Many of us complain of fat deposits on our bodies that we can’t get rid of through diet and exercise. If your mirror shows bulging inner or outer thighs, love handles, a protruding tummy, thick arms, double chin or back rolls, you are likely a candidate for liposuction. These are the most common areas treated by this technique that removes fat through very small incisions to reshape and contour your body.
Localized fat is often an inherited trait and liposuction is usually the only way to eliminate it. You will realize good results from this procedure if your skin has the tone and elasticity necessary to achieve a smooth result following removal of the fat beneath it. Fat is removed through a small tube called a cannula inserted through tiny incisions close to the area to be suctioned. Incisions are very small – usually under a centimeter. Dr. McLean uses a technique that involves infiltrating the fat with fluid (“tumescence”) to assist in its removal.
You can expect to see an improved body shape and contour. Your clothing may fit better. You should like your reflection in the mirror better. Our relationship with the mirror is interesting: when we like what we see we feel good about ourselves!
For a plastic surgeon the best surgery would make their patients look great without any cutting. Liposuction qualifies for this because the incisions are so tiny. Properly done by a skilful surgeon, liposuction is also one of the safest procedures with the least amount of downtime – most people can return to work in a less than a week. You come into our private clinic, go to sleep in the care of a qualified anaesthesiologist, wake up in the presence of our smiling, caring recovery nurse, and go home to your familiar surroundings. At McLean Clinic we utilize the technique known as “suction assisted lipectomy” or SAL. It is the most proven liposuction technique, avoids potentially dangerous ultrasound or laser probes, and delivers safe, predictable results.
All surgeries run the risk of potential complications. For an overview of risks and concerns associated with surgery, please click here. Dr. McLean will provide a thorough review of the risk factors that are specific to you and your chosen procedure.
The cost of liposuction varies according to what you and Dr. McLean determine is required to give you the look you want with the best results. Your questions and concerns will be addressed personally by Dr. McLean and his team during an in-depth consultation.
While liposuction can stand alone, it is also a technique that is used in conjunction with many procedures. It is often a component of face lifting, for example, where it may be used to reduce fat under the chin or in the neck. It is frequently used along with tummy tucks or breast reductions to enhance the results of these procedures. It is important to remember that liposuction removes only fat. If your skin is very stretched, you may also need to have a lift such as a tummy tuck or neck lift in addition to liposuction.
We all know that we take risks in life every day. The risks of surgery are very much like those of everyday life: really bad things (like being hit by a truck) are rare. Less bad things (like getting a hangnail) are more common.
When we think of the downside of surgery we think of things like infection (most infections are readily treatable), bleeding (generally well controlled during surgery), fluid collection, bad scars (wide, lumpy or discoloured, for example) and healing problems (leading to unexpected scarring). Most plastic surgery involves two sides of the body and they are never totally identical with or without surgery. Sensation can be altered by surgery. For example, loss of nipple sensation is a risk of many breast procedures.
As part of your preparation for surgery at the McLean Clinic, we provide you with information about the risks of the procedures you are undergoing. This is to inform you, not to frighten you! You will have the opportunity to discuss the risks with your doctor and we encourage you to ask questions and make sure that you understand everything you need to.