tuck if you want to recover in time for the holidays, but there are plenty of nonsurgical treatments that can give you effective results! Some of our most popular nonsurgical options include:


A SAFE lift or, suture assisted facial elevation, is like a less invasive facelift! Using techniques such as liposuction, conservative skin excision, and suspension sutures, this procedure can treat mild to moderate sagging in the face. Because the skin is not lifted off of the tissue like it is in a traditional facelift, the recovery is much quicker with less discomfort. Most patients can return to normal activity within one to two days with a full recovery time of five to seven days.


If you want to improve the appearance of lines and wrinkles without an invasive surgery, you might consider Botox. Botox is an injectable treatment that temporarily limits muscle contractions that are causing wrinkles. The treatment process only takes about ten minutes and can give effective, lasting results after just one session.

Cellulaze Cellulite Treatment

Virtually all women report having some degree of cellulite. Many individuals make the mistake of thinking cellulite is a result of excess fat, however, cellulite is actually a structural problem with the tissue beneath the skin. Cellulaze targets cellulite at the source using laser energy. The energy is delivered to the dermis to produce stronger skin and increase elasticity. After treatment with Cellulaze, you might experience some mild symptoms like bruising and swelling, but you will be able to return to all normal activity within a day or two. Get the result you want in time for the holidays with one of these treatments! To schedule an appointment and find out what you are a candidate for, contact our office today.

Repair your Skin with Chemical Peels

After a long summer in the sun, your skin will often show some signs of wear or damage. Now that the weather is growing cooler and your time in the sun will be reduced, this is the perfect time to consider chemical peels to help you achieve a clearer, more youthful complexion.

Chemical Peels

Here at Allegany Plastic Surgery, we offer two types of chemical peels: ZO 3-Step Peel and the controlled depth chemical. Chemical peels are great for the reversing of skin aging and sun damage. The acids in the chemical peels increase cell turnover in the skin, revealing a fresher complexion.

ZO 3-Step Peel

This peel is a simple peel that can be used for unwanted pigmentation and minor skin aging. This peel may be perfect for the younger patient or someone with a more sensitive skin type. Like most peels, your skin care practitioner will be able to customize your treatment to your skin by adjusting the application time before the solution is neutralized.

Controlled Depth Chemical Peel

The Controlled Depth Chemical Peel is medium depth peel that addresses both the epidermis and dermis. This peel is more advanced in comparison to superficial peels that do not penetrate any deeper than the epidermis. This type of peel is better for the more dramatic signs of aging due to its potential for a deeper reach. If you are interested in learning more about chemical peels and which one might be best for your skin, contact our skin care experts at Allegany Plastic Surgery!

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