The liposuction procedure is performed under general or local anesthesia in our physician directed surgical centre located in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Procedures generally take about an hour or more, depending on the number of areas treated.
The most common form of liposuction involves discreet incisions of less than half an inch made in the targeted areas, where a cannula is inserted. The cannula is attached to a suction machine, which permanently removes unwanted fat fron an area. Fat targeted is subcutaneous. At Toronto Cosmetic Clinic only small cannulas are used. This ensure a more even, esthetically pleasing result. For the safety of the patient, only a limited amount of fat can be removed at one time. A liposuction procedure may also include fluid injection.
A fluid comprised of intravenous salt solution, lidocaine (a local anesthetic) and epinephrine (a drug that contracts blood vessels) is used for fluid injection. Lidocaine anesthetizes the treated area for the duration of the procedure and for some time following, while the other components of the fluid facilitate the removal of fat, reduce the amount of blood loss, and minimize bruising.
When larger volumes of fluid are injected into the incisions during liposuction, sometimes up to three times the amount of fat to be removed, the technique is called tumescent. The fat targeted becomes swollen and firm in a tumesced state, hence the name of the procedure. Patients undergoing tumescent liposuction experience a faster recovery time, less bleeding, and less bruising, which is why at Toronto Cosmetic Clinic, tumescent liposuction is preferred.
Following the Liposuction Procedure
Following a liposuction procedure, results will be almost immediate. Clients will be up and walking around the day after the surgery, and be able to return to active employment within five to seven days. However, swelling and bruising will subside within 2 weeks. To promote healing and minimize swelling, a specially tailored supportive garment is worn.