CoolSculpting or Liposuction: Which should you choose?

Do you see rolls of fat around your belly and hips when you look in the mirror? Are your upper arms a little flabby? Do your thighs touch, making you uncomfortable in skirts and dresses? Just a decade ago, getting rid of stubborn, unwanted fat required liposuction. However, times have changed and technology is growing rapidly. While you still may benefit from a safe and effective liposuction procedure, effective non-surgical options also provide real and lasting results. One such option is CoolSculpting. This article will give you an overview of both our surgical and non-surgical options. Which treatment is right for you? Will it be CoolSculpting or liposuction? Let’s find out!

Fat Reduction and Body Contouring in Indianapolis

Resistant fat is frustrating and you can blame your genetics. Even with belly-blasting moves and multiple strength-training sessions designed to hit your trouble-spots, you may still see that unwelcome bulge and flab taunting you. Unfortunately, no amount of cardio and strength-training exercises can eliminate it. We’re here to tell you that you deserve a break. Stop killing yourself to get rid of stubborn fat that just won’t budge. Try fat reduction with Coolsculpting or liposuction at the LASSI in Indianapolis.

CoolSculpting or Liposuction: Which is better and how are they different?

CoolSculpting and liposuction are FDA-approved procedures recommended by extensive dermatologic research for fat removal and body contouring. The choice as to which is best for you depends upon:

  • how much fat you want removed,
  • how quickly you want to see results,
  • how comfortable you are with each procedure, and
  • what your provider recommends.


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Individual results may vary from person to person.

CoolSculpting is a non-surgical fat freezing treatment using a technology known as cryolipolysis. It can be used virtually anywhere on the body, including the upper arms, abdominals, and even the double chin. During the treatment, fat cells crystallize and safely die off. They are then naturally flushed from your body. After at least three treatments, the majority of patients see noticeable results. There are no incisions or injections and no downtime associated with CoolSculpting treatments, making it the preferred method for patients who aren’t good candidates for liposuction.

Your CoolSculpting provider will discuss your goals for fat reduction to determine if you’re a good candidate for treatment. During the procedure, they will place the applicator on the treatment area. At first, you will feel a tugging and intense cold sensation, but this will subside. CoolSculpting is a comfortable procedure. In fact, many of our patients will take a nap, read a book or watch television comfortably during their CoolSculpting treatment. After your fat freezing is completed, your provider will remove the pads and massage the treatment area to help break up the frozen fat cells more rapidly. Over the next few weeks, your body will gradually absorb and get rid of these cells through your lymphatic system. It’s at this time that you will return to our practice, take some after photos to see your results, and proceed with your next treatment until the desired results have been achieved.

What Areas Can Be Treated With CoolSculpting?

If you have stubborn fat in the following areas, our Indianapolis CoolSculpting specialists can help. Treatment areas include:

  • Upper arm fat
  • Abdominal fat
  • Flanks/love handles
  • Inner and outer thighs
  • Banana roll/fat beneath the buttocks
  • Submental fullness/double chin fat
  • Back and bra fat

If you don’t see your treatment area above, that’s okay. Come in for a consultation and we’ll work with you to find out if CoolSculpting or liposuction is right for your needs.

Who Can Get CoolSculpting?

You are a good candidate for CoolSculpting if you are a healthy weight and have stubborn fat deposits in one of the FDA-approved CoolSculpting treatment areas. Patients who aren’t good candidates for surgery can benefit from CoolSculpting, but results will vary depending on the size and number of treatment areas you want sculpted.

Who Shouldn’t Get CoolSculpting?

There are only a few reasons why CoolSculpting may not be right for you. Be sure to discuss any of these or other concerns with your providers before proceeding with treatment. CoolSculpting is not a weight loss tool and is not a good fit if you are overweight or obese. It is also not appropriate if you are looking for immediate results. You are not a good candidate if you are pregnant or breastfeeding or if you suffer from chronic pain, chronic fatigue syndrome or an autoimmune disease. If you have larger amounts of unwanted fat than can be successfully treated with CoolSculpting, we may recommend tumescent liposuction to provide you with the best possible results. Finally, let your providers know if you have received any other cosmetic treatments in the desired treatment areas.

