Remove stubborn fat that doesn’t respond to traditional weight-loss methods.
Liposuction, while not a substitute for diet and exercise, can undoubtedly help you look and feel better. It can be a great compliment to a healthy exercise program, as it will help eliminate those areas of fat that will simply not go away.
Different Liposuction Procedures Tailored to Your Needs and Goals.
How Does Liposuction Work?
Liposuction utilizes a surgical suction technique to remove unwanted fat from specific areas of the body. Patients often seek liposuction to target the abdomen, hips, thighs, buttocks, arms or neck. Keep in mind that if you generally want to lose weight, liposuction isn’t an ideal option for you. Instead, it is ideal for those who want to target a specific area of their body while otherwise maintaining a stable weight. The procedure works by removing fat cells in the targeted area, and the results in your contour change are permanent as long as your weight remains stable And while liposuction isn’t a replacement for weight loss, it can be a gateway to a lifestyle that promotes weight loss (healthy diet, exercise, etc.)
It’s important to note that liposuction doesn’t improve cellulite dimpling or eliminate stretch marks in the treated area.
Is Liposuction Safe?
Similar to any other major surgery, liposuction in Chicago also comes with risks. Common risks include bleeding or a negative reaction to the anesthesia used. Liposuction-specific risks include:
- Contour irregularities: Uneven fat removal during the process may result in poor skin elasticity and bumpy or wavy skin appearance. These changes may be permanent.
- Fluid accumulation: Seromas, or temporary pockets that are filled with fluid, may develop as a result of the surgery and can be drained with a needle.
- Infection: Although rare, skin infections may develop.
- Numbness: Temporary or permanent numbness in the surgical area may be the result of the surgery.
If you are worried about potential side effects of the surgery, please don’t hesitate to talk through them with your doctor. Know that you are in the best of hands.
Also, it’s important to understand that while these are some known side effects, these are all uncommon, and we rarely see these side effects in our practice.
Benefits of Liposuction
Both men and women turn to liposuction for a multitude of reasons, some cosmetic and some for health purposes. If the patient has recently lost a lot of weight, liposuction is an ideal way to help minimize excess skin to help improve the natural contours of the body. Once the recovery process is over, patients typically feel significantly more confident in their own skin than they did before the procedure. Liposuction in Chicago is also a facet of mommy makeovers, a group of procedures that moms may want once they are done having kids. Again, many of our patients use liposuction as a gateway to a lifestyle that promotes healthy eating and exercise, which in turn leads to weight loss.
The Recovery Process
How long it takes your body to recover from liposuction depends on how large the treatment area is and the type of anesthetic that is used. If a general anesthetic is used, it’s recommended that you stay overnight. In order to reduce your risk of infection, you may need to take antibiotics. Mild painkillers are also beneficial in treating the pain and swelling. You will be fitted with an elasticated support corset or bandage that helps treat swelling and bruising. There will be a considerable amount of bruising to the area, and you may experience some numbness as well. You can expect it to take around two weeks to fully recover from the procedure.
Types of Liposuction
The most common type of liposuction is tumescent liposuction that involves injecting the fat with a medicated solution before it’s removed. The solution is a mixture of a local anesthetic, a drug that contracts the blood vessels and an IV salt solution. This helps remove the fat easily.
Another technique is the super-wet technique. It’s similar to tumescent liposuction but it doesn’t use as much fluid, ultimately taking less time.
The ultrasound-assisted liposuction (UAL) is another technique that uses ultrasonic vibrations that turn fat cells into liquid. Then, the cells can be vacuumed out. This is known by some as “VASER liposuction” or “high-definition liposuction” and can promote focused and precise body sculpting.
Laser-assisted liposuction (LAL) uses laser energy to liquefy fat cells and either vacuum or drains them out.
Finally, radiofrequency-assisted liposuction uses heat energy to melt fat away, rather than using suction to eliminate the fat. The heat also promotes skin retraction, which can be especially beneficial if a patient has moderate loose skin the area being treated. This method works better on smaller areas like the submental space (double chin).