Unwanted fat can make you feel uncomfortable and, ultimately, undesirable, making liposuction one of the most sought after plastic surgeries to create the body shape you have always wanted.
Unwanted fat can make you feel uncomfortable and, ultimately, undesirable, making liposuction one of the most sought after plastic surgeries to create the body shape you have always wanted. More often than not, men and women who undergo liposuction 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.
Frequently Asked Questions
What Is Liposuction?
Liposuction is a procedure that can help sculpt the body by removing unwanted fat from specific areas, including the abdomen, hips, buttocks, thighs, knees, upper arms, chin, cheeks and neck. Today, many new techniques are helping many plastic surgeons to provide selected patients with more precise results and quicker recovery times. Although no type of liposuction is a substitute for dieting and exercise, liposuction can remove stubborn areas of fat that don’t respond to traditional weight-loss methods.
How Does Liposuction Work?
The time required to perform liposuction may vary considerably, depending on the size of the area, the amount of fat being removed, the type of anaesthesia and the technique used. There are several liposuction techniques that can be used to improve the ease of the procedure and to enhance outcome.
Liposuction is a procedure in which localised deposits of fat are removed to re-contour one or more areas of the body. Through a tiny incision, a narrow tube or cannula is inserted and used to vacuum the fat layer that lies deep beneath the skin. The cannula is pushed then pulled through the fat layer, breaking up the fat cells and suctioning them out. A vacuum pump or a large syringe provides the suction action.
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.
How Long Do Liposuction Results Last?
Liposuction results are instant and permanent should you stay within your ideal body weight after the procedure. Liposuction permanently removes fat cells from the body but your results will only continue to last by eating a healthy diet and getting regular exercise, only by doing this can you help maintain your new shape.
How Long Is The Recovery After Liposuction?
Although much of the swelling and bruising will disappear in the first few weeks, it may be six months to a year before you settle into your new shape. You will see a noticeable difference in the shape of your body quite soon after surgery. However, improvement will become even more apparent after about four to six weeks, when most of the swelling has subsided. After about three months, any persistent mild swelling usually disappears, and the final contour will be visible.
How Do I Choose The Best Liposuction Procedure For Me?
To see if liposuction is the best cosmetic surgery procedure for you, always start with a professional consultation with qualified and experienced cosmetic surgeon for an in-depth analysis of your features and to reach a good understanding of your concerns and goals.
Dr Nerina Wilkinson’s unique and comprehensive surgical consultation is available for you to discuss and analyse your concerns and goals and for her (together with her team of specialists) to provide bespoke advice.
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!”