Liposuction is a technique using a cannula and gentle suction to remove excess fat. It is best performed in selected areas which are resistant to weight loss and exercise. The most popular areas are the tummy or abdomen area, the flank area or under the arm pits. It isn’t a substitute for weight loss, but can improve contour where it is needed the most.
Together we decide what areas need to be addressed and a contour map is drawn. A customised tumescent technique is applied to each person to ensure that fluid is infused into the appropriate area to allow maximal fat harvest while still being able to assess the appearance of contour.
A gentle suction technique is used to remove excess fat using a feathering technique to ensure an even contour. We avoid liposuction techniques which can burn the fat or emulsify which can cause cysts and scarring. Hand suction involves more work, but gives a more predictable result.
The fat is removed from the deeper fat layer. We avoid over-removal of fat to avoid puckering and dimpling which can form when excess fat from the superficial layer is removed.
A compression garment is then worn for 4-6 weeks. This allows the tissues to retract to take advantage of the skin’s natural elasticity. The garment will also help prevent bruising so you can get back to life quicker.
Liposuction when performed well can sculpt the body and improve contour.
Small areas can be addressed with liposuction under local anaesthetic, but bigger areas need to be performed under general anaesthetic for your safety.
The procedure is performed as day surgery which means you can go home the same day. Please allows one week for recovery and two weeks to return to heavy exercise.