Liposuction is a way to remove excess fat and improve body contour. It can be done alone or with other procedures such as a tummy tuck, breast reduction or facelift. It is not a way to remove large volumes of fat, but rather very discrete problem areas. The goal is always to improve shape, not significant weight loss. As well, liposuction will not remove loose or saggy skin.
How Liposuction is Performed
How we perform liposuction has changed over the years. The focus has been on improving aesthetic outcomes and the safety of the procedure. First, anesthesia is given. This could be local anesthetic, sedation or a full general anesthetic depending on what is required to do the procedure. I then infuse diluted local anesthetic to the areas of concern. A liposuction cannula attached to a vacuum is used to remove the excess fat through a carefully placed incision. I have a variety of liposuction cannulas that allow me to shape and contour the area according to your goals. The small incision or “port” is then closed at the end of the case with a dissolving suture.
Who is the Ideal Liposuction Candidate?
The ideal candidate is someone who is close to their ideal body weight and have firm, elastic skin. It is important that you are a non-smoker who is otherwise relatively healthy.
How do I Prepare for Liposuction Surgery?
Being close to your ideal weight does help you get the best result possible. Eating healthy and having an active lifestyle does help significantly in your recovery process.
Does Liposuction Last?
Yes, it does if your weight is stable. Often it is difficult to lose specific deposits of fat from the flanks, medial thighs, and under the arms. Liposuction removes these deposits. However, you can still gain weight and it does not stop you from adding fat in these areas if you gain weight. As well, liposuction does not remove excess skin and you cannot improve skin tone with liposuction.
What will Liposuction Cost?
The cost of liposuction is based on time.
Recovery After Liposuction
You can expect some soreness in the area that had fat removed. Bruising is normal and typically lasts about 2 weeks. It is important that you wear a surgical garment after your operation. This garment helps to smooth out the area and helps the skin to retract. Typically patients wear their garment for 6 weeks. The incisions are about 1cm long and are all closed with dissolving sutures. Often it takes a few months for all the swelling to recede and your final result is seen.
What are the Risks with Liposuction?
As with any surgical procedure, it is important to understand the risks. We work with you to minimize your risks associated with liposuction. Other than the general risks of any operation such as infection, there are some risks unique to liposuction. This includes bruising and changes in skin sensation that may persist. There is always the possibility of having asymmetries or contour irregularities. This is minimized by wearing your garment for 6 weeks postoperatively. Having loose skin is always possible with liposuction. Occasionally I will perform microneedle rolling at the same time to help the skin retract. Risks of liposuction often go up with larger volumes of fat that we take out. As such, we will only be able to perform so much in one sitting safely and we may require more than one operation for you to achieve your goals. If too much is taken at one time, it puts you at increased risk of having a blood clot or other similar pulmonary complications.