Q. I have heard about a new technique to remove fat called vaser liposuction. What is it all about ?
A. Vaser liposuction has been in the news recently and is does seem to have sparked the publics imagination. the idea behind vaser liposuction is that it is supposed to be kinder to the body tissues therefore you tend to get less bruising and swelling than conventional liposuction. Patients undergoing vaser liposuction are usually able to go home on the same day. Because the procedure is said to be less traumatic to tissues, the recovery time is shorter than for ordinary liposuction. As there are a number of new techniques available for removing unwanted fat, it’s a good idea to discuss these directly with your Plastic Surgeon and decide the most appropriate type of surgery for you and your needs.
Q. I have fat on my tummy and thighs, will they be able to be treated in one operation ?
A. This may be a reasonable request. The decision of course will be that of your Plastic Surgeon. The most important consideration is your safety and if both areas can be treated safely at the same time, then this is a distinct possibility. The Plastic Surgeon is always mindful that if the areas can be treated in one operation then it is best to do so to avoid another operation.
Q. I am afraid of general anaesthetic. I have heard that most fat removal operations are done under local is this true ?
A. Certainly with the development of new techniques over recent years more and more fat removal procedures are being performed under local anaesthetic. Sometimes the Plastic Surgeon may suggest sedation to help make the procedure more comfortable for you. You should discuss the best choices for you with your Surgeon and go from there.
Q. Will I have bruising with these new liposuction procedures such as vaser ?
A. You must always expect some bruising and swelling of the tissues in the area that has been treated. This is perfectly normal. The amount will depend on the type of liposuction used, the size of the area to be treated and your own body’s reaction to the surgery. It is difficult for the Plastic Surgeon to assess who will bruise more than others, but with modern-day liposuction equipment bring so advanced, its certainly moving in the right direction in terms of recovery period.
Q. Will the fat come back afterwards ?
A. This is a very common question. Modern liposuction , advanced though it is with the advent of vaser and laser assisted fat removal procedures , cannot prevent you from eating too much and not taking any exercise afterwards !. If you eat too much and dont excercise then the chances are that you will get fat again and have problems with stubborn areas of fat. Most people who have liposuction are very motivated to keep the fat off. Also they are generally speaking quite fit and active people with small pockets of fat that are resistant to their diet and exercise regime.
Q. Will I need to take time off work ?
A. Yes, even with vaser and laser liposuction some time off work is very wise. You will feel sore and bruised afterwards and it is best to give yourself a little recovery time. Your Plastic Surgeon will be able to give you an indication as to the time required off work. This will depend on the amount of surgery you are undertaking amongst other things.
Q. How quickly will I see results ?
A. Dont expect too much too quickly. Although many Patients report a change as soon as the surgery is over, you will have swelling to the treated areas and that has to settle down. Most of the bruising and swelling will have settled in around six weeks time, however it can take up to one year for everything to settle and for the Plastic Surgeon to evaluate the results properly.
Q. How soon can I get back in the gym ?
A. Great to hear that you are so keen to get back to physical activity !. Again its difficult to be specific as there are a number of factors at play here. Usually the Plastic Surgeon advises up to six weeks before strenuous activity is started. The key is to ease yourself back in gently after your liposuction.
Q. Are there scars after the operation ?
A. In liposuction the Plastic Surgeon uses small puncture wounds to insert the cannula. Everyone heals differently of course, but these usually heal up to a small mark on the skin. The nature and location of the scars should be discussed with your Plastic Surgeon. In liposuction more than one incision is normally required as the cannula is inserted from more than one point on the body.
Q. My skin elasticity is not that great according to one surgeon I have seen. Could this affect the result ?
A. Good skin elasticity is important in fat removal surgery. this is because the Plastic Surgeon will not want to remove fat and then leave you with another problem of redundant skin. However it is fair to say that as we age our skin does lose its elasticity anyway , and this may be a factor in your procedure that you have to consider. Your Plastic Surgeon will be able to give you some idea of the effect on your skin and if the procedure is worthwhile in your particular case.