Procedure Liposuction (=liposculpture / liposculpting / lipomodelling / lipoplasty / fat aspiration / suction lipectomy / lipo) can reshape localised fatty areas such as abdomen, breasts, axillae, buttocks, flanks, thighs or neck (=submental). It can also reduce chafing in the upper thigh areas. It is not suitable for general weight reduction because of medical risks and insufficient cosmetic improvements,
Aspirated fat can be used for fat transfer (=lipofilling) to other areas such as breasts, outer labia, cheeks or lower eyelids.
The wounds are repaired with sutures under the skin which don’t require removal and dissolve within four months. A support garment following surgery is recommended.
Scars 3–5mm
Operation time 1 hour
Anaesthesia General or Local
Hospital Stay Day Surgery
Benefits Cosmetic, Psychological, Functional
Risks Bleeding, Infection, Scar problems (stretched, thick, abnormal pigmentation, red, retracted etc.), Skin discoloration, Friction/thermal burns, Wound separation, Slough, Necrosis, Pain, Nerve injury (Numbness, weakness, paralysis), Bruising, Swelling, Overcorrection, Undercorrection, Asymmetry, Skin laxity / folds, Cosmetic imperfections (higher risk after subsequent pregnancies / weight changes), Seroma, Organ injury, Contour irregularities, Fluid shift with heart and kidney problems, Fat embolism, Need for further surgery, Liposuction does not improve cellulite, Allergic reaction, Chest infection, Heart attack, Stroke, Blood clots in legs & lungs
N.B. Most complications are unlikely and serious risks are rare
Risk factors Smoking / contraception / flights within 6 weeks of surgery, overweight, high blood pressure, bleeding tendency, diabetes
Optimising factors Diet rich in Vitamin C and protein, plenty of fluids, fresh air, scar massage, sun protection, support garments
Discomfort 1 – 2 weeks
Bruising 2 – 3 weeks
Recovery Light activities 1 week, Driving 1 – 2 weeks, Physical work & sports 4 weeks
Acceptable appearance 2 – 4 weeks for most patients (This is subjective)
Final result 6 – 18 months
Alternatives No Surgery, Garments, Weight loss, Excisional surgery

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