Some of the most frequently asked questions we receive about the liposuction procedure are ‘how long will I need to recover?’ and ‘will there be any visible scarring?’
Here, we discuss in more detail the liposuction surgery procedure and what you need to know about recovery time and scarring.
What to expect during a Liposuction procedure
To perform the liposuction surgery your cosmetic practitioner will be using a small cannula ultrasound probe to dissolve the fatty layer and remove excess fat cells from your chosen areas of the body.
This instrument acts as a high-tech vacuum by melting the solid fat into a soft material before gently sucking out the fat cells to aid the body contouring.
The liposuction procedure is performed under twilight sedation, however, general anesthesia is available on request.
Find out more about our liposuction procedure options here.
Discrete placement of incisions
Small incisions need to be made in parts of the body where then cannula will need to be inserted. These tiny incisions are only about .5 – 1cm long, allowing the numbing solution to infiltrate under the skin and the ultrasound probe to enter.
These incisions are so tiny they heal quickly usually requiring no stitches.
The number of incision sites made during the cosmetic procedure will depend on how much fat needs to be removed and the area of the body treated.
To minimise noticeable scars post-liposuction, the tiny incision sites are typically placed in discrete areas of the body. For example, in the belly button, inner thighs or along the bikini line so they can be camouflaged by underwear.
Visibility of scars
To ensure you have realistic expectations, it’s important to understand that while the incisions are tiny, you may notice a small scar at the targeted sites.
If you are fair skinned, it’s unlikely you’re going to have any issue with scarring. Once the incision area has healed, it typically turns pink and then white; blending into the skin.
If you are dark skinned or Asian, the tiny scar may be slightly more visible as they tend to become a little darker.
It’s also important to inform your cosmetic practitioner or plastic surgeon if you have a tendency towards Keloid scarring. Keloid scars are often raised and have a darker and red appearance than the surrounding skin. These can occur after any type of skin injury whether that’s an accidental cut to the skin or incisions from cosmetic procedures such as liposuction or tummy tuck.
Appropriate post-surgery wound care
After the surgical procedure, you’ll be provided with advice that can help reduce your recovery time, help prevent the occurrence of keloids and improve the overall results of liposuction.
Depending on your cosmetic surgery treatment, your wound care may include:
- Use of compression garments to aid recovery and reduce swelling and bruising;
- Scar treatments including a combination of ProFractional laser, Platelet-rich plasma (PRP), Dermal Fillers and fat transfer;
- Proper wound care instructions to prevent opening;
- Use of recommended gel products to help fade and flatten the scars;
- Skincare regimen advice;
- Dietary advice to help aid wound healing.
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