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Is liposuction right for me? Cairns Plastic Surgery answers your questions

Cairns Plastic Surgery - Thursday, June 25, 2015

Liposuction, also sometimes referred to as liposculture or lipoplasty (and often abbreviated to lipo), is a cosmetic or plastic surgery procedure that removes excess fat from under the skin by suction.

It’s a common procedure used to improve one’s body contour or shape when excess fat is removed from typical problem areas.

Liposuction at Cairns Plastic Surgery offers candidates a solution that reduces fat and creates a more pleasing body silhouette.

A thin metal tube called a cannula is used to quite literally “suck” the fat out of your body, thus reducing excess fat and making every effort to sculpt the body into a more pleasing and shapely contour.

What’s the difference between liposuction and liposculpture?

In truth, well, not much!

Both liposuction and liposculpture are cosmetic processes designed to remove stubborn fat from problem areas of the body.

In fact, many plastic surgeons agree that the term ‘liposculpture’ has evolved simply because sculpture can sound more appealing to prospects than suction!

In essence, though, both procedures follow the same process and aim to fulfil the same desire.

What makes a good liposuction candidate?

First thing’s first: you must have realistic expectations. Along with any other cosmetic or plastic surgery undertaken in any corner of the globe, a good candidate understands that results are not guaranteed.

Similarly, the best plastic surgeons never guarantee a certain result!

An ideal liposuction candidate should be in good health and clearly understand that this procedure is designed to remove excess and unwanted fat, and that is it not necessarily a weight-loss technique.

A good liposuction candidate exercises regularly and eats well, yet struggles to shift stubborn fat from problem areas.

It is likely you are not a good candidate if:

  • You are unhealthy
  • You’re using liposuction as a weight-loss treatment
  • You think it is a solution for obesity
  • You have any active diseases or medical conditions

Remember, liposuction is not a substitute for exercise, a good diet, and a healthy lifestyle!

What areas can be treated with liposculpture at Cairns Plastic Surgery?

The most common areas that are treated during liposculpture at Cairns Plastic Surgery are:

  • Abdomen
  • Thighs
  • Buttocks
  • Neck and chin
  • Upper arms
  • Calves
  • Back

Liposuction for problem areas for men in particular includes the chest. Colloquially labelled as ‘man boobs’, gynecomastia is an endocrine disorder where there is an excess amount of breast tissue in males. This is a common disorder and can be treated with a procedure called Male Subcutaneous Mastectomy.

Liposuction is often performed under general anaesthetic.

What happens during liposuction recovery?

Compression garments

Immediately after surgery, the treated areas are wrapped firmly to help reduce swelling and bruising.

Depending on the areas treated, you might need to wear compression-like garments to assist in the healing process. It’s likely you’ll need to wear these for several weeks following your procedure.

These compression garments also help prevent a post-operation condition called seroma. Seroma is a build-up of serous fluid that is common following surgery. If a seroma develops and is left untreated, surrounding tissue may harden, it becomes susceptible to infection, and it may weep, which means it may require surgical drainage. Pressure garments reduce the risk of such development.

A home helper

You should organise to have someone take you home from the hospital. Ideally, they should stay with you for a few days after your procedure, and help you out with tasks like grocery shopping and household chores.

Returning to work

Many patients find they are well enough to return to work after about a week, but others will experience mild discomfort or pain for several days, so do not rush your recovery.

Post-surgery exercise

Gentle walking can be therapeutic after surgery. Running or swimming can normally be introduced after four weeks, while more strenuous sports like tennis after eight weeks.

These serve just as a guide, though, so please don’t be afraid to ask for clarification from your plastic surgeon.

Follow-up appointments

You will also organise at least one post-surgery follow-up appointment with your surgeon. It is likely that you may need a friend or family member to drive you to and from this appointment!

Will liposuction leave scarring?

Any skin incision is likely to leave scars, so yes, it is probable that a liposuction procedure will result in scarring.

The good news is that liposuction incisions are normally relatively short, and are placed, when possible, in discreet location on your body.

Liposuction scars may be red and raised for some months after surgery, but are likely to fade within a few years. Have a think about scars in your past: how well have they faded? This will give you a good indication on how liposuction scars will fade.

The final result

It may be up to several months before you see the final contours following your liposuction procedure. Post-surgery, you will need to maintain a healthy lifestyle, including regular exercise and a proper diet.

Get the right advice – organise a complimentary nurse consultation!

No two bodies are the same, so organise a private and free consultation with one of Cairns Plastic Surgery’s qualified nurses so we can chat more about your desires.

You can organise your consult by calling us on (07) 4031 5755. Alternatively, you can submit a form here and we will be in touch!

Once you’ve organised your consult, you might like to revise our Detailed Liposuction Procedure Information. It is several pages long and gives a really clear insight into pre- and post-care, as well as the actual liposuction procedure.

We look forward to hearing from you! Contact us today.


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