Body

Liposuction

Pricing
$5,600 - $8,200
Procedure Time
1.5 - 3 hrs
Recovery Time
2 - 4 weeks

1. Overview

As a fundamental tool in body contouring, liposuction (or “lipoplasty”) is a cosmetic surgical procedure that removes excess fat deposits from essentially any part of the body, in an effort to improve the contours and proportions of your body.

Liposuction is considered to be a less invasive than certain other body contouring procedures and can be used to reduce localized fat deposits in the:

  • Abdomen and waist
  • Back
  • Chin and neck
  • Chest area
  • Hips and buttocks
  • Inner knee
  • Thighs
  • Upper arms

Liposuction can be used alone or as an adjunct in the number of plastic surgery procedures, such as face- and neck lifts, breast reduction, and abdominoplasty. Liposuction is not a treatment for obesity, nor a substitute for a healthy diet and lifestyle.

2. Ideal Candidates

Generally, ideal candidates for liposuction are healthy, non-smoking adults who are bothered by excess fat deposits in a particular region of their body that has failed to respond to diet or exercise alone. Ideally, candidates should have firm, elastic skin and good muscle tone, a stable weight, and be within 30% of their ideal weight. Interested candidates should also have realistic expectations with regard to what can be achieved with liposuction.

3. The Procedure

 

3.1. Anesthesia

  • The procedure can either be performed under general anesthesia or under local anesthesia with intravenous sedation.

3.2. Incisions

  • Liposuction is performed through small 3-4 mm incisions (usually 2-3 per treatment area) in inconspicuous areas of the body that allow the liposuction cannula to access the desired area to be treated.

3.3. Liposuction

  • A dilute local anaesthetic solution is first infiltrated through the access incisions to reduce bleeding and minimize post operative pain.
  • A thin hollow tube, or cannula, is then inserted through the access incisions and used to loosen excess fat by means of a controlled back-and-forth motion.
  • The loosened fat is then removed from the body by applying suction the cannula.

4. Preoperative Evaluation

During your consultation, Dr. Lee will carefully evaluate your desired treatment areas, assess your aesthetic goals, and help you determine if liposuction will allow you to achieve your desired results. Dr. Lee will perform a thorough medical evaluation during your preoperative consultation to ensure that you are medically fit for surgery. He will also revise your medication list, as certain medications may need to be temporarily stopped before your surgery.

Since smoking is known to be associated with poor/delayed wound healing, wound dehiscence, wound infections, and increased scarring postoperatively, smokers will be asked to stop smoking 4 weeks prior to surgery, and for at least 2 weeks postoperatively.

Patients will also be scheduled for routine pre-operative blood testing and an electrocardiogram 1-2 weeks before surgery. If necessary, further recommendations will be made once the results of your tests have been reviewed.

5. Recovery

Recovery times following liposuction vary and depends on factors such as the region of the body treated, the amount of fat removed, and the overall length of the procedure. Pain, swelling, and bruising are expected after surgery. You will be prescribed a pain medication to help control your discomfort. A compression garment (or elastic bandage) will be applied over your dressings at the end of your surgery and will help reduce swelling and allow for your skin to remain in contact with your newly contoured region of your body as you heal. Although your results will be partially evident almost immediately following surgery, it will take 6-12 months for your swelling to completely resolve and for you to see your final results.

Patients are encouraged to walk immediately following surgery and most are capable of returning to work in 2-3 days; however, this will ultimately depend on the extent of liposuction that was performed. In cases where more extensive liposuction is performed, we would generally recommend for you to take at least a week off work. Swelling should start decreasing approximately 7-10 days after surgery; it is not uncommon for you to have residual swelling for up to 6 months. Light exercises are permitted at 2 weeks, and full exercise and activities can be resumed after 4-6 weeks.

Before leaving our facilities, you will be given specific instructions on how to care for your wounds throughout your recovery. It is imperative that you follow these recommendations in order to minimize the appearance of your scars and ultimately achieve your best possible result. Dressings should be left in place until your first post-operative visit with Dr. Lee, at which point he will assess your wounds and if necessary, apply new dressings.

6. Risks And Complications

As with any surgery, there are some risks associated with liposuction. Smoking, diabetes, peripheral artery disease (poor circulation), as well as heart, lung, or liver disease may increase your risk of perioperative and/or post-operative complications.

Liposuction risks and complications include:

  • Risks associated with anesthesia
  • Bleeding/bruising
  • Altered skin sensation
  • Damage to deeper structures (such as nerves, blood vessels, muscles, lungs, and abdominal organs)
  • Deep venous thrombosis, cardiac and pulmonary complications
  • Fluid accumulation (seroma)
  • Infection
  • Blood clots
  • Contour irregularities
  • Unfavorable/suboptimal scarring
  • Poor wound healing
  • Irregular pigmentation
  • Persistent postoperative pain
  • Persistent swelling
  • Unsatisfactory aesthetic result
  • Possible need for revision surgery
  • Thermal burn or heat injury from ultrasound using the ultrasound-assisted liposuction technique

Dr. Lee will thoroughly discuss these risks (and possibly others) with you and answer any questions you might have prior to obtaining your consent for surgery.

