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Liposuction

Liposuction refers to the procedure where unwanted fat is extracted from the body. This is not to be mistaken for a weight loss solution as its job is to bring proportionality to the body by permanently getting rid of fat in certain areas. Tubes are used to suction out the fat from specific areas that are prone to hold the most fat. Though this treatment is an excellent way to remove excess fat, it is recommended that patients establish a proper diet and exercise regime to ensure the maintenance of their flawless and toned body.

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What Liposuction can do for you:

  1. Targeted weight loss:liposuction helps to contour your body and make you lose weight in places that normally diet and exercise do not target. Liposuction helps you remove unwanted fat, and with certain techniques such as Smart Lipo, the fat removed can be properly cleaned and re-inserted into the body in the desired area (fat transfer). Smart Lipo is an advanced form of liposuction that 99% of patients undergo as it leaves you with smooth results, quick recovery time, and a tightening of your skin.
  2. Permanent removal of fat cells: While losing weight through exercise and diet reduces existing fat cells, liposuction works by permanently removing these fat cells making it difficult for fat to be re-gained in the treated areas.
  3. Increased health: : liposuction reduces the risk of health conditions related to obesity and thus provides you with a healthy lifestyle

Cost of Liposuction Surgery

Liposuction procedures, on average, cost about $3.500 with an additional fee of $1,000 when patients request to have SmartLipo (laser assisted form) done at the same time for smoother results and reduced downtime. The benefits gained from having both procedures done far outweighs the added cost. The price is also dependent on the number of areas to be treated, as well as whether patients choose to have anesthesia.

A General Overview of the Liposuction Procedure:

  1. Assessment: the first step of the liposuction procedure is for the plastic surgeon to assess you, focusing on your medical history and discussing your options and the expectations of the procedure
  2. Marking: the plastic surgeon will draw marks on the desired areas to be treated and they will be used as guidelines throughout the procedure
  3. Anesthesia: liposuction can be performed under general anesthesia, local anesthesia or sedation. On average, the procedure takes about 1-2 hours, although the length does depend on the number of areas being treated
  4. Incision: this procedure will only require small incisions as a cannula (small tool shaped like a tube) will be used to extract the fat.
  5. Liposuction: the procedure involves a highly diluted form of anesthesia solution being inserted to the area. The reason for this is to constrict the blood vessels and minimize blood loss to remove large amounts of fat. This method is referred to as “Tumescent liposuction” which is the more modern form used today. A cannula is then injected into the skin, and movements are made to insert the fat into the cannula and removed out of the body. The cannula is attached to a suction machine, which removes the unwanted fat from the area.
  6. Post Op: once the fat has been removed, the incision that was made during the procedure is either stitched or left open to drain. A gauze is applied to the incision areas and patients are discharged wearing a compression garment.

What is Liposuction Recovery like?

With this procedure, a compression garment is required to be worn for approximately 4-6 weeks after the surgery. The main reason is for the body to adjust to the new contour and shape, but also so that the swelling reduces over time. You may also experience some bruising and discomfort post-surgery which can last for several days. It is recommended that you follow the instructions given before the procedure in order to minimize the amount of bruising as well as to speed up the recovery process. Pain medication will be prescribed to aid with the soreness that are the effects of the surgery, however, patients are expected to return to their daily activities within a few days.

What areas can be treated with Liposuction?

Though almost any fatty area can be treated, the most common ones are:

  • Abdomen and love handles
  • Inner and outer thighs
  • Back
  • Arms
  • Buttocks
  • Face and neck
  • Lower legs
  • Female breast
  • Male breast (Gynecomastia)

It should be noted that different techniques are needed for each area of the body since several cannula options are available. Also, the amount of incisions is dependent on the areas of the body being treated.

Who can be treated? The Best Candidate for Liposuction:

  • Should have firm and elastic skin
  • Should not be extremely overweight
  • Should be in good health overall since those with some existing health conditions might experience exacerbated symptoms as a result of the strain of the surgery
  • Should have specific concentrated pockets of fatty acids that have not responded well to diet and exercise

Is Liposuction Safe?

Like every surgery, there are some risks and complications associated with the liposuction procedure. However, with the advancements in technology, the procedure has evolved immensely making it relatively safe and more effective.

What is gynecomastia?

Gynecomastia is a condition seen in some males where the breast tissue in the chest area is enlarged. This condition can be quite embarrassing for men; however, it can easily be treated by liposuction.

Liposuction Q & A

  1. What won't liposuction correct?

    Liposuction is not known to remove visceral fat, which is the hard fat in the abdomen surrounding the organs. The only way to treat this condition is through a proper diet and exercise regime.

  2. What areas cannot be targeted with liposuction?

    The area behind the knee is not recommended as an area to be treated by liposuction since vital nerves and blood vessels are located there.

  3. Does liposuction remove cellulite?

    Although cellulite can be minimized with the liposuction, it is suggested that patients consult their physicians first to see if they recommend the removal of cellulite from their bodies.

  4. Is the procedure painful?

    Since the procedure requires local or general anesthesia, patients do not feel anything during the treatment. However, medication is prescribed post-surgery to minimize pain or discomfort that you may feel once the effects of the anesthesia subsides.

  5. Does liposuction remove stretch marks?

    Liposuction is not an effective treatment for stretch marks removal as some other procedures such as laser fractional treatments, which would reduce their appearance.

  6. Does fat return after liposuction?

    For best results, it is recommended that a healthy diet and exercise routine are established post-procedure. If, however, you do gain weight on the areas treated, then you should expect the weight to be on the entire body. Only the few fat cells remaining in the area would be affected, which means that you will never be able to accumulate as much fat as before the treatment!

  7. Can I treat more than one area in one session?

    Yes! Once you have consulted with plastic surgeon and they have given you the approval, then you can have more than one area treated.


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