Tumescent Liposuction

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Individual results may vary from person to person.

While CoolSculpting and liposuction help provide similar results in reducing unwanted body fat, that is where their similarities end. Unlike CoolSculpting, tumescent liposuction is a surgical procedure and can be used almost anywhere that fat collects around the body. However, don’t let the fact that this is a surgical procedure scare you. Tumescent liposuction is one of the safest cosmetic surgeries available today.

Tumescent liposuction is performed under local anesthesia, meaning you will be awake during the liposuction procedure. Prior to incision, Dr. Hanke will inject a solution containing lidocaine for pain relief and epinephrine for vasoconstriction; vasoconstriction is the constriction of blood vessels to minimize blood loss during the procedure. Up to eight tiny incisions will be made in the treatment area. Dr. Hanke will use a cannula to suction out the unwanted fat through these small incisions. Following the procedure, most patients are able to return home the same day to recuperate.

What Areas Can Be Treated With Tumescent Liposuction?

You can have liposuction just about anywhere on the body. This includes difficult areas that aren’t well treated using non-surgical methods or where our CoolSculpting applicators cannot be effectively applied.

Who Can Get Tumescent Liposuction?

While tumescent liposuction is not a weight loss solution, it is more helpful than CoolSculpting for larger amounts of body contouring. Therefore, if you have multiple inches of fat to lose from your waist or hips, tumescent liposuction may be the right choice.

The safety of tumescent liposuction has been well studied. Clinical research has shown that tumescent liposuction is very safe. In fact, in a study with over 15,000 patients, only minor complications were seen on a rare basis. No patients needed blood transfusions, and no one was admitted to the hospital.

Who Shouldn’t Get Tumescent Liposuction?

There are some reasons why tumescent liposuction may not be right for you, and you should approach these concerns honestly with your dermatologic surgeon as you make the choice between CoolSculpting and liposuction. For example, if you are not healthy and struggle with one or more chronic diseases, tumescent liposuction may be more than your body can handle. In this case, you may be at a higher risk of developing surgical complications, such as poor healing, infection or blood clots. Additionally, because it is an invasive procedure, you should not undergo liposuction if you are on blood-thinning medications, such as warfarin or aspirin. Finally, if your skin is very thin and crepe-like, you may not experience aesthetically pleasing results because your skin will not readily snap back after fat is removed.

Body Sculpting is NOT Weight Loss

When choosing between CoolSculpting and liposuction, keep in mind that both will significantly reduce the number of fat cells in your body. This is very different from the process of losing weight. When you lose weight through diet and exercise, your fat cells shrink. When you undergo CoolSculpting or liposuction, fat cells are removed. These fat cells do not return. That doesn’t mean you can’t gain weight again, however. The remaining fat cells can expand, so it’s important to maintain your healthy lifestyle following a CoolSculpting or liposuction procedure.

Should You Choose CoolSculpting or Liposuction?

The choice between CoolSculpting and liposuction is a personal one that must be undertaken with great thoughtfulness and after a thorough consultation with our body contouring experts. Both CoolSculpting and liposuction are appropriate for permanent fat removal.

If you have small areas of body fat that are stubborn and you want to avoid surgery, CoolSculpting is likely the choice for you. However, if you want to see immediate results or have a larger area of unwanted fat, liposuction may be recommended.

Keep in mind that many patients come to our practice seeking one type of treatment and learn they will get better results from another procedure. This is because, after a thorough examination and medical intake, our providers make recommendations based on your health, medical history and prescriptions. Furthermore, it’s all about which procedure will give you the best possible final result. Bottom line: it’s all about patient safety and results.

Other Options for Non-Surgical Fat Reduction

If you have double chin fat you’re looking to say goodbye to, you have yet another option for treatment. Kybella is the first ever non-surgical solution to submental fullness and is FDA-approved to elminate double chin fat. While both CoolSculpting and liposuction can both eliminate your double chin, Kybella is simply another option for your treatment.

Like CoolSculpting, Kybella is non-surgical. However, instead of freezing your fat, Kybella uses an injectable substance designed to target and melt away fat cells. These fat cells are destroyed and flushed through your lymphatic system just like with CoolSculpting. After six treatment sessions, most patients have visible reduction in submental fullness.

