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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 consultationRequest a complimentary consultation online with Dr. Galante or call our Valparaiso or Schererville office at +1-800-721-3244.

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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 phy...Read On

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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 childhoo...Read On

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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 combi...Read On

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, removing unwanted pockets of fat, it shouldn't be considered a weight-loss procedure. 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.

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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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 eliminated 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 won't add bulk in the areas where the liposuction was performed because those fat cells are gone for good, 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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