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Liposuction will reduce excessive stubborn localized fatty areas where dieting and exercise have failed. It is not a weight losing procedure. Liposuction can also be used in combination with other procedures such as abdominoplasty (tummy tuck) where specific fatty areas can also be contoured.

A small incision is made in the skin for each area to be treated. A narrow metal tube (cannula) is inserted through the incision into the fatty area and by working the tube back and forth the fat is shaved off in tunnels and evacuated through tubing attached to a suction machine or suction syringe.

When fat tissue is suctioned from under the skin, it leaves small tunnels and empty pockets. The purpose of a compressive dressing is to collapse these spaces, to allow healing to take place.

The area treated with liposuction may be strapped with an elastic tape or a girdle. This will minimize bruising and swelling and provide a degree of support for the skin, which will be relatively loose after the operation, particularly when the swelling settles down.

Complications after liposuction are uncommon. You may be quite bruised and the areas can be discoloured and even purple. The bruising usually starts to settle after a week and is usually well faded by two weeks. Some oozing through the small sutured wounds may be noticed but this usually settles by itself. Infection is very rare. Contour irregularities of the area treated may require some adjustment at a later date and some numbness of the skin may take many months to recover.

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