Liposuction, also known as lipoplasty, is one of the most common plastic surgery procedures performed.
Liposuction can be performed alone but can also be combined with other procedures such as the tummy tuck.
However, liposuction may not be the best treatment for everyone. The procedure cannot help in cases of cellulite or obesity, and it is not an alternative to exercise and diet. If you’re unsure if liposuction is the right approach for you, your dedicated MyBreast surgeon will help you determine if you’re a good candidate for the surgery and discuss the best approach for your personal circumstances and the results you’re looking for.
At a glance
1.5 - 4 hours
Time off work
up to 2 weeks
Safe to exercise
Long haul travel
The procedure may be performed under general or local anaesthetic – you may be able to return home the same day, however, some patients require an overnight stay. This will be discussed with your surgeon prior to surgery.
In general, fat is removed with a cannula (a hollow tube), which is passed into the fatty tissue through a small incision in the skin. The cannula is then passed back and forward, removing fat with a suction machine.
The surgery generally takes between 1.5-4 hours depending upon the number of areas and the amount of fat to be removed. There are a number of techniques that vary the amounts of fluid injected into the liposuction site, these are discussed below.
The sites of liposuction and the technique used will depend upon your individual circumstances and will be discussed in detail with your MyBreast surgeon at your consultation
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