Liposuction FAQ

Throughout the U.S., liposuction is consistently one of the most popular cosmetic surgery procedures. Men and women from Merrillville, Munster, and Crown Point, Indiana, and beyond who want trim body contours and more well-defined facial features come to our practice with a lot of questions. Dr. Gus Galante answers some of the most common questions below.

If you’re considering liposuction, the best place to start is consulting with an experienced, board-certified plastic surgeon. Request a complimentary consultation online with Dr. Galante or call our Valparaiso or Schererville office at (800) 721-3244.

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Keep in mind that each patient is unique and your results may vary.

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Liposuction Case 28 Before & After View #1 | Schererville, IN | Gustavo E. Galante, MD
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This 50 year old patient from Northwest Indiana came to see Dr. Galante, a board certified plastic surgeon in consultation for liposuction to improve the contour of her abdomen. She described her “barrel shape” as a family trait and stated she has had this appearance since early childhood. After a thorough evaluation... Read More
Liposuction Case 32 Before & After View #1 | Schererville, IN | Gustavo E. Galante, MD
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Case #32

To contour her midsection and thighs, this 35 year old mother of one from Northwest Indiana chose tumescent liposuction. Like many women, she wanted her clothing to fit more comfortably and yearned to feel confident in a swimsuit again. Unlike many mothers her age, she already had a very shapely physique that needed only tailored reshaping.The... Read More
Liposuction Case 150 Before & After View #1 | Schererville, IN | Gustavo E. Galante, MD
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This 41-year-old IT professional disliked the appearance of breast tissue on his chest, as well as unwanted fat on his abdomen and flanks. He visited us in Schererville, Indiana, to learn more about contouring his body through male breast reduction and liposuction with Dr. Galante.For the combined procedure, Dr. Galante placed the patient... Read More
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Liposuction Case 38 Before & After View #1 | Schererville, IN | Gustavo E. Galante, MD
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Liposuction Case 147 Before & After View #1 | Schererville, IN | Gustavo E. Galante, MD
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When a strenuous, 5-days-per-week workout routine didn't yield the results he was looking for, this 39-year-old professional male began to consider liposuction for his abdomen and flanks. He visited our Schererville, Indiana office to discuss liposuction and other body contouring options. Together with Dr. Galante, he determined that liposuction... Read More
Liposuction Case 42 Before & After View #1 | Schererville, IN | Gustavo E. Galante, MD
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Liposuction Case 50 Before & After View #1 | Schererville, IN | Gustavo E. Galante, MD
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As they age, many men see excess fat and flab develop around their stomachs, making them feel less attractive and causing clothes to fit poorly or become uncomfortable. This 35-year-old liposuction patient from Northwest Indiana came to my office concerned with excess skin and fat around his waist and along his hips. Even though he ate responsibly,... Read More
Liposuction Case 36 Before & After View #1 | Schererville, IN | Gustavo E. Galante, MD
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Liposuction Case 163 Before & After View #1 | Schererville, IN | Gustavo E. Galante, MD
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Case #163

This 51 year old patient came to our Schererville plastic surgery office wanting to improve the contour of her waist and back. She had a protuberant abdomen with excess tissue that draped over a c-section scar. She also desired improvement in the appearance of the bulges in her mid back sometimes referred to as "bra fat".After discussing... Read More
Liposuction Case 34 Before & After View #1 | Schererville, IN | Gustavo E. Galante, MD
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Case #34

The patient seen here is a 60 year old woman from the Chicago suburbs who came to see Dr. Galante at his Indiana plastic surgery office requesting a tummy tuck to improve the contour of her abdomen. In addition, she wanted to eliminate the bulges on her outer thighs.  Her exam revealed a fair amount of lipodystrophy (localized accumulations of... Read More
Liposuction Case 61 Before & After View #1 | Schererville, IN | Gustavo E. Galante, MD
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Case #61

This 29 year old nurse from Illinois desired body contouring to slim her waist. She is a mother of a 2 year old child, and despite exercise was unable to trim her tummy and hips down to a slimmer, pre-pregnancy form. Like many women, she found that after childbirth her abdomen protruded much more, due partly to new fat deposits but also because of... Read More
Liposuction Case 110 Before & After View #1 | Schererville, IN | Gustavo E. Galante, MD
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Case #110

