The operation is undertaken for men and women where all other available forms of treatment have failed to remove localised areas of fat.
The physique which lends itself best to treatment by Liposuction is typically one in which there are well defined areas of persistent fat in people of normal weight where the excess fat is often a result of life changes and heredity rather than obesity.
Selection for this surgery is therefore highly selective.
What is liposuction?
How is it done?
The technique is performed in two stages. The initial stage involves infusing a large volume of dilute local anaesthetic through a metal tube into the fat under the skin.
In stage two the fat is disintegrated and then extracted by inserting a special cannula and syringe. This procedure is repeated until the fat has been aspirated from all areas.
What are the particular risks involved?
Like any other surgery there is a risk of complications. Although these are rare they will be discussed fully when you attend for consultation with the surgeon.
The unique risks of this operation are that:
- Haematoma or seroma formation (collection of blood or fluid) in the operation site could indicate remedial surgery. The risk of fluid collecting in the spaces evacuated of fat is minimised by wearing the pressure garment.
- Numbness and loss of sensation is common in the first few months gradually subsiding after a period of time. A tickling and/or prickling sensation may accompany these symptoms.
- Under corrective/over correction. About 5% of clients require additional minor surgery.
- Lumpiness and unevenness of the skin is inevitable post operatively. Usually this gradually settles after about six months and is accelerated by massage and the application of skin cream.
How long does the operation take?
Will I be asleep?
How long will I have to stay in hospital?
Will I have stitches?
Will I have scars?
What type of dressing will I have?
How long is the dressing left on?
Will I be swollen and bruised?
Yes, this varies following your operation you may have noticeable swelling but wearing the pressure garment controls this. This usually subsides after the first 48 hours.
You can also expect extensive bruising which will gradually subside over the next 3 to 4 weeks.