You can do everything right — follow a healthy diet, exercise, and lose weight — and still have nagging areas of fat that won’t go away. When that happens, it may be time to consider liposuction. Susan Schneider, MD, at The Methodist Physician Group Specialists combines exceptional surgical skills with her artistic eye to achieve the body shape you desire with liposuction. To schedule an appointment, call the practice in Merrillville, Indiana, or use online booking.
Liposuction is a surgical procedure that uses suction to eliminate fat from your body. While liposuction permanently removes the fat, it’s not intended to be used for weight loss.
Liposuction is a body contouring technique designed to reshape your body by removing pockets of fat that stick around despite diet and exercise. The best candidates for liposuction are patients who are at or near their healthy body weight.
Liposuction is safe for most areas of your body, including the:
It’s important to know that liposuction isn’t used as a cellulite treatment. However, Dr. Schneider offers a minimally invasive laser treatment that effectively eliminates cellulite.
The first step is to schedule a consultation with Dr. Schneider. She analyzes your body, evaluates your health, and reviews your medical history. She also talks with you about your weight loss history and the results you want to achieve with liposuction.
While liposuction is safe and effective for patients of all ages, the elasticity of your skin is a key predictor of your ultimate results. If age has depleted your skin’s strength and elasticity, you may not get the results you want unless you also schedule a skin-tightening procedure.
Dr. Schneider uses all these factors to determine whether you’re a good candidate for liposuction. Once she decides to move forward, you can schedule a liposuction appointment.
To perform a tumescent liposuction procedure, Dr. Schneider makes a small incision, then injects a tumescent solution into the area. The solution contains a local anesthetic to eliminate pain, epinephrine to constrict blood vessels and minimize bleeding, and saline water, which plumps up the area and makes it easier to remove the fat.
With or without the tumescent solution, liposuction is performed the same way: using a thin tube, called a cannula, which is attached to a machine that produces suction. Dr. Schneider inserts the cannula into the fat, then gently and methodically moves it around while the machine suctions fat cells out of your body.
It’s normal to have some swelling and soreness for a few weeks. Most patients take only a few days to recover before going back to work, but each person heals at a different pace. Your overall recovery also depends on the volume of fat removed.
To learn more about liposuction and whether it’s right for you, call The Methodist Physician Group Specialists or book an appointment online.