Liposuction is a popular technique used to remove unwanted fat deposits. It is efficient for the removal of localised deposits of fat from the hips, tummy, thighs or waist. It can be a good treatment option when fat proves difficult to remove with dieting and exercise.
The latest development in liposuction, liposculpture, had improved our ability to reshape and contour the body. However, it is better suited for patients who are not naturally overweight. Liposuction is a highly effective technique for improving body contour with minimal scarring. The results are permanent, providing that you maintain your weight.
Depending on the type of liposuction surgery that you may be undergoing, the procedure can be performed as an outpatient procedure which requires no hospital stay, or it can be performed in hospital and may require and overnight stay – this is usually when large amounts of fat are being removed.
Before the procedure begins, you will be given anaesthesia. The liposuction procedure will then be performed using a suction device attached to a small, stainless steel instrument. Through tiny incisions made in the body, the stainless steel instrument – known as a cannula – is inserted into fatty areas between the skin and muscle, where it removes the excess fat using a suction pump. This results in a smoother body contour. The duration of the procedure will vary with the amount of fat needing removed.
Though the basics of liposuction remain the same, there are different techniques that can be used to achieve results based on the patient’s individual needs. These techniques include:Tumescent liposuction. During this technique, a solution is injected into your fatty areas before the fat is removed. The solution is made up of saline, a mild painkiller and epinephrine - a drug that contracts your blood vessels. The solution not only helps to remove the fat easier, but it also helps reduce blood loss and provide pain relief during and after surgery. Ultrasound-assisted liposuction. During ultrasound-assisted liposuction, ultrasonic energy is used to liquefy the fat, after which it is removed from the body.
It is important to avoid consuming any tablets containing Aspirin (such as Dispirin) for two weeks before and after the surgery, as Aspirin thins the blood and has an adverse effect on bruising. If you are a smoker, it is imperative that you stop smoking for four weeks before surgery and two weeks after, to avoid restricting the circulation of the skin. This applies to all nicotine products, including inhalers, patches and nicotine chewing gum. If you are on the contraceptive pill, try to use an alternative method of contraception for one cycle before the surgery, as this can improve circulation in the legs.
Also, ensure that you arrange for someone to drive you home after surgery, as you will be unable to drive yourself.
FAQsAm I a candidate for a liposuction?
Not everyone can undergo liposuction treatment. Suitability is determined by a thorough analysis of your medical history, as well as a thorough clinical consultation. You will need to be in good health before liposuction is considered. If you are a suitable candidate, Dr Maresky will educate you about the particular type of techniques that best addresses your concerns.What are the benefits of a liposuction?
Liposuction reduces excess fat, improving the contour and shape of that particular part of the body. This increases confidence and the self-esteem in patients who have undergone liposuction therapy.Will the scars be visible?
With liposuction surgery, the scars from the small incisions are very small, and usually located near the treated area. These scars are placed in locations that are hidden from general view.Is the procedure painful?
Liposuction is not painful. However, it is normal for patients to experience some discomfort in the area of the liposuction but this can usually be managed with simple painkillers such as paracetamol.How long does it take to recover from the procedure?
You will be given a Tubigrip compress bandage to wear after surgery. It is normal to feel listless and tired after liposuction, and these symptoms can last a few weeks. Depending on your job you can usually return to work for light duties after 1-2 weeks.When will I notice the results?
The results are immediately apparent after the surgery, but there will be some bruising and swelling around the treated region which may last for several weeks.