FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS about Liposuction :
In the right hands and with an experienced surgeon, Liposuction is very safe. We have conducted over 5,000 Liposuction procedures without any serious complications. We even make sure you are in perfect condition for Lipo by doing an ultrasound of your tummy to ascertain there are no hernias or unexpected conditions of your tummy. We only do Lipo procedures in high class operating theatres and close follow up after the op is always done by experienced doctors and nurses. Safety is our highest concern, next to good pain control and excellent results.
Yes Liposuction can be done under local anesthesia and sedation (partially awake), if you prefer this over a general anesthetic (fully asleep). In our experience, GA is more comfortable but the choice is yours and we can have a detailed conversation about this.
Pain is part of Liposuction – its like bruising pains and sore muscular aches.
Our prescription of pain meds really make you more comfortable – if you should still experience pain, we can increase the dosages. Thats why we keep in constant communication so that ideally you will be fine throughout your recovery. In some cases, mild aches and pains are experienced even after a few weeks – that is not a cause of concern, because it simply means that your body is healing internally, scars are being broken down and nerve fibres growing back into their normal positions.
We pride ourselves of not having to use drains in liposuction. The water-jet assisted method is a superior technique that allows Dr Stasch to gently remove all fat and also fluid DURING the op. Drains are never used.
We only limit the amount of time spent in the operating theatre, as well as the total amount of fat removed in one session. This keeps the op as safe as possible. This means we can combine many areas e.g. tummy, flanks, back (360° Lipo) with arms, thighs, hips, upper back, legs etc. if time allows (ideally less than 3-4 hours) and the total amount of fat is not more than 4-6 litres depending on your body weight.
Liposuction is usually permanent – the new shape and proportions of your body will stay with you. Even if you gain weight, you will gain in all areas of your body – proportionately less in the areas that were suctioned.
We know that fat cells cannot really grow back or regenerate after having been removed. What can happen thou is that the remaining fat cells expand in size, so the areas of your body will grow again if your don’t watch your diet. We never see the old shape coming back – you will have your proportions maintained, and if your lose that weight again, the original results can be achieved.
Sometimes there can be skin excess after Lipo, especially after weight loss, having had kids, or advance age. In these cases, our Doc usually advises a tummy tuck in the first place. If there are small areas of lose skin after your lipo, we usually recommend FUSIOMED therapy (radiofrequency and microneedling) over the following 3 months to tighten the skin.
In most cases, the skin is amazingly elastic and there is no sagging of skin after lipo at all. It may take a few weeks to get the final results, so patience is also an important part of liposuction recovery.
VASER liposuction uses laser and heat to melt the fat tissue. This is effective BUT can lead to burns on the skin and bad inner scarring. Also, fat harvested with VASER Lipo cannot be used for fatgrafting, since all fat cells are destroyed. Our method of Bodyjet WAL is safe, gentle and effective to carefully sculpt your body to perfection.
From standard tumescence Liposuction to Ultrasonic (VASER), or Laser assisted, Vibration assisted, Power assisted liposuction (PAL/MicroAire), we have arrived at the Water-assisted Liposuction (Bodyjet) which is the gold standard for Liposuction techniques. HOWEVER, it is even more important to have an experienced surgeon who is an expert using the method of his choice, to get a perfect result.
NO! All our patients can expect some blood-stained fluid on the dressings for about 24-48 hours, after which there is NO MORE leakage of fluid at all.
There are many YouTube video out there of manually draining fluid for days out of the wounds – this is really puzzling to us and absolutely not how Liposuction should end up.
We offer Manual Lymphatic Drainage (MLD) with our internationally qualified MLD therapist who will treat you at the Clinic. We recommend 2 -3 sessions a week for 3 weeks, in order to help your body reduce swelling by stimulating lymphatic clearance. We usually start a week after the op, when bruising is down and its more comfortable. Lymph massage also softens your soft tissues quicker post lipo. Manual lymphatic drainage is NOT used to squirt serums or haematomas out of wounds (this doesn’t happen with us) – it is a gentle massaging of the skin and superficial soft tissues, to stimulate the tiny lymph vessels who’s job in the body is to take swelling and extra fluid away from the operated areas and have that excreted through your kidneys. Thats why you will pee a lot after each LD session. Having a regular lymphatic massage reduces recovery time, post-op swelling and fibrosis, and improves results.
For the ideal snatched waist and perfect results after lipo we always provide you with two fitted post-op compression garments and abdominal boards, which you will wear for 6 weeks. Waist trainers (Faja) are great to wear after about 2-4 weeks post-op to provide even more support and compression – we work with suppliers who can do a fitting for you. It is important to make sure it fits well so doesn’t give you indentations or irregular areas. It should fit snugly and not cause discomfort.