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Frequently Asked Questions about Liposuction

What is liposuction?
Liposuction is a procedure that removes fatty deposits and tissue beneath the skin in various areas of the body.

How does liposuction work?
The body is first marked to designate the areas that will be targeted during the procedure. Tiny incisions are then made, and the cannula is inserted below the skin. Fat cells are then broken up and suctioned through a vacuum attached to the cannula.

Which areas of the body can be treated with liposuction?
Liposuction can remove unwanted fat from many different areas of the body, including the hips, thighs, flanks, legs, buttocks, abdomen, arms, face, neck, and back. The procedure can also be combined with other treatments, such as tummy tuck.

Is liposuction for me if I am very overweight?
Liposuction is not recommended for very heavy people. Only moderate volumes of fat can safely be removed during liposuction.

Who is a good candidate for liposuction?
The best candidates for liposuction are at a stable, normal weight but experience an uneven distribution of fat cells. They may be unusually “thick” in certain parts of the body, and may find it very difficult to lose weight in these areas.

Can liposuction be used to lose weight?
No, liposuction is not a weight loss surgery. It is a contouring/reshaping procedure.

Will liposuction reduce cellulite?
Cellulite is a collection of fat beneath the skin that results in a lumpy, dimpled appearance. Liposuction will not treat or improve cellulite.

Can liposuction be done more than once?
If necessary, liposuction can be done several times. However, patients must bear in mind that maintaining a healthy lifestyle through diet and exercise will greatly enhance the results achieved with liposuction and make them lasting.

Are my results permanent?
While liposuction is permanent, it cannot erase or prevent obesity. If additional weight is gained following liposuction, the treated areas may begin to ripple, and fat will appear in other areas of the body. To maintain your new shape and contour following liposuction, you are encouraged to lead a healthy lifestyle with a proper diet and exercise.

Where are my incisions going to be made? Are there any scars? Will people know?
The incisions for liposuction are very small, and will fade over time. The incisions are made near the area that will be treated; however, only a few are necessary as the cannula is long and can reach the target area.

How painful is it?
Liposuction is not particularly painful, but patients may experience soreness and bruising following the procedure. Medication will be prescribed as necessary so patients are not too uncomfortable.

How soon can I return to work after liposuction?
Typically, individuals are able to return to work within several days or a week. The exact amount of time will depend on the extent of your surgery, your pain tolerance and the physical demands of your work.

Is liposuction done on an outpatient basis?
Typically, patients undergoing liposuction procedures are able to return home the same day. However, this depends on the extent of the surgery. To learn more, or to schedule a consultation, contact Dr. Kim today at 312-695-3615.

Galter Pavilion Suite 19-250
675 N. Saint Clair, Chicago, IL 60611
T: 312.695.3615 | F: 312.695.5672
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675 North Saint Clair St. #19 Chicago, IL 60611 (312) 695-3615
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