One of the most popular cosmetic surgery procedures in all of Chicago, liposuction, also known as "suction-assisted lipectomy," is designed to eliminate or recontour deposits of fatty tissue that just don't respond to a reasonable course of diet and/or exercise. The best candidates for liposuction have relatively isolated problem areas – often the abdomen, flanks, hip rolls, inner/outer thighs and/or anterior neck – and good quality overlying skin.
Liposuction is not nearly as effective for global obesity, cellulite, or in patients with stretch marks or loose, poor skin quality. These situations are better treated by strategic excision of skin and fatty tissue as a tummy tuck in Chicago.
Your Liposuction Procedure
Dr. Paul Steinwald usually performs liposuction using light general anesthesia. First, "tumescent fluid" is infiltrated into the areas to be treated to help anesthetize the areas and limit bleeding. Larger areas may be treated with power-assisted liposuction, which limits trauma to the tissues, and ultimately makes it easier to treat large areas.
One of the ancillary facilities at which Dr. Steinwald retains privileges, the HealthSouth Surgical Center of Hawthorne (in Libertyville near Routes 60 and 21) has the equipment required for ultrasonic liposuction, which theoretically improves skin retraction post-operatively, especially in areas that may have scarring from previous liposuction or thicker fatty tissue, such as the male chest.
A smoother body contouring result is greatly facilitated by wearing specialized compression garments for several weeks after the procedure (which are provided). Unless large amounts of fat are to be removed (over 4 liters), you will return home the day of your surgery.
A double board-certified plastic surgeon in Chicago, Dr. Steinwald has performed this procedure for patients with many different body types, and on virtually all areas of the body. If you have areas of excess fat (or "lipodystrophy") that are resistant to diet or exercise, and want to see what treatment options exist for you, Dr. Steinwald is happy to discuss the procedure in more detail with you during a confidential consultation.
Your Next Step
It's easy to learn more about liposuction. Simply request a consultation online with Dr. Steinwald and save $50 off the regular consultation fee. Or, call the Lake Forest Plastic Surgery office at (847) 234-9464 to schedule your visit. Dr. Steinwald looks forward to helping you achieve your optimal appearance.