Will The Results from Liposuction Be Permanent?

Liposuction is a treatment that can reduce stubborn areas of fat that don't respond to exercise and diet such as the stomach, thighs, upper arms, and below the chin to sculpt a more proportional body shape. Although it is not a weight loss procedure, it can take inches off from certain areas for a more balanced body shape and help clothes fit better to make you feel more confident. One of the most frequently asked questions about this form of cosmetic surgery is, "Can the fat return after liposuction?". Our Vancouver area office often sees patients who are concerned about the longevity of the procedure.

The truth is that while the results of liposuction are indeed permanent, it's still possible to gain weight in the future if you have unhealthy habits and remaining fat cells on the body become enlarged as they store excess calories. During liposuction, some of the fat cells are literally suctioned out and surgically removed from certain isolated areas. The fat cells that are removed can't grow back.

However, if the patient allows fat to return, they can indeed gain weight after having this procedure in other areas. If they gain a significant amount of weight, their results from liposuction will look much less impressive. The overall enhanced silhouette that they attained through liposuction will still be visible regardless of how much weight they gain in most cases as less fat will be gained in the treated areas compared to the untreated ones, so the patient will still have a more proportional, balanced body shape than they would if they didn't get liposuction in the first place.

Liposuction does remove fat cells but the remaining fat cells on the treatment area will still be able to store fat and grow in size. Commitment to taking good care of yourself and making healthy choices can help you maintain the slimmer appearance. You should maintain a healthy diet, exercise regularly, and drink plenty of water to preserve the outcome from liposuction.

For more details about liposuction, contact our Vancouver area office of Dr. Owen Reid so that we can explain more about what this treatment involves. Call us today at 604-343-9309 or submit a contact form to request a consultation and learn more about cosmetic procedures.


Which Areas Are Improved During an Upper Body Lift?

Loose, sagging skin often occurs due to aging, pregnancy, liposuction, or massive weight loss. It sometimes appears on the lateral chest, upper arms, middle part of the back, and the breasts after you've shed lots of pounds (usually 100 lbs or more). Unfortunately, skin that has lost its elasticity won't firm up on its own; the only real way to eliminate it is with an upper body lift. Our Vancouver area team at the office of Dr. Owen Reid can use an upper body lift to give you smoother skin, helping you feel more confident and fit better in clothes.

When you lose a large amount of weight quickly it's common to have a lot of loose skin because the skin doesn't have enough time to gradually retract and spring back into place. Adding to that, gaining weight often causes the skin to stretch permanently so that even after weight loss, it can't snap back. Many patients find this skin unflattering or don't like how it gets in the way of their everyday activities.

Others might feel like their physical appearance doesn't match the way the feel inwardly or that they don't look like someone who works out even after all the efforts and commitments they've made. As well as making you feel self-conscious, this unwanted skin may often lead to rashes, chafing, and infections.

A complete upper body lift usually involves combining an upper body lift for back rolls with an arm lift or breast lift, depending on what your goals are. The following are some of the most common areas targeted:

  • Back
  • Upper Arms
  • Breasts
  • Lateral Chest

Liposuction is used to suction away excess fat from the back and arms that contributes to the problem while loose skin is removed, and the area is tightened up with sutures. When you have a breast lift as part of the procedure, some skin will be removed, and the tissues will be tightened and reshaped to raise the breasts.

If sagging rolls of extra skin have been dragging you down after weight loss and you have been thinking about having an upper body lift in the Vancouver area, be sure to discuss your goals with Dr. Owen Reid. Contact our practice by calling 604-343-9309 to request a consultation or fill out a contact form to get started.


Plastic Surgery for Men - our top 8 cosmetic procedures

It's been my observation that men are less likely than women to disucss their plastic surgery needs with friends and family. As a result, there may be a dampened public awareness of all that goes on regarding men and plastic surgery. This was recently exemplified by the American Society of Plastic Surgery who reported, in their annual statistics, that 40% of all 'breast reductions' in the U.S. were performed on men. While the correction of gynecomastia is perhaps the most well known reason for men to stray in to a plastic surgeon's office there are in fact many other products and services that are designed for men.
Body contouring procedures that are popular with men include correction of gynecomastia, liposuction and abdominoplasty.
  • Male breast reduction surgery is covered in detail on a dedicated page and this is perhaps the most common reason for men to consult with Dr. Reid.
  • Liposuction can be a powerful tool for re-shaping the torso and reducing stubborn fat deposits. Treatment of the abdominal and 'love-handle' areas are most common. Minimal scarring and downtime help to make liposuction a popular procedure.
  • Men who choose to have a tummy tuck have often lost a significant amount of weight and this procedure is ideal for those who have loose skin in the abdominal area.
Above the neck, there are several treatment options for men. Some of them are surgical procedures that require anaesthetic, while others are conveniently offered in the office.
  • Lose the double-chin. Check out our page on Belkyra, a minimally invasive injectable treatment to remove submental fat to create a more athletic looking neck line.
  • For more challenging necks, a surgical neck lift with submental liposuction is powerful procedure that can restore, or create, a youthful looking neck.
  • A chin augmentation strengthens the look of a 'weak' jaw and can dramatically change a guy's profile and their overall look. It's often a great complement to the neck treatments listed above. Minor augmentations can be achieved in the office with an injectable filler, while more dramatic results require placement of an implant.
  • Women get Botox . . . . men get 'Brotox'. The product is the same, but the aesthetic goals are different. Botox should be considered by those men who have persistent creases and wrinkles affecting either the brow or forehead.
  • Aging men with loose upper eyelid skin should consider a blepharoplasty. This relatively minor surgical procedure removes redundant skin and aims to restore a crisp upper eyelid fold while maintaining a masculine look.
That concludes our run down of Dr. Reid's top 8 cosmetic procedures for men.