Despite good health and a reasonable level of fitness, some people may still have a body with disproportionate contours due to localized fat deposits. These areas may be due to family traits rather than a lack of weight control or fitness. Liposuction is intended to slim and reshape specific areas of the body by removing excess fat deposits. The goal is to improve your body contours and proportion, and ultimately, help you enhance your self-image.*
At our centre, we use the tumescent technique, a relatively new liposuction method that can reduce post-operative bruising, swelling and pain. Because blood loss is minimized during tumescent liposuction, use of the technique reduces the chance that a blood transfusion will be needed.*
* Individual results may vary.
Any person who is a candidate for traditional liposuction is also a good candidate for the tumescent technique. Although the technique can be used on any area of the body, it is commonly used on areas that require enhanced precision, such as the face, neck, arms, calves and ankles. Liposuction techniques may be used to reduce localized fat deposits of the:
Understanding the Risk
Although the anaesthesia requirements are lessened and blood loss is minimized with tumescent liposuction, patients undergoing the procedure still face the same risks and cosmetic complications associated with traditional liposuction surgery.
There are also risks specifically associated with the tumescent technique. These rare complications include:
You can reduce your risks by choosing a board-certified plastic surgeon who has adequate experience with the technique.
For many patients, general anaesthesia is the best option. For others, the anaesthetic contained in the solution combined with sedation may provide sufficient comfort during the procedure. Or, if your doctor feels it's appropriate, the tumescent solution itself may serve as the sole means of anaesthesia.
In tumescent liposuction, the warmed tumescent liquid — a dilute solution containing lidocaine, epinephrine and intravenous fluid — is injected into the area to be treated. As the liquid enters the fat, it becomes swollen, firm and blanched. Liposuction is then performed on the tumesced areas.
The long-acting effects of the anaesthetic solution help to provide pain relief after the procedure and decrease the need for additional pain medication.
For the first day or two after surgery, most patients experience swelling in the treated areas, as well as some fluid drainage from the incision sites.
Light activity is usually resumed within the first few days after tumescent liposuction; normal activity can be resumed within a few weeks.
Your New Look
Patients are usually able to see a noticeable difference almost immediately after surgery. However, more improvement can be seen after three weeks when most of the swelling has subsided. After about three months, any persistent mild swelling will disappear and the final contour will be visible.
Patients are usually very pleased with the results of the procedure. By eating a healthy diet and getting regular exercise, you can help to maintain your slimmer figure or leaner physique.
Liposuction is not a treatment for obesity or a substitute for proper diet and exercise. It is also not an effective treatment for cellulite, the dimpled skin that typically appears on the thighs, hips and buttocks, or loose, saggy skin.
In some cases, liposuction is performed alone; in other cases, it is used with plastic surgery procedures such as a facelift, breast reduction or a tummy tuck.
Any cosmetic surgery procedure is a very personal decision. To discuss if liposuction is an appropriate option for you, book a consultation with Dr. Huq at Niagara Plastic Surgery & Laser Centre.