Liposuction or liposculpting is the most commonly performed cosmetic operation worldwide. It is a surgical method of removing excess areas of fat.
Who is suitable for liposuction?
Liposuction is popular amongst both women and men. It is most suitable for individuals who are of normal body weight that desire removal of fat deposits that have proved resistant to diet and exercise. Liposuction is not a practical method to lose weight.
What areas can be treated?
Liposuction can achieve great results in the following areas: thighs, hips, waist, abdomen, buttocks, arms, neck, breasts and chest.
What does the operation involve?
Liposuction can be performed under local or general anaesthesia depending on the size of the area and amount of excess fat to be removed. Local anaesthesia is only suitable if the area is small and the treatment is purely focused on that area. Otherwise all other cases will be with the patient under general anaesthesia. Most patients can go home on the same day.
Liposculpture is carried out through small incisions allowing access for a liposuction cannula to be inserted to remove the excess the fat. The incisions are sutured using absorbable sutures and a small sticky dressing is placed on the incision. At the end of the operation patients are placed in compression garments, which have to be worn 24 hours a day for six weeks after the operation. These garments help to contour the skin and reduce amount post-operative swelling.
What happens after the operation?
Patients are encouraged to mobilise normally as much as possible, discomfort allowing. Patients can have a shower 48 hours after the operation and reapply the compression garments. Most people can go back to work and driving 2 weeks after the operation. Sporting activities and heavy manual work can commence 4-6 after the operation.
It takes 3-6 months for the full benefit of liposculpture to be noticeable, once the swelling has subsided.
How long do the results last?
In carefully selected patients liposuction has an excellent outcome and patient satisfaction has been reported as over 98% in the world literature. However, subsequent significant weight gain will partially reverse the results. Therefore, it is essential for patients to maintain a healthy lifestyle.
What are the risks of liposuction?
In carefully selected patients, liposuction has very few risks. At TPSG patient safety is paramount, and treatments are tailored to individual patients to minimise the risks. Minor skin infections, discomfort, bruising, swelling and mild contour irregularity are some of the more common risks.
This lady had liposuction to the flanks and full abdominoplasty. The after photos are taken two months after surgery.
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