The body areas that can be treated by liposuction are different for women and men. The most frequently treated areas for women are the abdomen, hips, outer thighs, inner thighs, knees, arms and buttocks. In men, who comprise about 15% to 25% of liposuction patients, the most commonly treated areas include the abdomen, flanks (“love-handles”), and breasts. At a consultation, you can specify which areas you would like treated – your surgeon will then devise a treatment plan to create the most aesthetically pleasing result for you.
Centre for Surgery surgeons employs a technique that uses large volumes of very dilute local anaesthesia that is injected into the fat causing the targeted areas to become tumescent, or swollen and firm. Local anaesthesia is widely regarded as the safest form of anaesthesia for liposuction. The local anaesthesia persists for many hours. Liposuction can be accomplished painlessly totally by local anaesthesia supplemented with IV sedation and analgesia. Centre for Surgery employ the latest liposuction technologies to ensure fat deposits are removed in the safest and most effective manner possible.
What Is Tumescent Local Anaesthesia?
Tumescent local anaesthesia is the most widely used form of anaesthesia and is considered the reference technique for performing liposuction. During the procedure, a special mixture is injected into the body regions of interest. It consists of sterile saline, which helps in fat removal, an anaesthetic (lidocaine) to reduce pain and epinephrine to constrict blood vessels which helps to reduce bleeding. Small incisions are then made in the skin, and special cannulas are used to break up the fat, and then suction it out of the body. The Lipomatic vibrational technique ensures an efficient break up of the fat prior to removal.
What is SAFElipo™?
SAFElipo™ is the newest technique that uses tumescent liposuction as one of the 5 steps. It is a ‘tweak’ on the tumescent liposuction technique that has gained a lot of popularity among the liposuction experts because of its power in reshaping the body while avoiding some of the contour complications of other liposuction techniques like the thermal energy-based techniques.
How Tumescent Liposuction is Performed
The procedure is performed under with TIVA anaesthesia for maximum patient comfort.
Depending on the area involved, several small incisions are made. Diluted local anaesthesia is then infused in order to numb the areas and reduce bleeding. A thin, hollow tube called a cannula is then inserted through the incisions to loosen the excess fat, which is then suctioned out of the body. This is repeated as necessary until results are achieved. The procedure may take from 1-3 hours, depending on the amount of fat to be removed. The incisions will be left open to allow efficient drainage of the fluid and promote optimum healing.
In our patient satisfaction surveys, the vast majority of patients remark upon how incredibly gentle the liposuction procedure was. The patient experience continues to be consistently highly rated for comfort, safety and quality of results. Liposuction has undergone a tremendous evolution over the last 25 years. A procedure which was previously only performed under general anaesthesia with a significant risk of complications has evolved into a procedure which can be performed totally under local anaesthesia with little or no downtime. The Centre for Surgery “walk-in walk-out” technique for liposuction is unquestionably the safest form of liposuction available today.
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