Liposuction is the most common body contouring operation performed across the world.
It is a procedure that can help sculpt the body by removing unwanted fat from deposits beneath the skin using a hollow stainless steel tube (cannula) with the assistance of a powerful vacuum device.
Liposuction is carried out on areas of the body where deposits of fat tend to collect, such as the buttocks, hips, thighs and tummy. The treatment removes the fat cells and can alter body shape, although the results may not last if you put on weight after the procedure.
Many people choose to have liposuction because sometimes even the strictest diet and exercise regime just can’t shift stubborn fat and tackle an uneven body shape. It is important, however to remember that this is not a treatment for obesity.
The Tumescent liposuction technique
The surgery usually takes between one and three hours, depending upon the amount of fat being removed. Liposuction can be done under general or local anaesthetic (for smaller areas). Treatment can also be done under heavy IV sedation.
Dr Joffily’s preferred method is the Tumescent liposuction technique, which consists of an infusion of a diluted solution containing local anaesthetic mixed with epinephrine. This allows the extraction of large amounts of fat with very low blood loss. Some of the benefits of the Tumescent technique include smaller incisions, less invasive micro-cannulas and more gradual, targeted and metered treatments, making the contouring of an area more effective.
The tumescent technique for liposuction is considered one of the safest and, when done correctly, the patient benefits from shorter recovery time and less blood and fluid floss.
What to do after you have undergone Liposuction
After tumescent liposuction, there is a certain amount of blood-tinged local anaesthetic solution that remains under the skin. This excess fluid is either slowly absorbed over several weeks into the blood stream, or it can be rapidly removed by drainage through skin incisions and absorbed by special absorptive pads.
Lymphatic drainage is always recommended to speed up the healing and produce an even result, combined with ultrasound treatment. To control swelling and to help your skin better fit its new contours, you may be fitted with compression garment to wear over the treated area for a few weeks.
You may experience some discomfort after your procedure, including pain, and swelling. You can return to work and limited exercise after two weeks after the liposuction procedure.
Achieving a slimmer and toned appearance