Are you considering a liposuction procedure at our Malvern Clinic, but would you like to learn more about common liposuction techniques before you make an appointment with Dr Lanzer? Below, patient can find an overview of the most common liposuction techniques used today and how they have an impact on the overall appearance of the patient.
What Is the Tumescent Liposuction?
The tumescent liposuction is still one of the most popular liposuction techniques around the world and is one of the preferred liposuction techniques at the Dr Lanzer Malvern Clinic. The procedure is characterised by a tumescent solution, which contains a local anaesthetic that will numb the treatment area.
At our Malvern Clinic, Dr Lanzer injects a tumescent solution in the treatment area to numb it, but also to reduce the bleeding during the procedure. This can be done through a combination of various substances within the tumescent solution, more specifically lidocaine and epinephrine.
Once the area has been sedated with the tumescent solution, Dr Lanzer can make a small incision for the cannula. The cannula is a small tube that is inserted into the treatment area and connected to a vacuum machine to provide the suction for fat removal.
Most patients coming to the Malvern Clinic for a tumescent liposuction can leave our Malvern Clinic the same day of the surgery. However, please make sure somebody can drive you home, because tumescent liposuction is still a surgical procedure that require you to recover.
What Is the Ultrasound-Assisted Liposuction?
During an ultrasound-assisted liposuction, the fat cells in the treatment area will be liquefied before removal with ultrasound. It is a procedure that is often used to remove fat from areas such as the upper abdomen, hips and back, although the liposuction technique can be used on other areas as well.
The ultrasound-assisted liposuction still requires an incision and a small cannula to remove the fat. However, the ultrasound that is used before the incision is made, can make the fat a little easier to remove.
What Is the Laser-Assisted Liposuction?
The laser-assisted liposuction is a procedure where the cosmetic surgeon uses low-energy waves to liquefy the fat before removal. Once the low-energy waves have liquefied the fat, the surgeon makes the incision and inserts the cannula to remove the fat through suction.
Discover The Advantages of Liposuction Techniques!
An increasingly large amount of patients now opt for liposuction techniques. Not following the recommendations of the cosmetic surgeon can lead to complications, but may also affect the result of your liposuction procedure.
If you’re looking to remove fat from the body, get a free consultation at Melbourne Liposuction clinic with Dr Lanzer.
What Happens After a Liposuction Procedure?
When the excess fat cells have been removed, the surgeon will ensure that the treatment area is firmly wrapped; this to reduce some of the side-effects patients experience after a liposuction procedure. Common side-effects patients can expect include swelling, bruising and discomfort.
There are many different types of support that can be used to reduce side-effects and ensure the shape of the treatment area is maintained after the procedure; this includes elastic bandages, special tape, support hose, special girdles or another type of firm garment provided by your treatment facility. Compression garments should be worn as indicated by the cosmetic surgeon.
What Side-Effects Can I Expect After Liposuction?
Most liposuction procedures are accompanied by side-effects such as bruising, swelling and discomfort. Cosmetic surgeons aim to keep these symptoms manageable by providing the patient with a fitting compression garment, pain medication and antibiotics to reduce the chances of infection.
During the first couple of days after the liposuction procedure, it is not uncommon for fluid to drain from the incision sites. Even though the cosmetic surgeon removes excess fluid and blood after the removal of fat cells, there is always some fluid left after the procedure that will come out naturally. To ensure the draining of fluid does not cause an infection, it is important to take your antibiotics as recommended by your cosmetic surgeon.
Most patients can walk around normally after their procedure, but can experience some problems with orientation due to the anaesthetics. As soon as anaesthetics have left their system, their orientation and movement should go back to normal. Patients can return to their normal activities when they feel comfortable to do so, but should avoid any strenuous activities for at least a couple of weeks. If your job is physically demanding, it may be necessary to take some additional time off work and give your body the chance to heal fully.
The time it takes to recover is also dependent on the size of the treatment area. For example, patients who only had a small amount of fat removed generally need less recovery time than patients who had a large amount of fat removed. Patients who had multiple procedures on various body parts also need longer to recover.
Are These Liposuction Techniques Suitable Treatment for Certain Medical Problems?
There are certain medical problems that can be treated by liposuction, but we must stress that liposuction is not a treatment for obesity. The first line of defence against obesity is diet and exercise and liposuction is only meant to tackle persistent fat deposits that cannot be removed by diet and exercise alone.
However, there are certain medical conditions that may require a liposuction treatment. These medical conditions include, but are not limited to, benign fatty tumours or lipomas, enlarged male breast, enlarged female breasts causing discomfort, fat metabolisation problems and excessive sweating in the armpit area of axillary hyperhidrosis.
Are the Results of Liposuction Long Term?
The results obtained from your liposuction procedure can be more long term, providing the patient is willing and able to maintain healthy eating habits. The patient must also exercise on a regular basis to ensure the results from their procedure are more long term.
Patients who do not have a stable body weight tend not to be good candidates for liposuction, since it is more likely for them to gain the lost weight back in other places of the body. If you are struggling with overweight, please consult a nutritionist or health professional to lose the excess weight before considering liposuction.
For more questions about liposuction, please refer to our information pages or contact our friendly receptionists to make an appointment at the Dr Lanzer Clinic. We can also provide you with more information via email or telephone.