About Liposuction Surgery
Liposuction is a body-contouring procedure in which unwanted fat is surgically removed from the body. It allows to bring proportion back to the body by permanently getting rid of stubborn fat. It is performed by suctioning out fat though tubes on localized, bothersome areas.Liposuction is not a replacement for weight loss or obesity. It should be considered a treatment method for excess fat on localized areas of the body that with proper diet and exercise will not go away.
Toronto Cosmetic Clinic carries an advanced form of Liposuction, that 99% of our patients undergo: SmartLipo™, a laser assisted form of liposuction that allows for smooth results, quicker recovery with an added benefit of tightening the skin.
What Liposuction can do for you
- Targeted weight loss: While diet and exercise may help you lose weight in general there are times when you lose weight in every area of the body except where you really want to. Liposuction helps to contour your body the way you prefer it to be. You can remove fat from one area and with some techniques (such as laser –assisted Lipo) the fat removed can even be cleaned and re-inserted into the body in the desired areas (Fat Transfer).
- Fat-cells permanently removed: Losing weight the traditional way simply shrinks existing fat cells. Since they are still there, they can easily be enlarged again. Liposuction removes the fat cells completely making it increasingly difficult for fat to be re-gained in the areas treated.
- Increased health: As excess weight can cause a multitude of health risks, liposuction reduces these risks.
Cost of Liposuction Surgery
The price of liposuction starts from $3,500 for the first area. The more areas that you decide to have done, will influence the price. The type of anesthesia that you undergo (local, general, sedation) can also affect the fee. The price should not be the only deciding factor when you are choosing between different clinics/surgeons; you need to feel safe with your plastic surgeon and feel comfortable within the clinic. To read more information on this, please visit our page on Liposuction Cost.
Step-by-Step Visual to Liposuction Surgery
Pinchable fat deposits are visible on the thigh and love handles.
The plastic surgeon marks what areas the fat is going to be removed from.
Using a cannula, the fat is gently suctioned and removed from the body.
After liposuction results in a smooth and a well-defined figure.
A General Overview of the Liposuction Procedure
Assessment: Your plastic surgeon will assess you as an individual, taking into account your needs and medical history and then extensively discuss your options and inform you on everything you need to know before your procedure.
Marking: While you are standing, your surgeon will make markings on your body to demonstrate the desired targeted areas. These markings will be used as guidelines throughout the procedure.
Anesthesia: Liposuction can be performed under general anesthesia, local anesthesia or sedation. The length depends on the area(s) that are being targeted, but generally 1-2 hours is an average time.
Incision: Very tiny incisions are made to make room for the cannula (a tool shaped like a tube, that sucks out the fat), these are made to be as inconspicuous as possible.
Liposuction: Next a solution is injected, which is made of a highly diluted form of anesthesia to the area, which will constrict blood vessels, to minimize blood loss in order to remove large amounts of fat. This injection classifies this method as Tumescent liposuction which is the more common form used today and is what we use at Toronto Cosmetic Clinic. SmartLipo is a tumescent form. Next, a cannula is inserted into the skin, to the layer of fat and gentle, back and forth movements are made to manipulate the fat out of the body, into the cannula and out of the body. At Toronto Cosmetic Clinic only small cannulas are used. This ensures a more even, esthetically pleasing result. The cannula is attached to a suction machine, which permanently removes unwanted subcutaneous fat from the area.
Post Op: The incisions made during the procedure are either sewn closed, with one or two stitches, or left open to drain. The incision areas are wrapped in gauze and you are sent home wearing a compression garment.
What is Liposuction Recovery like?
Right after the surgery you will wear a compression garment every day for about 4-6 weeks after the procedure. This will help to reduce the swelling and also help the body to re-adjust to the new contour created. There will be some discomfort and bruising right after the surgery which will last a fews days. If you follow the pre-op instructions this can help you to reduce the amount of bruising that may incur. Pain medication is also given to help with soreness. Most patients can return to work after a few days to one week.
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What areas can be treated with Liposuction?
It is important to remember that different areas on the body require that different techniques to be used, as there are several cannula options available. Also keep in mind that different areas will have a different amount in the number of incisions needed.
Almost any area can be considered as long as there is enough pinchable fat. Common areas include:
The Best Candidate:
- Should have firmer and more, elastic skin. As older patients tend to have less elasticity in their skin, they should be aware that their results may vary to that of a younger person
- Should not be extremely overweight, of average or only slightly above-average weight
- Is in overall good health as those with certain existing health conditions may experience exacerbated symptoms due to the strain of this surgery
- Has specific concentrated pockets of pinchable fat that have not responded well with diet and exercise
Is Liposuction Safe?
Liposuction is a surgical procedure and therefore does carry some risks and complications due to the nature of the procedure and from anesthesia. This procedure has evolved over the past few decades to become safer and more effective.
The risks are minimal and the plastic surgeons at Toronto Cosmetic Clinic are more than capable of performing liposuction, safely and effectively.
Liposuction Q & A
What won't liposuction correct?
Liposuction does not remove visceral fat. This is the hard fat in your abdomen that surrounds your organs. Only proper diet and exercise will help this.
What areas cannot be targeted with liposuction?
It is dangerous to target the area behind the knee with liposuction, as vital nerves and blood vessels are present.
Does liposuction remove cellulite?
Liposuction can minimize the amount of cellulite in an area, dramatically reducing “orange peel” skin. However, it is best to consult a physician to find out if liposuction is suitable to remove cellulite on your body. Another method may be more suitable, such as Endermologie®.
Is the procedure painful?
Anesthesia will be administered during the procedure at Toronto Cosmetic Clinic, whether it be localized or general. As a result, you will not feel anything during treatment. Medication will be prescribed to eliminate or minimize pain following surgery.
Does liposuction remove stretch marks?
No liposuction will not remove stretch marks. You can try some of our non-surgical procedures such as laser fractional treatments to reduce their appearance.
Does fat return after liposuction?
If you exercise and maintain a healthy diet, the results of your liposuction procedure will last as long as age and other such factors don't take their toll. However, if you gain fat following the liposuction procedure, you should expect your whole body to experience this weight gain including the treated area. Fortunately, only the few fat cells remaining in the area will be affected, reducing its overall capacity. Therefore, you will never be able to accumulate as much fat as before treatment.
Can I treat more than one area in one session?
Yes! You can treat more than one area as long as you pinchable fat.
Is it true that fat cells never go away?
In a recent study by Swedish researchers, the number of fat cells in the human body were found to remain consistent sincechildhood. The study also showed every year in adulthood, 10% of fat cells die but are replaced with new ones. It means fat cells never go away. Since obesity and fat are two areas of intense interest at the moment, these are pretty significant findings that are rocking the scientific world.
Which brings us to liposuction. The researchers are also exploring whether the number of fat cells would be affected by liposuction. Currently, we know that any fat cells removed by this cosmetic procedure can’t generally be replaced by the body. When they’re gone, they’re gone forever. Hopefully this new study will support this.
We’ll keep you updated on the latest findings.