Sometimes fat is hereditary and no amount of exercise or caloric intake control will make it budge. Liposuction is a surgical method to get rid of localized fat deposits that are unresponsive to health and fitness efforts.
You may be a suitable candidate for facelift or you might consider the procedure if:
You are in good mental and physical health
Your skin is firm and elastic
You have good muscle tone
You have realistic expectations of surgery and understand the potential risks
Time and costs
Liposuction is an outpatient procedure that takes only a few hours in theater. We can arrange for you to arrive in South Africa during the week end, attend consultation with the surgeon on Monday and have surgery performed on a Wednesday.
After surgery it is normal to experience some discomfort and soreness in the first few days, during which you will be accommodated in a recovery facility and followed 24/7 by our nurses.
Week 2 of your stay you will be available to travel and enjoy some of the country best scenery while you recover. We recommend to recover for at least two weeks before you can be dismissed back to your normal routine by the surgeon.
The cost of the procedure may vary significantly, according to your choice of procedure and materials used, but you can have some very good liposuction done for as little as USD 2,000.
Preparing for Liposuction
You will first need to meet with the plastic surgeons for a consultation to discuss liposuction and determine whether you are a suitable candidate for the procedure. The plastic surgeons may ask you to have some medical testing done prior to liposuction.
If you smoke, you will be asked to stop in the weeks leading up to your procedure, as smoking can increase the risk of bleeding and other post-operative complications.
The Day of Surgery
After arriving at the surgical facility, you will be escorted to the operating room. An anesthesiologist will administer medication to help you drift into a comfortable state so you will not feel anything during surgery.
The plastic surgeon will make a few tiny incisions within the treatment area and insert a cannula underneath the skin. The surgeon will move the cannula back and forth to break up the fatty tissue.
In some cases, the surgeon will use ultrasound energy to help break up the fat. Then, the surgeon will suction the fat out of the body using a vacuum or special syringe. The incisions are closed with sutures, and a binder-type garment may be placed to help the body adjust to its new curves.
Recovering from surgery
Full liposuction recovery will take several weeks. During your liposuction recovery, you should rest and not engage in any physical exercise or activity, as this could affect the outcome of your procedure. The surgeons will meet with you to follow up and clear you to return to your normal routine.
Liposuction is not a weight loss procedure or a substitute for diet and exercise. It also will not effectively treat cellulite (i.e., dimpling on the thighs, hips, buttocks).
Liposuction may be combined with another plastic surgery procedure for more comprehensive results. Many plastic surgery patients couple liposuction with Breast Augmentation or Tummy Tuck to improve the contour of the breasts, stomach, thighs and/or hips. The surgeon can explain these combinations in greater detail during a surgical consultation.