How is Liposuction performed?

Liposuction is performed through small, inconspicuous incisions that are strategically placed in the treatment area. Through these incisions, a tumescent fluid consisting of salt water, local anesthetic and an agent that controls bleeding is injected within the regions to enhance fat extraction and control blood loss. A thin hollow tube, or cannula, is then inserted through the incisions to loosen excess fat using a controlled back and forth motion. The dislodged fat is then suctioned out of the body using a surgical vacuum or syringe attached to the cannula.

Liposuction ProcedureHow long does the Liposuction procedure take?

The amount of time it takes depends on the size and number of areas being treated. Most procedures are completed in two hours.

Is general anaesthesia used during a Liposuction procedure?

Most liposuction surgery is performed under general anesthetic. If it is a very small area it may be possible to have it preformed under local anesthetic. Modern anesthesia medications wear off very quickly, so you wake up promptly and, depending on the amount of liposuction done, can feel like your normal self shortly after the completion of surgery.

Will I be able to return home on the same day as my Liposuction?

Patients are able to return home on the same day as their liposuction procedure but due to the use of general anesthesia, you will not be able to drive yourself home. If you are having an extensive amount of liposuction done, you may be required to stay overnight at the surgery centre for observation and pain management.

How should I prepare for the Liposuction procedure?

You should plan to have someone help you the first 24 hours after surgery. You will need to arrange to take time off from work and household chores during your recovery. You will likely want to have someone available to assist you in the early postoperative period with your medications, help getting to the bathroom and taking clothes on and off. For the two weeks prior to your surgery you should discontinue taking blood thinning products such as Aspirin, Ibuprofen, Aleve, Advil, etc.