Project Description

Liposuction is a surgical procedure for removing fat accumulations from specific sites of the body. Also called liposculpture or suction-assisted lipectomy, the procedure involves using a thin metal tube called a cannula, which is inserted into the layer of superficial fat or deep fat. The cannula is connected via a plastic hose to a suction source.

Liposuction can be used to improve the shape of legs, buttocks and hips, waist and abdomen, breasts, chest and back, overdeveloped male breasts (gynaecomastia), the back of the upper arms, and the neck and chin.  It is also used to produce a more natural look at the site of previous surgery or trauma, to remove lipomas (large fatty tumors), and as part of other plastic surgery procedures such as abdominoplasty (abdominal reduction) and reduction mammaplasty (breast reduction).

 

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It is important to remember liposuction is not a method of weight loss, but rather a procedure for smoothing out the appearance of problem areas and creating a more uniform look.  It doesn’t improve cellulite or stretch marks, as these are not related to fat accumulation beneath the skin.  Liposuction is best performed in patients with good quality skin.   The skin needs to contract after removal of the underlying fatty bulge  to achieve a better contour.  Loose stretch marked skin doesn’t contract well, leaving a wrinkled soft appearance.  The patient however looks better in clothes and for some this is the desired effect.

As with all procedures Dr Taylor performs, he discourages rushing into liposuction.  He ensures candidates are full informed on t he facts, procedures, risks, and recovery times before entering into an agreement.  The best candidates are those with localised fatty areas that do not get smaller with diet and exercise.  After liposuction, patients should maintain a suitable diet, because if food intake is not carefully monitored, fat tissue in other areas of the body may increase in size, creating new, unwanted bulges.  The pain and discomfort of the operation fade during the first week, and most people can return to work  anywhere between a few days to two weeks after surgery.  After two to three weeks, light activities can be resumed and normal activity in around six weeks.

Considerations

Many surgeons perform this type of surgery in a private hospital but there are some who will operate in their own private rooms.  Hospitals should be state and federally licensed to operate, they should also have accreditation with an external body such as ISO or ACHS.  Private rooms often do not have this form of license or accreditation and therefore may not be able to provide adequate support in the case of emergency.  So the questions you should be asking are:

  • Where is the surgery performed?
  • Does the hospital hold a State Licence and is it Accredited, or will your surgery take place in the your surgeon’s rooms?  (Consulting rooms often do not have appropriate equipment or adequate drugs to handle medical emergencies).
  • Will the surgery be performed under sedation or general anaesthetic?
  • Is there a qualified anaesthetist present or is the Surgeon managing your anaesthetic as well as your surgery?
  • Are there adequate staff present to handle an emergency (either medical or environmental)?
  • Will qualified nurses be taking care of you post operatively or will you be left unsupervised as you recover from your anaesthetic?

Answeringthese questions should reassure you both the surgeon and the facility can manage any unexpected situations and significantly reduce the risk of your surgery.

The world is moving towards to ‘shorter stay’ surgery but is this really what we want as patients?  Certainly some surgeries are minor, require simple anaesthetic and minimal recovery, these surgeries are well suited to a ‘day stay’ procedure.  However the issue faced by these facilities is the ‘what if’.

  • What if the patient does not recover well from surgery?
  • What if the patient is nauseous after surgery?
  • What if the patient cannot cope with the pain of the surgery?
  • What if something happens in theatre which may delay the recovery of the patient?

Surgery should only be performed as day case if the hospital has the ability to keep the patient overnight or transfer them to a private licensed hospital.  The patient should be made aware of any costs incurred if this is required.

Some surgeons prefer to perform this surgery as a day case, at CAPS we believe in providing an overnight stay.  We want our patients to take their time to rest and recover.  It also provides us an opportunity to ensure their pain relief and post op nausea (if present) is well controlled before being discharged to the care of their family or friends. 

Dr Taylor uses drains postoperatively.  The use of the drains provides a number of benefits to the patient.

Following surgery, fluid builds up around the implant, drains remove this fluid and therefore the swelling and stretching is reduced as is the pain associated with this.  The fluid can hinder the attachment of the implant to the breast and therefore the risk of rotation is lower and finally the drains provide Dr Taylor with a clear picture of what is happening inside – if there is a problem it can be seen in the drain and acted on immediately rather than when you are at home and not sure what to do.

In the excitement of the surgery patients often overlook the importance of preparing for it.  What  patients do in the lead up to surgery and knowing how to plan appropriately for your recovery can make the difference between an anxious process or a more relaxed one.

Because we were frequently approached by patients who wanted to know what they could do in preparation for the surgery we put together a “pre-surgery program”.  Now seven years later we know the value of this program and offer it to our patients as part of the service we provide.

If your surgeons doesn’t offer this then you can do it yourself.  We use a multivitamin to ‘detox’ the body which aids recovery getting patients back on their feet faster.  We also use a herbal medication to reduce the bruising and swelling associated with the surgery, again we have found this to be highly effective.

Knowing what to expect is vital to the planning of your recovery.  Understanding what you can and cannot do will ensure you are not put in a position where you put yourself or the success of your surgery at risk.  All this will depend on your personal situation.  How much time do you need off work? Do you need to drive?  Do you live alone?  Do you have a family that relies on you? Do you have small children? Do you have to lift children or heavy objects in your day to day life? Do you play sport? What is going on in your life for the first six weeks after surgery?

Again answering these questions will ensure you have planned appropriately for your surgery and your recovery.

With the operation behind you, you may be feeling sore and anxious about how you will cope over the next few weeks. The best thing you can do is REST. The body cannot heal and function at the same time – that is why you need to SLEEP.

Taking regular pain medication will ensure you remain comfortable – follow the instructions given to you at discharge – DON’T BE HERO – there are no prizes for not taking it.

Results may be compromised by complications, always contact us if you;

  • are unable to cease or slow bleeding of the wound after applying pressure to the area.
  • feel any heat or increasing pain developing in your wound.
  • notice excessive swelling and bruising accompanying pain and tenderness.

Rapid intervention will reduce the chance of a complication becoming a real issue.  Ensuring you have planned appropriately for your recovery will make an enormous difference.

Most importantly – Relax and ENJOY IT.  When else are you going to get the opportunity to catch up on the lastest DVD series or read that book getting dusty in the corner?

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Any surgical or invasive procedure carries risks. Before proceeding, you should seek a second opinion from an appropriately qualified health practitioner (eg. your GP).