Liposuction

Length of Surgery

1 Hour

Liposuction

Short and

Sweet

Price Range

$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 

Recovery Period:

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.

 
Suitable Candidates

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).

 
Procedural Details

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.

 
Recovery

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

 
 
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