Cosmetic Surgery at The Montefiore Hospital, Hove

Liposuction

Liposuction, also known as liposculpture is an operation that is used to improve your body shape by removing unwanted fat from areas of your body. Liposuction can remove fat that you have not been able to shift with diet and exercise and can change the shape of your body. It is not however a treatment for weight control or obesity and cannot remove stretch marks or cellulite.

The results of liposuction can be long lasting if you maintain a healthy weight and exercise regularly. If you put on weight, fatty bulges may re-appear.

Liposuction is usually performed under general anaesthetic which means you will be asleep throughout the procedure and will feel no pain. If, however, only a small area of fat is to be removed, a local anaesthetic may be used instead. This means that you will be awake but the area being treated will be completely numb.

Generally liposuction can be performed as a day case procedure however if you are having extensive treatment, you will probably need to stay in hospital overnight. Your surgeon will explain how you can expect to look having had liposuction and will discuss the associated risks and alternatives to the operation.

There are several different liposuction techniques. Your surgeon will advise you which method is most suitable for you. Depending on how much fat you are having removed, the operation may last from one to two hours.

With wet liposuction, once the anaesthesia has taken effect, your surgeon will inject a fluid mixture containing a salty solution, local anaesthetic and adrenaline into the fatty area being treated. This helps to reduce bleeding, bruising and swelling and makes it easier to remove the fat cells. A cut will be made in your skin and a thin metal tube called a cannula will be inserted. This is attached to a vacuum pump or syringe and is moved vigorously within the fatty tissue to suck out the fat and fluid. For larger areas, more than one cut may be made to reach all the fatty deposits that are being treated and these cuts are then closed by stitches. A variation of the wet technique is using tumescent liposuction, where a larger volume of fluid is injected.

Dry liposuction does not use an injection of fluid into the fatty area but the suction and cannula are used in a similar way. This can result in more bleeding and bruising.

Depending on the extent of your operation, you can expect considerable bruising, which can be painful and take about a month to disappear. There will also be swelling that may not completely settle for up to six months. You will have scars where the incision was made and the skin in the treated areas may not be totally smooth.

Liposuction is a commonly performed surgical procedure which can help people to regain confidence in their appearance. At your consultation, your specialist surgeon will explain the results you can expect to achieve and will discuss the associated risks and alternatives to liposuction. For further information about liposuction in Brighton, pricing and to book an appointment with a consultant, call now on 01273 828 120 or submit an enquiry online.