Liposuction is a technique to remove fat through short incisions. The goal of the surgery is to change the shape of the body, but not necessarily to produce weight loss. The most common types of liposuction are suction-assisted lipectomy (SAL), ultrasonic-assisted lipectomy (UAL) and power-assisted lipectomy (PAL). As a leading cosmetic surgeon, Dr. Eric Pugash confidently offers all these liposuction techniques. In order to achieve the best possible results he carefully customizes each procedure and, if necessary, combines it with other body contouring treatments such as tummy tuck in Vancouver. To learn how liposuction can help you achieve more harmonious body contours, view the before-and-after photos and explore the information below.
Patient 5: Liposuction of the hips and thighs.
During suction-assisted lipectomy a hollow metal probe or cannula is connected to a suction machine, and is passed through the tissues to remove small fragments of fat. In ultrasound-assisted liposuction the probe emits ultrasonic energy, and the fat is removed in liquid form. Power-assisted liposuction is similar to suction-assisted lipectomy except that the probe is oscillated by an electric motor. Dr. Pugash will recommend the technique that is best for you. He uses a tumescent technique in which fluid is injected into the areas to be suctioned. This decreases blood loss, promotes smooth fat removal and improves patient comfort following surgery.
Depending on the needs of each Vancouver liposuction patient, this procedure can be used to treat excess fat under the chin as well as remove fat from the arms, breasts (in both males and females), abdomen, hips, love handles, saddlebags, thighs and knees. Unfortunately, liposuction cannot be expected to improve cellulite.
The success of liposuction surgery depends in part on the capacity of the skin to shrink after the underlying fat is removed. This is based on the elasticity of the skin. Dr. Pugash will assess the elasticity of your skin prior to recommending liposuction. He will also thoroughly discuss the results you can expect in different areas of your body. To help you obtain a better idea of how you might look after liposuction, Dr. Pugash will recommend that you view before-and-after photos of actual lipoplasty patients.
The surgery is carried out under general anesthesia on an outpatient basis, unless an unusually extensive procedure is planned and an overnight stay required. You can expect to wear a liposuction compression garment for about a month after surgery. This helps reduce swelling and prevents the appearance of irregularities.
Discomfort is generally mild to moderate, depending on the areas treated. Most of the swelling and bruising clears within two to three weeks. Patients can usually return to routine daily activities by that time; strenuous work and sports activities may require a longer recovery period. Dr. Pugash’s liposuction Vancouver patients see their final results 6-12 months after surgery when skin shrinkage is complete.
The ideal candidate for liposuction surgery is a person of normal weight who is genetically inclined to store fat in certain locations, such as saddlebags on an otherwise slim woman. Increasingly, Dr. Pugash is performing liposuctions for heavier patients. However, these Vancouver liposuction candidates must understand that there are limits to the results that can be obtained in a single operation, or even in several treatments. In heavier patients, touch-up procedures might also be needed to achieve notable yet natural-looking results.
Dr. Pugash’s patients often ask how long they can expect their result to last. Generally, results will be very long-lasting as long as patients keep their weight stable and remain fit and healthy.
In patients who desire comprehensive body contouring, liposuction is often combined with other procedures. A particularly popular combination is liposuction in conjunction with tummy tuck and breast lift. This treatment is often sought by mothers who desire to regain their pre-baby body contours, and is referred to as the mommy makeover.
If you would like to begin your journey toward a slimmer, more youthful you, schedule your initial consultation with Dr. Eric Pugash by calling his offices at (604) 522-5199. During your appointment you and Dr. Pugash will explore your treatment options, including combination procedures such as liposuction and tummy tuck, and mommy makeover in Vancouver.
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