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Liposuction FAQs

What is Lipomatic?

It is a technique using the PowerLipo system that has gained worldwide acceptance as probably the best technique to provide a safe, natural-looking liposuction result without the tell-tale signs of surgery – lumpy skin.

Why do you use Lipomatic instead of Ultrasound or Laser Liposuction?

Numerous scientific studies have shown that Ultrasound (VASER), Laser (SmartLipo), or radio frequency (BodyTite) systems do not produce superior results nor do they cause skin tightening they claim to.  What these systems do is help to break up fat cells which makes it easier for the surgeon to remove them, not easier to create a beautiful result.  Beautiful results come from the skin and artistry of the surgeon, not from the tool he/she uses.  Because of that, our surgeons prefer to use the Lipomatic system which allows them to perform the liposculpture technique.  Additionally, studies have shown that Lipomatic cuts down on the operating time by up to 50% compared to ultrasound based systems and 25% compared to laser based systems.

Who is a good candidate for liposuction?

Patients should have localised fat deposits, and should be close to their stable weight. In addition, the skin should be firm and have elasticity to it in order to shrink following the procedure. You should also be in good health.

How do I prepare for liposuction?

You should stop smoking at least two weeks prior to the lipo, as smoking can seriously impede the healing process. Avoid aspirin and aspirin products in the weeks leading up to your surgery. In addition, the surgeon will review your medications with you during your initial consultation, and may recommend stopping certain medications before your procedure.

How long does the procedure take?

Depending on the amount of area involved, lipo can take anywhere from 1-3 hours.

What happens in the operating room?

If you’re having tumescent liposuction, a mixture of sterile saline, an anaesthetic and epinephrine is injected under the skin. Several small incisions are made, and a cannula is inserted in the skin to break up the fat, which is then suctioned off. Drains may be placed in the incision areas to reduce fluid buildup and swelling. A compression bandage or garment will be placed in order to help reduce the swelling.

How long before I can return to work?

Most patients are able to return to work in 2-3 days, but if extensive liposuction is done, it may require a week off from work.

How long is the recovery?

Swelling will be present, but should begin to resolve in about 7-10 days. You can resume mild exercise in about 2 weeks, and full activity can be resumed in about 4-6 weeks.

Is Liposuction painful?

Surprisingly, the procedure is not that painful. The pain and discomfort is managed by the pain medication prescribed by your surgeon.

Will I feel weak and dizzy after liposuction?

If a large amount of fat is being removed (3-4 L) then you should expect to feel lightheaded and dizzy for the first two days after surgery.  You will feel weak and tired for about a week and thus plan on taking a week off from work.

What is the maximum amount of fat that can be removed in one session?

Our surgeons limit their liposuctions to a maximum of about 4 litres.  If any more fat is removed, the risk of complications increases significantly.  Therefore if you think you have more than 4L of fat you want removed, you may need more than one session of liposuction.

Is it normal to be draining fluid after the liposuction surgery?

Yes, it is normal to have reddish coloured fluid draining from your incision sites for the first 24hr after your liposuction.  The procedure involves injection of a saline-based fluid to help break up the fat, minimise bleeding, and ease the suctioning of the fat.  Some of this fluid is removed during the liposuction, some is absorbed by your body, and some of it drains out following the surgery.  Patients sometimes think they are bleeding when in fact it is just the normal drainage after liposuction.

Are there any risks associated with liposuction?

As with all cosmetic surgeries, there are some risks involved. These risks include bleeding, infection, swelling and blood clots, but they are rare. Our operating suite is state-of-the-art, and we do everything we can to minimise the risks associated with surgery. Most importantly, your surgeon and his team have detailed protocols in place to prevent complications from occurring.

Dr Chandra Puli – Director of Surgery

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Find out more

You can find out more about liposuction on our blog pages. At London Lipo Institute, we have a number of plastic surgeons experienced in liposuction surgery. To book a free consultation, please call us on 01923 801601 or email info@londonlipoinstitute.com. Alternatively, please fill out the contact box below and a member of our team will get in touch with you.

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