This 36-year-old woman came to our Schererville office wanting to have a more contoured waist and thighs. Because she was in good health overall and was close to her ideal weight, Dr. Galante determined the patient was a good candidate for liposuction. The Indiana secretary underwent liposuction on her abdomen and her thighs.The photos show... Read More
Liposuction Case 111 Before & After View #1 | Schererville, IN | Gustavo E. Galante, MD
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Case #111

At 66, this woman didn't like the appearance of her waistline. As seen in the "before" photos, her abdomen draped over her waistline, so Dr. Galante recommended liposuction at an Indiana surgical facility.Although retired and in her 60s, the patient was in overall good health and had realistic expectations for what a cosmetic procedure such... Read More
Liposuction Case 37 Before & After View #1 | Schererville, IN | Gustavo E. Galante, MD
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Liposuction Case 97 Before & After View #1 | Schererville, IN | Gustavo E. Galante, MD
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Case #97

This 22-year-old woman was concerned about excess fat below her chin and wanted to know what her options were for plastic surgery in Indiana. To see how her neck area could be contoured, she turned to Dr. Galante because of his experience as a board-certified plastic surgeon. During a consultation, Dr. Galante recommended liposuction to remove fat... Read More
Liposuction Case 132 Before & After View #1 | Schererville, IN | Gustavo E. Galante, MD
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Case #132

This 18-year-old woman desired liposuction to get a slimmer waist by reducing her "love handles." She is younger than the typical patient Dr. Galante sees at his Valparaiso and Schererville locations, and he made sure during the consultation that she understood the procedure and what it involved. Dr. Galante believes that maturity level is important... Read More
Liposuction Case 33 Before & After View #1 | Schererville, IN | Gustavo E. Galante, MD
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Case #33

At a healthy Body Mass Index (BMI) of 21, this 49 year old resident of Northwest Indiana was seen in our plastic surgery office in Munster, Indiana in consultation for liposuction. She desired contouring of her abdomen, hips, and inner thighs. Her weight was 124 pounds and was five feet four inches in height. She was otherwise... Read More
Liposuction Case 122 Before & After View #1 | Schererville, IN | Gustavo E. Galante, MD
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Case #122

This patient, 48, wanted revision surgery for a tummy tuck performed by another plastic surgeon. Notice the bunching at the end of her scar, what is sometimes called "dog ears." She also wanted an improved waistline, so she researched surgeons in the area and eventually decided to meet with Dr. Galante, a plastic surgery specialist in Northwest Indiana.During... Read More
Liposuction Case 35 Before & After View #1 | Schererville, IN | Gustavo E. Galante, MD
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Liposuction Case 31 Before & After View #1 | Schererville, IN | Gustavo E. Galante, MD
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Case #31

This 37 year old Indiana man shown here in these before and after photos presented to our Munster, Indiana plastic surgery office in consultation for liposuction. He discussed with Dr. Galante, a board certified plastic surgeon specializing in liposuction, his concerns regarding his waistline. He specifically wanted to improve the contour of his protruding... Read More
Liposuction Case 77 Before & After View #1 | Schererville, IN | Gustavo E. Galante, MD
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Liposuction Case 108 Before & After View #1 | Schererville, IN | Gustavo E. Galante, MD
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Case #108

This 65-year-old woman wanted her abdomen contoured with liposuction. A housewife in Indiana, this patient was an excellent candidate for liposuction because she was in good shape overall, but needed help eliminating her "pooch."Liposuction is consistently among the top plastic surgery procedures performed each year, because it can do what... Read More
Liposuction Case 100 Before & After View #1 | Schererville, IN | Gustavo E. Galante, MD
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Case #100

This 34 year old aesthetician came to see me in my Schererville plastic surgery office wanting to improve the contour of her abdomen and hips. She desired a more hourglass shape to her waist. She was an excellent candidate for liposuction, because she had localized areas of fat collections with firm overlying skin. This assured me that the skin would... Read More
Liposuction Case 39 Before & After View #1 | Schererville, IN | Gustavo E. Galante, MD
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Liposuction Case 142 Before & After View #1 | Schererville, IN | Gustavo E. Galante, MD
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Case #142

This 30-year-old woman is a pharmacist who came to Dr. Galante for a liposuction consultation at his Schererville, Indiana, office. She wanted to get rid of excess fat on her inner thighs as well as her outer thighs (sometimes referred to as saddle bags). Some people are genetically predisposed to storing excess fat in these areas of the legs... Read More
Liposuction Case 41 Before & After View #1 | Schererville, IN | Gustavo E. Galante, MD
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Keep in mind that each patient is unique and your results may vary.

