Liposuction involves the removal of excess fat cells from the body using a metal tube called a canula. Amongst plastic surgeons, liposuction is regarded as an art, as it involves careful sculpting of the body. The benefit of such an operation is the removal of fat cells, minimal scarring experienced, and little to no complications during and after the procedure if the correct principles are followed. With technological advances, different variations to the procedure have also emerged – such as laser liposuction and ultrasound assisted liposuction. These both propose to first liquefy the fat which is then suctioned out of the body. To date, neither has shown superior end results, and both are prone to increased complications.
Where do we cut?
Five millimetre slits are made through the skin to introduce the liposuction canula. A few slits are normally needed per site to be contoured. If you requires liposuction in conjunction with a tummy tuck for example, we may also remove some skin to achieve a smoother tummy.
What can you expect after a liposuction procedure? • You may experience some form of discomfort or numbness due to the fluids we inserted during the procedure by using the wet technique.
- A special garment will be fitted onto the operated area. This is vital to ensure the support of your skin which in turn translates into improved comfort.
- The garment also reduces swelling.
- This must stay on during your early recovery time. You are encouraged to continue wearing this garment for up to three months as it also helps with skin shrinkage and a smoother outcome.
- Your body may discharge small amounts of fluids mixed with blood through the slits, especially when you stand up. Don’t panic as this is normal.
- You may experience fatigue and feel a bit bulky. This is normal, and can be associated with swelling of your feet and legs, specifically below the tight garments.
- Hard scar tissue may initially develop under the skin and may persist for about three months. This may soften. Massage speeds up this process. Please remember that the swelling may increase your weight after the liposuction. You may, however, lose this weight soon, especially if you eat carefully, massage religiously and exercise regularly.
You must be realistic about your expectations concerning the outcome of this procedure. The volume of liposuction in South Africa, as with the rest of the world, is limited by health parameters. For your safety, we assess how much to remove at a single surgery by calculation of a percentage of your body weight or by the area to be treated. With multiple liposuction procedures, more fat may be removed. Your patience may, however, guarantee your final satisfaction.