HISTORY: For years we have dreamt of ways that would remove all of the excess fat using suction. For more than half a century many have tried but to no success. There was one thing missing: how to physically destabilise the fat cells so that they could be pumped out. The problem was solved by a French doctor in 1982- Dr Yves-Gerard Illouz - who presented this new revolutionary technique in Plastic Surgery.
INDICATIONS: Liposuction is a cosmetic operation performed to remove excess fat from many different parts of the body. These deforming fatty deposits do not respond to diets, they do not react to slimming or weight loss and are largely due to heredity. The areas that can be treated are: the double chin, a flabby tummy, hips, flabby thighs, the inner part of the thighs, knees, and to some degree the ankles.
PROCEDURE: Aspiration of the excess fat using small metal tubes, known as cannulas of 2 to 3 mm in diameter through incisions that are 3 to 4mm long. The cannula is at first submitted to a negative aspiration pressure whilst the surgeon destabilises the fat cells by breaking the barriers that cover them. This is done with a to and fro movement. The excess fat is then easily removed.
POST-OPERATIVE: Recovery is fairly quick. The patient must wear a tight panty girdle for at least 1 month. All risks of phlebitis are removed when walking is resumed quickly. Definite results are achieved after 3 months.
CONCLUSION: Liposuction is a fantastic tool that allows the medical and surgical professions remove isolated deformities. However, it must be avoided on obese patients who wish to use this procedure in order to lose weight.