Why Choose the Laser and Skin Surgery Center of Indiana for Body Contouring?

The Laser and Skin Surgery Center of Indiana is home to Dr. C. William Hanke, a top dermatologic surgeon in Indiana. Dr. Hanke is a leader in dermatology and is a frequent guest lecturer at dermatologic conferences where he is regarded as an expert in his field. Dr. Hanke also trains other physicians on body contouring techniques and has pioneered much of what we see in tumescent liposuction today. In addition, our aestheticians are certified and fully trained in CoolSculpting technology. We provide a multitude of treatments for body contouring and skin improvement and have also been a part of important clinical trials, including for Botox and Kybella. When you come to the Laser and Skin Surgery Center of Indiana for CoolSculpting or liposuction, you can know that your safety and aesthetic goals are going to be our top priorities.

Schedule a Consultation for CoolSculpting or Liposuction in Indianapolis

Contact us at the Laser and Skin Surgery Center of Indiana to schedule a consultation or for more information about choosing between CoolSculpting and liposuction for body contouring in Indianapolis. During your consultation, we will work together to determine which of these procedures is right for your needs to ensure you get the best results in a safe, comfortable environment. We look forward to helping you achieve your aesthetic goals.

Body Contouring Procedures That Work

Do you dream of flat abs, chiseled arms and glutes to die for? Have you tried everything without success? When diet and exercise simply aren’t enough, you may want to take advantage of body contouring procedures. With so many treatment options available, choosing the right one can be a challenge. It’s hard to know which treatments actually work and which ones are most appropriate for your particular issues.

If this sounds familiar, you’re in the right place. Keep reading to learn more about the most popular body contouring procedures. We’re here to provide you all the information you need and answer the most frequently asked questions.

Body Contouring Procedures in Indianapolis at the LASSI

At the LASSI, we offer cutting-edge body contouring procedures to help you achieve your ideal body image. Our dermatology practice offers tumescent liposuction, CoolSculpting and Kybella to serve a variety of patient needs.

Tumescent Liposuction: An Effective, Safe Liposuction Technique

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Individual results may vary from person to person.

Tumescent liposuction allows you to enjoy all the benefits of traditional liposuction without the risk and expense of general anesthesia. This surgical outpatient procedure is performed with local anesthesia to gently and painlessly remove fat deposits while the patient is awake. The local anesthesia also includes an agent to slow blood flow to eliminate the risk of excessive blood loss during surgery as well. The result is a safer procedure for the patient while giving the surgeon full control over the treatment area.

An advantage of tumescent liposuction is that your dermatologic surgeon can remove large areas of fat during a single treatment. It provides a uniform result with minimal bruising and fewer skin irregularities than are seen with traditional liposuction. Results can be seen soon after treatment and will reach their full potential within six months. If you have a desk job, you can expect to be back to work within a few days. Normal exercise can be resumed in about a week.

CoolSculpting: The Non-Surgical Liposuction Alternative


CoolSculpting is the #1 non-surgical body contouring procedure currently available and is one of our most popular treatments. It uses a cooling system called crylipolysis to freeze and permanently destroy fat cells. The cells are then naturally expelled through the body’s lymphatic system.

CoolSculpting provides long-term results that are noticeable after just a few treatments. Patients experience virtually no downtime since the procedure is completely non-invasive and is performed without needles or surgery.

popular cosmetic treatments include double chin reduction

Individual results may vary from person to person.

Kybella Double Chin Reduction

Having a double chin can do a number on your self-esteem. It is also one of the most difficult areas to modify through diet and exercise. Kybella is an FDA-approved, non-surgical solution for treating a double chin and creating the smooth, youthful jawline that so many men and women desire.

The treatment uses injections to target and break down fat cells. Much like CoolSculpting, the cells are eliminated through the body’s lymphatic system. Results can typically be seen after four to six treatments. You may experience some bruising and discomfort after treatment and should rest for a few days. Other than that, you can expect minimal downtime.

The fat cells are permanently removed, so you can expect your results to last for years.

