Liposuction is usually performed under general anaesthetic, although an epidural anaesthetic may be used for liposuction on lower parts of the body.
High frequency vibrations involving a weak laser pulse or a high-water pressure jet are used to break up the fat cells. The fat it is sucked out through a cannula by a vacuum pump. The procedure usually lasts one to three hours and most people need to stay in hospital overnight.
Fatty areas on the outside of the thighs, the bottom, the tummy and lower back area respond well to this procedure. But the method can also be used for the face.
Usually no more than two litres are removed at a single operation, although up to five litres are possible in exceptional situations.
A variety of different techniques are available for liposuction today, however each procedure uses a thin tube (cannular), connected to a vacuum to suction the fat from your body.
The aftercare with compression is the same for all these procedures and serves to secure the desired surgical outcome. Full recovery usually takes about 2 weeks.
Nevertheless, liposuction remains a surgical procedure and its risks must be weighed up individually.
Aftercare with compression is the same for all these procedures and serves to maintain the desired surgical outcome. For aftercare following liposuction, it can be helpful to use special compression garments, in order to prevent irregular contours from forming.