Liposuction and BodyTite in Burlington, Ontario

Would you like to remove excess fat from specific areas, such as the abdomen, hips, and thighs? If so, then you may have heard about liposuction. At The MedSpa at Burlington Plastic Surgery, we provide this fat removal and fat reduction procedure that can help you achieve a more aesthetically pleasing body contour. Dr. Jessica Shih performs body-shaping procedures using the SAFE technique, which allows for smoother, natural-looking contours and a faster healing period.

Liposuction at a Glance

Procedure Length

Variable, Approximately 1 – 2 hours

Typical Recovery

About 5-7 days for office jobs and non-strenuous activities
4 weeks to resume exercise/strenuous activities


General Anesthesia for Larger Areas

Local Anesthesia for Smaller Areas



Maximize Liposuction Results with BodyTite Skin Tightening

Liposuction is a surgical procedure that helps to improve your body contour by removing excess fat from specific areas. This includes the abdomen, hips, thighs, buttocks, and arms. If you have stubborn pockets of fat that don’t respond to diet or exercise, then surgical fat removal or fat reduction may be an option for you. The results of a surgical body-shaping procedure are usually long-lasting and can easily be maintained by making healthy lifestyle choices.

Liposuction alone does not tighten overlying skin. With the addition of the powerful radiofreqency-based skin tightening technology of BodyTite and Morpheus8 Body, your results can be maximized by tightening the skin envelope after fat reduction from liposuction has been performed. 


Can Liposuction be performed under local anesthesia?

Liposuction can be performed under local anesthesia depending on the size and location of the target area of stubborn fat. Similarly, liposuction with BodyTite along with Morpheus8 Body can also be performed under local anesthesia to enhance results with additional skin tightening. A consultation with Dr. Jessica Shih is best to determine if you are a good candidate for liposuction under local anesthesia.


What Is SAFE Liposuction?

At The MedSpa at Burlington Plastic Surgery, Dr. Jessica Shih uses the SAFE liposuction technique, which is one step above traditional surgical body-shaping procedures. “SAFE” stands for “Separation, Aspiration and Fat Equalization”. This three stage technique can provide you with smoother, more natural-looking results with less trauma and a relatively smoother recovery period.


First, the target areas for fat removal are numbed with local anesthesia. Dr. Jessica Shih will then loosen and separate your fat cells using a probing device. She performs this step without causing any damage to your surrounding tissues and structures. The device she uses to loosen your fat cells does not involve heat or laser energy.


Next, a gentle suction is used to aspirate the loosened fat cells. Because your unwanted fat cells have already been separated from their surrounding tissues, Dr. Jessica Shih can aspirate unwanted fat more easily. This allows for a less traumatic procedure with a more comfortable recovery period.

Fat Equalization

In the final step of the SAFE liposuction procedure, Dr. Jessica Shih will target the remaining fat cells in the subcutaneous layer. She will use a probe that equalizes the remaining fat, allowing for smoother, more natural-looking results. This final step allows Dr. Jessica Shih to shift, contour, and smooth the remaining fat cells beneath your skin.

The fat equalization process helps prevent irregularities in contour by re-distributing fat cells to provide smooth transitions. This minimizes the appearance of lumpy or wavy skin that results in some traditional fat reduction procedures.


What To Expect After Surgical Fat Reduction

The recovery and healing period from SAFE liposuction is usually smoother and faster than traditional fat reduction procedures. Nevertheless, we will advise you to take it easy and avoid strenuous activities for a week or more. You will be required to wear compression garments following surgery for optimal results. You may be able to return to work and perform your usual activities within about a week after the procedure.

The final results of your procedure usually become visible after one to three months. When unwanted fat cells are removed through surgical means, they do not come back or regenerate. You can expect permanent, long-lasting results that you can easily maintain by preventing significant weight gain.


What Are the Benefits of This Body-Shaping Procedure?

Improves Your Overall Appearance

Liposuction reduces the number of unwanted fat cells in specific areas, providing you with a trimmer appearance that cannot easily be achieved through lifestyle changes. Surgical fat removal is not meant to be a weight-loss treatment, but it may help you lose inches and look slimmer.

Provides Predictable, Personalized Results

Dr. Jessica Shih will work closely with you to help you achieve your ideal body shape and meet your personal cosmetic goals. Liposuction is performed using tested and proven processes that offer natural-looking results. The procedure can also be personalized according to your needs and preferences. Liposuction can also be performed in conjunction with other desired surgical procedures that can be discussed at your consultation.

Superior Results Can Be Achieved with Liposuction Combined With BodyTite

For patients who have mild excess skin laxity along with excess fat, liposuction combined with subdermal radiofrequency energy through BodyTite can provide optimal results. With just one extra step performed at the end of your procedure, BodyTite will tighten the skin once fat has been removed. This can help provide optimal results that cannot be achieved with liposuction alone.

Eliminates Stubborn Pockets of Fat

Adopting a healthy lifestyle does not guarantee that you will achieve the body contour of your dreams. If you have achieved a healthy weight and are still bothered by the appearance of fat in certain areas, then getting a surgical procedure may be a good option for you. Surgical fat removal can successfully remove excess fat from stubborn areas, such as the abdomen, hips, thighs, buttocks, and arms.

Offers Permanent, Long-Lasting Results

Because fat cells are permanently eliminated through surgical means, you can expect long-lasting results. If you can maintain a healthy weight and adopt a healthy lifestyle, you can expect the results of your procedure to last for years.

Boosts Your Confidence

The presence of unwanted fat can make you feel self-conscious about your appearance. But with surgical fat removal, you can eliminate stubborn fat that prevents you from expressing yourself more freely. This procedure can boost your self-esteem and make you feel more confident in your skin by helping you achieve the body contour you desire.


Are You a Good Candidate for Surgical Fat Reduction?

The ideal candidates for surgical fat removal are those who have problem areas with stubborn fat that does not respond to diet and exercise. If you do not see ideal fat reduction results from lifestyle changes, it may be time to explore a surgical alternative with minimal downtime. Through surgery, it is possible to achieve the smoother body shape that you have always been dreaming of.

To know whether you are a good candidate for this procedure, the first step is to schedule a consultation with our team. During your initial consultation, we will discuss your general health history and cosmetic goals. The ideal candidates for surgical fat reduction are those who have:

  • Unwanted fat in specific areas
  • Good overall health
  • Realistic expectations
  • A healthy weight and BMI
  • Minimal to no excess skin in treatment areas


Remove Unwanted Fat and Get Closer to Your Ideal Body Contour

Through surgical fat removal with liposuction, Dr. Jessica Shih can help you achieve the transformation you desire. The MedSpa at Burlington Plastic Surgery offers safe and proven procedures that can help you enhance your natural appearance and get the perfect look. Would you like to boost your self-confidence and feel more satisfied with your appearance? Our team will be happy to recommend the best treatment options and procedures for you. Contact us today to schedule your initial consultation with Dr. Shih.

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Jessica Shih, MD, FRCS(C)

Plastic & Reconstructive Surgeon

Dr. Shih is a double board-certified plastic surgeon, born and raised in Burlington. She completed her undergraduate degree from Cornell University before completing her medical doctorate and Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery residency at the University of Toronto. She then completed a subspecialty fellowship training at The Johns Hopkins University.

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