Body Contouring Procedures FAQ

If you are considering one of the many body contouring procedures available in our Indianapolis dermatology practice, you are likely to feel some uncertainty and have many questions. We’ve gathered the simple answers to some of the most commonly asked questions to put your mind at ease before your consultation. However, we recommend coming in for a full consultation and evaluation by our team so we can answer questions specific to your needs.

Do Non-surgical Body Contouring Procedures Really Work?

Non-surgical body contouring procedures, like CoolSculpting and Kybella, have had extremely positive results. These procedures cause controlled damage to localized areas of fat cells, allowing the body to permanently eliminate them.

The primary downside of nonsurgical treatment is that multiple sessions are often needed to achieve the desired results. Most patients are willing to undertake treatment because the procedure requires no incisions and results in minimal discomfort and downtime.

Which Body Contouring Procedures Are Right for Me?

When choosing the appropriate body contouring procedures, you must consider your individual circumstances and preferences, including:

  • The number of treatment sessions you are willing to undergo
  • Your tolerance for downtime and discomfort
  • The extent of fat removal needed
  • Which procedure would give you the best possible results
  • Your overall health, including allergies, chronic health concerns, and medications

Who Is a Good Candidate for Body Contouring Surgery?

Liposuction might be better for you if you have large areas of fat to be removed. Tumescent liposuction will provide you with more dramatic results, and fewer treatment sessions will be needed. You’ll likely require only one procedure, so if you prefer the “one and done” approach, then tumescent liposuction should be considered.

Who Is a Good Candidate for Non-surgical Body Contouring?

Patients who want liposuction results without the hassle of surgery and the associated downtime are often good candidates for non-surgical body contouring procedures like CoolSculpting and Kybella. As long as you can return for repeated treatments until you get the desired result, you’re likely a great candidate. Some types of body fat, however, can’t be well treated with these procedures. In those cases, we’ll let you know if we recommend liposuction instead of non-surgical options.

Who Shouldn’t Get Body Contouring Procedures?

Both liposuction surgery and non-surgical treatments are recommended for people who are comfortable with their current weight and want to reduce fat in targeted areas. They are not meant to be a substitute for weight loss programs and should not be expected to deliver more than a 25% fat reduction. It’s important to have realistic expectations and understand the anticipated outcome prior to undergoing any cosmetic treatment.

Each of our body contouring procedures have certain contraindications. For example, patients who are allergic to the local anesthetic used in tumescent liposuction should not have that procedure. This is very rare. Furthermore, if you require blood thinning medications, Kybella and liposuction aren’t good options for you. We will determine which treatments aren’t recommended for you during you consultation when we take a full medical history. This maximizes patient safety during treatment and recovery.

Are Body Contouring Results Permanent?

When you lose weight through diet and exercise, your fat cells shrink in size but are not eliminated. If you begin to live an unhealthy lifestyle, they will simply expand again.

Body contouring procedures can bring about more permanent results by actually removing the fat cells from the body. However, you can still gain weight and cause the remaining fat cells to expand, so it’s important to continue to take care of your health.

Why Should I Choose the LASSI for Body Contouring Procedures?

Your body contouring results are greatly dependent on the skills of the professional that you choose. Dermatologic Surgeon Dr. C. William Hanke is a pioneer in tumescent liposuction, contributing to publications and lecturing to other surgeons around the world. He is ranked as one of the Best Doctors in America and is acknowledged as a Top Doc by U.S. News and World Report. Additionally, our practice has an accredited clinical trials facility which participated in the Kybella research trials. When you come to the LASSI, you’re entrusting your results and safety to some of the best providers in Indiana.

How Much Do Body Contouring Procedures Cost?

Many variables affect the cost of body contouring procedures. Some of the primary factors include:

  • Type of procedure
  • Areas being treated
  • Number of treatments required for nonsurgical treatments
  • Amount of fat removed for liposuction
  • Anesthesia costs
  • Necessary recovery time
  • Medication and pain management
  • Experience of the treatment provider
  • Surgical facility fees
  • Geographic location

Beware of facilities that offer extremely low-cost procedures. If the price seems too good to be true, it probably is. You may find that your initial consultation is provided by a high-pressure salesperson instead of a physician. Corners are likely to be cut when it comes to staffing and facility quality, and your final results may not be what you had hoped.

