Liposuction, also known as lipoplasty, is a body contouring procedure that can remove local deposits of fat cells from nearly any area of the body. It is an option for patients who have achieved a healthy body weight but still have lingering areas of fat that refuse to respond to diet and exercise.
CANDIDATES FOR LIPOSUCTION
Focalised pockets of fat that cannot be reduced with diet and exercise alone
Excessive bulk in areas like the abdomen, breasts and buttocks
Liposuction is typically recommended for patients that have already achieved a healthy, stable weight, as this is not a weight loss procedure. Good skin elasticity is also a must because while liposuction removes excess fat cells, it is not useful in tightening skin in the treatment area.
LIPOSUCTION TREATMENT AREAS
Liposuction can be used to sculpt nearly any area of the body. The most popular treatment areas include:
- Hips and flanks
- Inner and outer thighs
- Calves and ankles
- Neck and underneath the chin
- Breasts (including men, as a treatment for gynaecomastia)
- Upper and lower back
- Upper arms
Dr Thomas will assess your circumstances to determine whether liposuction is the best option for you.
Options in Liposuction
Dr Thomas offers the following liposuction techniques, which allow him to tailor his procedures to each of his patients:
This method of liposuction involves initial injections of a sterile saline solution mixed with a local anaesthetic directly into the deposit of fat. The liquid loosens the fat cells, making them easier to suction away using a narrow tube known as a cannula. It also reduces bleeding, bruising and discomfort for a more comfortable procedure. Dr Thomas moves the cannula back and forth to loosen the cells further and remove an even amount from the treatment area.
Power-assisted liposuction uses a motorised cannula that emits vibrations inside the fat deposit to loosen cells without traumatising skin and tissue nearby. The process is preferable for removing a more significant amount of fat, as the cells can be removed without disturbing surrounding areas. It is also a good choice for denser areas of fat, as the vibration tends to break up the tissue more readily for a better result overall.
This technique uses state-of-the-art technology to go beyond simply removing the unwanted fat cells. In addition, this procedure provides additional sculpting benefits. This technique might be preferred for the arms or chin, where the extra sculpting offers better results in these smaller areas.
Dr Thomas will evaluate your specific concerns to determine which liposuction technique will fit your needs best. In some cases, he might use a combination of methods. You will discuss the various options and their risks and benefits at your initial consultation, so you will know precisely what will occur when you come in for your procedure.See Before and Afters