Liposuction Procedure

What to Expect During a Liposuction Procedure

Many people have liposuction done to remove unsightly bulges of fat just under the skin, especially when it doesn’t respond to dieting or exercise. The surgeon will tell you whether you are a good candidate for this procedure. If you are not, he or she may suggest another procedure to deal with the problem. For instance, tummy tucks are used to remove loose folds of skin around the abdomen.

Once you’ve been cleared for liposuction the surgeon will explain to you all about it, but it is helpful to know ahead of even seeing a cosmetic surgeon so you can know for sure if this is something you want to go ahead with. Here is what will happen with this procedure.

  • You may be given a general anaesthetic. Other options are a local anaesthetic or an epidural.
  • Short incisions are made near the fatty area to be treated. These will not be noticeable after they heal.
  • A small cannula (tube) will be inserted into the incision and used to suck out the fat.
  • Some bleeding is usual. If you have a large area of fat to move, the surgeon will arrange for you to donate blood a few days before the procedure so that it can be used to replace what is lost. You may also be given iron supplements.
  • You may need to wear a compression garment after the procedure to reduce swelling.
  • There will be a bandage used for 24 hours that can then be removed, but compression will be needed for some weeks, especially where lots of fat was removed. This will aid quick recovery.
  • After the compression, you can ear spandex or Lycra garments for support.
  • Oral painkillers can be used for discomfort afterwards.
  • This surgery usually takes 1-2 hours.
  • You’ll need to stay at the clinic for 8-24 hours.
  • You’ll need to rest for about 5 days afterwards.
  • Light physical exercise can be resumed after 14 days.
  • This procedure is usually recommended for adults passed their teen years.

What parts of the body can be treated with liposuction?

  • Hips
  • Buttocks
  • Belly
  • Arms
  • Inner areas of knees and thighs
  • Double chin and other areas where fatty deposits are just under the skin.


Alternatives to liposuction

As we know, liposuction is not suitable for all reduction types. Other options include the tummy tuck, breast reduction surgery, breast lift or augmentation, buttock lift and thigh lift.  It is important to be guided and advised by your specialist when considering these or other procedures. If liposuction is undertaken, it is also important to change your diet and exercise habits if you want it to be permanent.

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