AGE: 37
PROCEDURE: Abdomen, Flank and Lower Back Liposuction
PERFORMED BY: Dr. Jerome Edelstein, MD, FRCSC

*Patient name has been changed

ELEVATE: Why did you decide to undergo liposuction?

R.M.: I wanted to feel more comfortable in the clothes I wore, and was tired of the love handles or 'flanks' I couldn't get rid of. I was bored with constantly wearing baggy clothes and since dietary changes and exercise changes weren't helping, I decided to look for help elsewhere.

ELEVATE: How did you choose Dr. Edelstein as your surgeon?

R.M.: I did a thorough search online and read many issues of Elevate to bring myself up to speed on the doctors in Toronto. When I compared photos of other surgeons' work to Dr. Edelstein's, I knew I'd found my doctor. Meeting with him just confirmed my instincts. He was easy to talk to, made me feel comfortable right away and was very focused on making sure that I was happy, from my initial consultation to the final result.

ELEVATE: What was your recovery like?

R.M.: I didn't feel any pain after the surgery, which was a pleasant surprise. After a day or two, I noticed some bruising, but it was minimal and went away after a week or so.

ELEVATE: How has the procedure impacted your life?

R.M.: I've never felt better about the way I look. My self-esteem has soared and I feel so much more confident about the way clothes fit me now. The entire experience was so great that I've gone back to deal with some skin-care issues I've always struggled with, and I couldn't be happier with the results so far. I would recommend Dr. Edelstein to anyone, and actually already have, to many people in my social circle.

Ask the Doctor

Dr. Jerome Edelstein, MD, FRCSC
Humber River Regional Hospital, Toronto,

ELEVATE: Can you explain why these procedures were recommended to this patient?

Dr. Edelstein: R.M. had spent many years frustrated with her midsection. She'd dieted and exercised in attempts to reduce the area's size without success, so when she came to my office looking for help, we discussed her goals. I proposed liposuctioning her abdomen, love handles and lower back to give her the look she was trying to achieve, and at that point she decided to move forward with the procedure.

ELEVATE: In general who is a good candidate for these procedures?

Dr. Edelstein: People in good health and who are at a healthy weight with firm, elastic skin are ideal. Someone with less taut skin can still be a good candidate, but they need to be aware that because their skin is not as elastic, they likely won't have the same results as a younger person. It's also helpful if they come into this procedure knowing liposuction won't dramatically change their bodies, though it will absolutely improve the look of certain areas.

ELEVATE: What can patients expect post-procedure?

Dr. Edelstein: It's normal for patients to experience light bruising and some numbness following liposuction, but it's short-lived and will usually subside within one to two weeks. Patients are advised to start walking around a few hours after surgery to prevent blood clots, and most can return to an office-type job after one to two days. As for results, I tell patients they can notice them immediately after surgery, but the biggest improvements appear after four to six months, once the swelling has really receded.

ELEVATE:What is the average cost of these procedures?

Dr. Edelstein: The range usually falls between $3,000 and $8,000, but the cost varies by person, their body composition, goals and how much effort is required during surgery.