All medical procedures come with some inherent risks. You can minimize this by ensuring that you only work with a reputable and highly skilled dermatologic surgery practice.

Looking for Body Contouring Procedures in Indianapolis? Look No Further!

The Laser and Skin Surgery Center of Indiana has been the area’s premier dermatology resource since 1997. Our cutting-edge facility includes a world-class dermatology research department. When you choose Dr. Hanke, you are choosing one of the leading surgeons in the dermatological field.

At the LASSI, we understand that choosing between body contouring procedures is a significant decision. We want you to be confident that you have made the best choice possible. If you’re ready to try liposuction, Kybella, or CoolSculpting in Indianapoliscontact us today for a consultation. During your first appointment, we will review your individual circumstances, answer all of your questions, and help you choose the best option for your needs.

Awake for Liposuction? Tumescent Liposuction Safety

Awake for Liposuction: Why patients are choosing local over general anesthesia

When we think of any type of surgery, we usually picture a patient in a bed who is completely asleep as surgeons perform a procedure. There are well-known exceptions to this, such as cesarean births that provide patients with a spinal that blocks nerve impulses, affecting the sense of touch and ability to move. However, there are a growing number of both medically necessary surgeries and cosmetic surgeries that are exploring local anesthesia over general anesthesia, effectively keeping patients awake for surgery. Tumescent liposuction is no different, keeping patients awake for liposuction surgery. Why are dermatologic surgeons embracing this concept?

Awake for Liposuction and Other Surgeries: How does it work?

As stated above, many surgeries usually require general anesthesia with a few notable exceptions. The most well-known and extensive are c-section births. However, there are other well-known surgeries that use local anesthesia while patients are awake, including mole and skin cancer removals, wisdom tooth extractions, and cyst extractions. However, as these procedures are generally small and less invasive, many patients forget that they are surgeries.

Local anesthesia works by delivering a localized anesthetic to the treatment area. With a mole removal, for example, lidocaine is administered via needle to the treatment area. Once the area is sufficiently numbed, the dermatologic surgeon gets to work removing the mole. The same is true of other surgeries mentioned above, with the exception of c-sections that have anesthesia administered into the spinal column.

Liposuction, being less invasive that a cesarean, also uses local anesthesia that is injected directly into the treatment area. The anesthesia contains a combination of diluted lidocaine and epinephrine, which keeps the patient comfortable while minimizing bleeding. The patient feels no pain but may feel movement and some pressure to the area while the unwanted fat is extracted through a slim cannula that is placed through a very small incision.

Why do patients want to be awake for liposuction?

All surgeries carry risk, but that risk increases when general anesthesia is introduced. Risks associated with general anesthesia include, but aren’t limited to:

  • Sudden drop in blood pressure
  • Allergic reaction
  • Heart Attack
  • Stroke
  • Postoperative confusion and stress

These are only some of the risks associated with general anesthesia. In some cases, patients metabolize the anesthesia too quickly, resulting in a patient who wakes during surgery. Other patients have the opposite reaction, where the surgeons have trouble waking the patient once the procedure is completed.

Being awake for liposuction sounds scary. What if I’m nervous?

All surgery carries some anxiety with it, and this is totally normal for patients receiving tumescent liposuction. Dr. C. William Hanke, dermatologic surgeon at the Laser and Skin Surgery Center of Indiana, will be able to provide you with an anti-anxiety medication or sedative to calm your nerves for your procedure.

What do patients say about tumescent liposuction?

The majority of patients find that being awake for liposuction is worth it for the results and the reduction of risks associated with dermatologic surgery. Our primary goal is patient safety and comfort at every step of the process. Our team will ensure that the patient is both emotionally and physically comfortable. Patients report feeling relaxed during the procedure, experience less downtime than with surgeries requiring general anesthesia, and experience less postoperative discomfort.

Not everyone is a good candidate for tumescent liposuction for a number of reasons. Patients who are allergic to lidocaine should not have tumescent liposuction. Other patients would benefit more from a non-surgical procedure such as CoolSculpting or Kybella. Every patient is different and should schedule a consultation to discuss their concerns and desired outcome with our team.

