Dr David Campbell  

                                                                                     MB BS FRACS

Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon

149 Wickham Terrace  Brisbane

(07) 3839 7800

Liposuction


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Liposuction is a very popular procedure for improving the body shape.  It is an excellent way to reduce those areas which just don't seem to budge with weight loss.  It is however not appropriate to consider liposuction as a substitute for weight loss.  

Modern liposuction typically involves a "Tumescent" technique or wet technique.  Large volumes of fluid are injected into the area before suction to help improve the yield of fat, and reduce the pain and bleeding from the surgery.  The suction probes used today are much finer than with old fashioned techniques, to allow us to treat more shallow areas of fat with improved evenness of the result.  This more refined liposuction is often referred to as "Superficial Liposculpture".

Another more recent use of the liposuction techniques, is for correction of hyperhydrosis in the axilla (excess sweating under the arms).  While fat is not removed in this instance, the same tools as used for liposuction can be used to reduce the activity of the sweat glands under the arm.

What is involved?

Liposuction procedures vary greatly from a minor procedure on one small area, to a prolonged operation involving multiple sites.  In very small cases it may occasionally be done under local anaesthetic as a day surgery procedure, but in most cases it is done under general anaesthetic.  A one night stay in hospital may be recommended.

Usually a pressure garment will need to be worn for several weeks afterwards to help the skin to adapt to the new shape, and to minimise swelling and bruising.

Is Ultrasonic suction better?

Ultrasound assisted suction has also been used to try to improve the yield of fat, and reduce the effort required by the surgeon.  There are a few specific circumstances, such as in very fibrous tissues, where ultrasonic liposuction may give a greater yield, but there are undoubtedly additional risks involved in ultrasonic liposuction.  Opinion remains mixed on whether the benefits justify these risks, but in most cases, ultrasonic liposuction probably does not offer any significant advantage to the patient to justify the risks.    

More information on Liposuction

The Australian Society of Plastic Surgeons - Liposuction web page

 

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