Abdominal / Stomach Liposuction
This surgery can also be performed with an abdominoplasty, breast lift, breast reduction, and thigh lift to help enhance the results of those procedures.
Why people choose liposuction surgery:
- Remove fat from targeted areas on the body
- Create a firmer physique
- Address uneven proportions
Liposuction risks and possible complications
- The risk of complication associated with liposuction increases with the amount of fat removed
- Wound infection
- Excessive bleeding, blood or fluid collection.
- Blood Clot (DVT) or emboli from fat globules that can move to the heart and lungs
- Uneven or asymmetrical results and skin contour defects such as rippling, dimpling and loose skin
- Brown spots and skin discolouration in the treated areas
- Injury to skin, blood vessels and nerves and temporary loss of sensation and numbness
- Absorption of large amount of fluid can cause accumulation of fluid in the lungs causing respiratory symptoms.
- Excessive fluid loss may require intravenous fluid replacement
- Although rare, reports of damage to internal organs from cannula penetration through the muscle layer causing peritonitis which is life threatening and is treated with antibiotics
- Surgical scars can become pink, raised, thick, itchy and tender and are called keloid scars, they will fade and flatten over 18 months to 2 years.
Recovery after liposuction
- Pain and discomfort after surgery is minor. Paracetamol is usually enough to relieve pain.
- Take it easy for the first few days but moving around for short periods is recommended for improved circulation.
- A compression garment is recommended to reduce swelling for a 6-week period after surgery
- Swelling and bruising is common and will disappear in the first few weeks
- Returning to work and light activities can be resumed in a few days to 2 weeks depending on the type of activity. Over exertion will lead to increased swelling and soreness.
- Normal activities can resume at 6 weeks post-surgery.
Taking care of yourself after surgery
After your surgery, it is important you take as much time as you need to rest and recover. You will be provided with a number of information sheets and checklists to prepare you for your recovery, including any symptoms to watch out for and tips to keep you as healthy and comfortable as possible during this time.
Following the procedure, you will likely experience some moderate discomfort. Dr Stewart will discuss your pain medication needs with you and tailor a dosage and schedule to suit your individual circumstances. Symptoms should subside within a few weeks. You may need to wear compression garments for several weeks following your surgery.
Should you have any questions at any time, please don’t hesitate to contact Dr Stewart or the team.