in Calgary, AB
Slim and Reshape Body Contours
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 idea.
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.
Is liposuction a weight loss procedure?
Patients sometimes believe that liposuction is a weight loss procedure, akin to something like bariatric surgery. Dr. Dawes wants to clear that up — liposuction is a body-contouring procedure, not a weight-loss procedure. Actually, removing too much fat in a single session can be life-threatening for a person.
Liposuction has always been a great option for removing stubborn pockets of fat that are highly resistant to changes in diet and exercise. While Dr. Dawes will remove a few pounds of fat during a procedure, that’s not the point. The goal is to slim the contour by removing pockets of unwanted fat.
What areas of my body can I have liposuction?
As cannulas have become smaller, liposuction can be performed all over the body. These are the typical areas our patients from Calgary and the surrounding areas seek to target:
- Love handles
- Hips and thighs
- Knees and ankles
- Upper arms
Is there anything I need to do to prepare for liposuction?
Although liposuction is not an overly invasive procedure compared to what it used to be, patients still need to follow the pre-procedure protocols for surgery. This means not smoking for two weeks prior to your procedure and for at least two weeks after. You’ll need to stop taking aspirin or other medications or supplements that can reduce the ability of your blood to clot. This will limit your bruising. If you’re having larger areas treated, you should prepare your house for a few days of laying low. You’ll be able to walk and get about, but you probably won’t feel like going to the store or doing other chores for a few days.
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.
What should I expect after my liposuction procedure?
Initially, when liposuction came to Canada from France in the 1980s, the procedure was quite traumatic on the areas treated. Cannulas used were much larger than those used by Dr. Dawes today, and they had to be moved back and forth quite aggressively under the skin to break loose and suction away the unwanted fat. This created a good deal of tissue trauma, blood loss, and bruising that could last for weeks.
Today, these procedures are much less traumatic. Dr. Dawes uses tumescent liposuction, where he first injects a solution of sterile saline, epinephrine, and lidocaine. The saline inflates the area; the epinephrine acts to constrict the blood vessels for less bruising and blood loss and to constrict the fat cells making them easier to break loose, and the lidocaine acts as a local anesthetic.
Liposuction does not involve a painful recovery. After your procedure, treated areas will be wrapped to help reduce swelling, bruising, and pain. Compression garments or elastic bandages will then be worn over the treated areas for three to four weeks. This minimizes swelling and helps your skin and tissue adapt to their new contours. You will have a fair amount of bruising and swelling, however, for a week to 10 days. Depending on if you had one area or multiple areas treated, you can return to work in two to three days or it may be one week.
As your swelling subsides, your full results will be evident, but this can take up to a couple of months.
Liposuction Before and After
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 on the day of their procedure. Most can return to desk work after 5 to 10 days.
What sort of scarring will I have afterward?
Generally, Dr. Dawes makes between two and six small incisions to access an area. These are about .25 inches/6 mm long. They are so small that for most incisions, depending upon the area, they can be closed with only Steri-strips instead of sutures. Scarring is minimal and so small as to be mostly invisible, as you would assume.
What are the potential risks involved with liposuction?
As mentioned above, liposuction has become less and less invasive. Formerly, patients had to be under general anesthesia, but now only sedation and local anesthesia are required.
But this is still a surgical procedure despite the fact that it doesn’t involve large incisions. It involves the risks of any surgery: excessive bleeding, infection, reaction to anesthesia, and the like. These are all rare with liposuction.
There are some specific complications with liposuction:
- Contour irregularities — The treated area can appear bumpy or wavy. If the patient has inelastic skin, this is more prevalent.
- Numbness — Any numbness in the area is usually temporary, but it can endure.
- Fluid accumulation — Temporary pockets of fluid (called seromas) can form. These may need to be drained.
All in all, liposuction is a very popular and satisfying procedure for Dr. Dawes’s patients, and risks are minimal.
What is the cost of liposuction?
Your cost depends upon where you are having liposuction. For instance, removing fat from the upper arms is different than addressing the entire lower abdomen. During your consultation, Dr. Dawes will learn the areas you’re seeking to address, and he can then give you an estimate of the cost of your procedure.
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