How Does Liposuction/Liposculpture Work?

How Does Liposuction/Liposculpture Work?

Liposculpture is used to remove excess collections of fatty tissue that are resistant to diet and exercise. Liposculpture can also be used for pseudogynaecomastia, lipoma, and undermining for flaps during surgery.

It should be noted that Liposculpture is not a substitute for diet and exercise, and is not for weight loss. Liposculpture is not for children, or people who are pregnant or breastfeeding. Certain medical conditions and medications will preclude patients from undergoing Liposculpture.

Liposculpture can be used on body, limbs, breasts, or neck and jowl area. When used in the neck and jowl areas, it should be used in conjunction with other facial rejuvenation measures such as skin care products, sun protection, muscle relaxation injections, and dermal fillers to achieve the best result.

Patients will undergo a detailed evaluation of their history as well as an examination prior to the treatment to determine suitability for the procedure. Bloods tests and imaging (ultrasound and mammogram before breast liposculpture) will be performed prior to the procedure.

Liposculpture is performed under oral and intramuscular sedation and analgesia. After cleaning the area with antiseptic solution, local anaesthesia is infused through an infusion cannula, fat is then removed through suction cannulae of various sizes depending on the area being treated, and amount of fat present.

Common side effects of liposculpture include bruising, swelling, tenderness, fatigue, scarring, asymmetry, and contour imperfections. Rarer side effects include persistent swelling, hyperpigmentation, haematoma (collection of blood under the skin), seroma (collection of lymphatic fluid under the skin), skin necrosis, infection, intraperitoneal or intrathoracic perforation, deep vein thrombosis, pulmonary embolus, and pulmonary oedema. Loss of life has been reported in liposuction under general anaesthesia.

After the operation, the treated area will be swollen and will gradually improve over the next 3-6 months. Results are usually permanent. Maintaining a healthy lifestyle is recommended for every patient. Whilst the results of any operation cannot be guaranteed, a realistic aim is for significant improvement, rather than perfection.

The patient will need to wear compression garment(s) for 3 weeks, and will be discharged with prophylactic antibiotics and analgesia post operation. The patient is usually reviewed on day 3, 1 week, 1 month, and 3 months after the operation.

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