Type of procedure - Surgery
Duration of the procedure:
varies according to the extent of the operation (from 1 to 5 hours)
Type of anaesthesia:
General anaesthesia or local anaesthesia with sedation
Type of Stay:
Outpatient or Inpatient treatment for 1 to 2 nights depending on extent and areas treated
Isolated deposits of fat which do not disappear even after strict dieting or targeted physical exercise
Irregular contours after lifting procedures
Fat distribution disorders that can be treated by liposuction: This applies to all parts of the body – especially the hips (e.g. ‘love handles’) the buttocks, thighs, knees, abdomen, breast/chest (e.g. gynaecomastia in men), upper arms, face and neck
Before liposuction, the surgeon might mark circles and lines on the areas of your body to be treated. Photos also might be taken so that before and after images can be compared.
The surgeon injects a sterile solution — a mixture of salt water, which aids fat removal, an anesthetic (lidocaine) to relieve pain and a drug (epinephrine) that causes the blood vessels to constrict — into the area that's being treated. The fluid mixture causes the affected area to swell and stiffen.
The surgeon then makes small cuts into your skin and inserts a thin tube called a cannula under your skin. The cannula is connected to a vacuum that suctions fat and fluids from your body. Your body fluid might be replenished through an intravenous (IV) line.
Powered liposuction. This type of liposuction uses a cannula that moves in a rapid back-and-forth motion. This vibration allows the surgeon to pull out tough fat more easily. Powered liposuction might sometimes cause less pain and swelling and can allow the surgeon to remove fat with more precision, especially on smaller areas, such as the arms, knees or ankles.
After the operation:
Wear a special support bandage for 2 weeks
Wear a support garment for 3 months
Sutures are removed after 10 – 14 days
Post-surgical wound care (with scar massage) begins after suture removal or after removal of the support bandage
Avoid strenuous activities for 2 weeks
Avoid sports for 4 – 6 weeks
Avoid sunburns or tanning beds for 6 months (or protect the scars with sunscreen lotion)
Post-surgical diet: The fatty cells that have been removed do not grow back, but improper food intake could cause the remaining fat cells to enlarge