Liposuction

If you want to improve the contours of your body and achieve a more aesthetic and appealing curvature, liposuction is ideal. The process removes unwanted fat from targeted areas of the body, such as the abdomen, hips, thighs, back, arms, chest or neck – the choice is yours.  Even years of exercise may not give you the results you crave. For you and many others, the answer is liposuction, the most popular cosmetic surgery procedure.

Liposculpture removes fat from various areas of your body. If there is an area of your body that you just cannot get in shape, think of liposuction as your spot reducer. Following your liposuction procedure with board certified plastic surgeon, you can expect a slimmer, more defined figure

Crucially, it’s important to have realistic goals before undergoing liposuction. However, if you are physically healthy, average weight, and have firm yet elastic skin, then you are the ideal candidate.

Your Individual Goals

During a private consultation, your liposuction procedure goals will be discussed realistically with your board-certified plastic surgeon. Together, you will decide which procedures will be performed to achieve your desired results.

Anesthetic

Small areas: local anesthesia. Large/multiple sites require a general anesthesia.

Technique

Liposuction involves inserting a narrow metal tube into a fatty area via a small stab incision. Suction from a pump or syringe is applied to the tube, which is moved backwards and forwards within the fatty area. The suction removes fat; largely leaving other structures intact.

Following fat removal, the overlying skin retracts to produce the desired improvement in contour. There are some variations in the technique used. Most surgeons inject some fluid before liposuction. The amount of fluid varies and this gives different names to the procedure; ie “wet”, “superwet” and “tumescent” – each reflecting increasing amount of fluid injected.

The fluid consists of salt water, adrenaline and local anesthetic. Using fluid reduces the amount of blood loss and has allowed larger amounts of fat to be safely removed.

Ultrasound assisted liposuction is a newer technique which may be advantageous in some areas. A special ultrasound probe is used; the ultrasound energy liquifies fat and this removed by suction. Multiple stab incisions may be needed; these are usually inconspicuous when they heal.

 

Length of operation

It varies depending upon the amount of liposuction being performed.

Time in Hospital

Day-case or overnight stay

Postoperative Discomfort and Limitations

Some discomfort follows this operation; simple pain-killers may be needed. Bruising and swelling are common. Bruising may take 4 – 6 weeks to disappear. Swelling may take several months to settle and the full effect of the surgery may not been seen until this time. The treated area may also have reduced feeling and may be numb; this may also lasts for several months.

With the tumescent technique, blood-stained fluid will leak from the incisions for 1 – 2 days.

After liposuction, a well-fitting pressure garment is usually advised. These garments help control swelling and should be worn for about 2 – 3 weeks.

The amount of fat that can be removed is limited by safety considerations – less than about 3 liters is generally safe; however more than 5 liters has significant risks and needs very careful monitoring of the amount of fluid given to and removed from a patient – there is a potential for life threatening complications.

For a good result from liposuction, skin needs to have good elasticity; if this is not the case liposuction leaves skin which is loose and unsightly. In this situation skin excision may be recommended.

Time off Work

It depends on the area treated. For small areas: one or two days; larger areas: 1 – 2 weeks

Results

You can expect to see fantastic results within six weeks of your procedure. The treated areas will look toned and supple and your whole body will glow with new-found luster.