Unwanted fat can make you feel uncomfortable and, ultimately, undesirable, making liposuction one of the most sought after plastic surgeries to reliably rectify this.
Unwanted fat can make you feel uncomfortable and, ultimately, undesirable, making liposuction one of the most sought after plastic surgeries to reliably rectify this. More often than not, men and women who undergo this procedure experience a significant boost in self-confidence.
Those who live a healthy lifestyle but want to reshape certain areas of localized fat deposits that they simply cannot lose are the best candidates for liposuction.
Who Would Benefit From Liposuction?
Firstly, those who live a healthy lifestyle but want to reshape certain areas of localized fat deposits that they simply cannot lose, are the best candidates for liposuction. In my practice, I prefer to use the term liposculpture. This is because I use a technique that sculpts the body by removing fat in the problem areas and redistribute the fat into hollows to achieve a body shape that is in proportion with softer curves.
Other excellent candidates for this procedure are people who have lost a considerable amount of weight and are struggling to drop the last few kilograms.
What To Expect From Your Liposuction?
Many people don’t understand how having low self-esteem can affect your daily life. However, loving yourself and everything that you are is incredibly vital to a happy and healthy life. Through lipectomy, you can take the first steps on a journey of self-love, and ultimately make yourself happier with who you are. Lipectomy can have life-altering results, especially among those who struggle with excess weight.
The scars from liposuction are small and strategically placed to be hidden from view. However, imperfections in the final appearance are not uncommon after lipoplasty.
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Are There Any Risks Involved?
Having a well-trained surgeon, and state-of-the-art facilities such as those at the Renaissance Body Science Institute decrease the possibility of complications. But, it’s still important for you to know that, even though they are rare, the following complications can occur:
- Delays in healing
- The formation of fat clots or blood clots
The risk of the procedure depends on the size of the area being worked on. As the bigger the area, more liquid needs to be removed, leading to a longer operating time – thereby increasing the risk.
Another possible complication lies In the tumescent and super-wet techniques, the anaesthetic fluid that is injected may cause lidocaine toxicity. This is If the solution’s lidocaine content is too high, or the collection of fluid in the lungs (if too much fluid is administered).
Due to these risk factors, I believe that all liposuction procedures should only be performed in a fully licensed surgical clinic. Often patients “feel” that a procedure is less invasive if performed in a doctor’s rooms. The reality is the opposite. Liposuction in doctor’s rooms is very risky and should be avoided at all costs.
The skin surface may become irregular, asymmetric or even “baggy,” especially in more mature patients. Numbness and pigmentation changes may also occur and sometimes, additional surgery may be recommended.
During your initial consultation, Dr Nerina Wilkinson will examine your skin, evaluate your medical history, and establishes whether the medication you’re taking (if any) will not cause complications. She will also ask what your expectations are from the procedure, to ensure that they are in-line with what liposuction can offer.
It’s vital that you’re honest with her throughout your consultations as it’s important for both of you to be on the same page before booking you in for surgery.
During the past decade, there have been a number of new refinements to the technique which have significantly improved the possible end results. The procedure’s overall safety has also been improved upon, leading to better results and quicker recovery times for the vast majority of individuals who choose to have liposuction done.
Areas that respond well to liposuction surgery are the back, legs, upper arms, breasts, hips, and neck, and, while the operation is usually performed while you’re under conscious sedation, Dr Nerina Wilkinson uses general anaesthetic if a large amount of fat needs to be removed.
The liposuction procedure varies between 30 minutes and three hours, depending on how much work needs to be done. The process involves:
- Anesthetic – Liposuction is performed while you’re placed under conscious sedation, which will make you feel drowsy and relaxed, however, you’ll sleep through the entire operation and not be aware of the procedure. The advantage of this is that you will wake up feeling refreshed without the side effects of general anaesthesia. This sedation can be used in conjunction with an epidural, which is the same as for childbirth. Occasionally, if a large volume of fat is to be removed, Dr Nerina Wilkinson may use general anaesthesia, in all cases, a certified anaesthetist will be responsible for your well-being. If, however only a small amount of fat and a limited number of body sites are involved, liposuction can be performed under local anesthetic.
- Preparation – Before the surgery, Dr Nerina Wilkinson injects fluids into the targeted areas, which replenish the volume loss due to the liposuction to prevent dehydration and the fluid contains a long-acting local anaesthetic to ensure your comfort postoperative. The most vital ingredient in the fluid is Adrenaline, this results in vasoconstriction and therefore decreases the risk of bleeding, bruising and blood loss.
- Suction – A specialised tube called a cannula is connected to a suction tip is then inserted through small incisions in the desired area. As the suction cannula creates tiny tunnels through the fatty layers, the fat is removed. After surgery, these tiny tunnels collapse which results in a more desirable body contour.
Once the procedure is completed, you’ll experience some fluid drainage from the incisions. To control swelling and help your skin adjust to its new contours, you’re also fitted with an elastic garment to wear over the treated area for a few weeks. It’s also important for you to start walking around as soon as possible to reduce swelling and to help prevent blood clots from forming in your legs.
Patients are advised to recuperate for 10 days before resuming day-to-day activities, after which your stitches will be removed.
Strenuous activity should be avoided for about a month as your body continues to heal. Although most of the bruising and swelling usually disappears within three weeks, some swelling may remain for six months or more.
With over 18 years of experience in plastic surgery, Dr Nerina Wilkinson truly understands the patient’s needs. You can rely on her and her team of specialists for the best possible care from your first consultation all the way through to recovery.
Contact the practice today to find out more about liposuction.
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About Dr Nerina Wilkinson FCS (Plast SA)
Dr Wilkinson has pioneered highly effective, science driven techniques. By integrating the most cutting edge technologies, state of the art equipment and sound scientific research she designs game changing protocols that redefine skin care, aesthetic medicine, and plastic surgery.
“Hi Nerina, it looks stunning with no pain or bruises! You’re not only beautiful, but clever too!”