Liposuction is one of the most frequently performed cosmetic operations performed worldwide. The ability to remove fatty deposits beneath the skin with little scarring and ability to sculpt areas from the abdomen, thigh, arms, and neck is one of the many reasons liposuction has remained so popular.
The best candidates are individuals who are of close to their ideal weight, and have firm, elastic skin, but have a troublesome area that they would like improved. Liposuction is not a weight loss technique.
|In/Outpatient:||Day Surgery in Private Hospital|
|Length of surgery:||1 – 3 hours depending on how many areas|
|Recovery:||Most patients are back to work in approximately 7 days. They can resume light exercise at 4 weeks and more high intensity exercise at 6 weeks.|
|Results:||Final results are seen within 6 months, and the duration of those results vary from one person to another|
Your Liposuction Procedure
Your liposuction procedure is performed in a fully accredited hospital. Your anaesthetist will give you a general anaesthetic and you can expect the operation to take between 1-3 hours depending on how many areas are treated. Most patients are able to go home the same day of surgery with no drains required. The small incisions are covered with a dressing and you are placed in a compression garment.
Before your procedure, Dr Turner will mark the areas to be suctioned. During the procedure, tiny incisions are hidden in natural body creases; it is through these incisions a special fluid called ‘Tumescent Solution’ is infiltrated into the fat. This fluid assists with the removal of fat cells and contains adrenaline to decrease postoperative bruising, as well as local anaesthetic which makes the area numb for postoperative comfort.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]
While the effectiveness of liposuction is unquestionable and remains the gold standard for fat reduction, for many people they cannot justify o sacrifice the downtime or risks associated with surgery. Many women and men have troublesome areas, and have considered liposuction, but the expense of a surgical proceed with hospital costs and anaesthetic feeds is prohibitive.
- VelaShape III
Your Liposuction Consultation
At your consultation, Dr Turner will discuss carefully with you your areas of concern and the factors that will influence a positive outcome of liposuction surgery. It is important to have realistic expectations as to the outcome of your liposuction surgery.
- Good health
- The deformity or fatty bulge is localized
- The deformity has not responded to diet and exercise
- Good skin tone, with little or no tendency to sagginess
- Generally patients under forty years of age (not absolute)
- Minimal cellulite
- Few or no stretch marks
This uneven skin texture appears to be due to bands of fibrous tissue pulling on the skin so that fat accumulation is not even. This surface irregularity cannot be camouflaged when the overlying skin is thin as is the case in many women. Liposuction alone cannot improve this, although there are additional techniques which are sometimes be used with temporary results – such as the VelaShape III. In short, “cellulite” is a name given to what is nothing more than the normal female appearance of the subcutaneous fat. Cellulite is not a disease entity in itself.
Preparing for Liposuction Surgery
Once you have decided to have Liposuction surgery, Dr Turner and his staff will guide you in your preparation. You will be given instructions to help make your tummy tuck surgery and recovery go smoothly and you may be given various tests so that your medical records are as up to date as possible before proceeding to an operation.
- Pre-op Evaluation:As with other types of surgery, a chest x-ray and blood tests may be necessary to assess your general health. Dr Turner may want photographs of the areas being treated in your medical record to document your problem and to compare results.
- Pre-op Instruction:Dr. Turner will ask that you to stop taking aspirin-containing products two weeks before surgery to minimize bleeding. You will also be asked to stop smoking before surgery because it restricts the blood flow and may affect healing, resulting in wound breakdown and less than optimal results.
- Wearing a Garment:You will be measured for a surgical garment to wear in the recovery period. This is to be worn day and night for six weeks after surgery and is essential in the molding of the areas treated to give the best possible result.
After Liposuction surgery
After your surgery, you wake up in a recovery room. Dr Turner and the nursing staff monitor you, checking your blood pressure, temperature and pulse. Once you are alert, you may be discharged. However, if Dr Turner feels it is necessary, you may remain in recovery until later that day. You may be given prescriptions to relieve pain and prophylactic antibiotics are commonly prescribed. Have someone fill the prescription, drive you home and take care of you as you recover. Follow any liposuction post-op instructions given to you.
- Your First Postoperative VisitAt 1 week after your liposuction surgery you return to Dr Turner’s office and your wounds and dressings are reviewed. Here, you begin to see the results of your surgery despite some initial swelling. Dr Turner will tell you how to care for your wound and dressing.
- Liposuction Follow-upDuring your follow-up visits Dr Turner will monitor the areas treated by liposuction for any irregularities. Healing takes several weeks or longer, depending on how long swelling lasts. Swelling normally takes up to 3 months to settle. The regime for wearing a garments and resumption of normal activities and exercise will be discussed at these visits.
Liposuction Risks and Complications
As with any surgery, liposuction involves risks and potential complications. You need to understand and accept these in order to make an informed consent to the operation. Some risks are more likely to occur than others. Please ask Dr Turner for as much detail as you need to fully understand the procedure, its benefits and its risks.
Some risks are more likely to occur than others:
- Postoperative infection
- Numbness to the overlying skin
- Bleeding or haematoma
- Poor Scarring including keloid scars
- Asymmetry with over or under correction
- Skin irregularities, ripples or discolouration
- Fat embolism which can be life threatening
- Lumpiness or fat necrosis
- Temporary or permanent pain
- Damage to deeper structures / organs
- Blood clots in legs or lungs
- Revision surgery to correct or improve outcome