Liposuction is a very popular procedure that gives your body a sculpted look through the elimination of unwanted fat in the abdomen, waist, buttocks, hips, thighs, knees, chin, cheeks, upper arms, and the neck. Patients who do not see any improvements in their bodies despite diet and exercise can opt for this procedure.

Ritacca Cosmetic Surgery & Medspa offers several types of liposuction methods to achieve your desired results. The methods include tumescent liposuction, ultrasound-assisted liposuction (UAL), and super-wet liposuction. The procedure remains the same regardless of the type used, which is, a small incision is made in an inconspicuous part of the body, and a small tube (cannula) is inserted to break up layers of fat and suction it out.

Our state-of-the-art facility in Vernon Hills handles all types of liposuction for clients located in the Chicago area and throughout Illinois, including:

Your Consultation

A consultation with a plastic surgeon plays a role in the success of your liposuction procedure. As you consult with one of our surgeons at Ritacca Cosmetic Surgery & Medspa, be prepared to discuss these factors:

  • Your liposuction goals
  • Medical history, which includes past surgeries, existing health conditions, current treatments and drug allergies
  • Current medications, which includes herbal supplements and vitamins
  • Alcohol, drugs and tobacco usage

Additionally, your surgeon will discuss risk factors, recovery period, liposuction options, treatment plan, and possible outcomes with you. Prepare questions to ask your doctor, so your consultation will be an effective one.

The Procedure

Liposuction is performed on an outpatient basis either under local or general anesthesia, and can last from one to five hours, depending on the extent of treatment on the target area. A small, inconspicuous incision is made in the treatment area before a thin, hallow tube or cannula is inserted. The surgeon will then move the cannula in a controlled back-and-forth motion to loosen and dislodge fat, while a vacuum machine suctions the fat out of the body.

The result of liposuction is a smoother, more improved body contour. However, the results will be more noticeable after the bruising and swelling subside.

Your Recovery

The recovery period depends on the treatment area and the volume of fat being removed. After the procedure, your doctor will ask you to wear a compression garment to keep bruising and swelling at bay. The compression garment will also help the skin compress to your body’s new contour.

Your surgeon will provide with recovery instructions to make sure that you heal properly. In most cases, patients return to work after a few days of rest, and resume normal activities within two weeks. Be sure to discuss your recovery with your doctor, so you can make preparations and take enough time from work.

Before and After Pictures

See photos of real patients to learn how liposuction can help with your body-contouring goals.

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Free Consultation with Vernon Hills, North Shore and Chicago Liposuction

If you would like to learn more about liposuction, call now to schedule a free consultation with Dr. Leonard Lu at (847) 367-8815. Our surgeons offer deliver remarkable results with world-class patient care. We are conveniently located at 230 Center Drive, Vernon Hills, Illinois 60061.