Schedule a Consultation for Fat Reduction in Indianapolis

Dermatologic surgeon Dr. C. William Hanke is a leader in tumescent liposuction, performing countless procedures every year while also lecturing and training other dermatologic surgeons on his techniques. He has also contributed to numerous peer-reviewed publications about the trend of being awake for liposuction in addition to other high-profile dermatologic procedures. Our Indianapolis dermatology practice also participated in a clinical trial for Kybella, the first non-surgical double chin treatment to be FDA-approved. Dr. Hanke’s reputation, skill, knowledge, and expertise make him a top choice for patients seeking cosmetic fat reduction in Indiana, and we invite you to schedule a consultation with our team today to find out how we can help you achieve the figure of your dreams.

Who Can Get a Tumescent Liposuction Procedure?

For most of us, the desire to look and feel better by getting rid of unwanted fat doesn’t supersede our need to be safe while undergoing a procedure to do so. If excess fat is causing you to feel uncomfortable about your appearance, consider getting a tumescent liposuction procedure or other contouring treatment. A tumescent liposuction procedure removes stubborn sections of fat that remain despite a healthy diet and regular exercise. While traditional liposuction requires patients to be asleep with general anesthesia, the tumescent option improves patient safety by keeping them awake and utilizing local anesthesia to ensure total patient comfort during surgery.

The tumescent liposuction procedure can be used almost anywhere on the body, including the abdominal area, flanks, back, thighs, upper arms, and especially the double chin. These stubborn pockets of fat are usually caused by genetics and cannot be reduced with diet and exercise alone. Once treated, fat cells are gone for good.

Am I a Good Candidate for a Tumescent Liposuction Procedure?

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Individual results may vary from person to person.

You are a good candidate for a tumescent liposuction procedure if you have one or more fat deposits on your body that remain despite your best efforts to eat a healthy diet and exercise regularly. Your candidacy for the procedure also relies on whether your general health is good and you’re committed to a healthy lifestyle. While it’s safer for you to have a procedure with local anesthesia, your body still needs to be healthy enough to undergo surgery. If you’ve ever had an allergic reaction to local anesthesia, a tumescent procedure is not right for you. Reactions to local anesthesia, however, are rare.

It’s also important to have realistic expectations regarding the results of a tumescent liposuction procedure. Keep in mind that liposuction is not a weight-loss tool, but a contouring procedure that allows you to remove stubborn fat deposits that remain despite a healthy lifestyle.

What’s it Like to Get a Tumescent Liposuction Procedure at the LASSI?

What If I’m Not a Good Candidate for the Tumescent Liposuction Procedure?

If you’re not a good candidate for a tumescent liposuction procedure due to a health condition or simply because you would prefer to avoid surgery, there are alternative options. At the Laser and Skin Surgery Center of Indiana, we provide two of the best non-surgical fat reduction treatments, both of which are FDA approved: CoolSculpting and Kybella.

CoolSculpting Nonsurgical Liposuction Alternative

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Individual results may vary from person to person.

When it comes to non-surgical liposuction alternatives, CoolSculpting has quickly become one of our most popular options. CoolSculpting involves the use of a handheld device that’s designed to freeze and eliminate the fat cells that are located below the skin’s surface. Most people get this procedure to treat love handles, belly fat, thighs, and the rolls that tend to form across the back, beneath the chin, and under the arms.

Kybella, the First FDA-Approved Nonsurgical Double Chin Reduction Treatment

Modern technology is bringing specialized treatments to the cosmetic industry. An example of this is Kybella. The cosmetic product is designed to diminish your double chin without surgery. To do away with your double chin, the injectable substance attacks fat cells in this part of your body, causing them to die off. Your body will naturally remove the dead fat cells. After several treatments, the skin under your chin will become tighter. Once fat cells are eliminated, they are gone for good.

Dr. Hanke of the Laser and Skin Surgery Center of Indiana took part in the clinical trials for Kybella, so if you are considering this type of treatment, you’ll have peace of mind knowing that you’re working with someone who has more experience with this product than most other physicians in the area. Kybella is also FDA approved, so you know that it has been thoroughly vetted.

Interested in a Tumescent Liposuction Procedure in Indianapolis?

