Liposuction

Fat accumulates in the body in areas under the skin (subcutaneous) and in so-called localised fat deposits. These areas are often genetically determined and under hormonal control, making it difficult to reduce simply through diet and exercise.

Liposuction, also known as liposculpture or suction-assisted lipectomy, is the procedure of choice for reducing fatty deposits and bulges from many areas of the body. Liposuction is a contouring procedure and is not intended for weight control. It is also not a substitute for regular physical activity and a healthy balanced diet.

The position of localised fat deposits may vary from person to person but typically affect the hips, abdomen, outer and inner thighs, inner knees and buttocks.

Liposuction Procedure

The procedure is usually performed under general anaesthetic. Small incisions are made to allow a suction tube (cannula) to be introduced through the skin into the fat deposits which are to be treated. The fat is then removed with suction generated by a vacuum pump. A thin layer of fat is left beneath the skin to help prevent rippling or bumps after the liposuction.

Liposuction Recovery

An overnight stay in hospital is required following liposuction surgery. A special pressure garment is used to apply pressure in the treated areas. This also encourages the skin to become firmer around the newly-shaped contours. It typically takes four to six weeks for any swelling and bruising to settle down. Depending on the extent of the procedure, you may be able to return to work within a week.

Liposuction Risks

Complications are rare but may include bleeding, infection, numbness, reaction to the anaesthetic, deep vein thromboses, and lumpiness at the site of the liposuction.

Mr Prinsloo will explain how the possible risks will apply to you.

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Liposuction (Body sculpting)

Description

Body sculpting through removal of fat from different areas of the body. It is a contouring procedure and is not intended for weight control.

Who are candidates?

People of normal weight with localised areas of excess fat deposits around the hips, abdomen, outer and inner thighs, inner knees and buttocks.

How is it done?

  • Small incisions are made around areas to be treated
  • A suction tube (cannula) is introduced through the skin into the fat deposits
  • Fat is removed with suction generated by a vacuum pump

Length of surgery

From 11/2 - 2 hours

Hospital stay

Overnight stay

Anaesthesia

General anaesthetic

Time to heal

  • Pain and discomfort for 1 week
  • Return to work in 1-2 weeks
  • A pressure garment must be worn for 4-6 weeks
  • Swelling and bruising settle down after 4-6 weeks

Risks

Risks are rare but may include:

  • Bleeding, haematoma (blood clot), infection, scarring, numbness, lumpiness at the site of liposuction and reaction to the anaesthetic (DVT, PE and chest infection)

Duration of results

Noticeable improvement in the first few weeks, but continued improvement for 6-12 months post-surgery as swelling decreases. Results must be maintained with proper diet and exercise (muscle toning).

Pro's

  • Body contouring with minimal scarring

Con's

  • Fat cells have been removed forever but can expand if you gain weight after surgery
  • Liposuction cannot prevent weight gain, nor is it a treatment for cellulite
  • There is a limit to the volume of fat that can be safely removed

Answers to myths

  • Liposuction is not a way of losing weight
  • There are forgiving and non-forgiving areas of fat in the body
  • Not all the areas will respond equally well to treatment
  • The body will not deposit fat in other areas to compensate for the volume of fat removed

Why do patients seek lipoplasty?

Our patients have often battled for many years to either reduce localised fat deposits, to improve the shape and tone of their body through exercise, or to improve the appearance of cellulite etc. For many of these problems, Lipoplasty is the only answer

How long will the results of your liposuction last?

The result is permanent, since the removed fat cells will not regenerate. Maintaining a sensible weight through exercise, the patient will be doing all they can to both maintain and even improve the result of their surgery.

How is liposuction surgery performed?

Small incisions are made around areas to be treated. A suction tube (cannula) is introduced through the skin into the fat deposits. Fat is removed with suction generated by a vacuum pump

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