Liposuction or Lipoplasty is a cosmetic procedure which removes fat from many different sites on the body. Areas affected can range from the abdomen, thighs and buttocks, to the neck, backs of the arms and elsewhere. Excess fat can he removed or placed to ‘sculpt’ areas of the body into the desired shape.

What happens?

Liposuction usually takes place under general anaesthetic.  A narrow metal tube – attached to a strong vacuum pump – is inserted through a small incision in the area to be treated.  The tube is drawn back and forth removing excessive fat without damaging small blood vessels and nerves.

After the procedure the skin will retract. There will be some bruising and discomfort.  Wearing a snug pressure garment or corset around the treated area is advised to help reduce any swelling and bruising.

It usually takes about two weeks to fully recover from liposuction, but if a small area was treated you should be able to return to work within a few days. If a large area was treated you may need up to 10 days off work to recover.

You should avoid strenuous activity for up to four weeks, although walking and general movement should not be a problem in most cases.

What are the risks?

Every surgical procedure has a risk of complications. Be sure and discuss any concerns you might have about these risks with your surgeon.

Specific complications of liposuction may include:

• Stiffness and pain
• Swelling
• Bruising
• Numbness
• Unusual sensations
• Fine thread veins
• Lumpy appearance as remaining fat settles