Liposuction is a surgical procedure that’s performed to remove fat from under the skin’s surface. This procedure targets localized fatty deposits that are resistant to diet and exercise. For instance, patients who are at their ideal weight but have isolated areas of fat that won’t disappear no matter how much of a healthy lifestyle they maintain can greatly benefit from liposuction. Often, genetics play a role in stubborn fatty deposits and these deposits are often found in the abdomen, arms, hips, thighs, under the chin and calves. Liposuction is not an effective treatment for cellulite but it does create more pleasing contours and a lean physique.
Liposuction is not a weight loss tool; it is a body shaping method used to sculpt hard-to-target areas.
Who is a good candidate for liposuction?
Good candidates for liposuction are in good health. They are also non-smokers at their ideal weight. If you do smoke, you will need to quit two weeks prior to your liposuction procedure and remain smoke free as you heal. Smoking hinders the body’s natural healing process and inhibits oxygen intake.
Moreover, ideal liposuction candidates have some degree of skin elasticity. This is needed to ensure that the body can settle into it’s leaner contours. Also, anyone who has struggled with areas where they cannot seem to lose weight no matter how hard they try is a good candidate.
What is the recovery process like?
Following your liposuction procedure, you will be required to wear a compression garment on the treated area for anywhere between 2-6 weeks (depending on the area of the body that was attended to). This is done so the tissue around the fatty deposits that were excised can conform to its new shape.
Some people are able to return to work within 2-3 days while others prefer to recoup at home for longer. It depends on how much swelling and bruising you experience. You can resume your normal exercise routine in about two weeks following liposuction. However, it’s important to take short walks daily to keep your circulatory system moving properly. Some patients report lack of sensation in the treated area but that will subside as you heal.
What to look for in a surgeon
There is only one body recognized in the country and that body is the Canadian Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (CSAPS). Besides being a member of CSAPS, the surgeon you choose for your liposuction procedure must be certified by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. Furthermore, your surgeon must be experienced and have excellent bedside manner. Your surgeon must make you feel at ease during before, during and after your procedure so it’s important that you find someone you trust.
Here are three questions to ask potential surgeons to get a sense of how much experience they have and if they’re a good fit for you:
1. Where did you train?
2. How long have you been practicing?
3. How many liposuction procedures have you performed?