Liposuction Procedure: What to expect
The day of your procedure has arrived. Up until this time you have been well informed of the procedure, have arranged blood tests so you are ok to go ahead and garments are ready for you after the procedure. You have also asked as many questions as you need to so that you are settled going into the procedure, with not a worry or concern in sight.
4 Hours Before the Procedure:
No more eating or drinking. This can interfer with the sedation given. Keep calm and relax
Half an hour Before the Procedure:
Come into the clinic still in your calm and relaxed mood. Our friendly staff will go over the consent form with you as well as answer any more last minute questions you may have. The consent form will be required to be signed.
The doctor will “mark” your areas being treated. These markings are made as when lying down fat deposits can be harder to see, so gives the surgeon better guidance. Photos will also be taken so these can be compared to your results
A catheter is inserted and twilight sedation medication is administered. Tiny incisions are made in the treatment area that are barely 0.5 a cm long so that a cannula can be utilised This results in minimal scarring, if any!
In the first phase, the cannula is used to infiltrate the area to distribute medications. Vaser Liposuction is an advanced technique, and is a gentler form of liposuction, so there is negligible swelling or deformation of the treated area, unlike traditional liposuction techniques. As a result, the surgeon has a more accurate view of the area. Also with this technique, there is faster distribution and penetration of the fluid. This infiltration phase usually takes around 15 minutes.
The second phase is removing the fat and contouring. The fat is broken down so that it can easily be removed and then vacummed away. The water pressure moves nerves and blood vessels away from the cannula, reducing trauma to the surrounding tissue. This allows patients to have less bruising, swelling, pain and obtain quicker results. The time of this phase will depend on the amount of fat to be removed.
Depending on the area, once the fat is removed, the surgeon will make the patient stand so that they can get a better view of the result. This is an added benefit of using twilight sedation as the patient stays awake through the whole procedure. Results are then fine tuned if required.
And your done!
The nurse will clean you up and put you into your compression garment. Compression garments are used to assist in preventing any swelling and bruising. We recommend getting two garments so that you always have one clean garment to change into. An extra advantage from these surgical compression garments is that loose skin, held firmly against the body, is far more likely to heal without sagging. It is important to be in a proper fitting garment as it will help you recover quicker, safer and more comfortable.
Time to go home
You will generally stay in the recovery area for a few hours and then you are ready to home. You will also be given some pain medication in case it is needed. Ensure that you have a loved one who can come and pick you up. You can continue on as normal. Shower when you like, eat when you like.
Weeks 3, 4 & 5
As part of the service we provide, a series of 3 Vela Treatments are encouraged. This is to provide overall smoother results and is use to “finish” the procedure. It helps smoothe out any lumps or irreguariteis that appear after surgery.
6 weeks after the procedure
Lets see those great results! 6 weeks after the procedure, the full results of Vaser Liposuction are evident.
3 months after the procedure
The last follow up. All the swelling will have subsided and healing running its course. If any touchups are required, which is very rare, it will be evident now. Some more after pictures will be taken.
What if I am getting Laser Skin Tightening or Bodytite to complement my Liposuction?
Nothing much changes from the procedure above, except for the added step of inserting the laser or electrode to enter the skin. This is done in the same incision points as the liposuction. Just add some additional time for this step. The full effects of Skin Tightening are seen at 3 months.
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