LIPOSUCTION

Liposculpture reshapes specific areas of the body which have not been improved by diet and exercise by removing excess fat.  It is not an obesity treatment.  Typical areas treated include the abdomen, flanks, thighs, buttocks and male breasts but the procedure can also be used on other areas of the body.  

 

Small incisions are made in the skin through which a thin tube (cannula) is inserted.  This is used to loosen the fat which is then suctioned out of the body. 

 

Following the procedure a compression garment is worn which will help to reduce swelling and contour the new shape.

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The Procedure

 

Performed under general anaesthetic, small incisions are made in the skin through which a thin tube (cannula) is inserted.  This is used to loosen the fat which is then suctioned out of the body. 

 

Risks/Complications

 

Any invasive treatment carries its own risks and complications.  Also, every procedure has limitations and the risks should be compared to the potential benefits before undergoing a surgical procedure.

 

Possible risks and complications include:-

 

  • anaesthesia risks including depression

  • several small scars and keloid/hypertrophic scarring

  • infection

  • delayed healing

  • skin necrosis and wound breakdown

  • fluid build-up as in a seroma or bleeding as a haematoma

  • swelling and bruising

  • pain and discomfort

  • difficulties in walking and standing

  • residual fat or residual bulging

  • cellulitis can get worse

  • development of a blood clot as in a deep vein thrombosis, thromboembolism or pulmonary embolism

  • loose skin and skin folds

  • skin irregularities/discolouration 

  • permanent lumpiness and/or volume/profile irregularities

  • need for alternative or secondary liposuction 

  • permanent skin/scar numbness

  • stretch marks will remain 

  • need for further surgery

 

Recovery

 

Recovery time can very between patients.  Following the procedure a compression garment is worn which will help to reduce swelling and contour the new shape.

 

Pain, bruising and swelling may be noticeable for several weeks.  Strenuous work or exercise should be avoided for 4-6 weeks.  As the swelling can be significant, the results won’t be fully apparent for at least 4-6 months after surgery and, in some cases, residual swelling may take up to six months to subside.   

 

The scars will, in most cases, fade and improve over time.   

 

Providing a healthy weight is maintained, the results can be long lasting.

 

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