LIPOSUCTION ALSO KNOWN AS LIPOPLASTY

  • ANAESTHETIC – GENERAL
  • STAY IN HOSPITAL – 1 DAY AND 1 NIGHT
  • RECUPERATION – 10 DAYS

If your weight is more or less within the normal bounds dictated by your age and height but you are continually plagued by isolated areas of fat that simply won’t budge, resulting in an overall body shape that isn’t in proportion, you are more than likely a very good candidate for Liposuction (also known as Lipoplasty.)

The reason for the accumulation of fat in certain areas can be diet related but the main reason lies in your family genes. Your inherited physiology will undoubtedly influence the number of fat cells you have in these various areas of your body and will not change once you reach puberty.

Your eating habits will of course effect the increase or decrease of fat in the cells but will not in any way alter the number of cells and their position within your body. If for instance you have inherited a greater number of fat cells on your legs and a smaller number on your stomach you will always have a greater amount of fat on your legs than on your stomach. And this condition would persist regardless of how much dieting and exercise you do.

This procedure can be effective for men and women of all ages with relatively small fat deposits in most regions of the body. However the best results are achieved in age groups whose skin hasn’t lost its elasticity thus enabling the skin to regain a smooth appearance once the fat cells have been removed from underneath it. In older patients lacking sufficient elasticity a tightening of the skin will more than likely be necessary in addition to the Liposuction.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Your most Frequently Asked Questions related to your surgeon and surgery answered.

HOW WILL I CHOOSE THE RIGHT SURGEON FOR MY PROCEDURE?

Although all South Africa’s leading cosmetic surgeons are highly trained and experienced in all cosmetic/plastic surgery procedures they naturally have individual, specialist areas of interest and expertise.

Once Surgical Attractions has assessed your particular desires and aspirations concerning the outcome of your procedure we will marry them to the surgeon best suited to your special needs. The surgeon’s CV details will then be sent to you for your perusal and acceptance.

HOW WILL MY SURGEON ASSESS MY PARTICULAR SURGICAL REQUIREMENTS?

When you complete the Medical History section of the General Enquiry Form you will be asked to submit it together with a clear and reasonably close-up digital photograph (in colour) of the area of your body requiring surgery.

Once your recommended surgeon has assessed your particular requirements along with your medical history and digital photo, Surgical Attractions will arrange an obligation free teleconference between the two of you.

At this stage your surgeon will not only be in possession of all the facts relating to your particular case but also be in a position to recommend the exact method to be employed to achieve the results you desire. Your surgeon will also be available at this point to answer any questions you may have as regards your surgery and the outcome.

You will be encouraged at all times prior to your surgery to continue getting to know your surgeon by asking as many questions as you like.

On arrival in South Africa Surgical Attractions will arrange a personal meeting between you and your surgeon. Once again the method of surgery and the desired outcome will be discussed along with any other questions you may have. If at this point you decide not to go ahead with the procedure your decision will be respected.

CAN LIPOSUCTION ONLY BE DONE ON MY TUMMY AND HIPS?

The areas of your arms (upper), back, breasts, cheeks, legs (calves, ankles, thighs and inner knees), neck and waist can all undergo Liposuction in addition to your tummy and hip areas. What’s more a variety of areas can be attended to during the same procedure. Men and boys who suffer from an overdeveloped breast area are also good candidates for Liposuction.

HOW WILL THE PROCEDURE BE PERFORMED?

As with most surgical procedures surgeons have differing opinions when it comes to which is the best method of Liposuction. However you can rest assured that once your particular circumstances have been thoroughly evaluated by your surgeon the best method for you personally will be suggested.

Although Liposuction can be performed under local anaesthetic generally speaking surgeons prefer the patient to undergo a general anaesthetic ­ mainly for the patient's overall comfort.

Before commencing the procedure some surgeons choose to inject the body with fluids containing adrenaline and lidocaine to minimise bruising and assist in ‘thinning’ the fat to be suctioned out. Others prefer what is termed a ‘dry’ technique.

Normally the unwanted body fat is vacuumed from the body by means of a tube called a Cannula that is in turn connected to a high pressure suctioning unit. The Cannula is inserted into the body through various incisions made in the area to be treated and guided through the suctioning process by your surgeon’s experienced hands. The incisions should be so small and well positioned as to render them inconspicuous after surgery.

In order to help perfect the final result you will be expected to wear a pressure garment for about six weeks following surgery.

SHOULD I TAKE ANY PRECAUTIONS PRIOR TO SURGERY?

If you are a smoker you will be asked to stop smoking prior to surgery in order to prevent unnecessary complications.

Arnica tablets, Vitamin E in large doses, analgesics like Aspirin and even some anti-inflammatory drugs should also not be taken prior to surgery as they can promote bleeding during the procedure.

Your surgeon will however give your personal advice in this regard.

HOW WILL I FEEL AFTERWARDS?

You will of course experience a certain amount of swelling and bruising following this procedure and while the swelling usually dissipates quite rapidly the bruising can last longer. This of course does depend on your individual response to the procedure. The same applies to any numbness you may experience in certain areas and the length of time it will take before feeling is fully restored.

Dressings (if any) will be changed and finally removed according to your particular response to the procedure. Stitches however are generally removed within 10 to 12 days following surgery.

Although you will need to take great care not to exert yourself beyond gentle movements within the first few days following surgery you will be expected to move about as much as possible in order to encourage good blood circulation.

HOW SOON BEFORE MY LIFE’S BACK TO NORMAL?

As is the case with most surgical procedures you will be encouraged to take it easy after a Liposuction procedure. Generally speaking however you should be able to carry on with your life as usual within a couple of weeks following surgery. It is advisable however to wait a bit longer before commencing exercise routines. When you do resume exercising it is also advisable to start slowly and gradually build up. Provided your work isn’t of a particularly strenuous nature you can resume working within days after the initial recuperation.

RISKS

As with everything else in life there are also risks involved in surgical procedures. No matter how good the Surgeon performing the Surgery may be, complications can arise. Therefore before proceeding with any surgery of any kind please discuss all your concerns with your surgeon and ask as many questions as you like so that you are in a position to make an informed decision.