What is Liposuction Surgery?

Liposuction is a cosmetic procedure in which unwanted fat is surgically removed from the body. It provides body contouring and proportion that have not been accomplished through diet and exercise. It is not a replacement for weight loss, or a remedy for obesity.

The procedure is performed on localized, bothersome areas by suctioning fat through surgical instruments called liposuction cannulas.

At TCC, we offer two advanced forms of liposuction: Power Assisted Liposuction, also called PAL®, which uses vibration to assist in fat removal, and SmartLipo™, which is a laser-assisted form of liposuction. Both options provide smoother results, and quicker recovery.

Doctor recommend 7 – 10 days off work after a liposuction. During this time the area must be kept clean and dry. You will have small incision sights in the area treated there will be dissolvable sutures. Wearing your supplied garment is also compulsory for 4 – 6 weeks this will help reduce swelling and assist with your result.

  • Purpose – Removal of up to 4 – 6 litres of fat
  • Sedation – Local or General Anaesthetic
  • Patient criteria – Must be within 2 stone of ideal weight
  • Treatment areas – multiple areas.
  • Location of treatments – Private hospital, day case or overnight stay.
  • Recovery/Aftercare – Additional recovery time is needed and less likely to return to activities for the first few days

How is Liposuction Performed?

Assessment: Your plastic surgeon will assess you, taking into account your specific needs and medical history. Together, you’ll discuss your options, and ensure you are informed so you can prepare for liposuction.

Marking: While you are standing, your surgeon will make marks on your body to indicate your desired target areas. These markings will be used as guidelines during the procedure.

Anesthesia: Depending on the size of the area where you’re having liposuction, you will be sedated, or receive local or general anesthesia to keep you comfortable during the procedure. In addition, prior to liposuction, a solution of highly diluted anesthesia is injected into the marked areas. This solution will constrict blood vessels to minimize blood loss.

Incision: Tiny incisions are made to allow the liposuction cannulas, which are connected to a suction machine, to enter your body and remove the subcutaneous fat from the marked areas. The incisions are made to be as inconspicuous as possible, and we use small cannulas to minimize scarring, and to provide smoother, more even results.

Liposuction: A cannula is placed into the incisions, and carefully slid under the skin and into the underlying layer of fat. It is then gently moved back and forth to dislodge the fat cells, and remove them from your body.

After Surgery: The incisions made during the procedure are either sewn closed with one or two stitches, or left open to drain, and the incision areas are wrapped in gauze. Once you’ve awakened fully from the anesthesia, our surgical staff will help you put on a liposuction compression garment, and provide you with post-surgical care instructions, and you’ll be able to go home.

Liposuction is one today’s most popular cosmetic surgery procedures for people who cannot get rid of stubborn fat pockets in their body despite routinely working out and observing a proper diet. The procedure addresses fat deposits in the abdomen and waist, thighs, hips, butt, arms, neck, back, chest, inner knees, calves, ankles, cheeks, and chins. If you are looking at getting mens liposuction, we have specialists for male breast liposuction and chest liposuction.

Recovery From Surgery

Starting immediately following liposuction, you’ll need to wear a compression garment (or garments, if you had liposuction on more than one area of your body) every day for the next four to six weeks. These garments help to reduce swelling, and help your body adjust to the new contours created by the procedure. You’ll also experience some discomfort and bruising after the surgery, but this should only last a few days.

Managing swelling and bruising depends greatly on your following your surgeon’s care instructions. You’ll also receive pain medication to help alleviate discomfort. You should be able to return to work in two to five days, but will need to wait approximately four to six week before resuming physical exercise.

Step-by-Step: Liposuction Surgery

Before liposuction, pinchable fat deposits are visible on the thighs, hips and love handles.

The plastic surgeon marks the areas from which fat will be removed

Using a cannula, the fat is gently suctioned from the body.

Using a cannula, the fat is gently suctioned from the body.

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