Liposuction is a procedure that can change body shape by removing unwanted body fat that is resistant to weight-loss or healthy eating. The procedure can be used on almost any part of the body and as long as you maintain a healthy weight the results are long lasting.
Liposuction involves removing fat via a cannula, a hollow metal tube, which is passed through the fatty tissue. The fat may be drawn out by attaching a pump to the cannula which creates a vacuum. This technique is called suction assisted liposuction (SAL). A motor may also be used on the cannula that causes it to move back and forth which loosens the fat. This is called power assisted liposuction (PAL).
Liposuction takes between one to two hours and is usually performed as a day case. Your wounds will be closed with dissolving sutures and finally taped.
You can shower from the morning following your surgery (avoid baths for the first four weeks). You should expect some bruising and swelling. A compression garment should be worn for at least three to six weeks after surgery. Strenuous exercise or heavy lifting should be avoided for four to six weeks.
There will be bruising and swelling in the area that may last for 2 to 3 weeks. Numbness in the area where the incisions were made and fat harvested. Small scars where the incisions were made, which will fade over time. The skin may give the appearance of dimples which is temporary.