Liposuction, also known as liposculpture, is a procedure to remove unwanted fat deposits from the body. Liposuction permanently reshapes the body by removing stubborn fats that store in specific areas of the body, such as the thighs, hips, tummy, neck, chin, buttocks and knees.
Mr Sheril Wilson is able to perform liposuction in Bristol, Bath or Gloucester, at either Spire Bristol Hospital, BMI Bath Clinic or Winfield Hospital.
Why you might need liposuction surgery
Stubborn fat that is difficult to shift despite regular exercise and / or a positive change in diet can lead to a loss in self-esteem and self-confidence. Liposuction can help solve this problem by removing excess body fat and permanently reshaping the body so that is feels in proportion. Patients who have liposuction generally feel much more confident in their appearance after surgery.
Limitations of liposuction
It is important to understand that liposuction is not a treatment for obesity. The amount of fat that can be removed from a localised area is limited by what is safe (maximum of three litres). Therefore it may not be possible to slim down an area as much as desired. Further treatments may be carried out in the same area after six months if there is still excess fat that could be removed.
In certain patients the skin is inelastic and loose. Liposuction in these areas will then tend to leave the skin more loose and it may be recommended that a skin excision be carried out to correct this, either at the same time as the liposuction, or as a second procedure. This is most likely in the abdomen, after pregnancy or weight loss, the buttocks or the neck. A tummy tuck procedure following liposuction is one option.
Finally, dimples and wrinkles of the skin – sometimes called cellulite – will not be improved by liposuction.
Before liposuction surgery
If you are interested in having liposuction surgery, Mr Wilson will invite you to a consultation where he will assess your body and then talk you through the changes he recommends.
Liposculpture is performed by inserting a narrow metal tube through a small incision in the nearby skin. The tube is attached to a strong vacuum pump, which is drawn back and forth within the area of excess fat. The process removes tunnels of fat leaving the small blood vessels and nerves intact.
Liposuction typically takes no more than three hours, and is carried out under general anaesthetic. If only one small area of the body is being addressed, sometimes the operation is carried out under local anaesthetic.
After liposuction surgery
After liposuction surgery, the areas of the body that have fat removed will be bandaged and stitched. Some patients return home the same day after liposculpture, but you may be required to stay in hospital overnight.
You can expect considerable bruising which will be uncomfortable and at times painful. The larger the area treated the greater it will be. The discoloration of this bruising will usually last for about a month, but the lumpiness and swelling of deep bruising can take up to six months to disappear.
It will take around two weeks to recover from the operation, but as swelling can take a long time to settle, you may not see the full benefit of the operation for up to six months.