Who Is a Good Candidate for Liposuction?

Both women and men come to our practice for liposuction. Men make up between 10% and 15% of liposuction patients nationally, and those numbers are reflected at our Schererville and Valparaiso locations.

Because liposuction sculpts the areas targeted, reducing unwanted pockets of fat, it should be used for patients who are at a healthy weight. A good liposuction candidate is already in good overall shape but can’t get rid of stubborn fat from areas where it accumulates naturally based on age or genetics. The primary locations include the abdomen, flanks, thighs, lower back, buttocks, and the neck. Men with overdeveloped breast tissue, a condition called gynecomastia, can be helped with liposuction in many cases, in addition to male breast reduction surgery.

Patients who benefit the most from liposuction also have good skin elasticity, meaning the skin naturally “bounces back” to fit the new contours once underlying fat is removed from the treated area.

What Is the Best Liposuction Technique?

When you research liposuction, it quickly becomes clear that there are several techniques plastic surgeons use. Dr. Galante believes the best technique is tumescent liposuction, which is often referred to as the traditional form of liposuction. Tumescent liposuction involves injecting a solution that includes a combination of a local anesthetic and adrenaline.

The anesthetic keeps you comfortable for several hours after your procedure, and the adrenaline minimizes bruising by decreasing bleeding. Saturating the fat with the solution also causes the fatty areas to swell, making it easier to break apart and remove using a cannula.

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Some surgeons add various forms of energy to the tumescent method, but Dr. Galante believes this tried-and-true technique provides the most consistent and attractive results with the most comfortable recovery.

How Do I Know if I Need Liposuction or a Tummy Tuck?

This is a common question among patients who are unhappy with the look of their midsections. If you have stubborn fat in the area that doesn’t respond to diet and exercise, but your skin is relatively resilient and elastic, liposuction may work for you. If you have excess, stretched skin after pregnancy or weight loss, in addition to some excess fat, then you may be a better candidate for a tummy tuck, which actually removes extra skin and repairs damaged ab muscles. Dr. Galante frequently performs these procedures simultaneously and can help you decide which is best for you.

How Much Does Liposuction Cost?

The price of your liposuction procedure depends on the area or areas you want to target and whether you want to combine the procedure with other surgery, among other factors. The cost of any cosmetic surgery varies depending on the patient’s specific needs, the surgeon’s experience and qualifications, and the geographic area where the practice is located.

Dr. Galante strives to keep his prices competitive with other plastic surgeons around northwest Indiana. He is also pleased to offer various financing options to help you manage your budget. During your consultation, you receive a written quote that has been customized to reflect the specifics of your procedure.

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Meet Dr. Gus Galante

Thank you for visiting the Indiana plastic surgery practice of board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Gus Galante. Our team is committed to providing you with the information you need to make an educated decision about your procedure. We offer a full range of surgical and non-surgical treatments such as breast augmentation, liposuction, and BOTOX® Cosmetic. Our goal is to make sure you feel comfortable and confident about your choices. We have offices in Valparaiso and Schererville for your convenience.

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Can I Combine Liposuction with Another Procedure?

Liposuction is often included as part of other procedures. Dr. Galante may combine liposuction of the neck with a facelift to get optimal results. Liposuction is also one of the procedures used for a Mommy Makeover, which combines body contouring and cosmetic breast enhancement surgery to improve the appearance of the areas that are most affected by pregnancy.

During your consultation, Dr. Galante may recommend combining procedures with liposuction after listening to you describe your overall cosmetic goals.

Are There Non-Surgical Alternatives to Liposuction?

There are plenty of devices and treatments marketed as liposuction alternatives, but none can produce results that match those achieved by liposuction. There is only so much fat that can be addressed non-surgically. Dr. Galante’s expertise in liposuction allows him to get dramatic results without a significant amount of bruising, swelling, or downtime.

How Long Will My Results Last?

The answer is really up to you. Although you probably won’t add bulk in the areas where the liposuction was performed, you can still gain weight after surgery. Many patients find that the sleek, trim contours they achieve are so satisfying that it kick-starts a series of healthy lifestyle habits. By eating a balanced diet and continuing to exercise regularly, you can maintain your liposuction results indefinitely

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