Liposuction surgery is performed under general anaesthesia in a fully accredited hospital with the assistance of a qualified anaesthetist. Expect the operation to take one or more hours depending on if it is combined with other procedures and/or larger volumes are performed, you may be discharged the same day otherwise an overnight stay is required.
We mark the areas to be suctioned before surgery. During the procedure, tiny incisions are hidden in natural body creases; it is through these incisions a special fluid called ‘Tumescent Solution’ is infiltrated into the fat. This solution helps ‘plump up’ the fat cells for removal and contains adrenaline to decrease bruising and prevent bleeding, as well as local anaesthetic which makes the area numb for up to a days after surgery to promote postoperative comfort. The fat is suctioned out via the small incisions until the desired contour is achieved.
As an alternative to liposuction there are many non-surgical options available to patients, many which can have effective results and many that don’t. We offer our patients the VelaShape III non-surgical treatments which is an effective and safe treatment for both cellulite and superficial fat loss. While some patients may benefit from treatment with VelaShape only, for many they are after a more dramatic result and surgery is the only option. However in almost all our liposuction patients we would recommend a course of VelaShape treatment at 3-6 months after surgery to fine tune and enhance their liposuction result to give them the best result possible.
After your liposuction surgery
To help minimise post op swelling and promote the flattest and firmest body contour possible, you will be required to wear a compression garment under your clothing for six weeks. You will be asked to wear the garment continuously for the first week after surgery as your swelling peaks during this time. Expect bruising for a period of two weeks and swelling for up to six weeks.
You should be aware that the final result may take several months to show and healing may continue for up to a year. It is normal to experience temporary numbness (up to a year) in the liposuction areas.
Patients report minor post-operative pain, which is treated with oral medication. You will be given a prescription for pain management. Have someone fill the prescription, drive you home and take care of you as you recover during the first few days after your surgery.
You may be back to work as soon as one week after liposuction and may begin light exercise at one week. You are encouraged to resume normal exercise as soon as you are able as this helps with skin tightening. Most activities can be resumed fully at six weeks following your procedure.
You will have an appointment to see Dr Turner within the first week after surgery to check that your wounds are healing as expected. Dr Turner will see you frequently over the first year to monitor your progress and will give you advice on scar management, wearing garments and resuming normal activities.
It is extremely important to your final result that you follow all post-operative instructions given to you by Dr Turner.
Risks associated with liposuction surgery
As with any surgery, it is important that you are fully informed of the potential risks associated with liposuction surgery. While all care is taken to minimize these complications, they may and do occur despite the best medical care.
It is important that you carefully read and understand the potential risks and they will be discussed in further detail when you have your consultation with Dr Turner.
Some risks are more likely to occur than others:
Risks Associated with Surgery
• Postoperative infection
• Bleeding or haematoma
• Poor Scarring including keloid scars
• Blood clots in legs or lungs
• Revision surgery to correct or improve outcome
Specific Risks Associated with Liposuction Surgery
• Numbness to the overlying skin
• Asymmetry with over or under correction
• Skin irregularities, ripples or discolouration
• Fat embolism which can be life threatening
• Lumpiness or fat necrosis
• Temporary or permanent pain
• Damage to deeper structures / organs