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Tumescent Liposuction in Toronto

Starts at $6,999
Procedure Time
30-45 minutes
Recovery Time
Following day
Thomas Bell, M.D
Physician and internationally recognized cosmetic plastic surgeon and lecturer.
66 Avenue Road, Suite 4 Toronto, Ontario M5R 3N8

How Much Does Tumescent Liposuction Cost in Toronto?

Procedure Cost for tumescent liposuction starts at $6,999 based on location or other factors. Tumescent liposuction by a plastic surgeon is $6,999 for the first zone, with a sliding scale of reduced cost for each subsequent zone. The cost can go up to $9,999 and above for three to four zones, depending on the patient’s size.

How Long Does it Take to Recover From a Tumescent Liposuction?

Tumescent liposuction, which uses energy-assisted devices, has a rapid recovery period. It is not uncommon for patients to undergo tumescent liposuction in numerous zones and return to very light, sedentary activities the following day.

Individual recovery times may vary based on factors like the patient’s overall health, the extent of the procedure, and adherence to post-operative care instructions. Regular consultations with the SpaMedica team are essential to ensure a smooth and successful recovery.

How Long Does a Tumescent Liposuction Take?

The duration of a tumescent liposuction procedure in Toronto can vary based on the thickness of the localized fat deposits being targeted. On average, each area being treated takes between 30 to 45 minutes.

Before the actual liposuction begins, there’s preparation time that includes marking the target areas, administering anesthesia or sedation, and injecting the tumescent solution. This can add an extra 15 to 30 minutes.

If multiple areas are being treated in one session, the total procedure time will naturally extend. For instance, if three areas are being treated, the surgery could last anywhere from 1.5 to over 2 hours, excluding prep and post-procedure care.

Certain areas of the body may be more complex to treat and may require additional time. For example, areas near vital organs or with dense fibrous tissue might take longer.

After the liposuction, there’s often a brief period for initial recovery, dressing of incisions, and observation. This can vary but often lasts 30 minutes to an hour.

What is a Tumescent Liposuction

Tumescent liposuction is a cosmetic procedure designed to eliminate stubborn fatty regions of the body that remain unresponsive to diet and exercise. It’s an effective solution for targeting fat in various areas, including the face, neck, abdomen, waist (often referred to as ‘love handles’), and thighs. The primary goal is to enhance body contours, boosting self-confidence and self-image.

Distinct from conventional liposuction techniques, tumescent liposuction introduces a sterile fluid containing dilute local anesthesia to the targeted fatty areas. This approach not only facilitates the fat removal process but also ensures the procedure is less painful compared to traditional methods.

Illustration of the Tumescent Liposuction process with four stages.

At SpaMedica’s clinic in Toronto, we employ the BodyTite™ system—a cutting-edge, energy-assisted device that liquefies fat cells. This technology offers several advantages, such as reduced bruising, pronounced contraction, and smoother contours. Once the fat cells are liquefied with BodyTite™, they are then aspirated and extracted using slender suction cannulas, typically ranging from 2-4 mm in diameter.

Who is a Tumescent Liposuction Candidate?

Tumescent liposuction addresses the challenges faced by individuals grappling with stubborn fat pockets that resist dietary and exercise efforts. The perfect candidate for this procedure:

Is in good overall health

No major medical conditions that could complicate surgery or recovery.

Maintains realistic expectations

Understands the potential outcomes and limitations of the procedure.

Possesses good skin elasticity

This is crucial as it aids in achieving smoother post-operative contours.

Who Might Not Be a Suitable Candidate?

Individuals with certain medical conditions

Conditions like heart disease, uncontrolled diabetes, or immune system disorders might make the procedure riskier.

Those on certain medications

Blood thinners or certain other medications might increase the risk of complications.

Individuals with poor skin elasticity

Skin that has lost its natural elasticity might not respond as well to the procedure, potentially leading to uneven results.

Patients looking for weight loss

Liposuction is not a weight loss procedure but rather a body contouring procedure. Those seeking significant weight loss should explore other options.

Benefits of a Tumescent Liposuction

Ease of Fat Removal

The tumescent technique allows for higher-level contouring.

Lower Downtime

Less discomfort and faster recovery than traditional methods.

Improve Self-esteem

Shedding body fat boosts body image and confidence.

Long-lasting Results

If a healthy diet is maintained, the results can be very long-lasting.

Tumescent Liposuction Surgery Risks

Like every surgery, liposuction comes with a small chance of potential complications. To minimize the likelihood of complications, the best thing to do is to select a trusted, experienced plastic surgeon.