Is a tumescent liposuction procedure right for you? Whether it’s a liposuction treatment or one of our non-surgical alternatives, the best way to find out if it’s right for you is to schedule a personalized consultation with our board-certified dermatologic surgeon Dr. C. William Hanke. He will give you a thorough examination and go over your medical history with you to help you determine which treatment is right for your needs and desired outcome. Contact us for a consultation or to learn more about these procedures from our helpful staff in our Indianapolis practice today.

Liposuction Myths Debunked

Of all the cosmetic treatments available today, it’s quite possible that liposuction gets the most negative press attention. Prevailing ideas about liposuction that stem from its original use in the 1970s, media misinformation, and poorly executed surgeries by providers who aren’t properly trained or licensed for liposuction help keep these liposuction myths alive and kicking. The truth is, however, that liposuction isn’t the cosmetic bad guy most people believe it is. Use this quick list of liposuction myths as the first step to learning the truth about liposuction, and contact our team to find out more about liposuction and if it’s right for you.

Top 5 Liposuction Myths Debunked

Is liposuction just weight loss for lazy people? Doesn’t the fat just come back? Is liposuction dangerous? These are all questions we’ve heard over the years, and the short answer to all of these is, “No.” Get the details on the top liposuction myths below.

Liposuction Myth #1: Liposuction Will Help You Lose Weight

One of the most common liposuction myths is that it’s used as a weight loss tool. The reality, however, is that liposuction is designed to contour stubborn problem areas that a healthy diet and consistent exercise failed to correct. These stubborn pockets of fat are often genetic, so no amount of dieting or exercise will ever correct them. Liposuction can, however.

Liposuction Myth #2: You’re Too Old for Liposuction

Surgery and advanced age are often concerns primarily because of the dangers of general anesthesia. General anesthesia, which is when the anesthesia drug puts you to sleep for your treatment, is often the most dangerous part of any surgery, no matter your age. With local tumescent anesthesia, however, liposuction is much safer as patients are fully awake during the treatment. As long as you are healthy, your dermatologic surgeon will likely approve you for Tumescent Liposuction. Your surgeon may also recommend surgical or non-surgical skin tightening to complement your liposuction treatment, however, as aging reduces the skin’s ability to “bounce back” after weight loss or liposuction. It’s important to have realistic expectations regarding the treatment’s results.

Liposuction Myth #3: Liposuction is Just for Women

While women seek liposuction more frequently, men are increasingly requesting body contouring procedures. Like women, some men have stubborn fat deposits on their bodies. These trouble areas for men are usually around the abdomen or chest. “Love handles” can be a persistent problem for men regardless of their exercise routine or diet.

Liposuction Myth #4: Liposuction Will Get Rid of Your Cellulite

We wish that liposuction could be a cure-all for a body fat, but unfortunately, liposuction as a cellulite treatment is another of the most common liposuction myths. While cellulite is partially caused by fat deposits beneath the skin, it’s a unique problem with a specific solution that liposuction alone cannot address. However, we also urge you to be very wary of topical cellulite treatments. They just don’t work!

Liposuction Myth #5: The Fat Will Come Back

Did you know that you do not produce new fat cells when you gain weight? Weight gain is caused by the expansion of existing fat cells. If you feed them, they will grow, but they will not reproduce. With fewer fat cells, your body has less opportunity to increase in size. Liposuction removes excess fat deposits, which means that once they are gone, they are gone for good.

This doesn’t mean that you cannot gain weight after liposuction, which is another one of the common liposuction myths. Your remaining fat cells can expand and cause you to gain weight again, so it’s important to maintain a healthy lifestyle following your treatment.

Looking for Liposuction in Indianapolis?

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Individual results may vary from person to person.

Liposuction gets rid of the persistent, unwanted fat that you’ve tried time and again to tone away by embracing a healthy diet and regular exercise. Liposuction can remove the stubborn fat on your belly, thighs, hips, back and buttocks. The treatment can even eliminate fat around your face and neck as well as your knees.

