There are times that exercise and diet alone won’t get rid of stubborn areas of excess fat. The Liposuction procedure is a cosmetic procedure used for removing these localised and disproportional fat deposits unresponsive to diet/exercise in order to reshape and slim targeted areas of the body.
Modern techniques of the liposuction procedure also allow removal of large amounts of subcutaneous fat. Liposuction is also known as body sculpting or liposculpture.
Dr Safvat will assess your skin tone and advise you if liposuction alone is suitable for you or if excision of the redundant skin is also required. Liposuction is most likely to be successful for healthy weight people with firm elastic skin. Although age is not a significant concern older people may have less skin elasticity and may not achieve the same result as a younger person with tighter skin.
Therefore, at times a combination of liposuction and surgery to remove excess skin will provide the best result and help you achieve your aesthetic objectives
Through small incisions, small suction devices (cannulas) are inserted to suck out the fat. The areas that are commonly treated by liposuction are the thighs, buttocks, abdomen, flacks, arms, male breasts, neck and under the chin. This procedure is ideal when there isn’t much excess skin.
This type of surgery is usually a day-only procedure without the need of overnight stay in hospital. Time of operation varies according to areas treated.
After the procedure the affected area will be swollen and bruised. You will need to wear a compression garment immediately after surgery and for 4 weeks (You gradually reduce time of wearing the garment) afterwards to reduce bruising and swelling. You should take about a week off work to rest at home and recover. Walking is actively encouraged postoperatively but exertion and heavy lifting are not allowed for 3-4 weeks. Full Recovery usually takes around three to four weeks.
While all care and diligence is taken by Dr Safvat and his team to minimise or totally avoid complications, any surgical procedure can be associated with some general complications such as risks associated with general anaesthetics, and mild to severe infection. Dr Safvat only operates at Fully Accredited Hospitals and with highly trained Specialist Anaesthetist, Fellows of The Australian & New Zealand College of Anaesthetists (ANZCA), which minimises these risks.
You will be prescribed antibiotics upon discharge to minimise infection risk.
There are also some specific complications connected with this surgical procedure, for example there could be some patches of numbness in the area liposuctioned that may take up to 6 months to recover.
There might be some minor complications such as collections of blood (haematoma) or other fluids (seroma), Dr Safvat will go through risks and possible complications in detail at your consultation.
Liposuction is a cosmetic procedure and there is usually no Medicare item number for it. You will be given a quote about the costs after your consult.
What you need to do before the operation
Smoking has been shown to cause more complications after any surgery. I would prefer that you stop smoking at least 3 weeks before your surgery. You will also get the best result if your weight is stable. You can put the fat back in the areas that you had the liposuction procedure if you generally gain weight.