This procedure removes unwanted fat from deep storage fat distribution areas of the body such as the posterior superior buttocks, posterolateral thighs, medial thighs, medial knees and lower abdomen, also the chin, neck and upper arms. Liposuction should not be regarded as a means of general weight loss, but instead as a way to improve the contour of your body.
The surgeon and patient go over the areas to be attended to and ink marks are made on the skin whilst the patient is standing. I prefer that the procedure is done under a general anaesthetic so that all areas are attended to at the one procedure. The patient is looked after during the procedure by a specialist anaesthetist. A saline solution and local anaesthetic is instilled about the areas to be attended to.
A small incision is made, through which a narrow, round ended hollow tube (cannula) with holes on the sides, is inserted. The tube is moved around to loosen the fat cells, which are then sucked out with a vacuum device. During the procedure you will lose fluid, so you will be given intravenous fluid to stop you becoming dehydrated. The procedure usually takes 1-3 hours and you will either be able to go home the same day, or stay overnight and be discharged the next morning. You will need someone to drive you home.