Liposuction surgery or more commonly referred to as ‘Lipo’ is a procedure used to improve the contours of various body areas. Common areas to treat are the outer thighs, flanks, saddle bags, upper arms and inner thighs. Liposuction isn’t designed to remove large quantities of fat, this procedure is more suited to ‘problem areas’ or pockets of fat that have been impossible to shift with diet and exercise. Liposuction is almost always used during abdominoplasty (tummy tuck) surgery.
Only very small ‘pinhole’ incisions need to be made to perform liposuction surgery. These incisions are used to insert a thin cannula which is fanned out from that point to break down the fatty tissue beneath the skin, and suck out any deposits that are disrupted during this process. Pump containers collect this fluid so it’s quantity can be measured. Liposuction is performed under general anaesthetic in an accredited hospital facility.
Recovery from liposuction surgery
Recovery from liposuction surgery is very quick. A compression garment must be worn for 4-6 weeks and the patient can return to normal activities within a couple of days. Movement may be limited due to some discomfort, swelling and bruising. Patients can return to work as soon as they’re ready – in non-strenuous jobs, patients can return to work within a week. Light exercise is recommended post-surgery, but more strenuous exercise should be avoided for around 2 weeks or until the patient feels ready.
Risks associated with liposuction surgery
Risks involved with liposuction are very uncommon, but can still occur. These can include:
- Increased appearance of cellulite
- Uneven surface area