Information on Liposuction Surgery (Fat Removal)

An effective solution for body sculpting

For a lot of people, losing weight, toning up and achieving the figure they want requires a combination of healthy eating and regular exercise. However some can be left with stubborn pockets of fat that no amount of exercise or dieting can shift.

Liposuction surgery, also known as fat removal surgery, is designed to help remove these areas of fat and reshape particular areas of the body.

While it is not designed to be a weight loss tool, typical problem areas that can be treated with liposuction surgery include arms, inner and outer thighs, anterior/posterior thigh, stomach (or abdomen), hips, buttocks, knees and chin.

Liposuction surgery can, in fact be performed on any area of the body and the technique is often used as part of other cosmetic surgery procedures such as a tummy tuck and breast reduction.

You will need to book in for a consultation where one of our nurse counsellors will assess your BMI (body mass index) to ensure the procedure is suitable for you. If you are very overweight it is likely that you will not be suitable for liposuction as there are physical limits to the amount of fat that can safely be removed from the body.

Liposuction is a procedure best suited for body sculpting rather than weight loss.

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Liposuction will increase your self-confidence and motivate you to pursue a healthier lifestyle. It will give you the ability to have a wider choice in clothing and help you feel more in proportion.

Your expert nurse counsellor at Profile Perfection will discuss all your options and answer any questions or concerns you have about the procedure while assisting you with the initial steps towards surgery.

Your surgeon will advise you about the surgery, discuss your medical history (when you are to discontinue or resume activities like smoking, or taking aspirin or any other medication). They will ensure that you are medically fit for the procedure.

Your Profile Perfection nurse will be available at all times to answer any questions you have post consultation with the surgeon. The surgery plan will be made between you and your plastic surgeon, but the final decision whether to have the surgery is always yours and should not be made in a rush. Contact with your nurse counsellor at Profile Perfection is vital through these stages of decision making.

The plastic surgeon will visit you in your room and mark your areas of concern in preparation for your surgery. Your plastic surgeon will also obtain your final consent, and answer any last minute questions you may have.

Liposuction or fat removal surgery is performed either under general anaesthetic or under local anaesthetic with sedation, and is often treated as a day case, meaning you will not have to stay in hospital overnight. The procedure usually takes between one to four hours to complete depending on the area being treated and how much fat is being removed.

The incisions are made. These incisions will be five to ten millimetres and there will be one to three incisions made in a particular area. Through liposuction surgery, these scars are barely noticeable when they heal. Third the cannulas are introduced. They are inserted through the small incisions. They will be used to extract the stubborn fat from the specified area. These cannulas are connected to a suction machine or to a suction syringe. Fourth, the surgeon will inject a large volume of fluid in the specified area. This will avoid blood loss. This procedure is called the Tumescent Liposuction procedure.

In one liposuction session, about 3000 cc of fat can be extracted from a patient.

The ideal liposuction candidate is at, or slightly above, their target weight, with discreet resistant deposits of fat that so far have not responded to an appropriate diet and targeted exercise regime.

Liposuction must not be thought of as an operation to lose weight, as the weight of the aspirated fat is very small in relation to total body weight. However, by targeting specific well-defined deposits of fat, clothes will fit better and the figure is more in proportion which may give the appearance of significant weight loss.

You may be advised to lose some weight prior to your surgery to give you the best result to a particular area. At your plastic surgeon consultation you will need to discuss your expectations – the results will be far more successful if this is agreed with your surgeon beforehand.

In general, the best candidates for liposuction have the following characteristics.

  • physically fit
  • within 25 pounds of your ideal weight
  • bothered by fatty areas and is motivated to get rid of these problem areas once and for all
  • has no previous surgery where the liposuction will be done
  • firm and elastic skin
  • has no frequent weight fluctuations
  • desires reshaping of the body and not weight loss
  • mentally stable
  • non-smoker
  • exercises regularly
  • follows a good diet
  • are well informed of the procedure
  • accepts the possibilities and the limitations of the procedure
  • optimistic with one’s goals
  • realistic in the outcome of the surgery

Your plastic surgeon will discharge you. You will be offered painkillers and may be given antibiotics. You will need someone to accompany/collect you to drive you home.

It is completely normal to experience swelling, bruising and soreness to the area after liposuction surgery but this should subside one to two weeks after the procedure. The full results of the surgery are often not seen until six weeks after surgery when the area returns to normal and the incisions have fully healed.

Because the incisions are so small, any scarring will be minimal and will fade quickly over time, leaving you with smooth skin in the treated area. Your surgeon will advise you on when you can commence normal daily activity and exercise, but you will normally be asked to take one to two weeks off work to recover. You will be required to wear a post-surgery support garment to help keep the treated area supported and protected.

It is important to have a comprehensive initial consultation with your surgeon. You must discuss issues like risks involved in the procedure, preparation for the procedure, the technique that will be used in the procedure, the costs that are associated with the procedure, the insurance coverage you need for the procedure, the recovery from the procedure, your medical history, and your suitability for the procedure. Here are some of the questions you may want to ask your surgeon during your initial visit.

  • How will the surgery be performed?
  • How should you prepare from the surgery?
  • Who are the ideal candidates for this surgery?
  • What are the risks involved in this surgery?
  • What should you expect after the surgery?
  • How many areas can be treated in one operation?
  • When will you be able to resume normal activities?
  • How long will the results of the liposuction last?
  • Will you be in pain after the operation?
  • How will the scars look like and how long will it take for them to heal?
  • What are some of the instructions that I should follow after the operation?

How long does the treatment take?

What type of care will I need after treatment?

Will I need pain relief following treatment?

Will I have swelling or bruising and can these be treated?

Will I need to wear a supportive garment?

It is important that your decision to have a cosmetic surgery procedure is considered carefully.

There are also some possible risks, as with all surgical operations, which your plastic surgeon will talk through and explain to you at your consultation, answering any questions you may have.

This is your opportunity to discuss your intended surgery so the plastic surgeon can ascertain your expectations as to what can realistically be achieved.

Initially you should have a detailed consultation at Profile Perfection to discuss the different types of procedure options available to you. Together we can discuss the options of which surgeons are specialised in this type of procedure and organise a consultation with the surgeon.

Once all of your questions and queries have been answered and you are ready to go ahead with the procedure we can start your journey. You will have a high level of support from beginning to end.

Having a procedure can be very daunting and you may feel that you do not know which procedure will be best for you. Which surgeon should I pick? Who will answer all of my questions when I get worried? What questions should l ask the surgeon?

At Profile Perfection we will support you and your decision, guiding you from the initial consultation all the way through to recovery.

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