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. Rebecca Garza answers some of the most common questions below.

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

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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... Read More
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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.Read More
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Case #28

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 evalu... Read More
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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... Read More
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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... Read More
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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... Read More
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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... Read More

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 office.

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. Garza 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. Garza 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. Garza frequently performs these procedures at the same time 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. Garza strives to keep her prices competitive with other plastic surgeons around northwest Indiana. She 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.

Dr. Galante and Dr. Garza

Welcome to Our Practice

Board-certified plastic surgeons Dr. Rebecca Garza and Dr. Gus Galante have established a plastic surgery practice dedicated to providing personalized care that gives you the confidence to make educated decisions about your surgery. Together with a hand-selected team of professionals who share our passion for patient care, we offer a range of surgical procedures designed to help you look and feel your best.

Impeccable Credentials

Both Dr. Garza and Dr. Galante are fellowship-trained plastic surgeons at the forefront of the aesthetic surgery field. They are each active in professional associations and have given back to the community by donating their time and services to local charity organizations.

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Can I Combine Liposuction with Another Procedure?

Liposuction is often included as part of other procedures. Dr. Garza 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, your surgeon may recommend combining procedures with liposuction after listening to you describe your overall cosmetic goals.

A Reputation Built on Results

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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. Our surgeon’s expertise in liposuction allows her 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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