Lipoplasty near the Island of Montreal

What Is Liposuction?

Liposuction is the common term for the lipoplasty procedure in which local fatty deposits are extracted from various parts of the body, such as the buttocks, thighs, hips, etc., using a mechanical suction or ultrasound device.


The purpose of liposuction is not to help someone lose weight but rather to improve their figure. The ideal candidate has healthy skin and a healthy weight. Liposuction is not a replacement for weight loss and is not used to tighten skin or treat cellulite.

Preparation

Avoid taking Aspirin or anti-inflammatory drugs two weeks before and one week after surgery, to keep bleeding to a minimum during and after the operation.


The day of the operation, wear comfortable clothing that is easy to put on. Do not wear makeup or jewelry. Any allergies should be mentioned to your doctor before surgery.


Any medications you are taking and whether you are a smoker should also be mentioned to your doctor before the operation. In fact, there’s a greater incidence of operating risk or poor healing among smokers than non-smokers.


Wash with a disinfectant soap when you take your bath or shower the day before and the day of the operation.

Operation

Liposuction can be performed under local anesthesia with intravenous medication or general anesthesia, depending on the areas to be treated.


An incision of a few millimetres is made in the area where liposuction is to take place.


After the procedure, in certain cases you may have to wear an elastic sleeve around the operated area to reduce skin swelling and discoloration.

Convalescence

You can usually leave our specialized medical centre a few hours after the operation.


Your surgeon will prescribe the necessary pain medication to relieve pain during the first few days following the procedure.


We will remove bandages one week after the operation. The skin will be swollen and black and blue for a few days but this should all subside six to eight weeks after the procedure. After liposuction from the abdomen or lower limbs, you may have some trouble walking or remaining seated for a few days.


You may take a bath or a shower shortly after the procedure. Light massages will promote healing and prevent the formation of waves or fibrosis in the skin.

Possible Complications

While rare, some complications can arise following plastic or cosmetic surgery.


Here is a list of the complications that could occur:

Early Complications

  • Hematoma or seroma
  • Infection
  • Substantial loss of blood or serum
  • Phlebitis
  • Pulmonary or fatty embolism
  • Injury to adjacent structures
  • Skin loss (necrosis)

Late Complications

  • Skin irregularities
  • Sagging skin
  • Hyperpigmentation
  • Asymmetric contour
  • Local paresthesia or dysesthesia
  • Persistent edema (swelling)
  • Scarring

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