Liposuction contours your body and removes unwanted fat from specific regions. Liposuction is a way to sculpt the body but is it not a method of weight loss. In fact, most patients who undergo the procedure will maintain their same weight. While the method permanently removes fat from the body, the fat cells that are left over can expand if you gain weight after your treatment. It is essential to maintain a healthy weight after liposuction to ensure the results are long-lasting.
During your initial consultation with Dr Ritz, he will discuss your areas of concern and what sort of out come you would like. He will discuss your medical history such as any past surgery or medical conditions we need to be aware of and any medication you take, he will discuss lifestyle factors such as what you do for work and exercise. He will assess you to ensure you are a suitable candidate, and will then determine the best course of treatment. There are different options for this procedure, he will explain them and advise which he feels is best for you. He will discuss the risks associated with this procedure, there are risks associated with any surgery no matter how big or small, it is important you are aware of them and understand them. Once you have seen him you will see his Personal Assistant Georgie, she will discuss the costs and booking procedures.
On the day of surgery you will admit to the hospital 2 hours prior to surgery. Dr Ritz will see you to discuss the procedure again and draw pre operative markings on you. This procedure is performed under general anaesthetic. You will have a consultation with the anaesthetist prior to going into surgery. During surgery, Dr Ritz will create tiny incisions in the area where the fat will be removed. After injecting a tumescent fluid into the incisions to help break down the fat, he will utilise a cannula (a narrow tube) to remove it with the assistance of a suction device. The cannula is moved back and forth carefully to eliminate all the undesired fat and shape the curvature of the body.
The procedure is performed as day surgery so you can go home the same day. A compression garment will be put on which you are required to wear day and night for 6 weeks. We will arrange post operative appointments to have your dressings changed weekly.
Depending on what you do for work you will require anywhere from 1-2 weeks off. You are unable to drive for the first few days. You are also limited with physical activity, including heavy lifting and going to the gym which you cannot do for the first 6 weeks. You will be given detailed post operative care instructions prior to surgery.
**Individual results will vary based on factors such as genetics, age, diet and exercise. The outcome experienced by one person do not necessarily reflect the outcomes that other people may experience.
All surgery carries risks. These risks include but are not limited to bleeding, infection, scarring, pain, numbness, asymmetry. All surgery requires a recovery period and post operative care. This will be all discussed in further detail during your consultation**
Morris Ritz is a Specialist Plastic Surgeon
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