Liposuction is a procedure designed to re-shape the male or female body by removing areas of excess fat from the body.
Liposuction is one of the most common cosmetic plastic surgery procedures performed, and works by targeting and removing fat from beneath the skin. Virtually any area of fat accumulation can be treated with liposuction. The commonest areas in men include the abdomen, ‘love handles’ above the hips and the breast area. Women most commonly wish to remove ‘saddlebags’ from their outer thighs, but treatment of the tummy, buttocks, inner thighs, knees and hips is also commonly performed.
Liposuction removes unwanted fatty deposits by suction. It should be considered a “reshaping” tool, not a weight loss tool. The incisions used are very small and easily concealed. This procedure directly targets the problem areas by reducing the number of fat cells in that area.
The ideal candidate for liposuction is close to their ideal weight. Liposuction is not a substitute for weight loss by proper diet and exercise. It is intended for improving body shape where fat deposits are unable to be shifted by conventional methods.
Dr. Merten usually performs liposuction under general anesthetic in a fully accredited hospital or day surgery, with the assistance of a consultant anesthetist. Liposuction is usually done as “day surgery”, although if combined with other procedures, an overnight hospital stay may be required. Recovery depends on the individual patient and you would be advised in detail prior to the procedure.
As part of the recovery you may experience swelling and bruising for several weeks as well numbness or pins-and-needles of the overlying skin. Although rare, complications such as infection, dimpling and unevenness may occur. Dr. Merten employs extensive measures to ensure complications are minimised.