Liposuction

  • Standard Recovery Time:
    6 Weeks
  • Average Cost:
    $4,000-$10,000
  • Anesthesia Required:
    Yes

About Liposuction

Liposuction is a surgical procedure that uses suction to remove excess fat. Although liposuction can remove unwanted fat, it is not an overall weight-loss method or treatment for obesity.

Commonly asked questions about Liposuction

1. What is liposuction?

Liposuction is a surgical procedure that uses suction to remove excess fat. Although liposuction can remove unwanted fat, it is not an overall weight-loss method or treatment for obesity.

Liposuction breaks up and removes fat cells, which alters the body’s shape, but if the person does not follow a healthy lifestyle after receiving liposuction, there is a risk of the fat cells growing larger.

When weight is gained, fat cells increase in size and volume. Liposuction decreases the number of fat cells in a particular area, and the amount of fat extracted is determined by the area’s appearance and fat volume. The skin molds itself to the new contour of the treated area and is generally permanent, as long as your weight remains steady. However, liposuction does not remove skin irregularities such as cellulite and stretch marks.

Liposuction is a procedure that is used to remove fat from areas that have not responded to diet or exercise, such as:

  • Abdomen
  • Upper arms
  • Buttocks
  • Hips and thighs
  • Chin/neck
  • Chest
  • Back

2. What are the most common types of liposuction techniques?

Tumescent Liposuction: Liters of saline, local anesthetic, and epinephrine is pumped below the skin in the treated area. Small suction tubes are used to suction out the fat.

Ultrasound-assisted Liposuction (UAL): The cannula inserted through the small incisions is energized with ultrasound. The vibrations cause the fat cells’ walls to rupture, causing the fat to liquefy and be suctioned out. This method is used for areas such as the male breast, back, and anywhere in the body liposuction has been performed before.

Power-assisted Liposuction (PAS): This method uses a mechanized system that moves quickly back and forth, making it easier for the surgeon to pull out the fat.

Laser-Assisted Lipolysis (LAL): LAL is less invasive than the traditional liposuction method. A small tube is placed through a small incision to transmit laser energy and heat into the fat. After the fat has been treated, the surgeon will leave the small incisions open to drain fluid and blood from the body.

3. Am I a good candidate for liposuction?

Your doctor may advise against liposuction if you:

  • Are overweight or obese
  • Have a severe illness/medical condition/illness
  • Have poor skin elasticity
  • Are bothered by cellulite

4. How is liposuction Performed?

Step One – Anesthesia

Liposuction is performed under local anesthesia, intravenous sedation, or local anesthesia.

Step Two – The Incision

  • Small inconspicuous incisions are made in the area that is being treated
  • Diluted local anesthesia is infused to reduce bleeding/trauma.
  • A thin hollow tube (also known as a cannula) is inserted through the incision sites to loosen fat using a back-and-forth motion.
  • The fat is dislodged and then suctioned out of the body using a surgical vacuum (for larger areas) or a syringe attached to the cannula (for smaller areas)

Step Three – See The Results

  • The final result of your procedure will become apparent when the swelling and fluid retention subside

5. How long does liposuction surgery take to complete?

Liposuction normally takes one to two hours, depending on the area being treated. Usually, it is done as an outpatient procedure, meaning you do not have to stay overnight, and you can go home after your surgery is complete. However, if you are getting a considerable amount of fat removed, your surgeon may opt to keep you overnight for observation.

6. What is the recovery like for liposuction?

Day 1-3:
After your surgery, the surgeon will put elastic bandages or a compression garment around the affected area. These must be worn to help reduce swelling and contour your body into your new shape.

Depending on the method of liposuction used, you may have drains placed at each surgical site. These drains help remove any excess fluid around incision sites which causes healing to slow down. Your surgeon will give you directions on how to care for the drains and how long they will stay in place until they are removed.

There will be moderate pain and soreness for the first three days after surgery. Your surgeon will prescribe you pain medication in order to minimize your discomfort. Your activity should be limited, and you should rest during this time to help you heal. Your compression garment or bandages will most likely limit your movement as well.

Week 1-2:
By this time, there should be a reduction in pain and soreness. Many people return to work two weeks after receiving liposuction, but people with more physically demanding jobs may want to schedule more time off to recover.

Week 3-5:
There will be some swelling, but this is normal as swelling can take a couple of months to subside completely. There should be some visible results, but the result will improve as swelling and bruising heal. By this time, you should be able to resume light exercise but still avoid strenuous activity and any heavy lifting.

Week 6+:
Your bruising and swelling should have subsided, with minimal swelling remaining as it can take longer to heal. You should be able to remove any bandages or compression garments, and your activity levels will no longer be restricted to just light activity. In addition, you should be able to see the final results of your liposuction surgery.

7. How soon will I see the results?

It can take up to a full year after surgery before you notice the final liposuction results. How long it takes before you see results varies from patient to patient. Some people see a dramatic improvement by three or six months after their procedure.

8. How long do the results last?

Liposuction permanently removes fat cells from the body. However, fat can return after the procedure. It is up to the patient to maintain their weight after their surgery. For example, A patient weighs 150 pounds before their procedure and has a total of 7 pounds of fat removed; the fat will stay away if the patient maintains a weight of 143 pounds or below.

If the patient gains a small amount of weight after the procedure, approximately 6 pounds, the fat cells will get a little bigger and diminish the results of the procedure. However, the overall improved body shape will still be visible as the treated areas have fewer fat cells compared to untreated areas.

New fat cells can form in the treated areas of the body if there has been significant weight gain. In addition, new fat cell creation typically occurs evenly throughout the body. As a result, fat accumulates in the areas that have not been treated by liposuction rather than the areas that have been treated by liposuction. Therefore many patients who gain weight after liposuction still appear better than they would if they had not had liposuction.

9. How much does liposuction cost in Canada?

The cost of your procedure will be determined by the number and size of areas being treated, and your surgeon will be able to provide you with a precise estimate. It usually ranges between $10,000 for larger areas and $4,000 for smaller areas.

10. What are the risks of liposuction?

Any major surgery involves the potential risk of bleeding, infection, and a negative reaction to the anesthetic. Some possible risks, side effects, or complications include:

  • Severe bruising
  • Inflammation and possible oozing from incisions
  • Numbness in the treated areas
  • Thrombosis – formation of blood clots in veins, causing inflammation
  • Contour irregularities – poor skin elasticity, uneven fat removal, and unusual wound healing can cause the skin to appear withered, wavy, or bumpy
  • Kidney and heart problems – fluids being injected can change the body’s fluid levels and can increase the risk of kidney and heart problems
  • Pulmonary embolism – fat gets into the blood vessels and travels to the longs and blocking circulation
  • Pulmonary edema – fluid accumulation in the lungs
  • Skin burns – the movement of the cannula may cause friction burns to the skin and nerves

11. Is liposuction worth it?

2,742/3,123 people who have undergone liposuction have rated the procedure “Worth It” (88%)

– Source: realself.com