Liposuction surgery removes unwanted fat deposits from parts of the body, usually from the hips, stomach, thighs, buttocks, back, arms, knees and ankles and other areas.
Liposuction is carried out through a metal tube (known as a cannula) which is inserted through small incisions in the skin and sucks out the fat deposits with a vacuum pump.
Who is it for?
Liposuction is one of the most popular cosmetic surgery procedures for women and men who have stubborn areas of fat, particularly stomachs or hips that they feel make their bodies disproportionate.
It can also be used to treat lipomas (benign fatty tumours) that are essentially harmless but may be considered unsightly.
A consultation regarding the risks and limitations of surgery will help you to choose a procedure that will meet with your expectations.
The liposuction operation is usually carried out under a general anaesthetic and takes about 1-2 hours, depending on how many areas of the body are treated. Sometimes local anaesthetic can be used if treating particular parts of the body.
Following surgery, there may be swelling and bruising for up to one month and you will possibly need to wear a compression garment. Deep bruising and lumpiness after surgery may take up to six months to disappear.
Normally following liposuction you will be able to leave the hospital the same day. You may need 1-2 weeks off work and avoid strenuous activity for up to one month, depending upon how much treatment you had.
It can take around six months to see the full results, but you can expect results to be lasting