Liposuction can be used as an isolated procedure or it can be combined with other body contouring procedures to treat areas of stubborn fat. Liposuction works best as a tool to target areas that are resistant to exercise.
Liposuction is performed under general anaesthesia and may be a day-only procedure although in larger cases an overnight stay is common. The operation can take one or more hours depending on the volume that needs to be aspirated, and whether it is combined with other procedures.
Small incisions are made in natural body creases and the fat is suctioned out until the desired contour is achieved.
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There is usually minimal discomfort after liposuction and this can easily be controlled with simple analgesia. You will need to wear a garment continuously for the initial five days after surgery to help control your swelling. To continue to minimise your swelling and to facilitate the flattest and firmest body contour possible, we strongly advise patients to continue to wear their compression garments for six weeks. Bruising may be present for a period of up to two weeks post surgery.
Final result from liposuction may take several months to show and recovery may continue for up to a year. Temporary numbness in the liposuction areas is normal and can be present for up to a year after surgery.
You should resume normal exercise as soon as possible as this helps with skin tightening. Most patients return to work within a few days of surgery.
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Dr Rohit Kumar is an Australian trained and fully certified cosmetic plastic and reconstructive surgeon.
Dr Kumar completed his Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS) degree in 1995 at the University of Queensland. He subsequently went on to successfully complete a Masters Degree in the field of Burns Surgery in 2004 – MMedSci (Burns)
His advanced surgical training commenced in the specialty of General Surgery in which he trained for four years. This gave him a solid foundation of technical knowledge and surgical perspective upon which he then built his considerable skills, once he commenced his advanced training in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. The Australasian training scheme in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery is one of the most thorough and rigorous in the world and upon successful completion of this training, over a period of ten years, Dr Kumar was awarded his Fellowship in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery – FRACS (Plas).
He thus brings over 15 years of surgical experience to his practice having been involved in over ten thousand procedures in that time.
If you are considering liposuction, then it is important that you are informed of the potential risks, complications and side effects of this surgery.
While all care is taken to minimise or totally avoid these complications and side effects, complications may and do occur despite the best medical care. It is important that you carefully read and understand the risk factors and they will be discussed in more detail when you have your consultation with your surgeon.
The Risks include…
- Shock resulting from excessive fluid loss
- A delay in healing
- Skin surface may be irregular, have ripples or uneven contours
- Heat injury or thermal burn on the skin
- Local anaesthetic toxicity
- Skin surface may be ‘baggy’ or asymmetric
- Numbness or a change in skin sensation
- Skin discoloration, swelling or other changes in skin pigmentation
- Legs may have persistent swelling
- Fat clots or blot clots may form, which may travel to the lungs that can be life threatening
- Friction burns or other possible damages to the nerves or skin
- Deep structures such as the blood vessels, nerves, lungs, muscles and abdominal organs may be damaged Additional surgery may be required to revise complications