Liposuction is the most common plastic surgery procedure. Almost any part of the body can be liposuctioned if there is enough fat able to be pinched together. Popular areas for the liposuction procedure include:
- Back (bra rolls)
Liposuction is not to be mistaken for a weight loss tool. It is most effective when used for stubborn areas of fat that are not able to be gotten rid of with exercise or diet. There is actually a limit to the amount of fat that can be safely removed from a patient in the one procedure so depending on how many areas you want treated you may require more than one liposuction procedure. Liposuction works best on those patients near to their goal weight.
The Liposuction Procedure
Most liposuction procedures are performed as a day procedure, either in a clinic operating theatre or day hospital, however depending on the patient Dr Bill Lyon may suggest an overnight stay is required. The liposuction procedure involves a cannula being inserted via tiny incisions and worked underneath the skin into the deeper layers of fat, effectively breaking up the fat and suctioning it out through a vacuum like device attached to the cannula. The isolated area of excess fat is then artfully removed to leave behind a pleasing contour. This is why some plastic surgeons refer to liposuction as “liposculpture.” Additional modalities such as ultrasound, VASER® or SAFELipo® may be added to help rupture the fat cells and tighten the overlying skin. If there are areas of volume deficiency, fat transfer can be done to add volume to those areas of deficiency.
The Liposuction Recovery
You should expect some discomfort after the liposuction procedure however Dr Bill Lyon will help you to manage any pain with medications. You are advised to have at least several says off work but can start regular, gentle exercise within this time frame if you feel able as this will help with skin retraction.
Liposuction is a popular body contouring procedure and is often combined with a tummy tuck for best results.