Liposuction — Cosmetic Surgery
Liposuction, simply called lipo, is a fat removal surgery technically reducing fat from the body by changing its shape. Some techniques also involve non-surgical procedures such as Laser Liposuction, and procedures involving Ultrasound, Radio Frequency and Cryolipolysis.
Tummy Liposuction is a minimally invasive procedure to reduce fat deposits in the abdominal area and tighten loose skin in that area. It is an alternative to the traditional abdominoplasty or tummy tuck.
Liposuction surgery sculpts your body, eliminating unwanted pockets of exercise and diet-resistant fat from the buttocks, hips, love handles, saddlebags, thighs, calves, ankles, breasts (including male breasts), back, arms and neck. Liposuction is often combined with other procedures to create a desired shape and is one of the safest and most popular cosmetic procedures.
Who is a good candidate?
Some of the reasons for considering Tummy Liposuction may include:
- If you have localized areas of fat deposits that are disproportionate with the rest of your body.
- If you would like more definition or a sleeker contour in certain areas of your body.
- If your skin elasticity is good (Liposuction removes fat, but does not tighten skin).
- If you have excess fat after pregnancy that cannot be reduced from exercising and dieting alone;
- If you want to loose sagging skin from rapid weight loss that is resistant to exercise and diet;
- Trying to create a more balanced and proportionate figure;
- Get rid of unsightly stretch marks and other scarring; and
- Increasing body confidence and promoting an improved self-image through a flatter stomach.
Prior to hospital admission and surgery, your surgeon will perform laboratory investigations and/or diagnostic examinations to confirm that you are fit for surgery. This is in line with standard hospital procedures.
Your surgeon will also record a complete medical history, including your diet, exercise, and weight history. You will need to let him or her know about any medications that you are currently taking.
How the Procedure is Performed
The small cannula is placed deep into fatty layer and presser suction is applied until the fat is removed. Carefully sculpting contour of the body is the key of success because the fat under skin must be removed and the remain fat have to be smooth but thinner layer. After the surgery is complete, pressure dressing must be worn to the suction site to keep body contour in shape. Large volumes of fat can be safely removed with very little blood loss and with far less internal trauma than any other presently available method
You’ll either be permitted to go home within a few hours following surgery or requested to stay overnight for additional monitoring.
The day after surgery will be difficult, as it is important that you move around to stimulate blood circulation. It is important that you do not consume aspirin or particular anti-inflammatory medications, that you move around gently and only for short periods and that you avoid smoking. Within a few days following surgery, your dressing will be removed and within one week or two, the swelling should decrease although bruising can remain for three weeks or longer. You may feel numbness in particular areas, which at times can take several weeks to resolve itself. Stitches are ordinarily removed within 10 days
Liposuction is also a means of treating male breast enlargement or gynecomastia. Fat suction or ‘Lipoplasty’ eliminates excess fat deposits from particular parts of the body including chin, cheeks, neck, abdomen, bottom, hips, thighs, calves, ankles, knees, upper arms and above the breasts.
Whilst it is rare, surgical procedures can involve complications. There is risk involved in all types of surgery and you should be aware and consider the risks involved in this procedure before agreeing to have the surgery performed. If you have any questions, you should discuss these with your surgeon at your appointments. The surgery is unable to proceed unless you sign a pre-surgery consent form
As a patient of this procedure, you have an obligation to advise your surgeon of any important personal medical information that could affect your surgery and of which could particularly increase any risks that could occur. The types of personal medical information that you should disclose to your surgeon in detail prior to surgery should include medical complications, current and/or recent medications, family disease/s and previous surgeries. Every individual patient is different with possible surgery complications and risks being different and dependent on individual factor.
Limitation’s and Risks
Like any plastic surgery, liposuction carries with it some level of risk. Complications associated with liposuction include:
- In some rare instances, changes in pigmentation
- Reactions to anaesthesia
- Skin irregularities
There are treatments available to you to help reduce the chances of the above from occurring. Risks can also be significantly reduced by following the advice of your plastic surgeon both before and after surgery.
- ‘Lumpy’ skin texture
- Temporary Bruising
- Back to Work: Within 1 to 2 weeks
- More strenuous activity: Allow yourself 2-4 weeks. You can continue most of your normal activities within 1-2 weeks and commence exercise soon after
- Scars will fade: Within 1-6 Months
Note: This information acts as a guide to your possible treatment. Your individual concerns and specific medical history will need to be shared and discussed with your surgeon during your initial consultation.