Liposuction is commonly performed to improve contouring of the body by removing small amounts of fat deposits under the skin. Liposuction by Dr Wyten may be performed around the hips, legs, abdomen, back or the lateral chest. Dr Wyten performs liposuction in conjunction with other procedures.
This operation is performed under general anaesthesia.
Dr Wyten’s technique for this surgery involves making some small incisions to first inject in fluid, and then suction removal of the fluid and fat cells. Local anaesthetic medication is also injected into the areas having liposuction to provide additional pain relief during and after your procedure.
This procedure is performed in the operating theatre, and an overnight stay in hospital may be required. The duration of this procedure is dependent on the number of areas of the body having liposuction.
Benefits of liposuction
- Reduction of fat in targeted areas that have been resistant to weight loss
- Sculpted body shape
- May be used in combination with other procedures, such as abdominoplasty or breast reduction, to improve shape
- Used in combination with fat grafting surgery to harvest the necessary fat cells
Am I a good candidate for liposuction?
It is important to have realistic expectations about what can be achieved with this surgery, and to have a stable weight. Liposuction is not recommended as a weight loss procedure. Dr Wyten doesn’t perform liposuction as a stand-alone procedure, but instead in conjunction with another relevant procedure.
It is also important to be in good physical and mental health, and be a non-smoker to reduce your risk of complications during and after surgery. If you are considering having liposuction, it is now an Australian requirement that you have a consultation with a General Practitioner (GP) or other specialist medical practitioner first to discuss your health, and for an appropriate referral to a surgeon.
What can I expect during recovery following liposuction?
It is important to follow the instructions given during your recovery, including when you can resume exercise. Following liposuction, it is common to require at least 1 week off work. You may require more time off work depending on the type of work you do. This will be discussed further with Dr Wyten during your consultation.
It is typical to have some discomfort after liposuction. You will be given instructions after your surgery on how to manage this in the first couple of weeks after surgery. You may also need to wear supportive compression garments and Dr Wyten’s preferred supportive compression garments will be provided after your surgery if required. You may wish to purchase some additional garments for your recovery. Compression garments typically need to be worn for approximately 6 weeks following liposuction.
Risks of liposuction
All surgery has risks, including the risks of scarring, bleeding and blood clots (deep vein thromboses and pulmonary emboli), and infection. There are also risks associated with a general anaesthetic.
Risks specific to this surgery will be discussed with you by Dr Wyten during your consultation. Written information will also be provided for you to read before you proceed with surgery. Some risks associated with this procedure include:
- Asymmetry between the right and left sides
- Irregular indentations/contouring under the skin
- Loss of sensation
- Damage to nerves
If you experience any unusual pain, swelling or bleeding after surgery, please seek help immediately.
Choosing an experienced Specialist Plastic Surgeon, such as Dr Wyten, is the safest option when considering this type of surgery.