For years, liposuction would provide inconsistent results because the surgeon would go into the fat “dry,” with no additional assistance. With traditional power-assisted tumescent liposuction, the fat is injected with a special liquid mixture to make it easier to remove, along with a power-assisted steel tube. More fat is removed in a more controlled and gentler manner. Chicago Liposuction Specialist, Dr. Karol Gutowski, uses this method since it’s more efficient, can remove fat cells quicker and results in less incisions. The end result is that a patient is left with a slimmer, more toned physique. If you are interested in learning more about liposuction in Chicago, IL, contact our office today to schedule a consultation.
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"35 Year Old Athletic Female - Chicago, IL - Dr. Gutowski is very kind and understanding. I am very impressed that he actually takes the time to talk me to via email and phone for any questions I had which is very rare for busy plastic surgeon. I highly recommend Dr. Gutowski. - - I was always self conscious about my thighs and tummy. Those areas are where I can easily gain weight esp the upper thighs. With diet and exercise, I was able to lose a bit of inches but not to where I wanted to be so I've decided to see Dr. Gutowski for a Liposuction consultation. He explained how liposuction can target my trouble zones and it is a fairly simple procedure. One thing about I was hesitant about was going under during surgery. He suggested that I can get the procedure where can localize the areas being treated and still be awake! After a week of contemplating, I've decided to move forward with the procedure. During the procedure I was a bit nervous but it went fairly quick and Dr. Gutowski was very kind and patient with my needs and concerns. Procedure happened on a Friday and went back to work that Monday. I was sore for about two weeks but nothing major to complain about. As each month went by, I would notice how my pants felt a bit looser and that is a great feeling! In conclusion I am very pleased with my Liposuction and would do it again!"- J. / RealSelf / May 22, 2016
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Tumescent liposuction, known as the “Super-Wet” approach, is a suction-assisted (SAL) technique that uses a solution and power-aided motor to help remove stubborn fat. The surgeon injects the solution, made of saline, lidocaine and epinephrine (to control bleeding), into the problem areas. The surgeon then inserts the cannula attached to the motor to remove fat cells from the body at a controlled speed. The motor helps surgeons remove anywhere from several ounces to a few pounds of fat.
Another surgical technique commonly used is the ultrasound-assisted (UAL), or ultrasonic, approach. Surgeons perform this dual process on denser areas of fat, such as in the thighs and stomach. During this technique, ultrasound waves loosen and melt fat into a liquid. Surgeons then use the cannula to extract the solution. This surgical method is more popular among men wanting more defined and contoured muscles.
Laser-assisted liposuction uses laser technology on specified areas of fat to burst energy that will loosen and liquefy the fat for removal. LAL liposuction includes brands such as SmartLipo, SlimLipo, Lipolite Laser Liposculpture, LipoLite, and ProLipo PLUS.
Liposuction is an outpatient procedure performed under general anesthesia at a hospital or surgery center. The procedure lasts about 30 minutes for each body part. It can be a stand-alone surgery, or combined with other procedures. However, the surgeon may suggest performing the surgery over a period of time for the safety of the patient. After surgery, patients are required to wear a compression garment to help the body adjust to its new shape. Bruising and swelling will subside within 1 week, but patients will not see final results for several months. Liposuction does leave a small scar, but it fades over time.
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Is it Safe?
While today’s surgical techniques are safe, patients can experience poor results from inexperienced surgeons. It is important for patients to do their research, and find an experienced surgeon that can help them achieve the best, most natural-looking results.
The results of liposuction can be seen for many years following surgery if the patient follows a healthy diet and exercise program. Removed fat cells do not come back, but patients can still gain weight if their remaining fat cells grow.
Too Much Fat?
Yes, there can be too much fat. The American Society of Plastic Surgeons does not recommend removing more than 10 pounds of fat for the safety of the patient. Removing more than 10 pounds is considered high-volume liposuction, which increases the chances of complications from the surgery. Patients are advised to be near or at their ideal weight before undergoing liposuction.
While liposuction removes fat and improves contour and shape, it does not address sagging or drooping skin. If skin laxity is a concern, patients can talk to the surgeon during the consultation to discuss their options for improving skin texture, such as a tummy tuck, thigh, neck, arm or butt lift.