Liposuction is the surgical removal of fat from specific areas to reshape this targeted area of the body. Fat tissue can be removed from the abdomen, flanks, back, thighs, buttocks or the back of the arms. Liposuction is a contouring procedure only and not a substitute for weight loss.

The Procedure

Liposuction is performed under general anesthesia by making small incisions in the body, adjacent to the targeted regions. Fat tissue is then removed surgically through mechanically assisted aspiration, creating a slimmer and more desirable appearance.

Since the inclusions are all quite small, they usually result in minimal scarring and scars may even disappear completely for some patients.


Candidates for liposuction have to be in good health and non-smokers or be willing to quit smoking for a prescribed time before and after the procedure. It is important to understand that this is not a weight loss surgery. While liposuction does remove fat deposits and some weight from the patient, the overall weight reduction from liposuction is usually negligible and never more than 5 lbs for safety reasons.

Furthermore, liposuction candidates should not:

  • Be excessively overweight.
  • Have sagging or droopy skin.
  • Have large quantities of cellulite.
  • Have mostly internal fat which cannot be removed (as opposed to external fat).


The recovery time for liposuction is quite short compared to other cosmetic surgeries, but also tends to result in more significant bruising and slightly higher pain than most other procedures. You should expect bruising after the procedure and will likely need pain medication for the first few days.
In most patients, the majority of the pain will subside in less than a week and you should be able to return to all normal activities, including work and exercise. Mild residual discomfort may last up to a month throughout which time a contouring garment is typically worn.

Schedule Your Consultation

If you think you are a good candidate for liposuction and would like to learn more about this procedure, simply contact the Canadian Plastic Surgery Centre in Toronto and book an appointment with Dr. Chivers. He will also make sure that you fully understand every aspect of the procedure and answer any questions you may have during the consultation.

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