We all want to look our best. And for some people, liposuction in Barrie is an option that can make a significant difference in overall appearance. Liposuction can help sculpt the body by removing unwanted fat from specific areas, especially ones that resist traditional weight-loss methods. The areas primarily targeted for liposuction include the abdomen, hips, buttocks, thighs, upper arms, chin and neck.
The liposuction procedure, which is also known as “lipoplasty” or “suction lipectomy,” has benefited from several refinements in recent years. Some new techniques can be performed under local anaesthesia, resulting in quicker recovery times. These techniques can also provide patients with more precise results.
The Liposuction Procedure
To remove localized deposits of fat and recontour an area of your body, the surgeon will make a tiny incision. A narrow tube (or cannula) is inserted and used to vacuum the fat cells beneath the skin. The cannula is moved through the fat layer, breaking up the cells and suctioning them out. The suction action is provided by a vacuum pump or a large syringe, depending upon the area being operated on and the amount of fat to be removed.
Some surgeons use a tumescent liposuction procedure where a saline solution is injected to numb the area and decrease the size of blood vessels. Bleeding, bruising and swelling are reduced as is some of the pain associated with the procedure. Other surgeons use ultrasonic (high frequency sound waves) or laser equipment to help break up the fat layer before the cannula is inserted.
Liposuction can be performed under local or general anaesthesia.
What Liposuction Can Do
Anyone considering liposuction should understand it is not a weight loss option. Instead, liposuction can enhance your appearance and boost your confidence. Liposuction can sculpt and contour areas of your body that may have an unpleasing shape from changes in fat distribution due to age, weight fluctuations or pregnancy. The laxity or elasticity of your skin will have an impact on overall results.
The purpose of liposuction is not to remove the largest amount of fat possible. The goal with liposuction is to achieve a pleasing contour and shape for a particular area of the body. Depending on the patient’s body shape, less fat than expected might be removed, yet the patient will end up with an improved silhouette.
Before you decide to undergo liposuction in Barrie, think carefully about your expectations, and discuss the procedure thoroughly with Dr. Dickie. He can show you what techniques are applicable to your unique circumstances and the type of results you can expect.
Preparing for Liposuction
Your experience during and after your liposuction procedure will be influenced by your overall health. If you are in good physical condition and well-rested, your recovery is likely to be faster and issue-free. If you smoke, you will need to quit will in advance of the procedure. Certain medications that could interfere with the blood’s ability to clot may have to be avoided.
The surgeon performing your liposuction procedure will provide you with a pre-operative list to follow.
Recovery from Liposuction
To help reduce swelling, Dr. Dickie recommends patients get mobile as soon as possible after liposuction. Most patients can resume their normal activities within 5 – 10 days, although it is advisable you avoid strenuous activity for about a month while your body heals.
Following the procedure, you will be given a compression garment to wear for six weeks. The compression will help avoid contour irregularity.
Most of the bruising and swelling usually disappears within three weeks.
Contact the Royal Centre of Plastic Surgery for more information on liposuction and other possible cosmetic enhancements that you might be considering and to schedule an in-depth consultation with Dr. Dickie. Let us help you achieve your desired look. We are committed to helping you look and feel great.
Frequently Asked Questions
Who is a good candidate for liposuction?
A good candidate for liposuction is someone who is in good health and who has one or more areas of localized accumulation of fatty tissue. Ideally a good candidate has realistic expectations about what the procedure can accomplish. Some of Dr. Dickie’s most satisfied patients have been individuals with a high BMI (body mass index) because they expected improvement not perfection. There isn’t an age limit for people undergoing liposuction.
Who is NOT a good candidate for liposuction?
People who are excessively obese are not good candidates for liposuction. It is not a cure for severe weight problems. While the procedure can be performed in a troublesome area to improve body contour, it is not a substitute for proper diet and exercise.
What type of results can I expect?
After liposuction, you can expect your body to have an improved sculpted contour. The best results occur when an optimal aesthetic is achieved and the patient is happy with the result. The procedure is not designed to maximize the amount of fat removed, but rather to create a pleasing body contour.
Does liposuction remove cellulite?
Liposuction helps to contour the body, but does not completely eliminate the pre-existing indentation and puckering of the skin that accompanies cellulite. Dr. Dickie will perform liposuction around the indented area and often will transfer fat into the puckered area to smooth the skin’s appearance.
After liposuction, does fat return?
The body does not replace the missing fat cells with new ones following liposuction. If a patient maintains a consistent weight after the procedure, there will be no accumulation of fat anywhere on the body. If a patient gains weight, fat will be distributed equally throughout the body, including the area treated.
Is liposuction permanent?
Fat cells that are removed by liposuction do not grow back. Provided the patient does not gain considerable weight, the contouring effect of liposuction will remain.
What’s the recovery time for liposuction?
Each patient responds to medical procedures in a different way. Modern scalpels and technology have minimized the size and impact of incisions, which has improved recovery times. Most patients can resume normal activity within a week. It is recommended that patients refrain from strenuous activity for a month. Some bruising and minor discomfort may linger for three or four weeks.
Can liposuction be used to lose weight?
No. Liposuction is not a weight-loss tool. Liposuction is a good solution for general figure contouring and to reduce localized accumulations of fatty tissue that don’t respond to normal weight loss. If you are looking for a weight-loss program, speak to our Registered Nutritional Counselor, Jayne Pritchard.
What is the follow-up procedure for liposuction?
Following liposuction, you will be given a compression garment to wear for six weeks. This medical device helps to close the areas where the liposuction was performed and helps to prevent surface irregularities in the skin as healing takes place.
Before & After
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