Liposuction is a surgical technique which is used to remove excessive fat deposits in an area of the body leaving only minimal scarring.
Liposuction is a technique to lose weight but is useful tool in body sculpting in individuals who have tried to lose the excess fat in certain body areas by means of exercise and dieting.
The areas where liposuction maybe useful are the hips, flanks, arms, thighs and tummy. It is sometimes useful in reducing the size of the breasts.
The area to treated is marked prior to the surgery. The procedure is carried out under a general anesthetic. A diluted solution of local anesthetic is injected into the skin and small incisions (5 – 7mm in length) are made at inconspicuous locations around the area. A metal tube, called a cannula, is inserted into the tissues and the excess fat is suctioned with the aid of a strong vacuum pump.
WHO WILL BENEFIT FROM LIPOSUCTION?
- Have localized areas of fat despite dieting and exercise
- Would like to improve their body contour to look and feel younger
YOUR SURGICAL JOURNEY
BEFORE THE OPERATION
You will have at least 2 consultations before your surgery.
During your first consultation the reasons for, feasibility and expectations of the operation will be discussed.
Standardised photographs will be taken with your consent.
If you take aspirin or NSAIDS (eg. Ibuprofen) then you should stop these at least 1 week prior to your surgery. These drugs thin the blood and predispose you to a higher risk of bleeding during and after the operation.
If you are a smoker, you should stop at least 2 weeks prior to your surgery.
DAY OF OPERATION
Most patients are able to go home on the same day.
Mr. Oudit will visit you in the morning of your surgery. If you have any further questions you would like to ask him prior to the operation, he would be most delighted to answer these for you.
About 30-45 minutes prior to your operation you will picked up by friendly staff members and brought to the operating theatre suite.
Your operation will be done in a safe and caring manner respecting your dignity at all times.
AFTER THE OPERATION
After the operation you will have a firm, elasticated garment placed on. The will help to limit the bruising and swelling which is associated with this operation. You will need to wear this for 6 weeks.
It is important for you not to do any strenuous exercises for at least 6 weeks.
It takes at least 6 months for the tissues to settle down and for you to appreciate the final result.
You will be removed in the Outpatients’ clinic 1 week post-surgery, and Mr. Oudit will then keep a close eye on your recovery.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
- IS LIPOSUCTION AN EFFECTIVE METHOD FOR ME TO LOSE WEIGHT?
Liposuction is not method which should be used to lose weight. Other methods such as exercise and dieting are more appropriate. Advice from a dietician maybe useful. If after going through these, you have areas of excess fat which is disproportionate to your body then liposuction maybe suitable for you.
- DOES LIPOSUCTION CORRECT CELLULITE?
Liposuction is useful for removing excess deposits of fat within a localised area and does not address cellulite.
- DOES LIPOSUCTION CORRECT STRETCHED MARKS?
Liposuction is useful for removing excess deposits of fat within a localised area and does not address striae or stretched marks.
- WHEN CAN I GO BACK TO WORK?
Depending on your job and the extent of your surgery you maybe able to return to work within 7 – 14 days.
- IS THE RESULTS OF LIPOSUCTION PERMANENT?
It is possible to re-accumulate excess fat in the future depending on whether you gain weight or your lifestyle.
- Operating Time: 45 – 180 mins
- Anaesthetic: General Anaesthesia (GA)
- Hospital Stay: Day case / 1 night
- Time off work: 2 days – weeks
- Exercise: After 6 weeks
- Full Recovery: 8 weeks
- Special Advice: You are advised to wear a ‘lycra’ support garment for 6 weeks