Liposculpture reshapes and recontours areas of the body. The best candidates for this procedure are people who have areas of stubborn fat that cannot be shifted with diet and exercise alone.
If you’re obese or overweight, liposculpture can be used to help reduce localised problems over the abdomen and other areas. This may help you feel better about your body and improve your clothing options. Many overweight and obese people describe the liposculpture procedure as a kick-start and go on to continue to lose weight, especially when these central abdominal fat cells are removed.
While treatment is a walk-in-walk-out day procedure, we usually schedule 6 appointments for you. That includes: the initial consultation, follow up consultation, treatment day, first post op visit (within the first week), second post op visit (within 3 months) and third post op visit (between 6 and 12 months following procedure). There are plenty of opportunities to learn about your procedure and discuss any concerns. Plus we follow up extensively to make sure you’re healing well.
Your first visit will be with the surgeon in a relaxed environment at the clinic. Dr Paraskevas will take a full medical history and complete a thorough physical examination. He’ll take measurements, weight, height and vital signs for future reference and order blood tests to make sure you’re all set for the procedure.
The treatment area(s) will be examined with particular emphasis on the any concerns you may have. Dr Paraskevas will advise on the best way to achieve your desired outcome, which may involve treatment of adjacent areas and fat transfer. He may also recommend breaking up the procedure into separate sessions to minimise complications.
Put simply, the small blood vessels are constricted during the procedure and so bruising is greatly reduced.
How? A fluid containing a local anaesthetic – lignocaine (the same anaesthetic used by dentists) is dispersed into the fatty tissues. We also add a special medication into the anaesthetic solution (adrenalin), which effectively constricts small blood vessels in the fat – adrenaline. Adrenaline vastly decreases the amount of bruising that occurs with Liposculpture.
The local anaesthetic produces effective relief of any discomfort during the procedure and for up to 12 hours afterwards. There will be some discomfort but this will be dependent on the areas treated and the amount of fat removed. Most patients will cope very well with mild pain relievers like Panadol and others may need something stronger for the first 24-48 hours.
You’ll be able to resume light activities the next day. More strenuous activities can be resumed in approximately three to four days following the treatment or as your doctor advises. Most patients may return to work 3-5 days after the procedure. Return to your normal exercise routing once you begin to feel normal again – usually between 2 to 6 weeks.