Liposuction is an extremely common cosmetic procedure, and has been proven to be safe and causes minimal side effects.
The best way to minimise the risk of lipo side effects is to use a highly skilled cosmetic surgeon. It’s their experience and skill, as well as cutting-edge equipment, that will ensure you get outstanding results and a lower risk of complications.
During your liposuction procedure, your surgeon will mark your body in the areas that are being treated. After this you lie down and we administer a local anaesthetic (or sedation if required). Once the anaesthetic takes effect, we make tiny incisions near the marks and inject tumescent fluid to expand the tissue layer. A small hollow tube (cannula) is then used to gently suck the fat away. The procedure is concluded with the incisions being closed and dressed with bandages and a compression garment placed over the top.
Liposuction normally takes between one to two hours. The exact time will depend on the size and number of areas treated. Typically, each area will take around an hour to treat.
You will be able to go home on the same day as your liposuction procedure. We use either local or twilight anaesthetic meaning reduced recovery time and lower associated risks than with general anaesthetic.
You’ll be able to get on with most things you normally do the day after treatment – or as soon as you feel ok. But with liposuction, it’s good to allow yourself around two to three weeks to fully recover. If you can go for a few walks in those early days that will really help with the drainage of fluid, just avoid any strenuous activity for about a month to let your body get back to normal.
The time you’ll need to take off work really depends on the amount of areas you have treated and what work you do. If you work in an office, you should be fine to return around a week after treatment – but you might want to take off 2 weeks to let the swelling go down and for your wounds to stop leaking.