Liposuction and Fat Removal

Liposuction is designed to improve the contour of your body by removing pockets of excess fat from specific areas of the body. The profile of fatty deposits in males is different to that in females.

Areas such as the flanks can give a feminising effect and the response to liposuction can be very rewarding in the male patient.

Liposuction works by removing fat cells, a permanent process. It also relies upon the ability of the skin to shrink and contract down around the reduced fatty framework.

The surgical technique itself involves infusion of a dilute anaesthetic fluid into the tissues combined with a light general anaesthetic.

Areas commonly treated include:

Face and Neck: Liposuction to the jaw usually accompanies a facelift procedure.

Chest and Breast: Liposuction is almost always used in chest reduction in men.

Arms: This can be done in all areas from the wrist up. It is used to aid in brachioplasty surgery.

Folds in Front/Rear Armpits (Axillae): These are the annoying pockets of fat that may be just above the breast and back. Men get these too.

Abdomen: This is the entire area from the chest to the pubis.

Hips: This is the area all around the waist from the abdomen edges to the spine.

Back: These are the rolls under the bra straps in women. Men get these too.

Liposuction surgery can be performed under local or general anaesthesia. You should expect detailed instructions to be provided by your hospital on exactly what you should and should not do before surgery.

The procedure usually takes from 1-3 hours depending on the amount of liposuction to be undertaken. Since this fatty area and all of its contents are essentially on the surface of the body, the area is not closely related to muscle, tendon, bones, or other vital structures that hurt, so the recovery is generally surprisingly comfortable.Your surgeon will form a follow up plan to match your individual needs.

In general:

Surgery can be performed as a daycare or with an overnight stay
Most patients who have liposuction are back to work within two weeks
You will need to avoid rigorous exercise for six weeks after surgery
You will need to wear a compression garment for at least one week after surgery
You can expect to be able to drive within one week

Frequently asked questions

How can I help prepare for surgery?

You should refrain from taking aspirin, ibuprofen, or vitamin and herbal supplements, as these can increase the chance of bleeding. Be sure to disclose everything you are currently taking, regardless of how menial. Stop smoking and all other nicotine products several weeks prior to your procedure. Your surgeon will discuss the recovery with you as well.

Will the fat cells grow back?

The answer to this is that fat cells are permanently removed. Nevertheless, it is never possible nor wise to remove all fat cells entirely. If you put on weight after surgery then the residual cells may still grow a little.

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