Liposuction is one of the most common cosmetic procedures overall, but is used in the neck occasionally. It can also be useful to remove areas of fat in the neck. Liposuction surgery should be thought of as a way of improving the contour and shape of the area. This procedure is occasionally performed under local anaesthetic, but generally is done under general anaesthesia at the same time as other procedures are undertaken. Some bruising and swelling will occur and a close fitting surgical garment for compression is often worn postoperatively.
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What is Liposuction and how does it work?
Liposuction, lipoplasty, liposculpture is a surgical technique in which specific areas of fat under the skin are removed through a small incision in the skin using a cannula (hollow metal tube) and a suction pump. The fat is sucked out through the tube with the aim of shaping the body in that area.
After puberty we do not create new fat cells in our bodies. When you gain weight, the fat cells that you have expand or grow bigger. Liposuction permanently removes fat cells to improve the body’s shape. If you gain weight after liposuction, it goes to the old fat cells that remain in the body, so that the fatty deposits that existed before liposuction can no longer balloon out of proportion to the now thinner surrounding area.
What happens during a Liposuction consultation?
Your first discussion should clearly set out your expectations of the treatment and establish that they match those predicted by Mr Mellor. He will explain the benefits and disadvantages of neck liposuction. He will outline other neck procedures that may be alternatives to consider.
You will then be given time to consider fully all the implications of the proposed surgery and a second out-patient appointment will be only be made if you have elected to proceed with surgery. (If you are still not completely sure a further consultation appointment can be arranged.) At the next appointment, you would sign a consent form, which means that you have understood the future benefits and possible risks associated with the procedure. Photographs of your neck will be taken for clinical records and stored securely under data protection laws, also they remain “medical in confidence”.
Avoid the use of aspirin or any similar drugs for a couple of weeks before treatment (as these can cause increased bleeding).
A small incision is made beneath your chin point, and a hollow suction tube (cannula) is put in and then moved around under the skin to break up the unwanted fat. The fat is removed with the use of a vacuum pump. The overlying skin remains attached to the connective tissue and underlying muscles of the skin during the operation. A thin blanket of fat is left under the skin to help prevent rippling or bumpy skin occurring after the liposuction is over.
How long will it take to recover from a Liposuction?
Depending on the extent of the procedure, you may be able to return to work within a few days to a week.
What should you do after a Liposuction operation?
Post-treatment recommendations include:
- Walking as soon as possible after the procedure to help prevent blood clots;
- Take the recommended pain control medication;
- Contacting the team immediately if you notice any signs of infection or if you experience heavy bleeding or a sudden increase in pain.
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