Over time, fatty tissue accumulates in the flanks, lower abdomen and thighs (in women) and the abdomen, flanks and chest (in men).
Liposuction is the removal of fat from deposits beneath the skin using a hollow stainless steel tube (cannula) connected to a powerful vacuum. This is not a method of weight reduction, but a way to remove stubborn fatty deposits that remain despite dieting, exercise or massage.
Historically, liposuction involved using relatively large cannulae and was associated with extensive bruising and a higher risk of irregularities. Today, liposuction uses much finer cannulae which cause less trauma to the tissues and allow fat to be removed in a much more controlled manner. Liposculpture is a refinement on the process of liposuction and uses finer instruments to target and define very specific areas of the body.
It is important to understand that liposculpture is not a method of losing weight and is not a
substitute for diet and exercise, but it can be used on stubborn “pockets” of fat. It is available to both men and women and is normally done under local anaesthetic and sedation as a day procedure.
There are some new techniques for fat removal using ultrasound and laser systems (laserlipolysis). These procedures are not generally used to remove large areas of fat, but to target specific areas of fat more precisely, helping to shape and sculpt your figure. If you are healthy and wish to remove stubborn fat deposits, then you could consider this procedure. Liposculpture can also be performed alongside a tummy tuck procedure to help remove areas of excess skin.
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Frequently Asked Questions
You could be a candidate for Liposuction surgery if you experience any of the following:
- You have areas of fat that you cannot lose despite changes to your diet and activity
- You are looking to sculpt certain areas of your body
- You are mildly over weight and are unhappy with your skin tone
- Flanks ‘love handles’
- Thighs – outer and inner regions
- Upper arms
- Back and shoulder blade areas
Every patient will have undergone a full consultation with Paul so that patients are made fully aware and comfortable before entering into any surgery.
Liposuction procedures are performed under general anaesthesia meaning patients are not prohibited to eat or drink 6 hours prior to the operation.
Liposculpture is usually performed under local anaesthetic and can therefore be performed as a day case procedure.
The recovery process can be different depending on the patient.
However, most patients will usually:
- Have their liposuction procedure performed as a day case or as one single overnight stay
- Be able to return to work within one week
- Be able to resume some light exercise and drive after a couple of weeks