Body Contouring Plastic Surgery
Liposuction can be performed on many parts of the body, such as the arms, thighs, waist, and tummy. Known clinically as a lipoplasty, or liposculpture suction lipectomy, is a technique using devices which literally suck your unwanted fat from your body. This method is a great option when you have lost a significant amount of weight through healthy eating and exercise but you have reached a plateau. It is a minimally invasive, which means minimal scarring.
See the results of my real patients who have undergone liposuction in the liposuction before and after gallery.
What should I expect from liposuction?
You should expect significantly reduced excess fat tissue in the body area you choose for liposuction. This means that the areas you select from this procedure will be noticeably slimmer. Liposuction is a minimally invasive procedure so you should not expect to have noticeable scarring.
Am I a candidate for liposuction?
In general, if you are over 18 years of age and are in good health you are likely an excellent candidate for liposuction. Ideal candidates are at a stable weight and have realistic expectations about the amount of tissue to be removed and maintaining a long-lasting result. It is very important to have healthy lifestyle habits and are committed to fitness and healthy eating, and thus will not regain the weight removed by this procedure.
How does Dr. Galiano perform liposuction?
Liposuction is generally done in the operating room under general anesthesia or sedation with local anesthesia.
Dr. Galiano uses two different approaches to remove unwanted fat: ultrasonic assisted liposuction (UAL) and power assisted liposuction (PAL). Which one he will use for your procedure will depend on which is appropriate for your body and your body areas for fat removal. The benefits of these techniques include: the ability to extract more fatty tissue, more refined contouring, and the ability to extract fat for fat grafting, which may improve contours in other areas.
What can I expect during the recovery period?
Liposuction is generally performed as an outpatient procedure, so you should expect to go home the same day. Dr. Galiano uses validated techniques to minimize the pain that is typically associated with liposuction, such as localized anesthesia. A compression garment will be placed over the treated area to control swelling, and temporary drains may be placed to relieve fluid as you heal. Most patients benefit from being away from work for a week or so. Pain is very patient-specific, but most patients will not have significant pain when they have the procedure performed by Dr. Galiano. There will be swelling, and a variable amount of bruising initially. You may do mild exercises as soon as you feel up to it.
What are some of the risks of liposuction?
Any surgical procedure has risks, and you will be given a full discussion of these during your consultation. Some known risks include the following:
- Anesthesia risks
- Minimal Scarring
- Small wounds
- Uneven contours
- Loose or rippling skin
- Tissue damage
Dr. Galiano will go over these risks, and will discuss ways that he minimizes the chances of them occurring.
How can I schedule a consultation?
Please call our office at: (312) 926-8204, or complete the “request an appointment” section online.