Liposuction Frequently Asked Questions

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Which areas can be done?

Liposuction surgery can be performed on anything between the chin and the ankles.

Can all fat be removed?

Only subcutaneous fat can be removed.  This is the fat layer between the skin and the muscles.

Visceral fat surrounds your organs and can’t be removed with liposuction.

There are two types of fat cells subcutaneously, active and inactive or stubborn fat cells.  Active fat cells responds quickly to crash diets.  Inactive fat cells are stubborn like the name indicates. They are genetically deposited, and those are the fat cells targeted with liposuction.

How much does a liposuction procedure cost?

The cost will be determined by your specific area/s.  A personalized quotation will be given to you by our medical doctor.  Not more than 30% of the body surface can safely be attended to in one procedure.

Will the consultation cost me anything?

Yes it will.  We do charge a fee because a full medical history, vital signs and examination of problem areas will be done.  The procedure, prescription, pre- and post-operative care will be explained to you in full.

How does Lipozone's approach compare to other surgeons' approaches?

Usually, these types of procedures are addressed in a hospital theatre under general anesthesia.  This greatly adds to the cost of the liposuction procedure.

Will the liposuction procedure be painful?

It is more uncomfortable than painful.  A stiffness is experienced similar to muscle stiffness felt after a hard workout at the gym.  Pain medication will be prescribed and pain management will be explained to every individual.

When can I return to work?

The patient can normally return to work after 7 days. By this time, most of the swelling has gone down, and the uncomfortable feeling is gone. Bruising may take a while longer to heal.

When can I start exercising again?

Exercise can resume 2 weeks after a liposuction procedure.

Are there any stitches?

Yes there are. Stitches can be removed after 5 to 7 days.  The stitches are just to close the opening where the lipo-probe was inserted.

Is a surgical drain used?

Yes, but only if the liposuction was done on the stomach or lower back.  The drain will be removed on the 5th day.

Are the results permanent?

Yes, results from a liposuction procedure are permanent.

You have a fixed number of fat cells after puberty is reached.  From then on, the fat cells increase and decrease in size according to your diet and level of activity.  With liposuction, the fat cells are surgically removed which makes regrowth impossible.

Does the liposuction procedure remove the appearance of cellulite?

It can, but it is not guaranteed. Cellulite is a skin condition.  With shrinking of the skin after liposuction, the appearance of cellulite can improve, depending on the individual.

What happens to the skin after liposuction?

The skin is the largest organ of the human body. Skin shrinks beautifully, but shrinking is subject to age, gender and type of skin.  As we get older the skin loses some of its elasticity.

How soon after liposuction surgery can I come back for other areas?

The best will be after 8 to 10 weeks just to give your body time to recover fully.

Can the same area be repeatedly worked on?

No, due to scar tissue formation.  We can do a refinement after 8 to 12 months, but this is seldom necessary.

Do I have to wear any kind of special pressure garment after the procedure?

Yes you do, and it can be bought at Miladys.  The pressure garment needs to be worn for 3 to 4 weeks after the procedure. This helps with reduction of swelling, support of the area, and prevents bleeding due to the pressure.

What are the risks associated with liposuction surgery?
  1. Infection: The doctor will prescribe Antibiotics to prevent infection.
  2. Bleeding: The pressure is essential and will help prevent bleeding. The local anaesthesia causes vasoconstriction. That means the medication helps the veins to contract in order to reduce bleeding.
  3. Deep vein thrombosis: This is prevented by administering intravenous fluids throughout the procedure and the implementation of the tumescent technique. You will also be given advice about staying hydrated post-operatively and being ambulant.
  4. Shock: Not more than 30% of body surface is done per procedure. There are definite boundaries to keep as far as how much fat can be removed, which is measured in liter measurements. This is once again to ensure the safety of our patients.
If I have any chronic illnesses eg. asthma or hypertension, will I still be able to have liposuction done?

Each patient is carefully evaluated by the doctor during the consultation.

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