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LIPOSUCTION / FAT REMOVAL / BODY CONTOURING

Why choose us for a Liposuction Body Contouring ?

  • You will be seen and operated on by a fully qualified BAAPS/ BAPRAS Consultant plastic surgeon.
  • Our prices are competitive and represent outstanding results.
  • We provide a personal and holistic service to our patients
  • We put your safety first!

Liposuction (or liposculpture or bodycontouring) is a procedure whereby fat is often removed from areas of your body which otherwise may make you appear disproportionate. You may have tried dieting and exercise. You may have lost weight and trimmed down. Despite all these hard measures, you still have some stubborn fat deposits (around your thighs, tummy and hips) which you would rather not have. Cosmetic Surgeons London can help rid you of these fatty deposits and give you the appearance you have been striving for.

Is liposuction or fat removal or body contouring surgery for you?

  • My weight is normal but I have small areas of fat which are hard to shift despite dieting and exercise.
  • My skin is elastic (which is often the case for younger individuals)
  • I do not want correction of cellulite.

If you answered "Yes" to these then you may be a good candidate. It is important to understand that cellulite cannot be corrected by liposuction. If your skin is not elastic then you may require a skin tightening procedure instead or in addition. At Cosmetic Surgeons London, Mr Sojitra will make a detailed assessment at your consultation and give you an honest opinion as to what is the best way to proceed.

What does liposuction involve?

Liposuction is usually performed using a general anaesthetic and depending on how much fat removal is performed you may go home the same day of after one night in hospital.

How is fat removal performed?

Liposuction can be performed on its own or alongside other cosmetic procedures. Fat is removed by first inserting a small, hollow tube (called a Cannula) through one or more tiny incisions. Incisions are usually less than one centimetre in length and are placed as inconspicuously as possible. The cannula is connected to a vacuum pressure unit (Liposuction) or syringe (Liposculpture). The fat is therefore sucked out depending on the amount needed.

You (the Patient's) Journey

Before the operation

You will have seen Mr Sojitra on more than one occasion to fully answer all your questions. It is important to avoid medications, if possible, such as aspirin and non-steroidal anti-inflammatories (NSAIDs) e.g Ibuprofen (Nurofen), Sodium Diclofenac (Voltarol) for 1 week before surgery. These tablets may increase bleeding during and after surgery.

The operation

You will be admitted to hospital on the morning of surgery and Mr Sojitra along with his consultant anaesthetist will come and discuss the surgical plan again with you and make some marks on your skin with pen. The operation will take approximately 45 minutes to hours (depending on the amount of fat needed to be removed) and you will wake up with dressings in place before being taken to the ward. In general, liposuction is performed as a day case procedure. You will need to have a friend or family member to drive you to and from the hospital.

Recovery

You will experience varying degrees of bruising, swelling, and some tenderness all of which improve by the day. Our consultant anaesthetist will prescribe you adequate medication to take home to alleviate any discomfort you may experience. It is important not to get the dressings wet after surgery and you will be advised on showering. It is important to wear a tight fitting "lycra" pressure garment post-operatively to reduce swelling in the first 6 weeks. Depending on your type of work, you may return to work between 2-14 days after your procedure depending on the amount and area of fat removed. No heavy lifting or strenuous exercise for 6 weeks. It will take approximately 3 months before the swelling completely subsides and the final result seen. Your surgeon will see you after 1 week. All dressings will be discarded at this stage. Your surgeon will closely follow your recovery to ensure you are able to resume normal exercising and activities. It is suggested you wear a "lycra" support garment for 6 weeks.

Safety and potential complications?

Scars

Scarring on the whole is not problematic. A small scar will always exist and will be hidden in the "bikini-line". Certain individuals e.g. afro-carribean races and red haired individuals are at a higher risk of forming excess scar tissue (keloid or hypertrophic scars). Should these scars develop excellent advice and treatment will be provided by your surgeon.

Infection

This is an uncommon event and occurs in perhaps less than 1% cases. Antibiotics are given during induction of the general anaesthetic.

Bruising

Bruising is not uncommon and becomes apparent in the days following surgery.

Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT)

Any general anaesthetic procedure is associated with a small risk of DVT which can potentially move to the lungs (Pulmonary Embolus). Here at Cosmetic Surgeons London we attempt to minimise this risk by the use of compression stockings before and after surgery, use of pneumatic compression devices during surgery and motivating the patient to mobilise as soon as possible after surgery.

Useful Sources of Information for Liposuction / Body Contouring

Summary

Operation Time 45 mins - 3 hours
Anaesthetic General Anaesthesia
Nights in hospital Daycase / 1 night
How much time off work? 2 days – 2 weeks
When can I exercise? After 6 weeks

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