Arm Lift in Ottawa, Eastern Ontario

Women and men who are not overweight but have isolated areas of fat that they cannot get rid of through diet and exercise are good candidates for liposuction. Localized fat is often an inherited trait, and liposuction is usually the only way to eliminate this. Liposuction is not effective for cellulite dimpling of the skin. It is also not a treatment for obesity. Liposuction is effective on many areas of the body, including arms, abdomen, hips, thighs, and under the chin.

Sitting Side SilhouetteYou will see good results from this procedure if your skin has the tone and elasticity necessary to achieve a smooth result following fat suctioning. Dr. Callaghan will assess the quality of your skin and may ask you how your areas of localized fat were affected by weight loss in the past. Fat is removed by first inserting a small tube (a cannula) through tiny incisions close to the area to be suctioned. Incisions are very small--usually smaller than a quarter of an inch.

There are 3 methods of lipo: a dry technique, a tumescent technique which introduces large amounts of fluid, and an ultrasonic technique. The tumescent technique is used most frequently by Dr. Callaghan today. Patients are discharged home approximately 2-3 hours after the procedure, and instructed to wear an elastic compression/shaping garment for a few weeks. Your modified activities resume immediately as you remain ambulatory and shower the next day after surgery.

Side Back SilhouetteThough infrequent, potential complications include heavy bruising, infection, and reaction to anesthesia. Skin numbness is to be expected and is usually only temporary. It is possible, however, for some patches of numbness to persist or even be permanent. Occasionally, there is skin discoloration in the areas of heavy bruising, which is usually temporary. Irregularities of the skin surface, including depressions or rippling, can occur--and if persistent, may require some secondary treatment.

You will be asked to wear a compression garment so that the tissue can "learn" its new shape.

You can return to work in just a few days, though you will still have some swelling and bruising; this subsides within about two weeks. It may take several weeks before skin sensation returns. It is occasionally recommended that a touchup to be performed some months later to further improve a small select area that has already been suctioned.

Contact us today to schedule your consultation and discuss why lipo is right for you. We proudly serve patients in Ottawa, Eastern Ontario, and the surrounding areas.