Liposuction is a technique to remove unwanted fat deposits from specific areas of the body, including the chin, neck, and cheeks; the upper arms and above the breasts; the abdomen, buttocks, hips, and thighs; and the knees, calves, and ankles.
Liposuction is not a substitute for weight reduction, it is a method of removing localised fat that doesn’t respond to dieting and exercise.
Liposuction surgery has become fairly common and may be performed on those who are of relatively normal weight but have pockets of excess fat in certain areas of the body which have proven difficult to move under a traditional weight management plan. Candidates need to be physically healthy, psychologically stable, and realistic in their expectations.
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Having decided you would like to learn more about the benefits of Liposuction surgery, you are most welcome to make an appointment with Mr Howard Klein for an in-depth discussion and evaluation regarding your suitability for this type of surgery.
This initial consultation will include taking into consideration your health and well-being as well as deciding which surgical techniques are the most appropriate for you based on your current body condition. Any alternative body-contouring methods that may be appropriate-such as Abdominoplasty, or Tummy Tuck will also be discussed as well as the options or the potential combination of procedures.
During this session the full procedure will be explained in detail, this will include potential risks, the limitations of this type of surgery, type of anesthesia, the facility where the surgery will be performed and the costs involved.
It is important to disclose any previous medical conditions, complications and/or issues that you are aware of during this consultation and to let the doctor know if you smoke or are taking any medications, vitamins, or other drugs. Don’t hesitate to ask any questions you may have, especially those around your expectations and concerns about the final results.
In New Zealand Liposuction surgery is performed in a hospital or an outpatient surgery clinic. If you are admitted to the hospital as an inpatient, you can expect to stay one or two days.
Liposuction surgery is usually performed under general anesthesia. This means you will be asleep throughout the procedure. Frequently patients may be discharged the same day. In selected patients-particularly when a small area is treated, local anaesthesia can be an option.
When performed by a qualified Plastic Surgeon, Liposuction is generally considered a safe procedure. The scars from liposuction procedures are generally small and strategically placed to be hidden from view. Nevertheless, as with any surgery, there is always a possibility of complications or a reaction to the anesthesia. During your consultation the procedure will be explained in detail, including the risks and limitations.
Typically Liposuction surgery takes around an hour or two, but the time required may vary considerably from thirty minutes to several hours depending on the area and amount being suctioned.
The Liposuction procedure begins with a small incision just large enough to allow the insertion of a small hollow tube called a ‘Cannula’. The opposite end of the Cannula is attached to a machine that creates a strong vacuum.
The surgeon then manipulates the Cannula deep within the fat layers under the skin, breaking up the fat and suctioning it out. Sometimes additional incisions are needed to remove all areas of fat.
|A. Women may have liposuction performed under their chin, on their hips, thighs, and stomach, and in the under arm and breast area.|
|B. For men, common sites include under the chin and around the waist. Liposuction may also be used in the reduction of enlarged male breasts, a condition known as Gynecomastia.|
|C. Healthy, normal-weight people with elastic skin and pockets of excess fat are good candidates for surgery.|
|D. The best candidates for liposuction are of normal weight with localised areas of excess fat – for example, in the buttocks, hips, and thighs.|
|E. The surgeon inserts a Cannula through small incisions in the skin. At the other end of the tube is a vacuum-pressure unit that suctions off the fat.|
|F. A snug compression garment worn after surgery helps reduce swelling.|
|G. Improvement will become apparent after about six weeks, when most of the swelling has subsided.|
|H. As healing progresses, a more proportional look will emerge.|
|I. A slimmer body contour can help you feel more comfortable and confident.|
After surgery it is important to be realistic in your expectations, it is normal to experience bruising and swelling and to be quite uncomfortable for a few days, but the pain shouldn’t be too severe. Any discomfort you do feel can be helped with prescribed medications.
A snug elastic dressing, (girdle, or body stocking) will need to be worn over the treated area to control swelling and bleeding, and to help your skin shrink to fit the new contour. This garment is worn continuously for two to three weeks, then just in the daytime for a few weeks more, depending on Mr Kleins instructions.
It is important to understand swelling and bruising will take time to subside, other common side effects include a burning sensation, stiffness, and temporary loss of feeling in the suctioned area.
Healing is a gradual and individual process, and although you may be up and about in a day or two, don’t plan on any strenuous activity for around two to four weeks, depending on the extent of the procedure.
It is important to follow any specific instructions from your surgeon following your surgery. While most of the swelling and discoloration will be gone a month or two after surgery, some swelling can remain for six months or more.
As an outpatient you will be discharged the same day of the operation and sent home. You will not be able to drive, so do arrange for transport and someone to be around to look after you for the first few days.
Liposuction can be a highly effective technique for improving body contour. Providing you eat sensibly and exercise regularly results from Liposuction can be relatively permanent.