Liposuction Explained

Liposuction literally means sucking out fat. In modern times this is done to remove small or larger pockets of fat for cosmetic reasons. We use minimally invasive techniques to suite your needs.

Liposuction can be performed in many ways. Over the last few decades the techniques have evolved and have been fine tuned to improve outcomes and also reduce recovery times and risk factors.

Traditional liposuction still has its place when one needs to remove large volumes or do this concurrently with procedures like tummy tucks (abdominoplasties) of body lifts.

More modern methods use power assisted liposuction i.e the fat is pre-treated with some form of energy to make the suction component gentler and less traumatic. This energy comes in various forms – Ultrasound - VASER, Laser, water-jet, cavitation, radiofrequency, nutational.

As the suction component is less traumatic the recovery is easier and it also results in less bruising and discomfort.

In all instances the procedure involves injecting fluid to engorge the tissue. This allows easier separation of fatty tissue and thus easier suction. In most cases the fluid contains local anaesthetic which numbs the area. Depending on the Doctor sedation may also be used in addition. Once the tissue has been emulsified it can be aspirated.

After that a compression garment is applied and worn for several weeks.

There will be some leakage of fluid for several days.

Initial results will be visible after about 6-8 weeks. The final changes may take 5-6 months.

Why do people have liposuction?

  • Remove excess pockets of fat
  • Correct unevenness irregularities
  • Fine tune residual pockets not lost by weight loss

What are the benefits of minimally invasive Liposuction?

  • Performed under local anaesthesia therefore reducing the risks associated with general anaesthesia
  • Less trauma to the surrounding tissue such as nerves and blood vessels
  • Less scarring and bruising
  • Speedier recovery and return to work
  • Day case procedure

Traditional Lipo

  1. General anaesthetic (asleep)
  2. Day case/ overnight
  3. 1 Week- 10 days recovery
  4. Compression garment 3-4 weeks
  5. Large volume reduction
  6. Suction cannula 3-6mm
  7. Risk of irregularities moderate

Power assisted Lipo - VASER

  1. Local and/or twilight sedation (awake)
  2. Day case
  3. 2-5 days recovery
  4. Compression garment 3-4 weeks
  5. Can contour and sculpt
  6. Cannula 2-4.6mm
  7. Risk of irregularities minimal

Micro Lipo

  1. Local and/or twilight sedation (awake)
  2. Day case
  3. 2-5 days recovery
  4. Compression garment 3-4 weeks
  5. Moderate volume reduction
  6. Cannula 0.9-3mm
  7. Risk of irregularities minimal

Recovery Guidelines

These are guidelines on certain parameters in the recovery process:

Time off work

Depending on area treated – arms, chin, chest 1-2 days

Abdomen, flanks, thighs 4-5 days

Shower

Next day, then every day

Swimming

Once all incisions are sealed

Flying

2 weeks, recommend flight stockings

Exercise

Low impact 2 weeks; high impact 4-5 weeks – comfort dependent

Intimate relations

Comfort dependent