After the patient is sedated, the surgeon creates tiny incisions inside the nostrils or on the columella. Then he or she carefully lifts the skin to access the underlying bone and cartilage. The surgeon can then remove or graft tissues, as needed. Typically, a doctor uses conservative methods to minimize the impact to the surrounding tissues while still achieving the desired results. When the reshaping process is complete, the doctor lays the skin back down over the new contours of the nose and closes the incisions.
A technique called “tumescent liposuction" is the most common method for removing fat around the stomach, buttocks, thighs and ankles. It’s also considered the safest. “Tumescent” means that large amounts of buffered salt water are injected into fatty tissue beneath the skin. The doctor makes a cut in the fatty area to be treated, then inserts beneath the flesh a strawlike tube called a cannula that is attached to a vacuum. At the end of the cannula is a stiff wand. The doctor moves it back and forth in rapid motions to loosen fat. The procedure takes 45 minutes to two hours, with a recovery time of up to two weeks. The full effect of liposuction is seen six to 12 weeks after the procedure is performed. After the procedure, the area is bandaged and the patient must wear a compression garment for one to two weeks. Pain and bruising may last up to two weeks, and swelling may last for two weeks to two months.
Most of our liposuction patients opt to have their procedures performed at our clinic because they appreciate the personal attention of our registered nurses and the pleasant environment of our private facility. However, because Dr. Weinberg is Division Head of Plastic Surgery at Trillium Health Centre, arrangements can easily be made for those patients who may wish to have their procedure in the hospital, such as those having large volumes of fat removed or patients with significant health issues.
It is almost impossible to provide an accurate estimate of liposuction price unless the surgeon has had the opportunity to examine the patient. One can expect to be given a range of liposuction prices or at least the smallest fee charged for a specific area. For example, if Dr. Jones always quotes an all-inclusive global price, then, for example, the receptionist should be able to state that “for abdominal liposuction, the minimal price is $4000 and may be as much as $8000 for a very large abdomen”.
To perform fat grafting, a doctor uses liposuction to remove unwanted fat cells from another part of the body. Then he or she will purify the cells and inject them at varying depths in the face to create more defined cheekbones and a youthful appearance. Dermal fillers add volume to the face, and in some cases, they can even increase collagen production. The results can last for months, and patients may undergo routine touchups.
After surgery, patients should be prepared for the cost of any pain medication they will take during recovery. These costs are not typically included in the overall cost of surgery. At my practice, we provide homeopathic medications as part of our total surgical package. Your surgeon can explain to you any prescription or homeopathic medications you may be prescribed and discuss their cost.
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