Liposuction

“The human body is the best work of art.” Jess C. Scott

Liposuction is a very popular procedure with men and women keen to improve the shape and contours of the body by removing excess fat deposits that cannot be addressed through diet or exercise alone. Liposuction can be done as a separate operation or combined with cosmetic breast and body procedures.

Liposuction is not a weight loss strategy, it is designed to help smooth and tone areas of the body where stubborn fat is visible and unable to be targeted via other means.

Liposuction SURGERY – FACTS

Length of surgery 1-2 hours
Anaesthesia General anaesthetic
Hospital stay 1 night
Risks/complications of surgery

Frequent: Bruising, swelling, temporary numbness, discomfort on movement/coughing

Infrequent: Infection, bleeding (haematoma), fat necrosis, asymmetry, under- or overcorrection, seroma, fat embolism, skin necrosis

Recovery

5-10 days until socialising with close friends and family
1-2 weeks until return to work and normal social engagements depending on area treated
3-4 weeks until swelling and bruising disappears
6 weeks wearing specialised pressure garment
4-6weeks until return to gym and other strenuous activities
3-12 weeks until bruising and swelling disappeared

Driving Small areas treated 3-4 days, large areas 2 weeks
Sleeping position Sleep on your back with pillow under your knees
Follow up 1 week, 6 weeks, 3 months, 6 months
Duration of results Permanent unless followed by weight gain

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Liposuction

Any plastic surgery procedure is a very personal choice and understandably there are a number of questions that arise. This information sheet is a general guide for patients considering liposuction under the care of Dr Mackenzie. It should provide the answers to some questions that you may have.

Liposuction introduction

Liposuction is a well established technique which removes fat from selected areas in a controlled fashion, by passing a suction cannula underneath the skin and into the fatty layers beneath. It is possible to perform liposuction on most areas of the body and even the face, but some areas respond best, particularly the tummy, thighs, flanks and hips.

It is essential that you have realistic expectations about what the procedure can do for you. It is important to understand that, while liposuction can enhance your appearance and self-confidence, it won’t necessarily change your looks to match your ideal one. Liposuction won’t get rid of cellulite and is not intended as a treatment of obesity, and patients who have excessive weight are advised to avoid surgery.

Good results also depend on elastic skin that will adapt to a new contour when the underlying fat is removed. Liposuction is most likely to be successful for healthy weight people with firm, elastic skin who have pockets of excess fat in certain areas. Although age is not a significant concern, older people may have less skin elasticity and may not achieve the same results as a younger person with tighter skin.

There is no strict limit to the amount of fat which may be removed, but the greater the volume the higher the complication rate and it is necessary to replace fluids in proportion to the amount of fat and fluid removed. High volume removal (more than 2.5 to 3 litres) may necessitate blood transfusion and therefore the amount removed in any one session is usually kept below this level.