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Men and women from all walks of life can often use some help getting rid of fat. Although fitness and nutrition are a great foundation, liposuction adds to these, producing permanent, targeted results in areas that don't respond to diet and exercise. This is because once fat cells are removed, they don't return. Many men and women who visit board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Gus Galante for liposuction in Valparaiso and Schererville from Merrillville and Munster, Indiana, and other nearby cities find new excitement about exercise programs and healthy eating because they can see and feel great long-term results.

To meet with Dr. Galante in Indiana and find out if liposuction is right for you, request a complimentary consultationrequest a complimentary consultation online 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

Talking It Over

During your consultation, Dr. Galante will evaluate your weight, skin and muscle tone. He will ask about your diet and exercise habits, and he will encourage you to discuss your concerns and ask questions.

"I look the best I have ever looked, very happy with my results. I had lipo and so happy that I did it. The staff is remarkable and caring and so is the doctor."

– Deborah Z. on Vitals.com. Read more reviews.


What Areas Does Liposuction Treat?

Liposuction can essentially be used anywhere there is excess, stubborn fat. The most common treatment areas are different for men and women.

  • For men, the most common areas are the belly, flanks (love handles), the chest area (especially useful to treat gynecomastia), and the neck and chin.
  • Women usually request liposuction for the abdomen, hips, thighs, arms, buttocks, lower back, and the neck and chin.

Dr. Galante can also perform liposuction on the knees, calves, ankles, or other areas.

Liposuction With Skin Excision

Pregnancy and significant weight loss often leave excess fat and lax skin around the midsection. While liposuction is effective for removing fat, it does not provide significant skin tightening. A tummy tuck is usually required to completely rejuvenate the abdominal area.

The drawback for some patients is that a tummy tuck usually involves several weeks of downtime. When patients want a less invasive option, Dr. Galante may perform liposuction with skin excision to remove abdominal fat and most of the excess skin that is left behind. While this procedure does not flatten bulging abdominal muscles, patients often appreciate the smoother look they attain with reduced downtime compared with a tummy tuck.

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Browse our gallery of Dr. Galante's patients and the natural results they enjoy. View more liposuction with skin excision photos.

Procedure Specifics

Dr. Galante performs tumescent liposuction on an outpatient basis - using either local anesthesia with sedation or general anesthesia - so you can return home the same day. Tumescent liposuction includes the injection of a saline solution combined with local anesthetic and adrenaline. The anesthetic keeps you comfortable for several hours after your procedure, and the adrenaline minimizes bruising by decreasing bleeding.

During liposuction, Dr. Galante uses a cannula (a thin tube) to suction out the fat deposits through small incisions. The tumescent technique is gentler on your body than previous liposuction techniques because it causes minimal trauma to surrounding tissue, reducing swelling and pain. Your procedure may last from 1 to 2 hours on average, depending on the number of areas treated.

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After Your Liposuction Procedure

What to Expect

It is normal to experience one or more of the following temporary side effects:

  • Swelling
  • Soreness
  • Decrease in energy
  • Numbness, tingling, & itching

Call our office if you have any concerns.

You will return home the day of your liposuction procedure with compression garments on the treated areas. These elastic garments minimize swelling and help the overlying skin and layer of superficial fat form smooth contours during the healing process. Expect to feel sore for a few days after the procedure. Most patients manage any discomfort with oral medication.

You'll need to wear the compression garments over treated areas for about 1 month. You can resume light physical activities after a week, but plan to avoid strenuous workouts for 4 to 6 weeks.

Keep in mind that your recovery timeline will vary with the size and number of areas treated, and whether you have liposuction performed individually or along with other procedures.

Helpful Tips for Recovery

  • Have plenty of clean towels on hand for the first few days after liposuction because tumescent fluid may drain out of the incisions.
  • Buy 2 sets of compression garments so you have one to wear while the other is being washed. We can recommend garments for your needs.
  • Get up and do some gentle walking several times a day to facilitate the healing process.
  • Wear a thin cotton T-shirt or tank top under your compression garment for improved comfort.
  • Be patient because it may take 3 to 6 months for you to achieve your final results.
  • Eat healthy. Resist the urge to indulge in comfort foods, especially when you're feeling sore and tired after surgery.
  • Drink plenty of water to prevent dehydration.

More Information

  • Dr. Galante performs liposuction on many areas of the body, including the abdomen, hips, back and thighs. He commonly treats the neck - often in combination with a facelift.
  • Dr. Galante often combines liposuction with tummy tuck and breast enhancement procedures.
  • If you still have questions about the procedure, please visit our Liposuction FAQ page.

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