Dr. C. William Hanke of the Laser and Skin Surgery Center of Indiana is a renowned liposuction expert in Indianapolis who has lectured and trained countless physicians worldwide and contributed to numerous publications on the use of tumescent anesthesia in liposuction. In our Indianapolis dermatologic surgery center, we offer Tumescent Liposuction to patients for surgical removal of stubborn, unwanted fat. We also now offer Kybella for non-surgical double chin reduction and CoolSculpting for non-surgical fat freezing and elimination to patients who aren’t good candidates for surgical procedures or prefer a non-surgical approach.

To find out what fat reduction treatments are right for your needs, contact our team of experts at the Laser and Skin Surgery Center of Indiana, located just north of Indianapolis in Carmel. We look forward to meeting you!

Liposuction vs Tummy Tuck

Liposuction vs Tummy Tuck: Which do I need?

Struggling with excess fat around the middle? Fed up with loose skin following weight loss or pregnancy? While working out, losing weight and eating right is a great start to a journey to a healthier you, it doesn’t always leave you with the look you want. So while those side bends and leg lifts are great for flexibility and muscle strength (keep up the good work!), you may be considering a cosmetic surgery procedure such as a liposuction or tummy tuck (abdominoplasty) to rid yourself of that extra inch or two. But which treatment is right for you? This article examines the difference between liposuction vs tummy tuck surgery.

Liposuction vs Tummy Tuck: What’s the Difference?

You might assume that a tummy tuck and liposuction are essentially the same thing. However, there are many differences between the two procedures. When it comes to liposuction vs tummy tuck, a professional can determine which will work best for you. With liposuction, excess fat is removed. A tummy tuck, on the other hand, is designed to remove the sagging or loose skin left behind after weight loss or pregnancy. It is also designed to help tighten your underlying abdominal muscles to give you a toned, taut appearance.

What to Expect During a Liposuction Procedure

Indianapolis liposuction before and after

Individual results may vary from person to person.

If you want to trim excess fat with a low-risk procedure that doesn’t have a lot of downtime, Dr. Hanke’s tumescent liposuction procedure has been proven to be extremely effective and safe for removing any localized fat deposits that have accumulated over the years. The patient is awake during the procedure which utilizes tumescent local anesthesia. Post-procedure recovery is rapid with outstanding results.

Following tumescent liposuction, you can typically return to work in one to three days. Depending on how much you weigh, the amount of tumescent local anesthesia will vary. Your safety is our top priority, so the amount of fat removed is limited. Unrelated surgical procedures are not performed along with this procedure to protect your health and well-being.

What to Expect During a Tummy Tuck Surgery

Tummy tucks are major surgical procedures that require general anesthesia. Excision and liposuction are both used to eliminate fat and a large portion of excess skin. While you do end up with a flatter stomach, some scarring may remain. The muscles in your abdominal wall are visible during this procedure so the surgeon can tighten the muscles at the same time. Tummy tucks provide a trim and toned core, but the recovery time is much longer than liposuction alone. Recovery time varies from patient to patient, but you can expect complete recovery to take four weeks or more.

Can I Get Liposuction and a Tummy Tuck Together?

Tummy tucks and liposuction tend to go hand-in-hand. If you have a lot of loose, sagging skin and excess fat, having both procedures done at the same time can help tackle both problems simultaneously. In fact, tummy tucks use liposuction to eliminate the excess fat before the surgeon can remove the excess skin and help sculpt and tighten any loose abdominal muscles. Most patients do not require both procedures, which is why it is so important to discuss your concerns with the surgeon beforehand. Your dermatologic surgeon will want to know what you are looking to achieve with the procedure and get a chance to do an evaluation in person to determine if you need a liposuction vs tummy tuck, or both.

Considering a Tumescent Liposuction Procedure in Indianapolis?

Dr. Hanke is an internationally recognized expert in dermatologic surgery. He began researching tumescent liposuction in 1988 when he published a safety study of nearly 9,500 patients. He published another study from 1995 involving more than 15,000 patients. He has taught tumescent liposuction to physicians in Europe, South America and North America.

The Laser and Skin Surgery Center of Indiana is a state-of-the-art facility dedicated to excellence in the field of dermatologic surgery in the Indianapolis area. If you are ready to consider tumescent liposuction, schedule your consultation and begin the process to a whole new you.