Enhance Your Figure Without Implants at Chicago’s Iteld Plastic Surgery
You diet. You exercise. You diet and exercise. You try exercising, then dieting. Then exercising some more. And still stubborn bulges remain. At some point, you have to admit that 5-mile morning runs and celery sticks for snack time are not going to help you lose that last bit of fat. The answer, instead, is liposuction. Chicago-area plastic surgeon Dr. Lawrence Iteld uses the surgical procedure—also known as lipoplasty, suction lipectomy, or liposculpture—to help shape patients’ bodies to give them slimmer, sleeker contours.
How Does Liposuction Work?
If fat cells refuse to change size, they can be suctioned out. There are a few variations on this method, but they generally all involve a surgeon injecting a solution to firm up the targeted fat, making a very small incision, inserting a hollow wand called a cannula, moving the cannula back and forth to separate the fat cells from the surrounding tissue, and suctioning out the loose material. One key variable is how the fat is freed.
Dr. Iteld mostly uses power-assisted liposuction (PAL), which replaces surgeon-powered back-and-forth motion of the cannula with automated motion. Since he doesn’t have to devote attention to waving the (magic) wand, Dr. Iteld can deliver more precise, sculpted results. Not all fat is the same! That’s why Dr. Iteld uses various shapes and sizes of cannulae to optimally treat different areas. The collected fat can even be used to add volume to areas where we want fullness, such as the breasts and buttocks.
Another option at Iteld Plastic Surgery is Vaser, which uses sound energy to loosen the fat cells. In fact, bombarding them with high-frequency sound waves causes the targeted cells to vibrate so rapidly that they break apart. At this point, they can be suctioned out with a cannula.
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What Can I Expect After a Liposuction Procedure?
Suctioning out fat requires an incision, no matter the fat-loosening method used, which means there will be some healing time required. The gentler liposuction techniques Dr. Iteld uses reduce the amount of recuperation needed. Most patients are back to work in just a few days.
A reduction in volume should be visible right away, though liposuction can cause some swelling that may obscure the full scope of the new contours at first. Once the swelling goes down, the sleeker lines can be enjoyed. Can you say, “Time to go shopping!?!”
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Is Narcotics-Free Liposuction Possible?
Not only can Dr. Iteld perform a liposuction that allows a patient to avoid opioids during the recovery period, he can take a narcotics-free approach to any larger procedure that may include lipo— tummy tucks, breast reduction, and body lifts.
Am I a Good Candidate for Liposuction in Chicago?
Liposuction is, of course, fat removal, but it is not a surgery meant to replace general weight-loss efforts (that dieting and exercise we talked about earlier). That means potential lipo patients should be in good health and at least close to their target body weight.
With the advanced techniques Dr. Iteld uses, he can perform surgery that reduces volume in a large area—such as the entire abdomen—or small areas where subtle contour changes are desired.
Are There Other Options Beyond Liposuction?
As a plastic surgeon, Dr. Iteld admits that surgery is not for everybody. Patients who want a slimmer look but who aren’t fans of the recovery or of what liposuction costs have options, too, including CoolSculpting®. This treatment is entirely nonsurgical, using special technology to cool down unwanted fat cells and send them out of the body; no incisions required. Another option, Kybella®, is an injectable that breaks down the fat cells that make up a double chin, bra crease, and similar small pockets and bulges.
Which fat-reduction method is right for you? The good news is that you don’t have to decide right now. Dr. Iteld can help you determine the best option at a personalized consultation. That’s the ideal time to talk details, including liposuction cost and more.
* Results will vary from patient to patient. No guarantees about an individual’s result can or should be made based on information provided here.