Liposuction reshapes specific regions of the body, improving body contours and proportions by removing stubborn, unwanted body fat, as well as localized or excess fat deposits. Treatable areas of the body can include the thighs, arms, hips, waist, back, inner knees, chest and chin. Liposuction is not a weight-loss procedure but rather a sculpting technique and is most suitable for people who are committed to staying in shape via good nutrition and regular exercise. Overweight patients and those who have experienced significant weight loss may need a combination of liposuction and skin excision procedures. Common areas include the neck, arms, abdomen, love handles, back and bra rolls, buttocks, hips, outer and inner thighs, and inner knees.

Is it right for me?

As with other cosmetic procedures, liposuction is a personal decision. It should be done only to help you feel positive about your appearance rather than to fit a particular image or ideal.

Liposuction is not a replacement for healthy eating habits and exercise, nor is it a treatment for obesity.

Good candidates for liposuction are individuals who:

  • Are physically healthy
  • Have firm, elastic skin
  • Are of average weight or slightly above-average weight
  • Have stubborn areas of fat that don’t respond to diet and exercise
  • Are non-smokers

Patients with cellulite are not good candidates for liposuction, as they may suffer from skin irregularities. Dr. Dawes can provide you with additional options for the correction of this particular problem.

How Liposuction is Performed

Liposuction is performed under general anesthesia or intravenous sedation. Dr. Dawes will make small incisions in the skin; a cannula is inserted through the incisions and moved back and forth to loosen fat. A surgical vacuum or syringe attached to the cannula is used to suction the dislodged fat out of the body. After the liposuction procedure is complete, the treated area is stitched and bandaged.

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Recovery Expectations

You may need to wear compression garments to reduce swelling. Recovery takes about two weeks, but it may take up to six months for the results to be fully apparent as the skin gradually tightens. The majority of liposuction patients go home the day of their procedure. Most can return to desk work after 5 to 10 days.

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“My role, in part, is to assist patients through the process of determining which surgical or non-surgical options would help them meet their aesthetic goals and realistic expectations”

Jeffrey C. Dawes MD, FRSC


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