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Is Liposuction Right for You?
Liposuction is one of the most popular plastic surgery procedures in North America. It’s been around in various forms for over 40 years, and its popularity has endured because of its ability to safely and predictably reshape problem areas all over the body. Drs. Hall-Findlay and MacLennan have decades of experience with liposuction, both by itself and in combination with other procedures such as breast reduction and tummy tuck.
The Right Patient
It’s important for you to understand that liposuction is not for weight reduction. The best candidates are those who are close to ideal body weight or only mildly overweight, but have areas such as the abdomen, outer thighs (“saddlebags”), or hips (“love handles” or “muffin top”) that are out of proportion to other areas. It’s also important to have realistic expectations about results. Not everyone is the right candidate. When you have loose skin, stretch marks, or an overhang of your lower abdomen, you may be a better candidate for a tummy tuck in order to remove some of the extra skin. Likewise, if your inner thighs have loose skin and stretch marks, liposuction may not be able to give you the tightened result you’re hoping for. We’ll be happy to look at all of your areas of concern during your consultation and give you an honest recommendation based on our experience.
The Right Procedure
At Banff Plastic Surgery, we primarily offer “tumescent” or suction-assisted liposuction (“SAL”). While you may have heard about several other types of liposuction, the premise is similar. The problem areas are injected with a solution that contains lidocaine to numb the tissue and epinephrine to minimize bleeding. A long narrow tube called a cannula is used to loosen the fat, and suction is employed to remove the fat from the targeted areas. Liposuction can be very effective in certain areas of the body, particularly the lower abdomen, hips, “bra rolls”, outer thighs, and upper arms. While we don’t currently offer ultrasound-assisted (UAL) or Vaser, these are other liposuction techniques you may have heard about that can be equally effective in experienced hands. Beware of names such as “smart” or “laser”. These names are used mainly for marketing purposes and do not offer any better or easier results. Safety is of primary importance at our office-based outpatient surgery centre, so we will ensure that your chosen procedure is likely to meet your goals with a very low risk of complications.
The Right Reasons
It’s important to remember that liposuction is not a weight-loss procedure. The best candidates are of normal or slightly above-normal weight, and have areas that have not responded to diet and exercise. We often have patients tell us “I have my mother’s thighs,” or “I have my grandmother’s hips.” These women have been unable to “spot-reduce” and often turn to liposuction to address their problem areas. Liposuction can help clothing fit better and improve how a woman feels about her body shape, balancing proportion and restoring confidence.
The Right Time
Liposuction is a safe, effective procedure with a relatively short recovery time. Most liposuction procedures are done under general anesthesia, as an outpatient so you can go home later the same day. The incisions are very small, but there can be significant bruising and you may be quite sore for a week or more. Most of our patients take about a week off work and regular activities, but recovery time may be longer or shorter, depending upon which areas are treated. Most liposuction patients will also wear a compression garment (similar to Spanx and provided by our practice) for about 4 weeks after surgery to help manage the swelling. You can get back to regular activities quite quickly after liposuction, since the incisions are less than 1cm each and the risks of surgical complications are very low.
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