Mr Omar Tillo
Consultant Plastic Surgeon
Microlipo is a less invasive method of liposuction which can remove excess pockets of fat from various areas of the body.
The method received the name Microlipo as a result of the cannulas which are used throughout the liposuction. The smallest starts at 0.3mm wide and the largest is no bigger than 3mm.
This method of liposuction is particularly useful for removing excess fat from areas including:
After having the fat removed from these areas, you have the option to transfer it to other areas of the body. These methods are known as fat transfer to the breasts, buttocks or calves. However, doing this will require a general anaesthetic to be administered.
You will be able to have microlipo if you:
You will have to be a non-smoker, or be able to stop smoking at least two weeks prior to surgery and throughout the recovery period.
There is no upper age limit to this procedure.
Microlipo is performed as outpatient surgery. This means you will be able to return home the same day as your procedure.
Microlipo involves injecting the target area with a diluted local anaesthetic solution. This makes the area swollen and hard. This also makes the area numb and avoids having to use a general anaesthetic. Once the area is swollen, the surgeon is able to make small incisions to insert the cannulas. The fat is then removed from the area.
The incision site will be covered with dressing but will not require stitches.
The recovery time is a lot quicker for microlipo than experienced with traditional liposuction.
You may experience minimal bruising and swelling.
You will be given a compression garment which will help to keep the area in shape. If Microlipo was done on multiple areas you may have to wear multiple compression garments.
You may have to take up to two days off work to recover. Some people may find they need to take a longer period of time off work.
You will have to avoid any strenuous physical exercise for at least seven days. However, you are advised to continue walking and undertake light exercises during this period.
Microlipo is a form of liposuction which does not involve the use of any general anaesthetic. It uses small cannulas to remove stubborn areas of fat from the body.
If you have been unable to lose certain areas of fat through traditional methods such as a healthy diet and exercise, you may wish to consider undergoing microlipo.
You will need to be at least 18 years old and be in good physical and mental health.
You will need to have reasonable expectations about what the procedure can achieve.
Microlipo can remove up to 3.5 litres.
If you require more fat to be removed or are wanting liposuction from numerous areas of the body, you may require multiple procedures.
It is possible to treat multiple areas of the body in one session.
However, if there is a large amount of fat which is required to be removed, you may need to book multiple appointments.
After surgery, you will be required to wear a compression garment on the area where you had microlipo. This will help to prevent fluid build-up and keep the area in the best shape possible.
Your surgeon will be able to advise you on what type of compression garment you will need to purchase, as well as how long you will be required to wear it for.
You may be able to return to work within as little as two days. However, some people may feel the need to take more time off work.
You will be encouraged to walk around and undertake light exercise one day after your procedure. You will have to avoid any vigorous physical exercise for at least seven days.