Lipoplasty is the surgical removal of unwanted fat deposits from different areas of the body by suctioning them away. This involves injecting the involved area with fluid in order to facilitate removal of the fat deposits. Everyone has a fixed number of fat cells, which can increase in size with excessive food intake. By aspirating these fat cells, liposuction appears to prevent recurrence of these fat deposits (though it cannot be guaranteed). The main objective of the surgery is not to remove excess weight, but to improve contour of the body. Small incisions are made near the area of lipodystrophy (excess fat); fluid is then injected, followed by the use of a cannula, which suctions out the fluid and the fat. In some cases, this fat can be saved and injected into another area of the body. This is known as “fat grafting.”
Though rare, post-operative complications from any procedure are possible. These may include bleeding (hematoma), blood clots (PE or DVT), infection, asymmetry, contour abnormalities/dimpling, delayed healing, and/or unsatisfactory scarring. Altered sensations (numbness, tingling, and/or hypersensitivity) are to be expected while you are healing, and can persist for several weeks or months. Our health care team follows you closely to recognize and treat any complications, should they arise.
Consultation for this procedure includes a full exam of the proposed surgical area(s), review of patient goals, education on the procedure(s), and explanation of potential risks, complications, and benefits.
Anesthesia: General Anesthetic
Length: Varies, determined by patient needs; often 1-3 hours
Prior to booking, you should ensure you have a responsible adult available to care for and assist you after surgery. This includes making meals, caring for your animals/children, cleaning, assisting with postoperative care, etc. You cannot be alone for 24 hours after your procedure. You must be prepared to pay a 15% deposit to secure your surgical date, and the remaining balance four weeks prior to your procedure.
Patients and their caregivers will be instructed on postoperative care and management before leaving the clinic. You will be discharged with a supportive/compression garment in place. You will be seen in office for postoperative care with our nurses, typically about 10-12 days after surgery, and subsequently as needed. Mild to moderate bruising, swelling, and discomfort should be expected. You may notice a small amount of drainage from your incisions. Patients can remove dressings and shower after 48 hours.
Light activity is encouraged (eg: walking) while you are healing, but you must refrain from strenuous physical activity (elevating your heart rate) for approximately 4-6 weeks. Most patients return to physical jobs and start to reincorporate physical activity around four weeks post-op and gradually work up to their preoperative activity level. Supportive garments must be worn for at least six weeks.
As with any surgery, results cannot be guaranteed. The goal of cosmetic plastic surgery is improvement, and perfection is not attainable. Final results depend on many factors and healing can vary from patient to patient. It is important to remember to have patience during convalescence to allow your body time to recuperate and settle.
Patients will be seen in office by the surgeon approximately 6-12 months after surgery for assessment and postoperative photographs.
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