Lipoplasty, also known as liposuction, is a technique used by cosmetic surgeons to remove fat from the body.
What Is Lipoplasty Surgery?
Lipoplasty is a procedure used to get rid of stubborn fat cells in the body, commonly from the thighs, tummy and arms. The surgery can be undergone as part of body contouring, to slim the waist and flatten the abdomen. It’s a useful method for targeting areas of fat that can be resistant to diet or exercise.
How To Prepare For Fat Removal Surgery
We ask every patient to come into the clinic for a consultation if they’re thinking about undergoing cosmetic surgery. During this consultation, you’ll discuss your areas of concern with the surgeon and they’ll be able to advise on the best course of treatment. You’ll also need to disclose your medical history. It’s important that you’re as open and honest with us as possible during this discussion so the surgeon can understand what your expectations are. Should you choose to go ahead with the operation, you’ll need to do the following at least 6 weeks before surgery:
- Stop smoking
- Stop taking aspirin
- Avoid herbal supplements and anti-inflammatory tablets
You should also arrange for a friend or relative to collect you after surgery. We advise that you take at least one week off work, depending on the nature of your job.
What Happens During The Operation?
Lipoplasty surgery takes between 1 to 2 hours and can be performed under local or general anaesthetic. During the procedure an anaesthetic fluid is inserted into the area that’s being treated. Then, an incision of less than 1cm is made where the fat is being removed. A small tube called a cannula is then inserted through the incision and the fat is vacuumed.
The technique a surgeon takes depends on the area being treated, so is often determined in a case by case basis. The small areas of incisions are then stitched back together with dissolvable stitches.
A compression garment is usually required to try and reduce swelling and bruising. In some cases, the patient may experience mild pain and discomfort, for which they may take analgesia. It’s also crucial that you abide by the aftercare advice given by the surgeon which includes:
- Keep the wounds dry
- Avoid strenuous activity or exercise
- Massage the scar once it’s healed
- Wear the compression garment for 4 – 6 weeks
A week after surgery you’ll be checked over in the dressings clinic to ensure your recovery is going as smoothly as possible.
Once the bruising and swelling has calmed down after a few weeks, you should start to see the results of your lipoplasty surgery. You’ll notice your body appears more defined and the area treated no longer holds excess fat.
What Could Go Wrong With The Surgery?
As with any plastic surgery procedure, fat removal surgery comes with its own risks and complications. Common complaints from patients after lipoplasty surgery include bruising and swelling. More serious risks such as infection, bleeding and reaction to anesthesia will be discussed during your consultation with our highly skilled UK Aesthetics surgeon.
How Much Does Lipoplasty Cost?
The cost of autologous fat transfer depends on what is required, and the areas in question. A full quote including all applicable fees will be provided after your first consultation.
Are There Scars After Fat Removal Surgery?
There will be very small scars are lipoplasty because of the incisions that are made. Though they will appear red at first, they will fade into white over time.
Will The Results Be Permanent?
As long as the patient maintains a healthy lifestyle of the right diet and exercise, the results should be long-lasting.