FAQ Liposuction

FAQ: Liposuction

If you have difficulties in losing fat in stubborn areas and believe that working out and dieting are not adequate solutions to get rid of the fat in these areas.

Liposuction will reduce the amount of fat in a targeted area. Ideally, this surgery will slim down or create a more proportional look for the body.

The patient’s skin may have rippling, bagginess or experience pigment changes and asymmetry. Another possible but unlikely risk/complications are fluid retention/loss, shock, infections, bleeding, reaction to anesthesia, and permanent numbness.

Individuals may look into nonsurgical fat reductions, changing their lifestyle/habits, waist clinchers, fat burning pills and tropical creams, however results will vary and may not be as effective.

Another surgical option would be tummy tuck and fat grafting but tummy tuck is best accompanied with liposuction.

Another surgical option would be tummy tuck and fat grafting but tummy tuck is best accompanied with liposuction.

I use all combination of the surgical techniques listed, which type of combination I will pick will vary depending on the type of patient.

Yes, it is possible under certain conditions. It is better to space the amount of surgery to avoid removing too much fat at once.

In theory, there are no limitations, however this will depend on the size of the patient. The smaller they are, the less fat can be removed. If too much fat is removed, their body can go into shock.

You will look slimmer but the texture and smoothness of your skin will vary, depending on your age, quality of your skin tone, and skin elasticity.

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It should not effect your movement and flexibility.

Yes, it is possible for other cosmetic procedures to be done in one surgery, depending on the amount of stress the patient will undergo during recovery and the length of the procedure.

It could last for a long time but this will all depends on how well the patient is able to maintain a healthy diet and their commitment to exercising. It is also noted that as the patient ages, their metabolism will slow down as well and thus it is more easily for them to store fat.

If the patient does not commit to maintaining the shape of their body after surgery, they will need to undergo another surgery to remove the fat.

Liposuction start from $3,955

A small incision will be made near the targeted area of fat then a small and thin tube called a cannula is inserted into the incision. The scarring should be small and indistinct.

It is possible for the patient to have skin discolouration, irregularities of skin surfaces, bruising, swelling, numbness, soreness, and burning sensations.

 

Yes, there will be a bandage after the surgery and a compression garment is wrapped.

Full recovery of these side effects could range from 1 to 6 months.

In general, you should feel more confident on the long run and be excited of your new body. In the long term, patients should maintain their new figure through a healthy diet and regular exercise.

The degree of pain should be minimal. Patients usually feel some sort of discomfort and swelling but that will subside as time goes by.

You will receive injected pain medication into your surgical area during surgery and the evening of your surgery, you will be very comfortable. I usually prescribe tylenol 3 and percocet for a few days to a few weeks after surgery depending on your pain tolerance.

Because of the technique that I use to close the incision, drains and tubes are usually not necessary unless it is of extraordinary situation.

A compression garment should be worn at all times, other than when you shower.

The incision site is very small so the scarring will be indistinct.

This surgery is an outpatient surgery and patients can leave the clinic whenever they are ready to go and after they have been checked.

It takes around 2-4 weeks to return to normal activity.

It takes around 2-4 weeks to return to normal activity.

It takes around 2-4 weeks to return to normal activity.

The choice of anesthesia will depend on the patient’s medical history and what the anesthesiologist would recommend.

Yes, an anesthesiologist will consult with the patient before the surgery.

 

I review all patient medications on initial consultation, pre operative appointment and day of surgery.

In general, all medication that may cause bleeding or prolong bleeding time may need to be stopped or alter. One should not stop any medication without consulting with your family physician and the specialist that put you on these drugs.

For my patients, general lab tests such as CBC, electrolytes, liver function, INR, PTT, cardiogram are fairly routine, Other tests may be ordered if one has special medical condition.

Patient should not eat or drink 6 hours before surgery.

It is recommended that patient come 30 minutes prior to surgery.

