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Summary

  • Local anaesthesia or general anaesthetic
  • Operating time depends on area
  • Day case or hospital stay 1-2 days
  • Back to work in 1-2 weeks
  • Compression garment for 6 weeks
  • Full exercise after 4 weeks

Liposuction in Kenya

If you are considering losing weight and shaping up, and have been doing your best to lose those kilos, but cannot get rid of the last pockets of fat, then liposuction is a procedure which can give you the shape that you envision. It is important to remember that this treatment is not a cure, but can help to correct and improve bodily contours in areas that are resistant to weight loss. As a surgical technique, liposuction works by removing pockets of fat in areas that are beyond the reach of diet and exercise. It should not be thought of as a substitute for losing weight.

The areas that are most commonly treated by liposuction are:

  • The tummy and flanks („love handles“)
  • The thighs („sattlebags“) o The buttocks
  • The knee and lower leg areas o Upper arm area
  • The neck
  • Excess tissue in men and women in the breast and chest area

Am I a good candidate for liposuction?

Any one or combination of the following conditions may indicate that you are a good candidate for liposuction:

  • Areas of fat deposits that are out of proportion with the rest of your body and do not go away with diet and exercise – so called “diet resistant fat”
  • Areas with minimal amounts of excess skin (Liposuction removes fat not skin) and good skin elasticity

Liposuction is equally effective in both men and women.

Liposuction – the procedure

Liposuction is carried out using a thin, hollow tube called a cannula that is inserted through the skin through tiny incisions. The cannula is then used to loosen the fat and create a nicer shape within the body part being treated. A special vacuum or suction device is attached to the cannula, and the fat is sucked from the body, with any incisions being sewn up at the end of the operation.

There are various liposuction techniques available, but no single technique works for all patients. Each liposuction procedure will be tailored to a patient’s needs and physical condition. Using the tumescent technique, fluid is infiltrated into the area to be suctioned. This fluid will contain local anaesthetic to numb the area and adrenaline to shrink the blood vessels. It will also help to dissolve the fatty tissue and reduce bruising and swelling after your surgery.

After the procedure – Your recovery

  • You will be admitted on the day of surgery, and your length of stay depends on which procedure is done.
  • Various kinds of anaesthetic can be used and the decision on which is best depends upon your preference, along with the size of the areas to be treated. In most cases, patients will only need to be in hospital for a few hours, but an overnight stay may be recommended if a large amount of fat is to be removed.
  • The procedure takes between one to three hours to perform, depending on the size of the treatment area(s).
  • At the end of the operation, tight bandages or elasticated clothing will be applied to the area to minimise swelling and help the body conform to its new shape. With the exception of showering, this garment should be worn both day and night for at least two weeks and thereafter for another four to six weeks.
  • Post-operative pain after liposuction is usually controlled with oral medication.
  • You will be mobile from day one and should be back to full exercise within 4-6 weeks. Stitches will need to be removed after 2 weeks. Most people have approximately 1-2 weeks off work following liposuction, depending on the type of work you do.

We will keep a close eye on you after your surgery and would normally see you for your follow-up appointments at regular dressing clinics every 2-3 days and then 6 weeks following surgery, at which point your post-operative photographs will be taken.

Results after liposuction

Liposuction surgery usually improves contours. In some instances it may be used in a circumferential fashion, thinning an area. Since the healing process is gradual, you should expect to wait at least several months to get an accurate picture of the results of your surgery. The small incisions used for access of the instrument known as a cannula, will fade over a number of months usually becoming barely visible.

How long will the results last?

The results of liposuction surgery are usually long-lasting, but they may be affected by weight gain, aging, pregnancy and lifestyle factors. We are born with a certain amount of fat cells in each region: when you put weight on, these fat cells swell – you do not increase the number of fat cells when you put on weight. By removing a number of these fat cells using liposuction, you are likely to have a permanent reduction in an area. It is important to remember that, if you do put on weight again, the remaining fat cells can once again swell. It is therefore best to maintain a steady and healthy weight after liposuction in order to prevent the areas of excess fat recurring.

What complications can occur?

Whilst these operations are generally safe in the hands of a qualified and experienced plastic surgeon and regarded to be highly successful, there are, as with any operation, risks involved and the possibility of complications that patients need to consider.

Fortunately, significant complications from liposuction surgery are infrequent. Some of the potential complications that may be occur include haematoma (an accumulation of blood under the skin that may require removal), infection, changes in sensation, scarring, allergic reactions, damage to underlying structures, need for revisions, unsatisfactory results possibly necessitating additional procedures. Other risks more specific to liposuction may include indentations and irregularities.

For further information about what is involved in a liposuction procedure, please contact Valentis Clinic at info@valentisclinic.com or call us 0732 110 005 or send us a message via the website www.valentisclinic.com.