Dr. Jugenburg will listen to your needs, expectations and your desired outcome from the liposuction. You will be able to tour our state-of-the-art surgical facility located in the beautiful Fairmont Royal York Hotel. During tis time you will also be able to meet with our caring staff that will be part of your team.
How Liposuction is Performed
Liposuction is done either under local anesthesia with intravenous sedation or under general anesthesia. Dr. Jugenburg will discuss this with you and recommend what is best for your individual situation.
Depending on the area involved, several small, inconspicuous incisions are made. Diluted local anesthesia is then infused in order to reduce bleeding and trauma. A thin, hollow tube called a cannula is then inserted through the incisions to loosen the excess fat, which is then suctioned out of the body. This is repeated as necessary until results are achieved. The procedure may take from 1-3 hours, depending on the amount of fat to be removed. Depending on the type of liposuction used, your incisions may be left open to promote draining. It is NORMAL to have fluid draining out after a liposuction surgery during the first 24 hrs.
Following your procedure you may want to recover in one of the beautiful Fairmont Royal York Hotel rooms. You will receive a care package from us and our staff is available to you while you stay with us. Should you desire, full room service is available to you.
You will see Dr. Jugenburg the day after your surgery and at specified intervals during the weeks following your surgery. This is done so that the doctor can personally monitor your recovery process, and to ensure that you have the best results possible.
The Recovery Process
When liposuction is completed, there will be swelling and bruising. You will have some discomfort, which can be controlled by the pain medication prescribed by Dr. Jugenburg. You may also be required to wear tight compression garments or elastic bandage for several weeks to help reduce swelling, as well as compress the skin to the new body contour. This will depend on the area that had the procedure. If needed (very rarely), temporary drains will be placed beneath the skin to help remove any excess fluid or blood. While results will be seen almost immediately, swelling will distort the actual results. Final results will take several months to subside.
Depending on the amount of lipo, you can return to work in 2-3 days. If more extensive liposuction is performed, you may want to take off one week from work. Swelling will be present, but begins to reduce in about 7-10 days. Mild exercise is permitted after 2 weeks, and full activity can be resumed in about 4-6 weeks. Swelling will continue to reduce, but there may be some remaining for 3-5 months before it is completely gone.
SAFELipo is not "Safe", it is an acronym for:
Separation, Aspiration, Fat Equalization
It is a technique using the PowerLipo system that has gained worldwide acceptance as probably the best technique to provide a safe, natural-looking liposuction result without the tell-tale signs of surgery - lumpy skin.
Numerous scientific studies have shown that Ultrasound (VASER), Laser(SmartLipo), or radio frequency (BodyTite) systems do not produce superior results nor do they cause skin tightening they claim to. What these systems do is help to break up fat cells which makes it easier for the surgeon to remove them, not easier to create a beautiful result. Beautiful results come from the skin and artistry of the surgeon, not from the tool he/she uses. Because of that, Dr. Jugenburg prefers to use the PowerLipo system which allows him to perform the SAFELipo technique. Additionally, studies have shown that PowerLipo cuts down on the operating time by up to 50% compared to ultrasound based systems and 25% compared to laser based systems.
Patients should have localized fat deposits, and should be close to their stable weight. In addition, the skin should be firm and have elasticity to it in order to shrink following the procedure. You should also be in good health.
You should stop smoking at least two weeks prior to the lipo, as smoking can seriously impede the healing process. Avoid aspirin and aspirin products in the weeks leading up to your surgery. In addition, Dr. Jugenburg will review your medications with you during your initial consultation, and may recommend stopping certain medications before your procedure.
Depending on the amount of area involved, lipo can take anywhere from 1-3 hours.
If you’re having tumescent liposuction, a mixture of sterile saline, an anesthetic and epinephrine is injected under the skin. Several small incisions are made, and a cannula is inserted in the skin to break up the fat, which is then suctioned off. Drains may be placed in the incision areas to reduce fluid buildup and swelling. A compression bandage or garment will be placed in order to help reduce the swelling.
Most patients are able to return to work in 2-3 days, but if extensive liposuction is done, it may require a week off from work.
Swelling will be present, but should begin to resolve in about 7-10 days. You can resume mild exercise in about 2 weeks, and full activity can be resumed in about 4-6 weeks.
Surprisingly, the procedure is not that painful. The pain and discomfort is managed by the pain medication prescribed by Dr. Jugenburg, and should reduce after the first few days.
If a large amount of fat is being removed (3-4 L) then you should expect to feel lightheaded and dizzy for the first two days after surgery. You will feel weak and tired for about a week and thus plan on taking a week off from work.
Dr. Jugenburg limits his liposuctions to a maximum of about 4 liters. If any more fat is removed, the risk of complications increases significantly. Therefore if you think you have more than 4L of fat you want removed, you may need more than one session of liposuction.
Yes, it is normal to have reddish colored fluid draining from your incision sites for the first 24hr after your liposuction. The procedure involves injection of a saline-based fluid to help break up the fat, minimize bleeding, and easy the suctioning of the fat. Some of this fluid is removed during the liposuction, some is absorbed by your body, and some of it drains out following the surgery. Patients sometimes think they are bleeding when in fact it is just the normal drainage after liposuction.
As with all cosmetic surgeries, there are some risks involved. These risks include bleeding, infection, swelling and blood clots, but they are rare. Our operating suite is state-of-the-art, and we do everything we can to minimize the risks associated with surgery. Most importantly, Dr. Jugenburg and his team have various protocols in place to prevent complications from occurring.