• Lipo + Renuvion vs. Tummy Tuck

    Looking for a Tummy Tuck Alternative?

    Results after just one day!

    After children, many mothers are left with stubborn fat around their midsection and and saggy skin around the bellybutton. Plus, with aging, it can be much harder to “bounce back.” The same side-effects can happen for men and women who lose a significant amount of weight.

    So, what’s the first step? We diet and exercise for months (sometimes years), and lose a few pounds while toning our muscles. Great, but that extra “pooch” fat and loose skin that makes us wear “cover-up” clothes, are still there. Feeling frustrated and defeated, we research mommy makeovers and start wondering if a tummy tuck is the only solution. Finally, after learning about the intense recovery, expense, and seeing photos of the large hip-to-hip scar, we desperately search for an alternative.

    Liposuction + Renuvion/J-Plasma could be the alternative you’ve been hoping for!  Renuvion®/J-Plasma works is by delivering a combination of helium-plasma and RF energy, beneath the skin, triggering a tightening effect that has been described like, “Shrink wrap for your skin.” When paired with SmartLipo360, patients can achieve life-changing results in both their shape and skin quality

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    A tummy tuck is an invasive procedure, most commonly done under general anesthesia. Downtime can vary, but most patients can expect to be home from work for at least 2 weeks after a tummy tuck. So how do you know if you need a tummy tuck or if you can achieve great goals without the downtime or scar?

    First, nothing can be certain without a consultation.

    Book a Free Virtual Consultation. During your initial evaluation, the doctor will conduct a thorough exam and present you with the best options for you. You will have plenty of time to ask as many questions as you would like, and our experienced staff will walk you through financing and scheduling opportunities to help you make your decision.

    Ideal Candidates for SmartLipo with Renuvion

    The ideal candidate for SmartLipo is within 25 lbs of their ideal weight and in good health but unable to sculpt the shape they want through diet and exercise. Regarding skin, Renuvion is a great option for anyone with mild skin laxity from pregnancy, aging or weight loss, or anyone who wants to avoid a tummy tuck or skin-removal surgery like an arm, thigh or neck lift.


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    Patients Who Might Prefer A Tummy Tuck

    There are two cases when we generally recommend tummy tuck over SmartLipo with Renuvion. First, patients who have skin-laxity with severe over-hang of belly skin (an “apron” effect), and second, patients looking to get rid of extensive stretch-marks. The “apron” of skin around the belly often results from pregnancy or significant weight loss, where the skin essentially becomes too big for your body.  While Renuvion has been proven to deliver significant results for patients seeking skin-retraction, results and experiences vary depending on the condition of your skin and how it responds to treatment.  However, we do have patients who still opt for SmartLipo with Renuvion because they are looking to avoid the risks, downtime, and scar associated with a tummy tuck. Liposuction with Renuvion can not “remove” excess skin or stretch marks.  If you have extensive stretch marks on your belly, you may be happier with a tummy tuck.

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  • Types of Body Fat Explained

    Did you know that there are multiple types of body fat? Despite what you may think, fat is a necessary part of healthy body function. However, poor diet and lifestyle habits can causes unhealthy amounts of body fat, which leads to chronic illness and death. It’s important to understand the different types of body fat if you’re considering liposuction for body sculpting because certain types of body fat can only be addressed through diet and exercise.

    Types of Body Fat

    1. Essential
    2. Subcutaneous
    3. Visceral

    Essential Fat

    Essential fat is the minimal amount of fat necessary for normal physiological function. Fat serves a number of important functions within the body including the absorption of fat-soluble vitamins A, D and E. Fat also helps to regulate our body temperature, blood sugar and hormones, and protects our vital organs.  So you see…fat is not all bad.

    The recommended percentage of body fat varies by resource, however, the consensus is that men need less than 10% and women need less than 15%. Women have a higher essential body fat requirement because of their breasts and uterus, but without enough essential fat, women are at risk for hormone irregularities including infertility or losing their period.

    Subcutaneous Fat

    Subcutaneous fat is the vanity fat. By this, we mean the fat that our patients are most bothered by because it causes undesirable hanging, bulging and dimpling. Subcutaneous fat is located between the skin and the muscle and responds to diet and exercise, or liposuction. For those with genetically stubborn fat areas, liposuction could be the only way to achieve your desired shape. Patients with more intense subcutaneous fat may experience skin laxity and stretch marks as a result; this can often look like an “apron” of fat and skin, which may be treated with Lipo-360 or a tummy tuck.

    Visceral fat

    While excess subcutaneous fat isn’t healthy, the truly dangerous fat is visceral fat. This is the fat that surround the internal organs and leads to extreme health complications and chronic disease. Because visceral fat is under the muscle layer, and between vital organs, this fat can not be treated with liposuction. The only way to reduce visceral fat is through healthy diet and exercise. Visceral fat often looks like a beer belly; it’ll be hard and taught to the touch verses soft and pinchy.

    How do I know if my fat is subcutaneous or visceral?

