Liposuction in Chicago Illinois
Liposuction or Liposculpture performed by a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon, Peter E. Johnson MD. For information about liposuction procedures, body contouring techniques view our before and after photos.
Liposuction remains one of the most requested procedures at the Center for Aesthetic Surgery. Liposuction effectively removes fat from stubborn areas that remain despite diet and exercise. Our concept of liposuction has grown to recognize the procedure, not as one for just fat removal, but as a contouring procedure best decribed as lipo sculpture.
The sculpturing from Liposuction Surgery begins through a very tiny incision in areas which are easily concealed. A very thin instrument is placed beneath the skin into the fatty areas where ultrasound, light energy, and suction will remove and sculpt the fatty layers. Our technique is dependent on the location of the problem areas. Dr. Johnson’s belief is that the proper technique for a specific problem will yield the best results.
Whether the sculpturing technique involves a laser system, water-assisted liposuction, traditional or tumescent liposuction, or internal ultrasound, our emphasis is directed toward the goal and final result. At the Center for Aesthetic Surgery, we don’t believe in promoting any particular technique. Our approach focuses exclusively on a results driven philosophy. And great results, speak for themselves.
One of the most frequently asked questions follow liposuction is “What happens if my weigh changes?” The results of liposculpture are quite stable. With weight gain, and even weight loss, the remaining fatty layer will only increase or decrease proportionately. Many individuals are inspired to lose weight after having liposuction and may do so without fear of spoiling their excellent result.
Liposuction can effectively remove the stubborn areas of fat that remain despite diet and exercise. Through a very tiny incision, which can be easily concealed, Dr. Johnson places a tube beneath the skin. A combination of ultrasound energy and suction will remove and sculpt fatty layers. Afterwards, a compression garment or girdle will help control swelling and provide comfort while the skin shrinks and the bruising resolves. With liposculpture, saddlebags can disappear, hips and legs become thinner, stomachs flatten and double chins can literally melt away.
With the introduction of newer surgical techniques in liposuction, body sculpting has become safer and more comfortable than ever before. Small areas can often be corrected without sedation, and conscious sedation makes larger procedures a comfortable and pleasant experience. Fuller volume liposuction, re treatment of areas, and for those who prefer, general anesthesia is also available in our Center. Liposuction can give you the shape you deserve, instead of the shape you were born with.
Liposuction Chicago Illinois performed by a Board certified plastic surgeon. Information about liposuction procedures, body contouring techniques and more.
How long will my swelling last after liposuction?As a general rule, swelling after liposuction may continue for as long as three months during the healing process. The reason for the swelling is that liposuction creates tunnels where the fat is removed and the tissue reacts much like a sponge to hold fluid in the area until healing is completed. The compression garment you wear after liposuction is used to hold these channels tightly compressed to reduce swelling, speed healing, and improve the recovery and experience.
Does ultrasonic liposuction really work?Ultrasonic liposuction is very effective in breaking up the fat cells making the tissue easier to extract. This can be very beneficial in areas such as the upper back or pubic area. We also choose ultrasonic liposuction in pre-treated areas if additional contouring is required. No one technique is superior and we often simultaneously combine both ultrasound and traditional liposuction for best control of tissue contour and optimal results.
What is my alternative if I don’t want liposuction?With any contouring procedure, the better shape you are in and the more localized your fatty deposits, the better your results can be with liposuction. Fat freezing techniques while seemingly promising, involve multiple sessions with modest results. One effective alternative is Kybella injections for localized fat under the chin. However, unlike liposuction, several treatments of Kybella might be necessary to achieve the desired result.
I can’t decide between liposuction and tummy tuck?Good skin elasticity is what gives liposuction the best results. Though both liposuction and tummy tucks are contouring procedures, the amount of skin laxity or lack of elasticity in the skin of the abdomen can be the key to which procedure is best for you. Local fat deposits within the lower abdomen and hip can be treated effectively with liposuction. While loose skin with stretch marks from pregnancy, or folding of the skin while standing or sitting, make the tummy tuck the better option.
How long do I wear a compression garment after liposuction?The purpose of the compression garment worn after liposuction is to minimize swelling in the treated areas. Although the garment can initially feel very tight, it will relax as the swelling resolves. Usually by your 2nd week post-op, you can transition into a body shaper, such as a Spanx, which is easily worn under clothing until you feel comfortable enough to go without.
Can I get rid of embarrassing fat in the pubic area?Prominent fat deposits in the pubic area are often inherited and are not uncommon. Ultrasonic liposuction is very effective at reducing the fat in this troublesome area. This procedure is minimally invasive and usually performed through the umbilical, or belly button.
When will I see my final results from liposuction?A surgeon performing a liposuction technique will immediately appreciate and see the contours achieved during the procedure. However, swelling rapidly occurs just as the compression garment is being put in place. Your final, or stable, results after liposuction are usually realized at approximately 3 months. This provides adequate time for any stiffness and swelling to resolve though over the next several months further improvements may continue to show.
As a busy person how long will I have to recover after liposuction?Typically liposuction recovery, or down time, is just a few days or over the weekend. Though you will experience some mild soreness, like a bruise in the treated areas, the compression garment keeps the tissue supported and comfortable. Most will be out and about and able to shower a day or 2 following the procedure.
What kind of liposuction is the best for me?Liposuction involves contouring and the careful removal of the fat that does not respond to ordinary diet and exercise. There are many systems or tools available for excellent contouring results, including traditional techniques, ultrasound, laser, and water-assisted liposuction. Sometimes we will use more than one method during a liposuction procedure to optimize your results. Final results depend less on the tools available and more on the precise technique as well as your tissue type which affects healing.
Am I going to have loose skin after liposuction?Poor skin elasticity certainly can affect results after liposuction. Stretch marks or skin folding in the abdomen can indicate that skin might be loose after a liposuction procedure. In this case, your goal may be better achieved through an abdominoplasty. For most with localized fat deposits, skin laxity after liposuction is not common.