If you've been researching liposuction, you've probably found that Toronto and Mississauga surgeons offer many different liposuction techniques. It can be a little confusing when you see laser lipo, ultrasonic lipo, water-assisted lipo, and more. At our clinics, Dr. Michael J. Weinberg specializes in the traditional liposuction technique, called tumescent liposuction, because the minimally invasive procedure has a proven track record of being extremely safe and effective.
Learn more about the procedure by reading answers to common questions below, then request an appointmentrequest an appointment online with Dr. Weinberg or call us at (905) 273-3045 (Mississauga) or (416) 207-9090 (Toronto). Women and men visit him for liposuction from Oakville, Brampton, and other nearby communities.
What is tumescent liposuction?
Tumescent means swollen and firm, which describes the state of the treatment area after it is infused with the tumescent solution. In tumescent liposuction, a large volume of tumescent solution, which contains a local anesthetic and epinephrine, is injected into the targeted area. The fluid constricts blood vessels, which minimizes bleeding during the procedure, and also numbs the area. It also makes the fat easier to separate from the surrounding tissues. Dr. Weinberg then inserts a small tube, called a cannula, to break up the fat and suction it from the body.
Am I a good candidate for liposuction?
You can benefit from liposuction if you are in good overall health and want to eliminate pockets of fat that remain even though you exercise and have healthy eating habits. Liposuction is not a weight-loss procedure. An ideal liposuction candidate is no more than 10 to 20 pounds overweight and has realistic expectations about the potential results.
Will the results be permanent?
The fat cells removed by liposuction will never be replaced, so in that sense, fat removal is permanent. Your body will maintain a slimmer, more contoured look if you maintain a healthy lifestyle that includes regular exercise and a nutritious diet. Liposuction doesn't halt the body's aging process, of course, and natural changes to your body's shape will occur gradually.
What parts of the body are appropriate for liposuction?
Tumescent liposuction is an excellent choice for larger areas, such as the abdomen, flanks, and thighs. However, it can be used in smaller areas as well, such as the neck, chin, upper arms, knees, calves and buttocks.
What is the recovery like after liposuction?
Your recovery will depend on the area or areas treated. Recovery times vary from patient to patient, but someone undergoing liposuction on the abdomen or thighs should plan to take 1 week off from work. Compression garments are worn in the first few days following the procedure, but many people choose to wear them for longer because they help with swelling and support. Limited activity is encouraged immediately to help in the healing process, but more strenuous activities should be avoided for 2 to 4 weeks. Bruising is usually gone within a week or 2, and swelling may take up to 6 months to resolve entirely.
Will I have scars after liposuction?
The cannulas used for liposuction are very small, requiring only tiny incisions that don't typically require sutures. Depending on how your skin heals, you may have very small, almost undetectable scars from these, but often they are hidden in natural skin folds.
Are there non-invasive liposuction alternatives?
Dr. Weinberg offers LipoSonix™ as an option for patients interested in non-surgical fat reduction. LipoSonix uses focused, high frequency ultrasound energy to treat pockets of fat at specific depths under the skin. Patients typically need only a single treatment, which takes about an hour, to get the desired results. Because it is non-invasive, LipoSonix often doesn't match the degree of fat reduction achieved by tumescent liposuction.