Liposuction arm (Before) Liposuction arms (After)
Liposuction is a surgical procedure that removes unwanted excess fat from the body. In principle, the procedure is done by inserted a cannula under the skin and remove fat via suction mechanism. Liposuction removes fat from targeted areas in the body. Common target areas are the abdomen, thighs and hips, arms, chin and neck, and chest. The objectives of liposuction are to reshape and contour the target areas so that they become slimmer and aesthetically more attractive.
There are various methods of liposuction; each has its advantages and disadvantages. In essence, all liposuction methods work on the same principle. Tiny openings are made around the treatment areas. A tumescent solution is injected through these openings to numb the treatment areas and to minimise bleeding. This is followed by putting in various suction cannulae to remove fat. The removed fat is either discarded or can be used for fat grafting. (see Fat Graft).
Liposuction is useful to treat localised fat in various target areas in the body. However, liposuction is not a treatment for weight reduction in generalized obesity. In generalized obesity, diet, exercise, and other weight reduction treatments are more appropriate.
Anaesthesia: Local anaesthesia or general anaesthesia, depending on the extent of liposuction and patient’s preference
Hospitalization: Not required except for massive liposuction involving multiple body areas.
Recovery*: Back to work in 1 to 7 days, light exercise after one week, heavy exercise after 4 weeks. * The actual recovery speed depends on the extent of the liposuction and may vary from person to person.
Small 2-3mm openings are made around the target areas. Tumescent fluid is injected to control pain and blood loss. Fat is removed by using various suction cannulae.
** The instructions in this list are only for general guidance. If you have any specific queries or concerns during the post-operative recovery, please contact the clinic for further advice.