Liposuction - Liposculpture

Introduction

Liposuction (also known as “suction assisted lipectomy”) is a surgical procedure to remove localized areas of fatty tissue from the body. This operation can help to reduce fatty swelling in the neck and cheek area, and may be carried out together with a face lift in this situation. The operation produces a series of small scars which measure approximately 1cm in length (these scars result from small incisions which are necessary to allow the liposuction tube to enter beneath the skin).

Suitable patients for liposuction are men or women who are in reasonably good shape but are bothered by localized deposits of fatty tissue which will not respond to dieting or exercise. Patients intending to lose a lot of weight should do this before surgery. Liposuction is not weight-reduction surgery and is not a replacement for weight reduction by dieting an exercising.

Liposuction can improve your appearance and your self-confidence but it will not necessarily produce your “ideal” appearance, or cause other people to respond to you differently. It is important to think carefully about your expectations of surgery and to discuss these with your surgeon.

SURGERY

At your consultation the surgeon will assess the areas which are concerning you, to decide whether surgery is likely to be helpful. He will also assess the overlying skin, to assess its elasticity, as this plays an extremely important part in the final result after liposuction.

It is important that you tell your surgeon about any medication or recreational drugs you are taking and if you smoke.

Liposuction can be carried out under local or general anaesthetic as in inpatient or as a day patient, depending on the extent of surgery. You will usually be admitted on the day of surgery, having fasted for several hours beforehand. Clinical photographs are usually taken before surgery.

The procedure typically takes from 40 to 90 minutes, again depending on the extent of surgery required.

At the start of operation, the area to be treated is injected with a solution of saline and local anaesthetic. This is to help with fat removal, to reduce bleeding during the operation and to help reduce post-operative discomfort. The liposuction tube (“cannula”) is then introduced beneath the skin, through several small access incisions. These incisions, which produce small scars, are placed around the area to be treated. Your surgeon will discuss these incisions with you before surgery. Suction of fatty tissue is carried out through these incisions, which are stitched at the end of the operation.

AFTERCARE

Some swelling and discomfort is normal in the first 7-10 days after surgery. Your stitches will be removed one week after surgery and your surgeon may suggest that you wear some type of support garment or bandage for several weeks after surgery.

You will be given instructions about washing and showering when you return home.

You will not be able to drive home after surgery and you should make arrangements for this before your operation.

REVOVERY FROM SURGERY

Quite often it takes several weeks to feel fully recovered. Most patients require between two and four weeks off work following surgery. Returning to vigorous exercise, including gym and swimming, will take several weeks after returning to work.

The treated areas are usually slightly swollen for the first week or so after liposuction. Most of the swelling settles in the first two weeks after your operation, but it may take five or six weeks for the last traces of swelling to disappear. The scars around the treated area are likely to be slightly lumpy and red and may take anything from six to twelve months to flatten and fade. After this time, the scars are usually fairly inconspicuous.

COMPLICATIONS OF LIPOSUCTION

Post-operative complications include bruising, bleeding, infection, and rarely delayed healing of access incisions around the treated area. Patients vary in their response to surgery – some patients bruise extensively, and it can take several weeks for the bruising to disappear, while others may have very little bruising. Wound infection after liposuction is rare, and usually settles quickly with a course of antibiotics. Some patients notice some numbness of the skin over the treated area and this usually settles in the months after surgery, although some patients can have an area of permanent numbness of the skin surgery. It will take several months for your scars to begin to soften and flatten. A very small proportion of patients have very thick, raised scars, which may require longer term treatment with tapes or creams.

Occasionally, areas treated with liposuction can heal with dimples or indentations of the overlying skin. These indentations occasionally require further surgery at a later stage.

Smoking adversely affects healing and patients are advised to stop smoking before surgery, to reduce the risk of complications.

You can keep your risks of complications as low as possible by following you surgeon’s instructions before and after surgery.

Finally, if you have any problems or concerns at all following your procedure, you should contact us, even if this is just for telephone advice.

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