Do you have discreet bulges that you can’t lose with dieting and exercise?
Are you close to your ideal weight but still don’t have the figure you want?
Many of you are frustrated with being unable to remove resistant areas of fat by exercise or by losing weight. Liposuction is a technique for removing localized areas of fat. It works best for men and women who are within 10-15 pounds of their ideal weight, with specific areas of unwanted fat which do not necessarily match the rest of their bodies. People request liposuction on their hips, knees, flanks (“love handles”), thighs, stomach, and neck areas. The neck can be treated with liposuction instead of, or for those who are not yet ready for, a facelift. Our patients speak with enthusiasm of their newly contoured body areas, and remark that this has led to an improved self-image.
Liposuction is done at our Vancouver plastic surgery clinic using general anaesthetic. Using the same principle as a vacuum cleaner, unwanted fat is suctioned out through tiny incisions in your skin. It’s important to keep in mind that fat is a necessary part of your body and should never be completely removed. In some situations, the technique of ultrasound-assisted liposuction (UAL) may be an option.
Have you ever done an overly-ambitious workout? That’s how you will feel after liposuction. Medications can be used to help you control any discomfort. You will have a fair amount of swelling and bruising which will keep you from admiring the final result for a few weeks.
After liposuction, most people can return to work and routine activities within 1 week. An additional 3 weeks is required before you resume strenuous activities, exercise and sports. You’ll need to wear a compression garment for 6 weeks after your surgery.
Liposuction is real surgery. Before you decide, it’s important to learn about any possible complications, even though they are rare. These will be fully explained to you during your private consultation with Dr. Bowman. At that time, you will have an opportunity for a careful and complete discussion of your options and what is involved. In your discussion with Dr. Bowman, your individual lifestyle will be considered. A healthy and active lifestyle is an important part of any body contouring surgery to attain long lasting results. You will benefit from asking all your questions and browsing through our photographs.