Liposuction is a popular aesthetic procedure designed to remove stubborn excess fat from virtually any area of the body that remains resistant to a healthy diet and regular exercise routine. Some of the most common treatment regions include the abdomen, flanks, back, neck/under-chin, arms, chest, buttocks, and thighs.
With over 15 years of experience, Kelowna plastic surgeon Brian J. Miller, MD is highly talented in using liposuction to not only safely extract unwanted fat, but to do so in a manner that creates smoother contours and a more natural look. By personalizing a liposuction treatment plan to meet your specific needs and goals, he can help you sculpt troublesome spots and achieve a leaner, more toned physique.
To learn more about liposuction, please read the information provided below—or simply contact us today to schedule a consultation with Dr. Miller. He will be happy to answer your questions and discuss your treatment options in full detail.
Am I a Candidate for Liposuction?
Good candidates for liposuction typically include women and men who:
- Have one or more localized areas of stubborn fatty tissue
- Have good skin elasticity in the treatment region(s)
- Have realistic expectations for what can be achieved
- Are in good general health with no unmanaged medical conditions that might impact safety
Although liposuction is designed to remove fat, it is important to understand it is not a weight loss procedure. Patients should be at—or very close to—their desired body weight prior to treatment, as this helps to ensure better immediate and long-term results.
What Does the Liposuction Procedure Entail?
Dr. Miller typically performs standard suction-assisted liposuction (SAL), though he may utilize the VASER liposuction technique for particularly difficult-to-treat areas. During the procedure, a special cannula is inserted through tiny incisions made in and/or around the targeted region. This cannula is carefully maneuvered by Dr. Miller as it removes fatty tissue until a leaner, more desirable contour is achieved. Total treatment time will depend on the number of areas targeted and the quantity of fat removed. Following the procedure, patients are able to return home the same day under the supervision of a friend or family member.
What Can I Expect During Liposuction Recovery?
During the first few days after liposuction, some mild to moderate swelling, bruising, and tenderness can be expected in and around the treatment region(s)—though these side effects are temporary and should resolve on their own. If any discomfort is present, oral medication can almost always provide adequate relief. Most patients look and feel well enough to resume office jobs and other non-strenuous responsibilities within one week, but any heavy lifting, vigorous exercise, and most physical activities will need to be avoided for a minimum of four weeks. A compression garment worn over the treatment area is often recommended for the first few post-operative weeks to help mimimize swelling. Following this period, a gradual return to all activities is generally possible.