Most of us struggle with at least one body area that won’t respond to diet or exercise. It may be a chubby belly, large buttocks or flabby upper arms. If you have exhausted all traditional body contouring methods to no avail, consider liposuction with Dr. Tripti Burt at her plastic surgery facility in Naperville.
The surest way to validate your liposuction candidacy is to meet face-to-face with Dr. Burt so she can evaluate your area(s) of concern. After inquiring about your goals and reviewing your medical record, she can tell you whether having liposuction is a safe and effective choice. Generally, liposuction candidates are physically and mentally healthy, do not smoke and do not have any uncontrolled medical conditions. Ideally, liposuction candidates also have elastic skin that will tightly hug the body’s new contours after treatment.
More about the Liposuction Procedure
Your liposuction procedure will be performed at our onsite surgical center or another local accredited facility. Anesthesia will be administered so you remain comfortable during treatment. Traditional liposuction is performed through tiny incisions, using a thin, hollow tube that breaks up the fatty tissue and suctions it away from the body. Newer, more advanced liposuction techniques involve ultrasound or laser energy, which essentially heat up the fat until it emulsifies and can be gently removed via aspiration. Dr. Burt works carefully to ensure a smooth and even body contour in the treated area.
Liposuction Recovery Details
Traditional liposuction may cause mild and temporary swelling, bruising and soreness. Laser and ultrasound liposuction are less likely to cause side effects. Wearing a compression garment will minimize swelling and help the tissues conform to their new contours.
During your initial recovery, you should rest as much as possible, avoiding any strenuous activity or movement. Dr. Burt will advise when it is safe to return to work, exercise, socializing and other normal activities.
You may be a good candidate for liposuction if you are in generally good health (both physical and psychological). You should not have any chronic or uncontrolled medical conditions (e.g., an autoimmune disorder) that could raise the risks of surgery. You should be at, or close to, your ideal weight; candidates that struggle with obesity do not qualify for surgery. Your skin should have a good degree of firmness and elasticity, so it can hug your new contours after you recover from surgery. Lax skin will not respond well to liposuction.
Finally, you should also have reasonable expectations of the surgical outcome; in other words, you should understand what is realistic through liposuction.
No, you will not feel anything during surgery. You will receive anesthesia and sedation medication to sleep comfortably throughout the procedure. You might have some soreness or mild discomfort after surgery, but oral pain medication will help.
Yes, mild bruising, swelling and/or numbness may occur after liposuction. You should wear a support garment over the treated area during your initial recovery to control bruising and swelling.
You can enjoy your liposuction results for many years to come with the proper care and maintenance. The most important thing to remember is to maintain your weight through regular exercise and the proper diet.
No, fat cells that are removed through liposuction will not grow back.
The abdomen is one of the most commonly liposuctioned areas of the body. Liposuction can eliminate surplus fat from the abdomen to sculpt a slimmer profile. Dr. Burt will strategically remove fat from the sides of the abdomen to create a thinner waist and from the middle of the abdomen to eliminate any “pooch” or protrusion.
Flank “Love Handle” Liposuction
Liposuction can also remove areas of excess fat from either side of the body on the flanks. The procedure is often prescribed for “love handles,” or pockets of excess fat around the circumference of the waistline. Removing fat from the love handles or waist makes it easier to wear certain types of pants and skirts and enjoy a more toned figure.
Inner and Outer Thigh Liposuction
The inner and outer thighs are “problem areas” for many people, as pockets of fat can accumulate. Liposuction will reduce or eliminate the excess fat for slimmer legs. It may provide relief to people experiencing uncomfortable chafing resulting from excess fat causing the inner thighs to rub together.
Liposuction of the Buttocks
Unhappy with a prominent posterior? Liposuction can reduce an oversized buttocks for a more attractive body shape. Liposuction of the buttocks will give the body a better sense of balance and proportion.
Inner Knee Liposuction
Liposuction can help individuals that store excess fat in the knees, making the legs look disproportionate or distorted. The knees don’t typically have extremely large pockets of fat (as larger areas like the abdomen or buttocks do) but liposuction can remove the excess fat and contour the knees for slimmer-looking legs.
Mid Back Liposuction
This type of liposuction addresses fat from between the shoulder blades and waist, including fat deposits that bulge out unattractively below a woman’s bra strap (sometimes called “bra fat rolls”). Fat in this area is prone to drooping and sagging. Removal of this surplus fat has a dramatic effect on a person’s overall physique and shape.
Liposuction of the Arms
Finally, liposuction can treat excess fat deposits on the upper arms. This is helpful to many men and women that feel self-conscious when wearing tight or short-sleeved shirts, because of flabby or wobbly arms. Liposuction will restore a tight, smooth contour to the upper arms. Note that it is important to have good skin elasticity in the arms to enjoy the best results.