Liposuction is surgical removal of unwanted fat deposits from specific areas such as the abdomen, thighs, hips, buttocks, calves, arms, chin and neck. This is accomplished by means of fine suction tubes inserted through small, concealed incisions.
Refinement and advances in this technique over the years mean that the desired results can be achieved more effectively, and with less unwanted side effects such as bruising and swelling. One such refinement is the tumescent technique, in which large volumes of fluid are first injected into the area being treated. This reduces bleeding and helps fat to be removed more easily.
Another recent technological advancement is Vaser Liposelection, a procedure in which ultrasound energy is first used to break up fatty tissue, while surrounding tissues are left undamaged. This selective removal of fat allows for more effective contouring with less post-operative pain, bruising, and swelling.
Liposuction and Liposelection are usually done under general anaesthesia or sedation. Operation time varies according to the number of areas being treated. Typically liposuction of the abdomen would take 1 to 1.5 hours. No hospitalisation is required.