One of the most common concerns we hear from patients visiting our Ottawa Private Surgical Facility is that despite their best attempts at diet and exercise, there are still areas of body fat that seem to be impossible to lose. These frustrating areas may simply be due to genetics and have nothing to do with overall fitness. Fortunately, modern Ottawa liposuction techniques are safe and highly effective at removing unwanted fat to provide a dramatically improved appearance.

Frequently Asked Questions

What areas of the body can be treated?

Many areas of the body can be successfully treated with the use of liposuction. The most common areas include the abdomen, thighs, hips, flanks, chest and neck.

How is liposuction performed?

Depending on the area and amount of fat to be removed, this procedure can be completed under local or general anaesthetic. Tumescent fluid is first injected into the treatment area to assist in fat removal. This fluid also includes medications that both decrease blood loss and provide long-lasting pain relief following surgery. A tiny incision is then made in the skin and a vacuum instrument known as a liposuction cannula is introduced into the treatment area. The cannula is then used to uniformly remove fat and provide a smooth, natural appearance. After liposuction has been completed, the incision is sutured closed and dressings including a compressive garment are applied.

Are the results permanent?

Yes! As long as patients remain at a relatively constant weight post-operatively, the results are permanent.

Am I a candidate?

The best candidates for liposuction surgery have localized, difficult to lose fat deposits. Liposuction is not a weight loss surgery however, and is also not a treatment well-suited for patients who have excess skin. To find out if you would be a good candidate for liposuction surgery, please contact our clinic to schedule an appointment with Dr. Lacey or Dr. MacArthur.

Where does the procedure take place?

All surgery happens on-site at Kanata Plastic and Cosmetic Surgery. We are the only private plastic surgery operating facility in Ottawa and are entirely dedicated to providing the best possible experience for our cosmetic surgery patients. Our location allows you to avoid travelling out of town for your surgery and provides a private, relaxing environment for you to recover. Our facility meets and exceeds all national and provincial safety guidelines, and is staffed with well-trained, experienced health care professionals to give you the best possible surgical experience. Scientific research has demonstrated that cosmetic surgery performed in such dedicated facilities have lower complication rates compared to similar procedures done in hospitals. Our facility has been operating for more than ten years with thousands of cosmetic surgeries having been performed on patients from all over Canada.

What can I expect for my recovery?

Liposuction is most frequently done on a day surgery basis, meaning that there is no need for you to spend the night at the surgery centre. Most patients are able to return to work and low-impact activities in 1-2 weeks. The use of a compressive garment is also required for 6 weeks after surgery to support the treatment area and decrease swelling. After one month patients are generally able to resume all regular activities and exercise.

How do I book my surgery?

The first step in to schedule an appointment to see Dr. Lacey or Dr. MacArthur. This initial consultation is free of charge. Please call (613) 591-1099 to speak to our office staff or contact us by email at Our surgeons and staff would be happy to meet you and discuss whether or not liposuction would be right for you.

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