What Are the Different Types of Liposuctions?

posted on:
September 7th, 2022
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Dr. Thomas Bell, MD

One of the most common cosmetic operations performed every year is liposuction. While the procedure has been around for decades, liposuction is quicker, simpler, and less painful. We execute various liposuction treatments daily because our facility is home to some of Toronto’s most skilled and qualified cosmetic surgeons.

Today’s blog will discuss the various surgical and non-surgical liposuction techniques today and analyze their similarities, variances, and expenses.

What Exactly is a Liposuction Procedure?

Liposuction is a cosmetic technique that eliminates fat resistance to dietary and activity changes.

A plastic or dermatologic surgeon typically performs the treatment to modify the shape of your hips, belly, thighs, buttocks, back, arms, and beneath the chin or face. But other cosmetic procedures, such as facelifts, breast reductions, and stomach tucks, can also be combined with liposuction.

Liposuction can be used to treat problem areas such as:

  • Thighs
  • Back
  • Arms
  • Abdomen
  • Cheeks
  • Neck
  • Ankles
  • Knees
  • Chin
  • Hips
  • Chest


Traditional liposuction involves incisions, putting the patient under general anesthesia, and then sucking out the fat.

Traditional liposuction is still effective but can be more painful, cause more bruising, and take longer to heal than recent techniques. Additionally, standard liposuction frequently does not involve skin tightening, which may leave patients with looser skin following the treatment.

Our various liposuction techniques can treat the same areas with substantially less scarring, bruising, and recovery time. Instead of putting the patient ultimately to sleep under general anesthesia, modern procedures typically only require a local anesthetic, where the patient is still conscious.

Types of Liposuctions at TPS

Our clinic offers multiple types of both surgical and non-surgical liposuction, including the following popular treatments.


Tumescent liposuction is typically mentioned while discussing contemporary forms of liposuction techniques.

When a solution is injected into the target area and fills the fatty layer beneath the skin, it is known as tumescent liposuction. The fat swells and solidifies. As a result, making removal more straightforward. Following the creation of incisions, a cannula—a short, narrow tube—is attached to a vacuum-like suction device. The enlarged fat is then suctioned out of the area once the cannula has been implanted.

To make the operation more straightforward and less invasive, we frequently combine tumescent liposuction with additional techniques, such BodyTite liposuction at our clinic.


In terms of how far body shaping techniques have advanced, BodyTite is at the forefront. BodyTite is a cutting-edge temperature-controlled radiofrequency energy-based liposuction method that has received FDA approval.

An internal probe is placed during the BodyTite process through a tiny incision. Radiofrequency energy is produced between an external probe and a handheld electrode that is moved around the treatment area. This energy then heats the body fat to the point of melting.

The removal of the fat through a tiny suction tube is made simpler and gentler by having it liquefy beforehand. Compared to traditional liposuction techniques, this treatment causes less swelling and bruising.

BodyTite’s heating technology melts fat while also tightening and thickening the tissue in your body. As a result, the skin is tighter, and the body can be sculpted more easily. Within a year of the treatment, soft tissue contraction may range between 40 and 50 percent.

Additionally, BodyTite offered some of the best-reviewed safety features available. BodyTite uses sophisticated internal and external sensors when the heat is generated, and if the skin temperature rises too high, the energy delivery will be automatically cut off. This reduces the chance of overheating or skin and body damage.


Another ground-breaking innovation in body sculpting technology is VASERLipoTM. The term “vibration amplification of sound energy at resonance,” or VASERTM, refers to a specific ultrasound technique that aids in breaking fat.

During the operation, a small blunt-tipped microcannula is used to more easily remove recalcitrant fat cells by vibrating them with ultrasonic waves released by the VASERTM.

The ultrasonic waves do not trigger soft tissue contractions, which results in better elasticity and tightness, unlike BodyTite and SmartLipo.

But one of the main advantages of Vaser liposuction is that the fat removed from the undesirable location can be used for fat grafting surgeries.

Fat grafting is transferring excised fat to an area that needs to seem fuller. There are several applications for this technique, including breast augmentations that use the fat in place or in addition to implants. This technique is also used to conduct the quickly gaining in popularity Brazilian butt lift (BBL) and fat facial transplantation.

Another advantage of VASERLipoTM is that it is one of our quickest liposuction techniques, taking only 30-45 minutes to complete. Similar to our other liposuction procedures, VASER offers a rapid recovery time, with most patients able to resume light-duty work the following day.


Laser lipolysis is another name for SmartLipo. However, this liposuction uses heat instead of an infrared laser.

SmartLipo in Toronto is a type of laser liposuction that uses a tiny laser probe to target and beam laser energy directly into fat cells. The heat produced by the laser’s radiation causes the fat to melt, making suction removal easier. Additionally, blood arteries are blocked off during the procedure, reducing bruising.

The whole procedure time for this operation is between 90 minutes and two hours, which is a little longer than BodyTite.

In comparison to VASERLipo, SmartLipo has certain advantages because it uses heat to encourage tissue contraction and skin tightening. This enables the best body smoothing and contouring results. Results of the operation can be seen within 6–12 months, with up to 17 percent contraction and a 25 percent improvement in elasticity.

The recovery process for SmartLipo is typically quick, and most people who have it, even in numerous regions, resume mild activity by the following day.

Dr. Bell is a well-known energy-assisted liposuction specialist in Toronto who is in high demand both domestically and internationally for his expertise in SmartLipo and other energy-assisted procedures.

Pricing ranges from $6,999 for one treatment zone to $11,999 for four treatment zones, which is equivalent to BodyTite’s pricing.

Non-Surgical Alternative: CoolSculpting

Our clinic is not only well-known for its cutting-edge liposuction techniques, but it is also the top non-surgical fat reduction facility in Canada. Many people prefer non-surgical procedures because they have less downtime than surgical ones, need no incisions, and are less expensive than liposuction.

Coolsculpting is one such of these methods.

CoolSculpting is one of the most well-liked methods of fat reduction that has received FDA approval.

Utilizing freezing temperatures, CoolSculpting eliminates fat cells from the body. A tiny vacuum-like applicator that is moved over the skin of the targeted area is used to apply the cold.

The skin and tissues surrounding it are not harmed because the freezing temperatures do not have the same impact on other body cells as they do on fat.

It takes around an hour to complete this process, and results should start to become visible in 6 to 12 weeks as the fat leaves the body. For best results, many patients undergo a second and third session of CoolSculpting. The starting price is $799. To learn about the cost of men’s liposuction, click here.

Who is a Good Candidate for Liposuction?

Although no particular characteristics determine candidacy, maintaining good physical condition and having reasonable expectations can help the healing process go more smoothly. A candidate for a liposuction operation is essentially someone who wants to get rid of specific pockets of extra fat that interfere with their desired form and contour.

Procedures at Toronto Plastic Surgeons

Our plastic surgery facility works with some of the greatest and most skilled Toronto liposuction specialists. You can rely on us to handle any of your body contouring procedures—surgical or not—with the utmost skill, security, and professionalism.

Call 647-723-3739 or arrange a consultation online to talk with one of our specialists at Toronto Plastic Surgeons, who can advise you on the most effective course of action.

Posted by:

Dr. Thomas Bell, MD

Dr. Thomas Bell has been one of Canada’s most renowned cosmetic surgeons for 35 years. He prides his excellence on the harmonious balance of vision, aesthetic appearance, and patient care.

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