    Typically, one of the easiest ways to tell if the fat that is bothering you is subcutaneous or visceral is the “pinch test.” If you’re able to pinch the fat, it’s likely subcutaneous and may be treatable with liposuction.

    Chronic Disease Associated With Excess Visceral Fat

    • Type 2 Diabetes
    • Heart Disease
    • Heart Attack
    • High Blood Pressure
    • Thyroid Issues
    • Cancer
    • Liver Disease
    • Kidney Disease
    • Stroke
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  • Prepare for Your Liposuction Procedure

    Prepare For A Positive Experience

    Our expertise in body sculpting begins with knowledge, which is why we want to provide you with the best information to prepare you for any treatment or surgery you are looking to have. For Liposuction patients, preparing for success begins with pre-consultation research, but there are also a few crucial items you’ll want to prepare for surgery day and recovery. Here is our list of eight essential tips to prepare you for your liposuction procedure at Chicago Liposuction by Lift Body Center.

    1. Prepare These Two Lists For Your Consultation

    Before your consultation, it’s a great idea to do some research on the procedure you’re interested in and make a list of questions you have for the doctor. We answer some of the most frequently asked questions about liposuction on our website; NewBeauty also has a lot of helpful information. You will need to provide a list of current medications or medical conditions, so it’s a good idea to take photos of your medications or write them down for your consultation.


    2. Plan Months Ahead For Special Events

    If you’re thinking about having liposuction to look your best for a special event, you should plan at least two months ahead to have time for both your consultation and surgery. Additionally, you’ll want to plan for at least a month of wearing compression. Depending on your special event, most compression can be hidden under your clothing, but if you’re preparing for holidays in Hawaii, plan ahead so you can be done with the compression portion of recovery.

    3. Stop Smoking

    If you are a smoker, one of the things the doctor will ask you to do is quit smoking for at least one month prior to and following liposuction surgery. This is because the risks for complications during and after liposuction are greater for smokers. Smokers have a greater risk for hypertension, and if your blood pressure is too high, a surgical procedure is not recommended. Also, smokers have greater risks post-surgery because smoking compromises essential blood flow, which affects the healing process.

    4. Find A Ride

    Due to the medications you receive before surgery, you can not drive after your procedure. Also, those having a BBL procedure won’t be able to drive to and from post-op procedures without a special pillow. Plan ahead for your liposuction procedure and have a ride for surgery day, as well as any necessary cushions to avoid putting pressure on fat transfer areas.

    5. Pay Your Balance The Day Prior

    This is very important. While a deposit is required to secure your surgery date, you must be paid in full the day before your surgery. If you aren’t able to pay in full prior to surgery, you will lose your deposit, which can be as much as 50% of your total surgery cost. This means, to reschedule, you’ll have to start from scratch. Ask us about our policy for rescheduling, cancellations and refunds.

    6. Bring Your Meds The Day Of Surgery

    There are four medications you have to bring with you on the day of your surgery. If you fail to bring these medications with you, we will not be able to perform your surgery and the surgery will either be cancelled or rescheduled. This means you will lose your deposit and have to start from scratch. We will contact you prior to your surgery to collect final payment and remind you to bring meds with you on surgery day.

    7. Understand The Recovery Process

    There are a few essential post-op appointments that you must attend following your liposuction procedure. It’s absolutely important to understand that the doctor will need to see you the day after your surgery, one week from surgery, and one month after surgery. During these appointments, the doctor checks to be sure you haven’t had any abnormal reactions to the procedure, removes your stitches, and assesses the healing process before you can stop using your compression garment. Many times, we find that our out-of-town patients are so focused on their surgery that they forget to plan for their post-op appointments; plan ahead so you can block out the time in your calendar and secure a ride if necessary.

    *You can expect to have minimal inflammation between your one and three-month post-op appointments, but for the most part, this inflammation will be unnoticeable and you’ll be seeing beautiful results. The majority of your skin-tightening results will start to appear between your three and six-month post-ops. BBL patients still need to keep pressure off their fat transfer areas for at least two months after surgery.

    8. Prepare Household For Success

    Liposuction is not a weight loss solution. While the average Lipo 360 patient loses four-inches from their waist, it is up to them to maintain or improve their results with necessary lifestyle changes. In addition to following the doctor’s directions, it’s important to identify and eliminate bad eating habits while also adding an exercise routine to your schedule that you can stick to. For most, it’s best to have your household on board with these healthy lifestyle habits in order to be successful. Eliminate processed and fried foods, and instead, practice ‘crowding’ your plate with plants. Prioritize vegetables, fruits, leafy greens, beans and legumes, and whole grains. Going on a phone-free daily walk with your family after dinner is a great way to stay active, support digestion and circulation, and improve mental health.

    These 8 simple steps for preparing for your liposuction procedure will help you have a smooth and enjoyable experience from consultation through recover and beyond.
    *Results and experiences vary patient to patient. Your recovery success depends on your following the direction of the doctor.

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