Contour Irregularities

A bumpy or wavy finish is eliminated by using an experienced surgeon.

Fluid Accumulation

Pockets of fluid under the skin may need to be drained.


Normally, it subsides after a couple of days but can continue.


Skin infections are rare and are avoided by using an experienced surgeon.

Why Choose SpaMedica for Tumescent Liposuction in Toronto?

By choosing SpaMedica, you are getting a team of professional plastic surgeons who have worked with one of the foremost experts in the world and Toronto in advanced modern liposuction using energy-assisted devices.

Dr. Bell is a plastic surgeon who is sought out worldwide for lipo-contouring procedures to optimize soft tissue contraction using tumescent technology. Dr. Bell and his plastic surgeon team bring with them decades of experience and attention to detail so that you will enjoy fabulous results in a comfortable clinical setting.

Non-Surgical Tumescent Liposuction Alternatives

Non-surgical lipo techniques that can permanently kill moderate amounts of fat cells and improve your body contour without liposuction surgery include SpaMedica CoolSculpting, SculpSure, Ultrashape, BodyFx, Vanquish, and Evolve.

How to Prepare for a Tumescent Liposuction Surgery?

To prepare for tumescent liposuction, there are some specific instructions to follow:

  • Quit smoking for at least two weeks before surgery to help speed up the healing period.
  • Any medication needs to be reviewed by the surgeon.
  • Do not shave in the target area.
  • Do not eat or drink anything after midnight the night before surgery.
  • Wear loose clothing that is easy to put on and remove.

What to Expect After a Tumescent Liposuction

After your surgery, you can expect some minor yet common side effects:

Swelling: Post-surgery, patients will experience some swelling in the treated areas. However, the use of energy-assisted devices typically results in minimal bruising, making the recovery process aesthetically more favourable.
Bruising: While energy-assisted devices minimize bruising, some patients may still experience slight discoloration, which will fade over time.
Sensation: Some patients might experience temporary numbness or altered sensation in the treated areas.

Post-operative Care:

Compression Garment: To ensure the treated area heals with the desired shape and contours, a compression garment must be worn. For the initial three weeks, it should be worn for 22 hours a day. After this period, it’s recommended to wear the garment during the day and remove it in the evening and overnight, continuing this until the area has fully recovered.

Tumescent Liposuction Recovery & Timeline

Day 1-2: Light walking is encouraged to promote circulation and aid in the healing process.
Day 2: A significant portion of the initial swelling should subside, though some residual swelling might persist.
Day 3: Patients can typically return to work, provided their job is not physically demanding. It’s essential to avoid any activities that strain the treated areas.
Day 4-7: Light exercises, such as stretching or gentle yoga, can be resumed. However, patients should avoid any high-impact activities.
Week 3-4: By this point, most of the swelling should have disappeared, allowing the full benefits of the procedure to become visible.
Week 4-6: High-impact and strenuous activities, like running and weight training, can be safely resumed.

Best Procedures Paired with Tumescent Liposuction

Breast augmentation, Tummy Tuck, and fat grafting are often paired with Tumescent liposuction surgery.

Tumescent Liposuction FAQ

How Painful is it to Get a Tumescent Liposuction?

Liposuction has evolved considerably with the advent of energy-assisted techniques. Devices like BodyTite™ are backed by peer-reviewed medical studies that underscore their ability to significantly reduce discomfort, bruising, and swelling when compared to traditional liposuction procedures.

One of the standout features of BodyTite™-assisted liposuction is its capacity for soft tissue contraction. Post-treatment, patients can expect a remarkable contraction in the treated areas, ranging from 30-60%. This not only reduces discomfort but also speeds up recovery, allowing for a quicker return to daily routines.

What does Tumescent Mean?

Tumescent means to become swollen. The term is used in cosmetic procedures when anesthesia is injected to provide no feeling to the area and to encourage swelling and firmness in targeted areas. In liposuction, this helps reduce bleeding and makes contouring easier.

How is Tumescent Liposuction Performed by the Toronto SpaMedica Team?

Dr. Bell, your liposuction plastic surgeon in Toronto, will first work with the patient to mark out areas of unwanted fat. During the procedure, local anesthesia is inserted into the target area of fat. The solution causes anesthesia and blood vessels to shrink and the fatty layer to swell, allowing Dr. Bell to have expert control of the area.

The BodyTite™ device is then inserted through a small port and deployed to liquefy and coagulate the fat and significantly tighten skin. A small microcannula is then inserted, and the liquefied fat is aspirated away until the contour is optimal.

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