Our clinic offers a range of liposuction procedures designed to bring each patient closer to the ideal body shape. We believe the human body is a work of art, therefore, all of our services are tailored to meet even the most exigent of demands and are carried out by experienced, highly trained professionals.
What Is Liposuction?
Liposuction, also known as lipoplasty, is a plastic surgery procedure used to eliminate localized fat deposits that are difficult to get rid of through other means, such as weight loss diets and intense physical exercise. During the procedure, fat cells are removed with the help of a suction device connected to a straw-like tube called cannula which is inserted, through a small incision, into the deep layers of the adipose tissue.
What Are The Best Areas For Liposuction?
Although it is possible to perform liposuction on all body areas with excess fat, the procedure works best when it targets concentrated pockets of adipose cells usually found on the abdomen, flanks, thighs, and upper arms. It is also successfully used to enhance the contour of areas such as the face, neck, breasts, hips and calves.
Why Opt For Liposuction?
Even if we try our best to lose weight, it’s not always possible to succeed on our own. Body type, genetics, metabolism issues and certain lifestyle factors can make the weight loss process even more strenuous than it already is. Some people turn to liposuction to remodel those difficult to target areas such as the face (chin, cheeks and neck), the back and the flanks, or to get back into shape after a pregnancy. Others choose this option because they work in a domain where an aesthetically pleasing appearance is a must.
Regardless of the reason, the decision to undergo a liposuction procedure must be taken only after consulting with a cosmetic surgery specialist qualified to guide you through the entire process, from the initial consultation all the way to the recovery stage.
Are You A Candidate?
If you have excess fat that cannot be eliminated through a traditional weight loss approach, you could consider having liposuction. However, in order to qualify as a candidate, there are several conditions that should be met: you must be over 18, physically and mentally fit, with a balanced lifestyle that includes a healthy diet and regular physical exercise. You should also be open and talk to your doctor about any existing health conditions such as diabetes or cardiovascular problems. Women who are pregnant or nursing, individuals who take blood-thinning medications and those who are allergic to lidocaine are not good candidates for lipoplasty.
Since liposuction is not a weight loss procedure, it cannot solve issues such as obesity, loose skin and cellulite.
Types Of Liposuction
There are various types of lipoplasty but the procedures can be divided into two main types: manual liposuction and laser liposuction.
Manual lipoplasty techniques are differentiated by the mechanism in which the cannula works and by the amount of fluid injection used to dissolve fat cells during the procedure. These techniques include: Traditional Liposuction, Tumescent Liposuction, Super-wet Liposuction, Ultrasonic Liposuction, LipoSelection and Power Assisted Liposuction. Ultrasonic liposuction (UAL) and power assisted liposuction (PAL) are efficient, time proven methods which consistently provide stunning results that were not obtainable in the past.
Laser liposuction techniques involve the use of surgical lasers which loosen and melt the adipose cells in the targeted area. These techniques can reduce bruising and bleeding and have a faster recovery time compared to the more traditional ones. Laser based liposuction methods include: Abdominal Etching, CoolLipo, SlimLipo and SMARTLipo.
If you consider undergoing liposuction, the most important step is finding a physician with the right skills and bedside manners who can explain the process, its risks and limitations, and perform the surgery with ease. Therefore, research is vital. Before taking a decision, check the credentials, look for patient reviews and ask to see the before and after photos specific to your chosen area.
Once you’ve made up your mind, the actual preparation starts with two weeks prior to the actual surgery and it involves the interruption of any type medication that affects your blood’s clotting ability. It is also recommended to stop smoking with at least two weeks before undergoing liposuction since nicotine interferes with blood circulation and oxygen flow, possibly leading to complications and a slowed down recovery time.
The day before the procedure make sure you get a good night’s sleep and don’t forget to arrange for someone to drive you home and even help you out for a couple of days.
Avoid having any meals or drinks with at least 6 hours prior to the surgery.
The liposuction procedure itself starts with local or general anesthesia, followed by the creation of small incisions through which the cannula is inserted. Then, the fat removal process begins during which the adipose cells are loosened and drawn out with the help of a suction device. Throughout the surgery, a significant amount of blood and other bodily fluids will also be removed, therefore, depending on the type of lipoplasty, you might receive replacement fluids intravenously. At the end of the procedure, the surgeon might insert a drainage tube under your skin to remove any fluid build-up that could occur in the following days.
The recovery process can take from several days up to several months as it generally depends on the amount of fat extracted and on the area where lipoplasty was performed. Keep in mind that healing is a gradual process which involves multiple stages. Pain, swelling and bruising are expected and they will slowly subside in the next few days. You’ll be required to wear compression garments to help your body and skin adjust to the changes and your physician will probably advise you to start walking around as soon as possible to avoid the formation of blood clots in your legs. Most patients are able to walk and move normally in less than a week after liposuction.
You should be able to see the full results after all swelling and discoloration are gone, and this usually happens after 4 to 6 months.
Patients benefit both physically and psychologically from liposuction and in most cases they are very satisfied with the results. After the recovery stage, you are likely to experience a boost in confidence and feel more comfortable to wear a variety of clothes.
As long as your expectations are realistic, you should be happy with your new body contour.
Continuous medical advances regarding procedures and technology have made lipoplasty a very safe and effective practice however, as any medical procedure, it still has certain risks beyond the temporary side effects. Possible complications can be infection, allergic reactions to medication, puncture of an internal organ, cardiac arrhythmia, edema, burns, embolisms, and contour irregularities.
After the liposuction procedure, the cosmetic surgeon should give you a comprehensive list of warning signs to watch for along with the proper instructions for self-care. If you experience any unusual symptoms between check-ups, don’t hesitate to contact your physician.
Since complications appears in less than 1% of cases, it is widely believed that lipoplasty’s benefits outweigh its risks.
If you want to know more, Liposuction Calgary staff will be happy to discuss the procedure with you.
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