Some of the most frequently asked questions about undergoing a liposuction procedure include “how long is the recovery process?” and “will there be visible scarring?”
What to expect during a Liposuction procedure
To perform Vaser Liposuction surgery your doctor 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.
The cannula is a medical instrument which acts as a high-tech vacuum, melting and liquefying the targeted fat deposits into a soft material before gently sucking out the fat cells to aid the body contouring.
Find out more about our liposuction procedure options here.
Discrete placement of incision sites
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 0.5-1cm long, allowing the numbing solution to infiltrate under the skin and the ultrasound probe to enter.
These incisions are small, they heal quickly, and usually require 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 small incision sites are typically placed in discrete areas of the body, where possible. For example, in the belly button, inner thighs or along the bikini line so they can be camouflaged by underwear. However, please be aware, sometimes this is not always possible.
Visibility of scars
To ensure you have realistic expectations, it’s important to understand that while the incisions are usually small, you may still notice a scar at the targeted sites. This is normal and all surgery leaves scars.
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 scars may be slightly more visible as they tend to become a little darker.
It’s also important to inform your cosmetic practitioner or doctor 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.
- Following proper wound care instructions to prevent incision opening.
- Use of specialised silicone scar gel products to help fade and flatten the scars.
- Skincare regimen advice.
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