Body Contouring:
Liposuction

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Body Contouring:
Liposuction

Liposuction Singapore

Liposuction is the removal of unwanted fat through small skin incisions using suction cannulae. It is performed for individuals with excess fat refractory to exercise, or who desire a more pleasing silhouette for their bodies. Liposuction can be performed in almost any region of the body.

Who would benefit from liposuction?

Liposuction would primarily benefit those who have excess fat refractory to diet or exercise. It should best be considered when they have achieved a sustained period of weight stability or weight loss, and where there is not too much excess or lax skin. This would allow the skin to recontour once the fat is removed. An in-depth consult with our plastic surgeon will enable a mutual understanding as to the goals and what liposuction can do for you.

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How is the procedure performed?

When a smaller volume of fat is to be removed, sedation with local anaesthesia can be considered for the liposuction procedure. When a larger volume is to be removed, general anaesthesia is recommended. Before the procedure, your surgeon will discuss and identify with you your goals and the areas you would like to contour, and mark these along with the small incision points for liposuction access. Once you are comfortably under anaesthesia, liposuction will proceed via the previously marked access points, using either manual, power-assisted or VASER liposuction depending on the pre-operative assessment, and all of which are procedures which our surgeon is proficient at. A wetting solution will be used to minimize blood loss, and techniques such as fanning and high definition liposuction will be used to ensure smooth, consistent results. Once sufficient fat has been removed, the incisions will be closed meticulously with absorbable sutures.

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What is the procedure?
Small volume liposuction cases can be done as day surgery, while larger volume cases may require one night stay to monitor your fluid intake and output.
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Post-procedure
you will be placed into compression dressings or garments. To aid with skin retraction, garments should ideally be worn for at least 6 weeks. There may be slight pain and bruising after the anaesthesia wears off, but these are manageable with medication and usually subside by 2 weeks after the procedure.
risks
Risks
Potential complications of liposuction, though rare, include dehydration, infection, irregularities, asymmetry and damage to deeper structures. Most of these are treatable, and your surgeon will have a thorough discussion with you about these beforehand for you to make an informed decision.

What are the pros and cons of liposuction and are there any alternatives?

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Liposuction is the definitive method for removing unwanted fat permanently, and allows for a high level of precision in treating specific areas of the body. Scars are very inconspicuous, and if the procedure is chosen well, the results can be very satisfying. However, it is a surgical procedure, and comes with the risks of anaesthesia as well as the potential complications mentioned. Also, if diet and exercise are not part of the post-operative routine, the remaining cells can continue to accumulate fat and grow in size.

Alternatives to liposuction include minimally-invasive techniques include fat freezing techniques and body threadlifting, as well as surgical excisional techniques such as abdominoplasty (tummy tuck), brachioplasty (arms), thighplasty (thighs) and mastopexy (breasts). As we offer all these procedures, a conversation with our plastic surgeon will help you to make the right decision for your desires.

Why choose Illumia Medical?

Our board-certified, aesthetic-fellowship trained plastic surgeon has undergone rigorous training in breast augmentation and reconstruction both locally and overseas. He has extensive experience with a wide range of breast implants and techniques, and, together with you, will make the best informed choice of procedure that will suit your goals.

FAQs

How do fat freezing and other minimally-invasive fat reduction techniques compare with liposuction?

Minimally-invasive techniques of fat removal aim to reduce fat without any external scarring. For example, fat freezing (cryolipolysis) uses externally placed cooling systems to freeze the fat cells, causing cell death and the natural removal of the waste products by the body. This may be suitable for some, especially those with relatively thin layers of fat to remove. In cases where larger volumes of fat need to be removed, fat freezing is not as effective as liposuction, and may require multiple sessions. In addition, if not done well, fat freezing can lead to contour irregularities and pain.

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