Liposuction is a cosmetic procedure for removing packets of fat from areas of the body that are resistant to exercise and diet control. It works well with good elastic skin as in normal or near normal body weight. Though age is not a criterion for good results, older people are left with dimples in the skin due to the inelastic skin.
Liposuction is done with or without other cosmetic procedure e.g. Tummy –tuck, body lifts etc. Surgery involves a technique called Suction assisted Liposuction (SAL). Fat is sucked through a hollow tube that is introduced through small incisions. The incisions are closed at the end of the surgery. Surgery may take one to three hours depending on the areas of the body.
Surgery is could be performed under local or general anaesthetic, depending on the patients preference, surgeons preference and the volume of the areas that require liposuction.
Postoperative Advice, Instructions & Final Result
Day 1 – 3
Elastic vest or garment to be worn day and night. You can have shower.
Day 4 – 7
Gradually increase daily activities, walking may be uncomfortable if operations were on lower limbs.
Week 1 – 10 days
Removal of stitches.
Should be able to return to work.
Gradual return to normal daily activities, continue to wear pressure and support garment.
Week 4 – 8
Could remove pressure garment, bruising should settle.
Swelling should resolve but some numbness could persist.
If body weight is maintained you can see the final result.