This is a very effective technique for removing excess fat and re-contouring the shape of your thighs, hips, abdomen, waist, arms, back, neck or chin. Liposuction can also reduce male breasts, remove large fatty tumours (lipomas) and complement a breast reduction or tummy tuck.
Under general anaesthesia, we make a tiny incision and insert a thin, sterile tube (cannula) into the skin. The fat is then removed by controlled suction. Liposuction is very effective at removing large volumes of unwanted fat but that comes with a warning. Over-suctioning can lead to lumpiness and dents in the skin. That’s why we always sit down together and agree an approach for your optimal outcome before we commit to the surgery.
Most often, yes, although you can have your liposuction performed and go home on the same day. Sometimes, however, it will require a short stay in hospital. It all depends on your general health and the extent of the procedure.
This is a decision for you and your surgeon to discuss. Normally, it varies from a couple of days to a few weeks. For a time after the procedure, you’ll probably need to wear a pressure garment to reduce the bruising and swelling, as well as help your skin to contract to its sleek new shape.
The bruising should disappear after about three weeks, but the swelling can last for up to eight weeks. Your skin may also feel loose, understandably, but it does tend to contract over time. Don’t worry, though: your surgeon will explain any possible complications during your consultation and we’re always here to support you through recovery.