7. Post-operative Scarring

Scars form as the body’s natural response heal tissues. As with any scar, the extent of post-surgical scarring depends on a number of modifiable factors (i.e. avoidance of UV light exposure, tension-free wound closure, appropriate wound care, etc.) and non-modifiable factors (i.e. patient age, comorbidities, skin type, genetics, etc.). While it is not possible to perform scar-free surgery, Dr. Lee makes every effort to minimize the appearance of your post-surgical scars through careful pre-operative planning, the use of meticulous surgical technique, and by ensuring appropriate wound care and follow-up postoperatively.

It is not unusual for scars to appear red and be slightly raised/firm for the first 4-6 weeks following surgery. Scars will flatten and become paler over time and can take up to 12 months before achieving their final appearance.

Dr. Lee will thoroughly discuss these risks (and possibly others) with you and answer any questions you might have prior to obtaining your consent for surgery.

Patient Testimonials

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“I am very happy with Dr Lee and his work! He is very knowledgeable and has great bedside manners with his patients. He delivers what he says he will do. Thank you Dr Lee for all your help and helping me through everything!!!!!!”

- OFFICE OF DR. LEE, PLASTIC SURGERY CLIENT

“I had my surgery a month ago and I would like to say that his work was REMARKABLE. Thank you, Doc!!!!”

- OFFICE OF DR. LEE, PLASTIC SURGERY CLIENT

“Dr Lee was very professional and gentle when I consulted him for my surgery, I was very nervous prior to my surgery and he really put me at ease. He was very knowledgeable, and answered all my concerns and doubts. After the procedure he followed up with me and was very sympathetic. I would highly recommend him.”

- OFFICE OF DR. LEE, PLASTIC SURGERY CLIENT

“Dr. Lee took great care of me after my liposuction surgery. I’m very happy with my results.”

- OFFICE OF DR. LEE, PLASTIC SURGERY CLIENT

“I was fortunate to find a patient review of Dr. Lee’s work on the internet about the very procedure I was looking for. My phone call to his assistant was friendly, understanding and thoroughly professional. She answered all my questions and concerns and scheduled an appointment around my availability. My consultation with Dr. Lee was excellent! He was genuine, thorough and reassuring. He is not pushy and gives all the possible treatments and effects. The procedure was painless and the transformation of my lips was instant and subtle – exactly what I had requested! The follow-up by his assistant and Dr. Lee was most appreciated. I wholeheartedly recommend Dr. Lee especially if this is a first-time encounter with any form of plastic surgery/injections. He is very knowledgeable, experienced and caring. Truly impressive!”

- OFFICE OF DR. LEE, PLASTIC SURGERY CLIENT

“I can finally wear any shirt freely now. I had my gynecomastia surgery with Dr. Lee and I only wish I would have done this much sooner. Dr. Lee took the time to listen and answer all of my concerns and made me feel confident before, during and after my surgery. I hardly have any scars and I feel great. Thank you, Dr. Lee.”

- OFFICE OF DR. LEE, PLASTIC SURGERY CLIENT

“Dr. Lee is an excellent surgeon. I had my breast surgery and was very nervous before my procedure. Dr. Lee really listened to what I expected out of this surgery and reassured all my concerns about this surgery. The result is beautiful, I am so happy with my breasts and I wholeheartedly recommend this doctor. He is meticulous and a true artist. I was able to get an appointment within a week and my surgery was booked very quickly afterwards. Don’t waste your money anywhere else!!!”

- OFFICE OF DR. LEE, PLASTIC SURGERY CLIENT

“Dr. Lee operated on my face and now a few months after the operation, I can barely see the scar. He was very professional, passionate, and precise in all steps of the surgery. He is very knowledgeable about what he is doing and eased off my anxiety with his great bedside manners. If I go back in time, I would definitely go back to him and I would recommend him for any of my family members. Thanks, Doc!”

- OFFICE OF DR. LEE, PLASTIC SURGERY CLIENT

“I was there to inquire about liposuction and felt completely comfortable and at ease. Dr. Lee answered every question I had honestly and in detail. I’m still deciding if I should go ahead w the procedure as he told me I don’t really need it but if I do wouldn’t go with any other Doctor. He’s the one!”

- OFFICE OF DR. LEE, PLASTIC SURGERY CLIENT

“I am very happy with Dr Lee and his work! He is very knowledgeable and has great bedside manners with his patients. He delivers what he says he will do. Thank you Dr Lee for all your help and helping me through everything!!!!!!”

- OFFICE OF DR. LEE, PLASTIC SURGERY CLIENT