It can be found on my website, by calling or our mobile app.

 

It is not recommended for the patients to drive themselves home.

  • Arrange for personal items you might need during your hospital stay
  • Arrange for someone to take care of responsibilities at home and work
  • Arrange for someone to take you home from the hospital
  • Arrange for someone to stay with you the first night after surgery
  • Call your doctor if you think of other questions
  • Notify your doctor if you get sick within 10 days of your surgery (even minor illnesses like a cold)
  • Stop eating and/or drinking as advised by your doctor
  • Do not smoke or drink alcohol 24 hours before your surgery
  • Make sure you have the doctor’s contact information
  • Make sure you have directions to the hospital/office for visitors

Depending on the amount of body parts the patient wishes to perform on, the surgery can last 1-3 hours.

Our clients usually wake up within 10 minutes at the end of the procedure.

You usually wake up within 10 minutes from the procedure, and your family can see you within an hour from the procedure.

If you have significant risks of DVT or pulmonary embolus, you will need to take blood-thinning medication.

I usually start antibiotics in the operating room, and you may take oral antibiotics for another 48 hours.

  • Make sure your identity has been confirmed with name and date of birth
  • Make sure your procedure has been confirmed
  • Make sure the correct site of your surgery has been marked
  • Make sure the correct side of your surgery has been marked
  • Confirm any allergies and side-effects you might have
  • Make sure you understand and have signed the informed consent forms

I usually talk to you in the recovery room as well as with one to two days after surgery in your postoperative visit to explain how your surgery went.

This depends on your medical conditions and I will discuss this with you at your pre operative consultation.

 

I usually like you to continue with your usual medication with exception of medication that can cause bleeding. I will discuss this with you further.

My usual protocol does not use drains, tubes or catheters because I use special closure technique to decrease the needs of these devices.

You can drink water and liquid shortly after the procedure.

My procedure is usually as an outpatient and you will be staying for a few hours after. I only let my patient go home if they are ready.

You need to meet all the discharge criteria before you can go home.

You will be given intra-operative medication, local block and oral and parental pain medication to make sure you are comfortable.

You should have the medication filled before the day of surgery.

 

Any mediation that can cause bleeding or alternate your medical condition need to be stopped or changed before surgery. I will be discuss with you in detail at pre operative visit.

You should keep the area clean with minimal contact and avoid swimming.

 

The compression garment needs to be worn all the time, excluding in the shower. You should start massaging the area and ultrasound within 1 week of surgery. The more massaging, the better the results. The patient should take control of their diet as well.

I usually like to see my patients the first one to two days after surgery.

The sutures will be removed 5 days post-operatively.

I like my patients to wear the compression garment for up to six weeks after surgery

 

  • Make sure your care providers wash their hands before and after your care
  • Do not wait until your pain is severe before you ask for pain medication
  • Make sure the call button is within reach before medical staff leave the room
  • Sit on the edge of the bed for a few minutes before you stand up to prevent getting dizzy
  • Do not get out of bed without help if you feel weak or dizzy
  • You have a fever higher than 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit
  • You have shortness of breath or chest pain
  • You notice increased redness, swelling, warmth, or pain around your surgical incision
  • You notice that your incision is separating, or you have infected discharge from your incision
  • The skin around your incision(s) is dark, purple, or peeling
  • You have persistent numbness/tingling in the muscles near your surgical incision(s)
  • You have pain that your existing pain medications cannot control
  • Take pain and other medications as prescribed
  • Do not drive when you are on prescription pain medications
  • Do not soak in a bath or go swimming for ten days after your surgery
  • Keep your incision clean and dry
  • Follow your doctor’s instructions on wearing supportive clothing to reduce swelling
  • Avoid strenuous exercise and heavy lifting as long as your doctor advises
  • Follow your doctor’s instructions on resuming normal daily activities
  • Follow your doctor’s instructions on resuming sexual activity

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