Liposuction permanently removes unwanted fat for beautiful contours. Liposuction is the most commonly performed plastic surgery procedure in the United States, with over 300,000 procedures performed each year. Liposuction can reduce the appearance of unsightly bulges and improve the contour and shape of your body. During the liposuction procedure, small, thin tubes (cannula) are inserted under the skin through small incisions. Fat is withdrawn (or removed) through these tubes as the surgeon skillfully moves the tubes to strategically contour and shape your body.
Liposuction procedures can be performed on their own or in combination with other cosmetic surgical procedures such as a tummy tuck and breast lift. Omni Surgery + Anti-Aging Centre offers expert liposuction treatment for incomparable results.
Liposuction is meant for individuals that eat responsibly and have persistent areas of fat accumulation. Heredity plays a great role in body type, including areas of fat deposits. Some people are genetically predisposed to carry fat cells around the hips and buttocks, while many others naturally carry fat cells around the abdomen, thighs, arms, face and/or back. These stubborn problem areas are very difficult to shed through diet and exercise alone. Liposuction is an excellent option to reshape these problem areas.
The surgeons at OMNI Surgery + Anti-Aging Centre are experts in liposuction and have refined techniques to precisely sculpt and enhance the shape of patients. Our surgeons take an individualized approach with every case, emphasizing the unique characteristics of each patient and their desired outcomes.
Liposuction is not a substitute for weight loss, but rather a tool to improve the form of a healthy body. Liposuction acts as an adjunct for healthy living and wellbeing. Think of liposuction as the surgeon's skill of liposculpting. Just as important as what is taken out, is the shape that is left behind.
Liposuction Treatment Areas
You may be a good candidate for liposuction if you are looking to remove fat and improve your shape in the following areas:
- Abdomen and waist
- Inner and outer thighs
- Hips and buttocks
- Upper arms
- Cheeks, jowls, and neck
- Inner knees
For women, the most common areas of liposuction include sculpting for the hips and buttocks. In men, the most common areas of liposuction are the abdomen and lower back.
Types of Liposuction
Tumescent liposuction is the technique used by most plastic surgeons. The surgeons at OMNI Surgery + Anti-Aging Centre bring an expert level of skill when performing this technique. The surgeon is strategic in the placement of incisions and in the methodical contouring approach. With the tumescent liposuction approach, the surgeon injects the areas to be treated with a mixture of saline, epinephrine and a local anesthetic. This mixture works as a wetting solution to soften the fat cells for easier removal. The epinephrine works to reduce bleeding and bruising. The local anesthetic decreases post-operative discomfort.
The surgeon carefully inserts the narrow cannula under the skin to break up and remove unwanted fat cells. The fat cells are withdrawn through the narrow tube, permanently leaving your body. During this procedure, a large amount of wetting solution is used, which may leave you feeling swollen. Rest assured that this swelling will subside over your course of recovery.
Power Assisted Liposuction (PAL method)
The Power Assisted Liposuction (PAL method) uses the most recent generation Microaire Power Assisted Liposuction System to enhance patients results. The PAL method uses a vibrating cannula to more easily remove fat and at the same time is gentler on the body. In addition, the surgeon is able to use a small cannula, minimizing the impact and strain on surrounding tissues. The vibrating cannula quickly loosens and breaks up tough, compact fat cells with precise movement. This method allows for a smoother and more precise contouring.
During the Ultrasonic liposuction approach, the cannula tip emits ultrasonic energy in the form of sound waves. Ultrasound is a form of energy that uses sound waves, similar to those used in a pregnancy ultrasound. But in ultrasonic liposuction, the sound waves are at a much higher frequency. When fat cells are exposed to high frequency ultrasound, they vibrate and then liquefy. The surgeon utilizes the ultrasonic method for secondary liposuction procedures.
Is Liposuction Right for You?
Are you a candidate? Contrary to common belief, liposuction is not a weight loss procedure. In fact, the ideal candidate for liposuction is a healthy adult that is at or near his or her ideal weight. The ideal candidate eats a healthy diet and exercises regularly. Despite disciplined eating and healthy exercise, he or she is still troubled by stubborn areas of fat accumulation. Weight loss should be achieved prior to surgery.
Liposuction is very effective in removing fat deposits in specific areas. However, it is not a permanent shield from fat accumulation. If you gain weight after having liposuction, the fatty bulges may reappear, as you would accumulate fat in your weight gain.
If you are considering liposuction, first you must reflect if you are looking for a quick fix. If so, liposuction is not for you. If you are leading a healthy lifestyle of diet and exercise but are troubled by problem areas, then liposuction may be an excellent option for you.
What to Expect During Liposuction Procedure
Prior to surgery, you will meet the surgeon and our team of dedicated support staff for an individualized consultation, where you will discuss your concerns, problem areas and desired outcomes. With the guidance of the doctor, you will establish realistic goals and an appropriate course of treatment.
On the day of surgery, your surgeon will draw on your body over the areas to be treated. You will have a visual indication of the contouring to be done. You will lie on the operating table and receive anesthesia by our board-certified anesthesiologists. Liposuction is administered under general anesthesia, conscious sedation or local anesthesia. Depending on the extent of fat removal to be accomplished, you may be given varying degrees of anesthesia. For large areas or multiple areas, you may be put under general anesthesia. For small areas, you may be given a local anesthetic and sedative.
When anesthesia is involved, only MD anesthesiologists are utilized at OMNISurgery + Anti-Aging Centre. This way, you can be confident that you are receiving anesthetic care from a board certified medical doctor, specializing in anesthesia.
In your recovery, you should expect to feel sore in the area that was treated. You should expect bruising and swelling for the first week after the procedure. Fluid may drain from your incision site and you may be given antibiotics to reduce any risk of infection.
After the liposuction procedure, patients are placed in a compressive garment to help reduce swelling, bruising and discomfort. You may wear a firm fitting garment for several weeks after your liposuction procedure. Patients are able to get up and move around as soon as the effects of the anesthesia have worn off. You can return to your normal activities as soon as you feel comfortable, but it may take several days or weeks. Many people return to work within a few days after having liposuction. If larger areas or multiple areas were treated with liposuction, you may need longer time to recover.