liposuction - the procedure

Before your liposuction surgeryLiposuction for Men

  • You may be advised to lose weight prior to your surgery to give you the best result to a particular area.
  • At your Cosmetic Surgeon consultation you will need to discuss your expectations - the results will be far more successful if this is agreed with your Surgeon beforehand.
  • If you are a smoker, or take aspirin or any other medication, your Cosmetic Surgeon will wish to discuss this with you at your consultation. Your Cosmetic Surgeon will advise you when you are to discontinue and/or resume these activities.

The day of your liposuction surgery

  • The Cosmetic Surgeon will visit you in your room and draw marks around the areas to be treated.
  • The Cosmetic Surgeon will also obtain your final consent and answer any last minute questions you may have.
  • The operation is performed under a general anaesthetic, or local anaesthetic with sedation often as a day case, taking 1-2 hours. A very small incision is used to insert the cannula to extract the fat and sometimes this is closed with a stitch or dissolvable suture.
  • When you wake up from your anaesthetic you will have a support garment applied.
  • You will be offered painkillers and may be given antibiotics.

Going home after your liposuction surgery

  • You will need to rest for 48 hours and avoid bending and heavy lifting.
  • For multiple areas, bruising may be very extensive and you may need to take painkillers as prescribed by the medical center
  • You will be asked not to remove your support garment until your first post-operative visit to the clinic - general hygiene can be maintained through strip washes rather than baths and showers, ensuring that the operated area remains dry and covered.
  • Any concerns during this period can be discussed with our clinic or out of hours emergency contact.
  • You will have your own personal Nurse Counsellor both before and after your procedure to support you and answer any questions you may have.

Recovery from liposuction (fat removal)

  • You will be required to wear a support garment for up to 6 weeks post-operatively.
  • There is often some bruising and swelling to the areas treated, however this should subside after 1-2 weeks.
  • It is advisable to take approx 1 week off work, depending on the nature of your job.

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