What Is Liposuction?

Is your body plagued with unwanted, pesky pockets of fat? Liposuction could be the solution to help you look and feel your absolute best. Unfortunately, it often takes more than just diet and exercise to reach that sought after silhouette. Depending on your wants and needs, you could benefit from a bit of cosmetic surgery, and ultimately reach your aesthetic goal.

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, flanks, chin, cheeks, upper arms, and the neck. Though patients who do not see any improvements in their bodies despite diet and exercise can opt for this procedure, it’s important to note that liposuction should not be used as an alternative to a healthy lifestyle. Patients who do decide to pursue liposuction need to be good overall health, and near their ideal weight.

At the Ritacca Cosmetic Surgery & Medspa, we offer several types of liposuction methods in order to achieve your desired results. These methods include tumescent liposuction, ultrasound-assisted liposuction (UAL), and super-wet liposuction. Regardless of the type used, the procedure remains the same: 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 solution 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:

Are you ready to schedule your liposuction consultation? Contact our Vernon Hills office in the Chicago area today by calling 847-367-8815.

Your Liposuction Consultation

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A proper consultation with a plastic surgeon plays a role in the success of your liposuction procedure. It’s important to find a surgeon that is not only well trained and experienced, but one that you trust. At Ritacca Cosmetic Surgery & Medspa, our number one priority is customer satisfaction. We want you to leave our facility one hundred percent pleased with the results.

Your initial consultation with the surgeon is very important. As you consult with one of our doctors at Ritacca Cosmetic Surgery & Medspa, be prepared to discuss the following factors:

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

Specifically, the doctor will evaluate your body, determining if liposuction would be the best option for you and your needs. During this physical exam, the amount of excess fat you have on your body will be checked, as well as the elasticity of your skin.

Additionally, your surgeon will discuss risk factors, recovery period, liposuction options, treatment plan, and possible outcomes with you. Make sure to be completely upfront and honest with your surgeon during this consultation, as it will make for a much smoother operation. Further, prepare questions to ask your doctor, so your consultation will be an effective one. You should leave this meeting feeling completely informed, prepared, and ready for your liposuction surgery.

Lastly, based on the answers and personal information you share, the doctor will then put together an individual and personalized plan for your liposuction procedure. Not two patients are the exact same, meaning your surgery will be tailored to fit your goals and specific body type.

Before the surgery, you will be given a list of pre-operative instructions to follow, such as, to stop smoking, to avoid certain medications, and to get plenty of rest. Again, following these instructions will result in a much smoother liposuction procedure. You will also be given instructions to follow post-surgery, which will help you recover and heal in a more timely manner.

Your Liposuction 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. As mentioned, 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 Liposuction Recovery

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The liposuction recovery period depends on the treatment area, and the volume of fat that is 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 you 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 doctor, so you can make preparations and take enough from work and other daily activities.

Many people find the liposuction process appealing due to the fact that the recovery period isn’t overly complication. For starters, as previously mentioned, patients are often released from the surgery center shortly after the procedure is complete. You’ll get to recover in the comfort of your own home, which some patients discover helps them to heal faster. Remember, you will be sore, swollen, bruised, and possibly even tender following the surgery, but these side effects are only temporary and will eventually subside.

During this recovery period, it’s important to get plenty of rest, and to avoid any type of exercise and other strenuous activities. Though moving may initially hurt, it is a good idea to walk around gently to help promote good circulation.

Just as each patient’s surgery will be different, so will their recovery time. If you don’t feel ready, don’t push your body beyond its capabilities. Heal at your own pace

Liposuction Cost and Financing

The overall cost of your liposuction procedure can vary. The price of your treatment will depend on the number of areas on you body you have treated, as well as where on your body you have the surgery performed. Again, the Ritacca Cosmetic Surgery & Medspa offers all types of liposuction, from abdomen liposuction to calf and ankle liposuction. It is more expensive to treat certain areas of the body than others.

During your consultation, you can discuss specific pricing with you doctor. Before you leave the meeting, you will have a better understanding of how much the entire procedure will cost you. Further, you can also learn about possible financing options, and what different types of payment options are available.

Are you ready to schedule your liposuction consultation? Contact our Vernon Hills office in the Chicago area today by calling 847-367-8815.

Who Are the Best Candidates for Liposuction?

In order to pursue liposuction, it’s important to be generally healthy. Liposuction should not be used as an alternative method to diet and exercise. You should already maintain a lifestyle of healthy eating and working out regularly, and only use liposuction as a method to help get rid of pesky pockets of fat. Even after the procedure is complete and you’ve had time to heal, you will still need to resume a lifestyle of proper diet of exercise.

Further, all liposuction patients should have realistic expectations. While the surgery can and will make a difference, individuals should know that it takes time before the full results of the procedure actually show. An ideal patient will also listen to their doctor’s instructions before and after surgery, and fully communicate their medical history and overall liposuction goals during the consultation.

The Benefits of Liposuction

An elective procedure, liposuction is entirely subjective, meaning different individuals pursue the surgery for different reasons. Regardless of your reasoning for wanting liposuction, there are a variety of benefits to having the surgery performed, such as:

  • Safe removal of fat
  • An improvement in the appearance of cellulite
  • Changes the way you look, as well as how others see you
  • An overall boost in self-confidence and self-esteem
  • Sculpting areas of the body that diet and exercise fail to impact

Perhaps one of the main benefits of liposuction, is the fact that the procedure is relatively fast, pain-free, and allows the patient to recovery at home, versus staying the night at the surgery facility.

The Potential Risks Associated with Liposuction

As with any type of major surgery, there are always risks or complications that can arise. Liposuction has been proven to be a safe procedure, however, highly rare problems can occur, such as bleeding, nerve injuries, and infections. Risks are even less likely to happen when the surgery is completed by a skilled and trained professional doctor.

Is Liposuction Painful?

Pain is another factor of the surgery that is subjective, as every individual has a different level of tolerance for pain. Therefore, the amount and type of pain will differ from patient to patient, though, it is common to experience soreness, which is often worst during the first couple days following surgery.

Liposuction Before and After Pictures

To better show what Chicago’s Ritacca Cosmetic Surgery & Medspa can do for you, we’ve provided a gallery that showcases images of satisfied clients. You can click here to see photos of real patients to learn how liposuction can help with your body-contouring goals.


The Ritacca Cosmetic Surgery & Medspa of Chicago has had the privilege to work with a variety of satisfied clients over the years. Take a look at what some of these patients have had to say about our doctors and services:

“I highly recommend this business. From start to finish, it is a very gratifying experience. My last visit replicated every appointment I have encountered since 2012. After signing, I was warmly greeted by the staff. Their sensitivity and caring manner, along with a genuine desire to please, was very refreshing. The doctor/patient relationship was great, too. Dr. Ritacca and the people employed in this facility truly care about you.” – Satisfied Client, Vernon Hills

“My wife and I have been going to this place for years. We even moved to Florida and make sure that when we come back to Illinois, we stop by for something. Trust me, you will not regret coming here!” – Satisfied Client, Vernon Hills

“I went in with a certain amount of money I wanted to spend. I told the assistant that got me prepped how much I wanted to spend, and she didn’t pressure me. She made me feel comfortable. She even checked on me and gave me a follow up call. I had a wonderful experience. The doctor that did the filler and BOTOX® also did an excellent job. I feel like I look exactly how I expected. I would highly recommend them.” – Satisfied Client, Chicago


Consultation with Vernon Hills, North Shore and Chicago Liposuction

If you would like to learn more about liposuction, call now to schedule a 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.