Mr Omar Tillo
Consultant Plastic Surgeon
There are numerous benefits to undertaking liposuction at Centre for Surgery, such as:
You will be a suitable candidate for liposuction if you have fatty deposits that you have been unable to reduce even with physical exercise and diets. Liposuction is able to be performed in areas of the body such as thighs, arms, buttocks, abdomen and calves.
Candidates will need to:
Who is not a good patient for liposuction?
Patients who are:
Liposuction will be completed under a local anaesthetic, so you will not feel any pain during the procedure.
Centre for Surgery uses the ClearLipo™ procedure, which involves three precise steps:
As liposuction is a surgical procedure, you will have to take two to three days off work. However, if you have had liposuction in multiple areas, you may require additional time off work.
After the liposuction, you will be able to notice swelling, however, this will begin to reduce in 7-10 days. You will have to avoid strenuous physical exercise for two weeks, after which mild exercise is permitted. You will be able to resume your usual physical activities after four to six weeks. While swelling will reside, it can often be present for three to five months.
Unlike laser liposuction, ClearLipo™ does not involve any heat. Laser liposuction often results in blood vessels and tissues, with severe cases resulting in external scarring. This method of liposuction can also result in side effects such as uneven, wavy skin that does not look natural.
Patients should have localised fat deposits, and should be close to their stable weight. In addition, the skin should be firm and have elasticity to it in order to shrink following the procedure.
You should be a non-smoker with good overall health.
Stop smoking four weeks prior to liposuction
Stop certain medications as directed by your surgeon
Use an antiseptic wash before surgery to reduce the risk of infection
About 2-3 hours on average.
Tumescent solution will be injected and several small incisions are made, and a cannula is inserted in the skin to break up the fat, which is then suctioned off. A compression garment will be placed in order to help reduce the swelling and promote healing.
On average between 2-3 days to 1 week depending on the size of the procedure.
Bruising and swelling will be present, but should begin to resolve in about 10 days. You can resume mild exercise in about two weeks, and full activity can be resumed in about six weeks.
Thanks to tumescent anaesthesia, the procedure causes minimal discomfort.
If a large amount of fat is being removed (4 L+) then there may be symptoms of lightheadedness and dizziness. One week off work is recommended.
Our surgeons limit their liposuction volumes to a maximum of about 4 litres. If any more fat is removed, the risk of complications increases significantly. Therefore if you think you have more than 4L of fat you want removed, you may need more than one session of liposuction.
It is normal to have reddish coloured fluid draining from the incision sites for the first 24-48hr after the liposuction procedure. The procedure involves injection of tumescent fluid to help break up the fat, minimise bleeding, and ease the suctioning of the fat. Some of this fluid is removed during the liposuction, some is absorbed by your body, and some of it drains out following the surgery. Patients sometimes think they are bleeding when in fact it is just the normal drainage after liposuction.
The main risks following liposuction include bleeding, infection, swelling and blood clots, but these are very rare.
The surgeon will take all appropriate precautions to minimise the risk of complications developing.