Mr A. O. Grobbelaar  MBChB  MMed(Plast)  FCS(SA)(Plast)  FRCS(Plast)

Liposuction & Sculpture

 

Introduction

Liposuction or liposculpture involves the removal of body fat with a hollow canula and suction. The fat is softened first by injection of fluid or through and ultrasonic machine. It is ideally suited to patients that have a stable body weight and are not overtly obese. Localised pockets of fat are ideally suited for treatment with this method. Liposculpture describes the method of using liposuction to contour the body.

The surgery

Large areas are done under a general anaesthetic while a small area can be done under local anaesthetic and sedation. It can in some cases be done without staying overnight in the hospital. A series of tiny incisions is made in the skin to insert the canulas in order to address the appropriate areas. It is necessary post-surgery to wear a compression garment or corset to assist skin shrinkage. Pain is mild and can be controlled in the hospital by injections and later by oral medication.

Complications

It may be necessary if huge amounts are removed to have a blood transfusion. Skin irregularity may result after removal of excess superficial fat. Asymmetry of the areas treated may occur. Infection of the wounds is a theoretical possibility. If ultrasonic liposuction is used the viability of the skin may be compromised especially around the insertion area of the canula.

After the surgery

The area treated will be swollen and bruised. It can take 2-3 weeks for the bruising to disappear. The incision lines are covered and should be kept clean and dry. It is better to avoid physical exercise until the sutures are removed 10 to 12 days later. The same fat cells cannot re-grow after the removal but if a lot of weight is gained fat cells may form again in the same area.

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