The ideal patient for liposuction surgery is healthy and physically active, with a normal or only moderately elevated body weight. Liposuction is recommended to treat focal deposits of excess adipose tissue rather than as a weight loss technique. Common areas treated in Dr. Andrade’s practice include the thighs, abdomen, flanks (“love handles”), and rolls under the armpits. During your consultation, Dr. Andrade will ask about your specific physical concerns and your expectations of surgery. During the physical examination of the areas to be liposuction contoured, the amount of adipose tissue, skin quality, cellulite or contour irregularities will be identified. Liposuction will not get rid of pre-existing cellulite and can cause increased skin laxity in areas with pre-existing poor skin tone or stretch marks.
Liposuction procedures can be performed with only local anesthetic, under sedation, or full general anesthetic. The type of anesthetic depends on the amount and type of liposuction being performed, and the preferences of the patient and surgeon. Liposuction involves removing excess fat through small incisions 3-5mm long. One or more incisions are made near the region to be contoured. First, a small metal tube called a cannula is used to infiltrate the area with fluid that helps to loosen the fat, and decrease bleeding or pain. Next, another cannula is used to remove the fat under suction. The incisions are closed with hidden dissolving sutures. Postoperatively, a special compression garment is worn to decrease swelling and bruising.
After the operation it is normal to have some drainage of blood-tinged fluid from the liposuction incision sites. This will usually stop within 1-2 days. Most patients are doing all of their activities of daily living within 1 day after liposuction surgery, but Dr. Andrade recommends avoiding vigorous exercise for at least 4 weeks, particularly if the exercise involves the treated area of the body. Usually the garment is worn for a minimum of 2-3 weeks. Some patients will see a significant difference in the appearance of the liposuctioned area within a few days after surgery, but it takes a minimum of 3 months for the swelling to completely resolve and the final result to become apparent.
Benefits and Risks
The majority of patients are very satisfied with the results of liposuction surgery. While complications are uncommon, it is important to understand the risks associated with surgery. Cosmetic problems after liposuction include contour irregularities, asymmetry, skin colour or elasticity changes. Medical complications include significant blood loss, fluid collections under the skin (seroma), chronic numbness or pain, and infection. Rarely, life-threatening complications can occur including but not limited to injury to internal organs, heart problems such as arrythmias, lung problems such as pulmonary embolism (blood clot), or fat embolism (fat particles in the bloodstream). The risks significantly increase if large amounts of fat are removed, or multiple areas are liposuctioned simultaneously.
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Conveniently located off highway 404 in Newmarket Ontario, The York Plastic Surgery Centre is a new cosmetic surgical facility that meets the highest standards of safety, technology and patient care. Dr. Andrade is a trusted member of the healthcare community. Also, all of the medical staff that work at the facility include board certified anaesthesiologists and fully credentialed OR nurses.
Operations performed at the facility are done on an out-patient basis with in home nursing care as needed. Patients requiring more complex surgeries stay overnight at the hospital.
The entire staff at The York Plastic Surgery Centre work hard to make every patient feel welcome, comfortable and well informed.
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