You could have the strictest diet and exercise routine, yet be unable to lose certain persistent fatty areas.
Liposculpturing is the surgical procedure that is performed to remove excess subcutaneous fat to sharpen the definition of various anatomical body areas, reducing the volume and giving a better appearance. With larger volume liposuction, greater areas of fatty deposits can be removed allowing better form and achieving some weight loss.
Dr Kwei has been trained through the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons and utilises the tumescent and super-wet techniques of liposuction.
In the case of larger volume liposuction, the areas where the fatty deposits have been removed, skin collapses over these areas, achieving the better shape and form. However, these newly created ‘spaces’ will need subsequent weeks to collapse and stabilise completely. In the first few days, post-liposuction body fluid volume can collect in these spaces and cause significant dehydration.
This may be so significant as to compromise heart function and organ perfusion. Consequently, it is essential for the surgeon to understand the various issues that are important to the patients’ physiology, and adopt proper monitoring, fluid and glucose replacement when necessary to minimise any adverse outcomes to the blood volume change and the body after liposuction.
All procedures done by Dr Kwei are done at fully accredited Hospitals and Day Surgery, with comprehensive cardiac and physiology monitoring and specialised wards when required post-procedure.
These would be explained to you in detail in your consult with Dr Kwei, along with your surgical planning. Your well-being and the aesthetic outcome of your surgery will be of the utmost importance, book your appointment today to start your surgical journey.
Risks and Complications of Liposuction
At Dr Johnny Kwei Plastic Surgery, your well-being are our utmost priority. Liposuction is a popular procedure designed to remove stubborn pockets of fat and sculpt a more contoured physique. Here are some of the possible complications and risks associated with liposuction:
- Thermal Burns or Heat Injuries: In ultrasound-assisted liposuction, there is a slight risk of thermal burns or other heat injuries to the skin or deeper tissues caused by the ultrasound device used to liquefy fat cells.
- Complications from Anesthetic Fluid: Liposuction procedures that involve the injection of anesthetic fluid, such as tumescent or super-wet liposuction, carry a small risk of complications. These can include lignocaine toxicity if the solution’s lignocaine content is too high or fluid accumulation in the lungs if excessive fluid is administered.
- Excessive Fluid Loss: In rare cases, excessive fluid loss during liposuction can lead to shock.
- Fluid Accumulation: Following liposuction, fluid accumulation can occur at the treated sites.
- Infection: While rare, infections can develop in fatty tissues after liposuction.
- Delayed Healing: Some individuals may experience delayed healing after liposuction. This can be influenced by factors such as individual healing capabilities, adherence to post-operative care instructions, and overall health.
- Skin Irregularities: Liposuction can occasionally result in an irregular skin surface, uneven contours, or rippling.
- Skin Sensation Changes: Temporary changes in skin sensation or numbness are common after liposuction. Sensation typically improves gradually as the nerves regenerate, but in rare cases, permanent changes may occur.
- Skin Pigmentation Changes and Swelling: Some individuals may experience temporary skin pigmentation changes, skin discoloration, or swelling after liposuction. These effects are typically temporary and resolve over time.
- Scarring: Liposuction involves small incisions through which a cannula is inserted. While the incisions are small and strategically placed, they may result in minimal, inconspicuous scars.
- Damage to Deeper Structures: Although rare, there is a potential risk of damage to deeper structures such as nerves, blood vessels, muscles, lungs, or abdominal organs during liposuction.
- Pain and Discomfort: It is normal to experience pain, swelling, and discomfort in the treated areas following liposuction.
- Allergic Reactions: In rare cases, individuals may experience allergic reactions to medications or anesthesia used during the liposuction procedure.
- Formation of Blood Clots or Fat Clots: Although uncommon, the formation of blood clots or fat clots is a potential risk after liposuction. These clots can migrate to the lungs and cause serious complications.
- Persistent Swelling and Deep Vein Thrombosis: Some individuals may experience persistent swelling in the treated areas or develop deep vein thrombosis (DVT), which is characterized by the formation of blood clots in the legs.
While these risks and complications exist, it is important to note that the majority of liposuction procedures are performed without significant complications. Dr Kwei will thoroughly assess your individual case, discuss these potential risks, and provide personalised recommendations to help ensure a secure and successful liposuction procedure.
Recovery Process for Liposuction Surgery
After your liposuction surgery, dressings or bandages may be applied to your incision sites. To minimize swelling and provide support to the treated areas during the healing process, you may be wrapped in an elastic bandage or provided with a compression garment. Additionally, a small, thin tube called a drain may be temporarily placed under the skin to drain any excess blood or fluid that may accumulate.
Depending on the extent of your liposuction procedure, it may be necessary to take a few days off work to allow your body to rest and recover. During this time, it is important to avoid heavy lifting, strenuous exercise, swimming, and engaging in strenuous sports activities until you receive clearance from your surgeon. Following their guidance will help minimize the risk of complications and promote a smooth recovery.
Dr Kwei will provide you with specific post-operative instructions tailored to your individual case. These instructions may include:
- How to care for the incision sites and any drains.
- Instructions on managing discomfort and pain, which may include prescribed pain medication or over-the-counter pain relievers.
- Guidelines on wearing the compression garment or elastic bandage to support the treated areas and minimize swelling.
- Recommendations on when to schedule follow-up appointments to monitor your recovery progress.
It is important to closely follow your surgeon’s instructions to ensure a successful recovery. By doing so, along with allowing yourself sufficient time to heal, you can expect to achieve optimal results from your liposuction surgery.