What is Liposuction?

Liposuction in Chicago is designed to remove localized or regional deposits of fat that are resistant to diet and exercise. It is not a weight loss procedure, nor is it used to treat obesity. A liposuction surgery is specifically used for body contouring.  Dr. Michael Epstein performs liposuction surgery to patients all over Chicago and the surrounding areas of Evanston and Buffalo Grove, IL.  Patients choose Dr. Epstein for his vast experience and the personable approach he has with his patients.


Frequently Asked Questions About Liposuction

Do you have questions or concerns regarding the liposuction process? Below, you will find frequently asked questions regarding the liposuction procedure.

Who is a Good Candidate for Liposuction?

The best candidate for liposuction is someone who is mentally, physically, and emotionally stable and has unwanted disproportionate fat collections that are difficult to remove with diet and exercise.  Liposuction should not be pursued in an attempt to avoid a healthy lifestyle. A good candidate for liposuction is also an individual who can take off adequate time for their body to properly recover.

What Areas of the Body Can Liposuction Treat?

Liposuction can be performed all over the body, but it’s commonly used on the following areas:

  • Abdomen
  • Buttocks
  • Thighs
  • Neck
  • Chin
  • Love Handles
  • Back
  • Calves
  • Upper Arms
  • Back of Arms

How Long Does it Take to Recover From Liposuction?

Often times, liposuction is performed as an outpatient procedure, meaning you get to recover in the privacy and comfort of your own home. In general, the recovery period is rather quick, with most patients that do not have physically demanding jobs returning to work within one to two weeks. Patients should expect bruising, swelling, and soreness to last a little bit longer. You should not lift or take part in any type of strenuous activity until you have been permitted to do so by your doctor.  Usually, that is around 3 weeks.

Does Liposuction Hurt?

Pain is subjective, meaning it is hard to determine how much pain each individual will feel following surgery. It is imperative to note that you will feel some sort of discomfort during your recovery, but many patients reported it as being tolerable. You will want to follow your doctor’s instructions, both pre- and post-surgery to make sure your recovery is as successful as possible.

Is Liposuction Safe?

Liposuction has been proven to be one of the safest cosmetic surgical procedures when performed by the right surgeon and on the right patient.   Of course, with any type of major surgery there is always a some risk of complication. The best way to reduce this risk is to choose your surgeon wisely and then follow that surgeon’s instructions for recovery.

Is Liposuction Expensive?

Liposuction is typically one of the more reasonably priced cosmetic surgical procedures performed.   The price of liposuction will be determined by the area of the body worked on, as well as how much liposuction is performed. During your initial consultation with the doctor, you will get a better understanding of the price of the surgery.


How is Liposuction performed in Chicago?

Liposuction is an outpatient surgical procedure performed at our facility. An incision is made near the site to be treated for insertion of a device called a cannula, which is a small hollow rod. A tube is then connected to the cannula, which is then connected to a vacuum machine. The cannula tip loosens excess fat under the skin when the cannula is moved. The fat is then suctioned using a powered device to remove fat from the selected site.

Tumescent liposuction follows the same above technique; however, saline solution, anesthesia and adrenaline are infused into the area being treated. This results in less discomfort and bruising after the Chicago liposuction surgery.  Dr. Epstein uses the tumescent technique for his patient’s liposuction procedures.

These procedures take approximately 1 to 3 hours, depending on the amount of areas to be treated and the complexity of the liposuction case.

What to expect during the recovery period:

  • A compression garment must be worn for 2-4 weeks after surgery to help the skin conform to its new contours.
  • Swelling, numbness, soreness, bruising and discomfort are normal, all of which can be controlled by medication and will subside.
  • Resume light activity within 2-5 days after surgery.
  • Full activities may be resumed 4-6 weeks after surgery.
  • Continue to eat an appropriate diet for best results.
  • It may take several months for swelling to fully dissipate and reveal your new contour.
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