Liposuction in the Vancouver, BC Area
For some people, liposuction is a good solution to get rid of areas of stubborn fat. This is because some people are genetically predisposed to carrying fat in certain areas of the body, which can be particularly resistant to even the most aggressive diet and exercise regimens. In women, such areas typically include the thighs, hips, buttocks, and abdomen. In men, it is often the belly or flanks, often called "love handles." Liposuction in the Vancouver, BC area with body contouring specialist Dr. Mathew Mosher permanently removes these fatty deposits, resulting in an improved shape and contour to your "trouble spots." At his practice, several advanced liposuction options are offered to best achieve your body contouring goals.
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To learn more about your liposuction options, click here to request a consultation with Dr. Mosher at YES Medspa and Cosmetic Surgery Centre in Langley. Dr. Mosher is a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada and has extensive experience with body contouring techniques and procedures. He and his friendly, experienced staff will be happy to help you determine the best approach for achieving your aesthetic goals.
Appropriate Uses of Liposuction
People visit Dr. Mosher near Vancouver for liposuction to improve the shape and contour of certain areas by permanently removing fat cells from the layer between the skin and the muscle. Liposuction can be performed on various parts of the body where isolated pockets of fat exist, including hips, thighs, buttocks, knees, abdomen, flanks, upper arms, and even the face and neck. It is critical that the right volume of fat is removed, as removing too much can result in a lumpy or rippled appearance. Dr. Mosher has the experience and training to perform liposuction precisely and effectively, creating beautiful results for his patients, which you can view in our photo gallery.
Liposuction is best suited for patients who are of a stable, healthy weight who exercise regularly and do not smoke. It is not to be considered a weight loss tool, and patients with a body mass index over 35 are not candidates for this procedure. Liposuction at our Vancouver BC area practice does not improve skin tone, tighten loose muscles, or enhance the appearance of cellulite. Dr. Mosher can perform Smartlipo™ and VelaShape™, or a surgical tummy tuck at his Vancouver area clinic in combination with standard liposuction to address these concerns. During your consultation, Dr. Mosher will discuss which technique or combination is right for you.
Your Liposuction Procedure
Dr. Mosher performs liposuction at his surgery centre under light general anesthetic or local anesthesia with sedation. The use of the tumescent technique further adds to patient comfort, and reduces post operative bruising and swelling. This involves flooding the treatment area with an anesthetic solution which aids in the removal of fat cells, and reduces bleeding and trauma to surrounding tissue.
Dr. Mosher makes tiny incisions through which he inserts the suction cannula (tube). After the tumescent solution has been introduced, Dr. Mosher inserts the cannula, then manually manipulates it to loosen and suction away the fat cells. In addition to traditional suction assisted liposuction, Dr. Mosher offers the following newer technologies:
- Ultrasound Assisted Liposuction with VASER® – This technique uses ultrasound energy to break up and emulsify fat prior to suctioning. This minimizes trauma to surrounding tissues, as the ultrasonic waves specifically target the fat cells. There is less bruising and bleeding than with traditional liposuction, which requires the surgeon to manually break up the fat. Typically, smooth and even contouring with better skin retraction is more common with ultrasound assisted liposuction (UAL). Many doctors and clinics offering liposuction are not plastic surgeons and may not have the extensive training and experience required to assure satisfying results. VASER is a unique method of liposuction using ultrasound to more precisely remove unwanted fat. Dr. Mosher may recommend this approach for treating large deposits of fat, areas that have had precious liposuction and for male chest fat known as gynecomastia. Dr. Mosher specializes in UAL in addition to traditional liposuction, Smartlipo and power assisted liposuction (PAL).
- Power Assisted Liposuction (PAL) – Power assisted liposuction employs a specially designed cannula which uses tiny, rapid vibrations to help release the fat cells prior to suctioning. Since Dr. Mosher does not have to manually break up the fat, more fat can be removed in a shorter period of time, which may improve results and shorten recovery. The vibrations transmitted by the PAL cannula allow Dr. Mosher to gently sweep the cannula through the treatment area, breaking up and removing fat cells with decreased trauma to surrounding tissues. This makes PAL a valuable tool in larger liposuction procedures and in traditionally difficult areas to sculpt such as the back, flank, upper abdomen, breast and chest.
- Smartlipo – Dr. Mosher offers Smartlipo in the Vancouver area as an enhancement to traditional liposuction. This technology uses laser energy to liquefy fat cells and make them easier to suction away. The tiny laser fibre in the cannula transmits energy directly to the fat cells. This energy then causes the fat cells to rupture. Smartlipo is effective in a wide range of areas, including the abdomen, flanks, arms, buttocks, hips, thighs, and even under the chin. Studies have shown that laser-assisted lipolysis also can create collagen retraction and tissue tightening, leaving patients with firmer skin in addition to an improved body contour.
Recovery and Results
Recovery will depend on the extent of the procedure, the area treated, and the individual patient. Generally, the newer techniques used by Dr. Mosher allow for a quicker, more comfortable recovery with less bruising and swelling than ever before. You will be directed to rest and take it easy for several days, with most patients returning to work and light activities after a week. You will need to wear a compression garment for several weeks, which helps reduce swelling and improve comfort.
You will see results within days, but the final outcome may emerge over several months. You may choose to undergo liposuction of other areas within 6 weeks or consider non-surgical body contouring VelaShape treatments at any time. If you have had liposuction performed elsewhere and want Dr. Mosher to consult with you at our Vancouver area centre about more liposuction or revisional liposuction surgery, we recommend that at least 6 months have elapsed since your previous surgical procedure.
To learn more about which approach to liposuction is right for you, click here to request a consultation with Dr. Mosher at YES Medspa and Cosmetic Surgery Centre in Langley. Or you can call his office at (604) 888-9378 to schedule an appointment at your convenience.