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What is liposuction?

Liposuction is a surgical technique used to reduce fat under the skin and improve body contour or shape. Liposculpture is a way of using liposuction in slim patients to achieve a very precise reshaping.

Who is suitable for liposuction?

If you are concerned by stubborn areas of fat that donโ€™t go even with diet and exercise, liposuction may be suitable. It can be used all over the body e.g. hips, arms, tummy, neck, thighs. It can also be used for additional reshaping with some skin tightening procedures such as a tummy tuck.

Caution!

If you are planning to lose weight or are overweight, it may not be the right time to have liposuction. Liposuction is body contouring or reshaping surgery NOT weight loss surgery. If you smoke or have significant health problems, this will need to be assessed and you may be advised to wait or not to have liposuction. If you have loose skin in the area that you want liposuction for, you usually need a skin tightening procedure instead or as well as liposuction. Liposuction does not treat loose skin or cellulite.

The procedure

There are variations depending on your individual anatomy and goals. The standard surgery is done under local anaesthesia for small amounts and general anaesthesia for larger amounts. Very small incisions are made near the areas to be treated and the fat is removed through thin metal tubes attached to suction. Drains are not routinely used. Stitches are usually absorbable.

Combination surgery

Liposuction can be done on its own or in combination with other procedures. Common combinations include liposuction with abdominoplasty, breast reduction and other body contouring procedures such as thigh lifts or brachioplasty.

Duration of surgery

0.5 to 2 hours depending on the extent of surgery. If other procedures are planned at the same time, the overall surgery time is longer.

After surgery

You will have tapes on the incisions. You will need to wear a support garment for 4-6 weeks. Liposuction is usually done as an outpatient or day case surgery. If in combination with other procedures, an overnight hospital stay may be needed.

Recovery

On average 1 week off work is needed. No heavy lifting or strenuous activity is allowed for 6 weeks. Some forms of exercise can be restarted at 4 weeks. More strenuous exercise is restarted at 6 weeks. Driving is not allowed until you are safe to perform an emergency stop.

Complications

Unfortunately, complications can occur after all surgery and you need to be aware of this. Ms Nugent will do her utmost to reduce your risk as much as she can. This includes the health and procedure advice she gives you before surgery, the care and precautions she takes during surgery and the advice she gives you after surgery. Some of the complications that can happen include slow healing, infection, bleeding, poor scarring, asymmetry or skin irregularities, loose skin, pain, numbness or sensitivity in the skin, contour irregularities, seroma (fluid build-up), clots in the legs and lungs, fat entering the blood stream (rare), damage to internal organs (rare), cardiovascular fluid problems (large volume liposuction).

Successful surgery

Most patients who undergo liposuction surgery are very pleased with their results and describe it as a transformative procedure. Success depends on being prepared for your surgery, choosing the right procedure, the surgery itself and recovering well. All steps in the journey are crucial!

More detail

Download the detailed information booklet on this page to read more and book a consultation to discuss your individual circumstances with Ms Nugent!

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