What is Liposuction?

Liposuction is a surgical procedure that’s used to remove fat cells from the body and improve a patient’s appearance. It’s a minimally invasive procedure which means that only tiny incisions are necessary to get amazing results. Doctors use a thin tube to re-contour the body and suction excess fat cells from bulges that resist efforts at dieting and exercise. At the Chicago Liposuction Specialty Clinic, we use a variety of different liposuction technologies including water lipo, laser liposuction, and power-assisted liposuction to achieve smooth, natural-looking results with little to no scarring and a short recovery time.

While liposuction is not a viable way to lose weight, many of our patients will seek out liposuction surgery as a motivator before they begin a weight loss regime.

How does liposuction work?

In general, good candidates for a liposuction include adults who:

  • First, the patient is mildly sedated.
  • Then the doctor numbs the skin in the targeted area.
  • The doctor makes a tiny incision.
  • A special solution of saline, epinephrine, and lidocaine are administered to further numb the area under the skin and make the fatty tissues easier to remove and sculpt.
  • Excess fat is suctioned out of the body through a tube (known as a cannula).

There are a variety of different technologies from power-assisted liposuction, to lipo that makes use of lasers, or pressurized water. Each of these can be used to sculpt different areas of the body and each has certain advantages. At the Chicago Liposuction Specialty Clinic, we use multiple types of technologies to achieve the best possible results. By using several different technologies, we can adapt to the needs of each patient.

Liposuction Before and After