Liposuction/Liposculpture is a surgical procedure in which fat cells are removed from the body. Liposculpture is a refinement on the process of Liposuction using finer instruments and a more modern technique. It is therefore able to target and define very specific areas of the body so the overall contour is improved.
It is important to understand that Liposculpture is not a method of losing weight and is not a substitute for diet and exercise. Many people have pockets of fat even though they are at a healthy weight.
Liposculpture can be the answer for anyone who has tried to refine specific areas of their body through diet and exercise, but to no effect. It is suitable for both men and women, and can offer a significant improvement in body shape and self-perception.
The most common areas for this surgery are waist, hips, buttocks, thighs, calves and ankles. Liposculpture can also be performed on a smaller scale in delicate areas, such as on the neck to combat a double chin. Men can also have unwanted fat deposits on the chest that can cause embarrassment and Liposculpture can be used to remove this.
Liposculpture has now become very sophisticated, with the old method of suction machines being replaced by a modern syringe technique enabling fat deposits to be removed more accurately. This procedure is often performed under local anaesthetic and sedation, meaning the patient can return home the same day.
After the operation there may be bruising and swelling. A special supportive garment must be worn for about 3 weeks. Initially there will be discomfort in the area that has been treated, almost as if you have over-exercised. This will subside after a few days when you should be able to return to work. Gentle exercise is encouraged to help reduce bruising and swelling.
It is necessary to come in for a pre-operative assessment at the hospital about a week prior to surgery. This usually takes about 30 minutes and will be carried out by our Registered Medical Officer (RMO). It is also important to make time for all post-operative consultations.