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Liposuction and Fat Transfer

Liposuction has become more common in today’s improving technology. Additionally, fat transfer, which involves the removal of living tissue, is a procedure is done through liposuction. The fat is placed into a new area of the body with the intention of having the tissue survive. According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS), liposuction is defined as slimming and reshaping “specific areas of the body by removing excess fat deposits, improving your body contours and proportions.” Board certified plastic surgeon Dr. Bradley Ashpole has had over a decade of experience in liposuction in the Chicagoland area and is ready to help you today!


According to the world’s largest organization of board-certified plastic surgeons, the ASPS states that over 258,550 liposuction procedures have taken place in 2018 alone. As number two of the top five cosmetic surgical and minimally-invasive procedures, this amount is a 5% increase from 2017.

Am I a Lipo Candidate?

To find out if liposuction is right for you, there are a few factors to consider. First, you need to know if you are a healthy individual. Someone who is healthy does not smoke and does not have any life-threatening illnesses or medical conditions. The healing process should be as simple as possible and that can only happen if someone getting liposuction is healthy.

Do you have elastic skin and good muscle tone? Are you within 30 percent of your ideal weight? What are your goals when it comes to the completion of your liposuction procedure? These are all questions to be addressed when thinking about getting liposuction.

Liposuction is not a weight-loss method or alternative. A common reason why liposuction is performed is that your body may be getting the correct type of diet and amount of exercise, but the fat from your body does not respond to your food changes or work out regimes. Liposuction helps contour those areas of the body.

Preparing for the Procedure

It’s possible that your surgeon will ask for lab testing or a medical evaluation before the surgery. You will also need to take certain medications or adjust the ones you are on now. Additionally, stop taking aspirin, anti-inflammatory drugs, and herbal supplements. These medications can increase bleeding, so make sure you ask your surgeon about them if you need more information. Lastly, make sure someone can drive you to and from surgery. You shouldn’t be alone following the surgery for your first night’s sleep. Ask Dr. Ashpole any other questions you may have while preparing.

How Does it Work?

All forms of liposuction have the following two components. First, an incision in the skin is made. A fluid called tumescent is placed into the incision. This fluid bathes the fat cells in a numbing solution and shrinks the blood vessels. Once this process is complete, a tube goes into the incision that has a suction component. The tube is able to suck out the fat.

Depending on the amount of fat being suctioned, there are different ways to receive liposuction. Sometimes the procedure can be completed right there in the doctor’s office. Other times, if more fat is being removed, the procedure will take place in the hospital with more sedation.

Types of Liposuction

The two types of liposuction that Dr. Ashpole uses are Traditional and Body-Jet.

Traditional liposuction is performed under general anesthesia. Dr. Ashpole is able to carefully select and remove the fat while sculpting the area into a more desirable shape. It’s possible to see results right after the surgery, but the true results will gradually emerge once the swelling subsides. In order to see full results, several months must pass after the procedure.

Body-Jet assisted liposuction is another type used as an in-office treatment by Dr. Ashpole. Dr. Ashpole is one of the few Schaumburg plastic surgeons to offer Body-Jet Liposuction. This is a newer liposuction technique that delivers pulses of fluids to gently dislodge fat for removal. The biggest difference between traditional and Body-Jet liposuction is that Body-Jet involves less medication. This new technique can yield superior cosmetic results with less bruising due to the gentle water spray.

Liposuction Recovery

When the procedure is complete, you will have a compression garment (or elastic bandages) covering the treatment areas. Leave these on as they help to control swelling. You may also have small and temporary drains placed in the existing incisions beneath the skin. The drains remove any excess blood or fluid.

Make sure you care for the surgical site and drains correctly. If you are given medications, whether orally or topical, follow the usage instructions in order to reduce the potential opportunity for an infection. Your surgeon will give you a follow-up date and if you have any other questions, do not hesitate to ask! Your health is a priority after any surgery.

What About Fat Transfer?

Fat transfer is a type of cosmetic surgery that moves fat from one part of the body to another. The procedure is relatively minor. However, the process is quite similar to liposuction, as the first half of it falls under the lipo category. The addition is injecting the prepared fat into a separate area of the body.

Patients seeking liposuction in the Elk Grove Village and surrounding areas can contact Dr. Bradley Ashpole for a free personal consultation. Call 847.884.8346 to schedule a consultation today. Additional information can also be obtained by filling out our contact-us online inquiry form. We look forward to helping you look your absolute best!