Liposuction. Frequently asked questions.
Who is an ideal candidate for liposuction?
The ideal candidate should be able to maintain a stable weight.
We also need to consider the skin around the areas treated must shrink to accommodate the loss in volume. This requires firm, elastic skin, that will snap back in place after surgery. However, as we age, this elasticity begins to weaken. Your surgeon will assess you skin at your initial consultation.
How do I prepare for surgery
If you are a smoker, you should stop at least two weeks before the procedure. It is also important that you avoid certain anti inflammatory medications in the weeks leading up to the surgery. Your surgeons will review any medications that you may take and advise if any changes are required in the lead up to your surgery.
You will need to rest after your surgery so ensure you have a few extra things organised at home. Make sure you get some groceries, set up a recovery area, ensure Netflix is connected or invest in a good book. You may want to arrange for young children to be cared for or ask for some help with kids school drop off/pick up
How long does liposuction surgery take?
Depends on how many areas are being treated. Surgery can range from 1 to 4 hours.
How much time will I need to take off work?
Most patients can return to work within two to three days, while a more intensive surgery will require a week off work. For optimum results you are required to wear a compression garment for a period of time after your surgery.
How long is the recovery?
Some discomfort, bruising, and swelling will be present after your surgery. This will begin to subside after 7-10 days. You can resume light exercise after two weeks, returning to normal/ full activity after four to six weeks post surgery.
Is liposuction surgery painful?
Liposuction is performed under local or general anaesthetic. If you do experience any discomfort after the procedure this can be managed with pain medication, which will be prescribed by your surgeon.
Are there any risks associated with liposuction?
Like all cosmetic surgeries, there are some risks including swelling, infection, bleeding and blood clots. However, these are incredibly rare, me clinic is committed to providing our patients with the highest quality service to minimise any risk.