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Liposuction LiposuctionLiposuction, which is one of the most popular of all cosmetic procedures, can dramatically improve the curves and contours of the body. Although not a solution for weight loss, liposuction can be very effective in targeting fat deposits that are resistant to diet and exercise, like the love handles.

Considered one of the best liposuction surgeons in Chicago, Dr. Otto Placik is a board certified plastic surgeon who specializes in lipo and other body contouring procedures. Dr. Placik also offers a full complement of facial cosmetic surgery and nonsurgical med spa treatments for men and women in Chicago and the neighboring suburbs.

Please contact us online or call our Chicago or Arlington Heights plastic surgery offices for more information on liposuction, including prices.

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About Liposuction

Liposuction is ideal for patients who are at or near their body weight and wish to target stubborn problem areas that remain despite eating right and staying active. Patients should understand that liposuction is not a substitute for weight loss, and cannot significantly reduce body fat.

The best liposuction results are seen when lipo is used to fine-tune a patient’s existing figure and improve body contours. Common target areas for liposuction include the stomach, hips, thighs and buttocks, although liposuction can improve contours around the arms, knees, neck, chin or even “cankles.” Liposuction can also be used to perform male breast reduction in men with gynecomastia.

Dr. Placik offers multiple choices for liposuction:

  • Tumescent liposuction, which is often called traditional liposuction, involves the injection of a large amount of solution into the area to be treated. This liquid simplifies the fat removal process by breaking down and emulsifying the fat cells as well as constricting blood vessels to limit bleeding. Tumescent solution also includes a local anesthetic to keep patients comfortable during surgery.
  • Syringe-assisted liposuction is generally used for smaller treatment areas such as the neck or face or for limited localized fatty deposits.
  • Ultrasonic-assisted lipoplasty, also known as Vaser or Lysonix. It uses ultrasound to disrupt fat cells and allows easier evacuation. It is useful for treating fat that is more compartmentalized within dense tissues such as the male breast or hip (“love handles” or “muffin top”) as well as the female bra strap region. The heat from the laser cauterizes blood vessels to control bleeding, and may also help tighten the skin following treatment.
  • Power-assisted liposuction is another method of lipo that incorporates mechanical energy to drive the cannula to facilitate fat aspiration using smaller cannula to minimize irregularities and dimpling.

Tumescent liposuction is considered the gold standard of body contouring, although Dr. Placik may recommend alternative liposuction techniques for some patients. Regardless of which method Dr. Placik uses, a cannula, or thin tube, is inserted into the treatment area through tiny incisions. The fat is broken apart using one of the two liposuction techniques listed above, and the cannula is then attached to a vacuum that provides powerful suction to sculpt the targeted fat cells away.

The treatment of a small area with liposuction may only require local anesthesia, but general anesthesia is best for more extensive lipo. Patients usually go home on the day of surgery. The incisions made for the cannula are very small and should heal to almost completely undetectable.

After liposuction, swelling and soreness are normal, sometimes accompanied by bruising. Dr. Placik will ask you to wear a compression garment for a week or two to help alleviate discomfort, keep swelling to a minimum and speed up the healing process. Although most patients can return to work and their daily routine in about a week, strenuous physical exercise, such as exercise or heavy lifting, should wait until at least 4 to 6 weeks after surgery.

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Liposuction FAQs

Am I a good candidate?

The best candidates are at or near a healthy weight for their height and build and want to slim down specific areas of stubborn fat, such as on the inner thighs or to eliminate a “saddle bag” or “muffin top.” Men and women considering lipo should be in good health overall and should continue to enjoy a healthy lifestyle after surgery in order to maintain their results long-term.

Why do I need to wear compression garments after liposuction?

Compression garments can help decrease swelling and bruising after liposuction, as well as reduce the likelihood of seroma, the accumulation of excess fluid. These benefits translate to an easier, more comfortable recovery for the patient. Additionally, most patients report that compression helps minimize soreness and discomfort.

Are liposuction results permanent?

Although liposuction does permanently remove the targeted fat cells, that’s not the same thing as preventing future weight gain. If you maintain your post-lipo weight and live a healthy lifestyle, you can expect positive long-term results from liposuction. However, gaining weight back again can result in the accumulation of new fat that can compromise your new look.

How much does liposuction cost?

The average cost of liposuction depends on many variables including the method of liposuction Dr. Placik recommends, the size of the area treated and whether additional procedures will be performed at the same time. Dr. Placik and his staff strive to provide value to each patient and can advise you on flexible cosmetic surgery financing options to make your liposuction procedure affordable.

What are the risks?

Liposuction is a routinely performed procedure, although there are potential complications all patients should be aware of such as bruising, bleeding and the possibility of anesthesia reactions. Although uncommon, more serious risks associated with liposuction include nerve damage, irregular contours and infection.

Dr. Placik promises you his best possible care and attention. If you would like to schedule a private consultation to learn more about liposuction, please contact us online or call us at 847-398-1660.