Liposuction, Liposculpture, Suction Lipectomy, Body Reshaping is a Plastic Surgery operation to reshape areas of the face and body by removing excess fat that does not respond to diet and exercise in order to achieve a more aesthetic facial or body shape.
Abnormal or excess fat deposition can arise from a familial trait or simply as a result of the changes of aging. Fat deposition in the lower body and legs (Lipodystrophy) commonly has a genetic link and can prove difficult for the patient to reduce with diet and exercise but is suitable for Liposuction, Liposculpture. Fat deposition in the male chest (Gynaecomastia) is relatively common and rarely responds to diet and exercise but is suitable for Liposuction, Liposculpture, or PAL Liposuction, VASER Liposuction.
Q: What is Liposuction, Liposculpture?
Liposuction is a technique for fat removal using minimal incision and a thin cannula. Many methods have been developed to assist or improve the efficiency of fat removal. Traditional Liposuction uses manual movement of the cannula with suction, while Power Assisted Liposuction PAL, uses a rapidly vibrating cannula to remove fat. Ultrasound Assisted Liposuction UAL/ VASER, utilizes ultrasonic waves to disrupt fat cells before suction. LASER Assisted Liposuction achieves the similar effect as UAL but is less selective to the fat cells. BodyJet utilizes high flow water to disrupt fat while removing with suction.
It is important to understand that all techniques require fat to be removed by suction. Many claim to be better than “Traditional Liposuction” but no scientific data has been published comparing these techniques. Like many surgical procedures (Liposuction is a surgical procedure) the results are determined by the skill and training of the operator more than the technique used.
Q: What are the benefits of Liposuction, Liposculpture?
Liposuction – Liposculpture is performed to remove excess fat that does not reduce following exercise and diet. Liposculpture or Liposuction aims to improve body shape and self-image enabling you to wear the clothes you want. Liposuction – Liposculpture is carried out to correct abnormal fat deposits; under chin, neck, male chest (Gynaecomastia), and lower body (Lipodystrophy).
Q: Am I the ideal patient for Liposuction, Liposculpture?
If you are on a good diet, are able to exercise and your weight is stable or reducing, but are concerned about stubborn fat around the abdomen, hips, thighs, knees, neck or arms then Liposuction can improve your body shape and self-image. Loose skin in the area of concern will reduce the benefit of Liposuction and some form of skin tightening treatment or procedure may be necessary in combination with Liposuction. Smoking must be avoided before and after Liposuction to avoid complications such as infection or poor healing. You should also avoid any blood thinning medication or supplements.
Q: Do I need to lose weight before my Liposuction, Liposculpture?
We recommend that you should be as close to your ideal body weight as possible before you undergo Liposuction, Liposculpture. However, many patients find it very difficult to exercise effectively. It is important even in this circumstance that you eat a good diet and are losing weight before your surgery.
Q: What about the scars following Liposuction, Liposculpture?
Unfortunately, it is necessary to have a scar or scars as a result of Liposuction, but every effort is made to minimize the scars and ensure that these are as inconspicuous as possible. Scars will be placed in the least visible areas as much as possible or in previous scars or within tattoos. We avoid symmetric scars on the body as these are more associated with cosmetic procedure than asymmetric scars.
Q: What are the risks of Liposuction, Liposculpture?
Common to all surgical procedures there are always risks associated with surgery. However, Liposuction, Liposculpture is a safe procedure when performed by a fully qualified and trained Plastic, Cosmetic Surgeon in Hospitals with a high standard of care. The common risks are bleeding (rare -less than 0.5%), infection (rare -less than 0.5%) delayed skin healing, seroma collection (fluid under the skin), irregularity of the skin, numbness in the area and poor scarring – hypertrophic or keloid scarring. Each of these risks may require revision surgery. Other risks that may occur are blood clots – DVT and PE (0.5%), asymmetry. Damage to internal organs (bowel, lungs) is extremely rare.
Q: Does Liposuction, Liposculpture require a general anaesthetic or hospitalisation?
Liposuction, Liposculpture in small areas can be performed under local anaesthetic in an out-patient setting without the need of hospitalisation. However, larger or multiple areas will require a day stay procedure under sedation or general anaesthesia.
Q: How long is the Liposuction, Liposculpture procedure?
The procedure time will vary depending of the amount and areas to be treated ranging from 30 mins to up to 5 hrs.