Length of Surgery
$varies Plus HST
Summary of Surgery:
Liposuction is a procedure that utilizes mechanically assisted aspiration to remove stubborn, hard to get rid of fat deposits from diet and exercise. Liposuction cannot rid the body of excess skin and large areas of subcutaneous fat but can help shape the curvature of the body, and is used to compliment other cosmetic procedures.
Type of Anesthesia:
Local or General Anesthesia
2-3 days off from work
1-2 weeks before resuming physical activity
What is Liposuction?
Liposuction is the surgical removal of fat from specific areas to reshape this targeted area of the body. Fat tissue can be removed from the abdomen, flanks, back, thighs, buttocks, the back of the arms, and other areas of the body. Liposuction is a contouring procedure only and not a substitute for weight loss or the removal of excess skin and large fat deposits. Liposuction is typically used as a complimentary procedure for other cosmetic body contouring procedures.
Candidates for liposuction have to be in good health and non-smokers or be willing to quit smoking for a prescribed time before and after the procedure. It is important to understand that this is not a weight loss surgery. While liposuction does remove fat deposits and some weight from the patient, the overall weight reduction from liposuction is usually negligible and never more than 5 lbs for safety reasons.
Furthermore, liposuction candidates should not:
Be excessively overweight.
Have sagging or droopy skin.
Have large quantities of cellulite.
Have mostly internal fat which cannot be removed (as opposed to external fat).
This procedure is performed under local or general anesthesia, and is very straightforward procedure. Fat deposits in different areas of the body that have accumulated either congenitally or due to excessive weight gain are removed with a suction assisted mechanical catheter. The catheters are inserted through small incisions, thereby flattening this area and reducing the protrusion. After the excess fatty tissue is removed, the small incision is closed and tight tensors are placed for compression to prevent excessive swelling and to help the area heal.
The recovery time for liposuction is quite short compared to other cosmetic surgeries, but also tends to result in more significant bruising and slightly higher pain than most other procedures. You should expect bruising after the procedure and will likely need pain medication for the first few days.
In most patients, the majority of the pain will subside in less than a week and you should be able to return to all normal activities, including work and exercise. Mild residual discomfort may last up to a month throughout which time a contouring garment is typically worn.
Post-op Recovery at a Glance
Swelling bruising and general discomfort is normal after any liposuction procedures. Discomfort typically lasts for 2-4 weeks as the body heals.
You should take over the counter pain medication or your prescribed pain medications to manage pain
Tensors are placed over the liposuction areas. The tensors should be used for the first week after surgery and then switched over to compression garments to help with the healing process and help reduce the swelling
You can shower the day following your surgery and should gently wash the wounds with soap and water. DO NOT bath, swim or soak your incisions in a pool of water for 2 weeks after surgery.
You will have a follow-up 10-14 days after your surgery to remove any stitches
You should refrain from vigorous activity for about 2-4 weeks after your surgery.
You should wear a sports bra for 2 weeks after your surgery until after your follow-up apointment
Complimentary and/or Alternative Procedures
A Brazilian Butt Lift, also known as a buttock augmentation, is a complimentary procedure to abdominoplasty as it can help build the upper poles of the buttocks using fat grafting procedures. This surgery takes your own natural fat and redistributes it into the upper poles of the buttock region, which creates a fuller profile for patients who desire a rounder curvature.
After massive weight loss, a lot of patients are affected by loss of volume and sagging in the breasts. Breast lift is a common complimentary procedure as it helps bring tissue upward to create volume in the upper pole of the breast and treats irritation and maceration in the skin folds beneath the breasts.
Just like the excess skin in your arms and legs, excess skin and fat often develops in the abdomen region after weight loss. Revision in the abdominal area with an abdominoplasty or a panniculectomy can slim down the extra tissue in your midsection. Click on the links below to learn more about each type of surgery or book an appointment with us to see which type of surgery is suitable for your needs.
Abdominoplasty is also know as a tummy tuck procedure which helps patients slim down the waste line by removing any excess skin, tightening their abdominal musculature, and to re-position the belly button to create a slimmer feel.
Panniculectomy is an OHIP covered procedure performed to remove excess skin and fat at the lower front edge of the abdomen. Many patient’s experience an overhang of skin after massive weight loss causing maceration, irritation and infections and the goal of this surgery is to address these health concerns.
However, at the Canadian Plastic Surgery Centre, addressing your health concerns and creating a cosmetically satisfying appearance is our goal. Thus, cosmetic surgical techniques and liposuction, which is not covered by OHIP, are typically used to help patients achieve their aesthetic outcomes.