Liposuction is a re-contouring of the body by removing fat, using a hollow tube attached to a vacuum pump. It is best for people with good skin quality and localised fat deposits.
Liposuction is neither a “quick-fix” substitute for weight reduction nor a cure for obesity. It is a surgical procedure best preserved for removal of excess fat in specific sites. It is generally unsuitable for a vastly overweight person. The ideal candidate is someone with a figure disproportion and stubborn areas of fat that have failed to respond to exercises and healthy eating, such as on the abdomen, “love-handles”, thighs, buttocks, neck, ankles and arms.
Liposuction is not a cure for cellulite. Depending on the quality of your skin and the position of the fat deposits, cellulite could be worse or improved.
Although, liposuction removes fat cells permanently, if you gain weight after liposuction, this new fat will be evenly distributed throughout your body, including the places that have been liposuctioned.
Remember – the desired result is improvement, not perfection.
“Liposculpture” and “Lipostructure” are just marketing ploys and are essentially liposuction.

Surgical techniques

The extent of the operation depends on how much fat you have and how many sites. The surgeon makes a few small incisions, injects some fluid (containing saline, anaesthetic and drug to reduce bleeding) into the fat layer. This fluid helps by reducing blood loss, pain and bruising. Fat is then sucked out by repeatedly passing a long thin hollowed tube in and out of the fat layer. The surgeon will stop when most of the fat has been removed or when it is too unsafe to continue. It is not possible to remove all the fat.

Please note:

Our surgeons do not perform liposuction as a stand-alone procedure. It may be combined with other surgery in limited circumstances.


The operation

Medical name: Suction-assisted lipectomy
Duration: 30 minutes to 2 hours
Hospital stay: Day surgery
Anaesthetic: General anaesthetic (unless the extent is very small)
Drain tubes: nil
Pain factor: variable, depends on extent and body sites. Usually, sore muscles and bruising will be felt for the first few days.
Recovery time: 3-10 days off work, depending on extent of liposuction. A compression garment is worn for 4-6 weeks to help reduce swelling and bruising. Deep regular massages are also helpful. It usually takes several months before the final shape is achieved.

Risks and possible problems

• Indents, irregularities or loose skin can occur. These imperfections are usually minor and are pre-existing before surgery. Perfect symmetry can not be guaranteed as the two sides of our body are usually not identical.
• When liposuction is performed on the abdomen, it is possible for the bowel or other internal organs to be punctured, causing life-threatening problems. This is rare but emphasises the importance of choosing a fully qualified surgeon with detailed knowledge of anatomy.
• Local anaesthetic solution is used during liposuction. If the body absorbs too much of the anaesthetic drug, cardiac arrest may occur. This is very rare.
• Extremely large volume or “mega” liposuction causes fluid and electrolyte imbalances which may lead to serious lung and heart failure, even death.  Excess fluid loss could result after moderate volume liposuction, particularly if vomiting occurs. It is important to keep well hydrated and contact your surgeon if you have problems drinking fluids.

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