WHAT IS LIPOSUCTION?
A strict diet and exercise regime doesn’t always get rid of those stubborn fatty areas we loathe. That is where MYA’s liposuction procedures come in. There are 3 liposuction types to choose from at MYA: Vaser Liposuction, Laser Liposuction and traditional liposuction. With liposuction, arms, hips, and the buttocks are common target areas for reduction.
Liposuction is cosmetic surgery to remove fat from deposits beneath the skin using a hollow stainless steel tube with the assistance of a powerful vacuum to reshape the area of treatment. It is carried out under local or general anaesthetic in a MYA hospital. With liposuction, you are able to have multiple areas treated at the same time meaning procedure time can vary from 30 minutes – 2 hours.
Liposuction is not designed as a weight loss treatment or to tackle obesity. People who fall into this category will need to seek advice from their GP. Prior to your consultation your BMI (body mass index) will be assessed, this will help the surgeon determine your suitability. There are physiological limitations as to the quantity of fat that can be removed at any one time. Realistic expectations are the most important aspect when considering liposuction. Your surgeon will discuss the limitations surrounding this procedure at your consultation.
MYA recommend 7 – 10 days off work after a liposuction. During this time the area must be kept clean and dry. You will have small incision sites in the area treated where you have dissolvable sutures. Wearing your supplied garment is also compulsory for 4 – 6 weeks as this will help reduce swelling and assist with your result.
What happens at your consultations?
Patient Coordinator Consultation
At your first consultation with a Patient Coordinator, you will be walked through your patient journey with MYA and some discussion will follow about what areas you are looking to target; we also want to find out what your expectations for the surgery outcome are. If you are suitable for surgery, you will be told about the operation, the expected outcome and possible risks and complications.
At your pre-operative consultation with your surgeon, they will assess your skin elasticity and discuss how many areas you want treated. The total amount of areas along with the amount of fat that needs removing will dictate the length of time of the procedure as well as the cost. If your skin elasticity is poor due to age or weight-loss and you are looking to have liposuction on your stomach, you may require a tummy tuck in addition to your liposuction.
Your surgeon will be able to give you an idea of how much fat can be removed in the allocated time but they will not be able to guarantee your final size. Following all the surgeon’s pre and post-operative advice is really important to ensure you have good results.
How is liposuction done?
Liposuction is typically carried out as a day case. Depending on the areas treated and the amount of fat removed, you can request to stay overnight.
Day of Surgery
You will receive your admission time 1-2 days before surgery and should check into the hospital at this time. If you have Vaser Liposuction, you will most likely be discharged the same day of surgery whereas Traditional Liposuction (especially if combined with a Tummy Tuck) will require you to stay overnight. You typically won’t be taken to surgery straight away and there will be a wait of up to 6 hours. When you wake up from your operation, you will already be in your post-operative garments that you must wear between 4-6 weeks. You will be mobile from day one but will not be able to drive yourself home due to the anaesthetic.
You have a choice between General Anaesthetic (GA) and Local Anaesthetic and Sedation (LA) if you choose to have Vaser Liposuction. Traditional Liposuction is always performed under GA. For LA, the anaesthetist will administer some sedation so that you feel drowsy and the surgeon will use Local Anaesthetic to numb the area and then make small incisions. Further Local Anaesthetic will be infiltrated to the area which contributes to the fluid which leaks out of the body after the operation.
GA stops you feeling any pain and gives you a state of controlled unconsciousness or sleep. The anaesthetist will insert a needle into a vein in the back of your hand before surgery to administer the anaesthetic. If you’re worried about needles, please speak to your anaesthetist before surgery.
The surgeon will make small (0.5cm) incisions near the site of where the fat will be removed. A thin, hollow tube (called a cannula) is inserted through these tiny incisions to loosen the fat. A special vacuum is then attached to the tube and the fat is sucked from the body, with any incisions being sewn up at the end of the operation. At the end of the operation, a tight garment will be applied to the area to minimise swelling and help the body conform to its new shape. With the exception of showering, this garment should be worn both day and night for 4-6 weeks post-operatively. It is very important to use this garment to aid healing, reduce excess swelling and to try and prevent seromas (pockets of fluid).
How long does liposuction take?
The surgery itself usually takes between 30 min – 2 hours and depends on how many areas you have treated. The total time where you are in the theatre from anaesthetised to waking up can be between 2-4 hours, again depending on how many areas you have treated.
You will be taken to your room where a nurse will routinely monitor you as you start to fully wake up from the anaesthetic. You should expect fluid leaking from your incision sites post-operatively. The fluid can be light pink, orange or clear in colour and it is very watery – it is not blood. It is often the solution we have injected into you along with some ‘fat’ that is moving around and ready to leave the body.
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MYA use VASER
VASERlipo® is minimally invasive (compared to other liposuction procedures) that removes large pockets of fats from the body. Ultrasound energy is used to treat unwanted fat by loosening the cells from other tissues so that it can be removed through a small tube. Because the treatment is so advanced, results are very natural.
What is Liposuction recovery like?
Everyone’s liposuction recovery is different. In general, you will probably feel a little sore after surgery, this will subside after 7-14 days. Pain relief will be prescribed and administered as required to ease any discomfort you may have. You will have bruising and swelling that usually lasts 7-14 days, which is completely normal. You need to make sure that you are eating a healthy and protein-rich diet to aid wound healing.
It is very important that you attend all your liposuction aftercare post-operative reviews with MYA medical professionals at 48 hours, 1 week and 6 weeks after your procedure. Many patients will see a result straight away but it can take many months until the swelling has fully subsided.
Read more about aftercare here.
COST AND FINANCE
How much does liposuction cost?
Liposuction price ultimately depends on how many areas you are having treated and how much fat needs removing. There is no ‘one price fits all’ as every body shape is different and everyone has different expectations. Our prices are tailored to you personally by our patient coordinators and surgeons so the only way of finding out a final liposuction price is to come in for a free consultation at your local MYA clinic.
Liposuction on finance
We understand that the cost of liposuction can have an impact on your decision to have the procedure. That’s why we’ve made things simple and stress-free with a choice of flexible finance options. For example, a £5000 procedure could be financed with a £500 deposit and 60 monthly payments of £94 (total credit charge of £1,1145, £6,140 total repayable and 9.9% APR representative). Visit our finance page to learn more and to try our Affordability Calculator now!