Overview 

Liposuction is a procedure designed to reduce localised deposits of body fat, where diet and exercise are not addressing the problem. This procedure is an affordable alternative and forms one of the cornerstones of “body contouring surgery” performed in his clinics. This techniques has various benefits. Specifically it can be used to improve the shape of a patient's body, such as the hips, waist, calf, ankle, belly, ‘saddlebags’, stomach, abdomen, thighs, breasts, chest, back of the upper arms, neck, chin, back of legs, buttocks, love handles and over-developed male breasts. Liposuction does not improve cellulite (the dimpled appearance of the skin of the buttocks and thighs) or stretch marks. It is certainly NOT a treatment for overall obesity and should not be viewed as a weight reduction procedure. It is important to have realistic expectations and Mr Banwell will speak to you in detail regarding these expectations and what can hopefully be achieved.

The more specialist and refined technique of liposculpture is excellent for generally slim, fit people with specific areas of fat deposition which cause concern. This relies on good quality elastic skin which will need to redrape in order to produce the desired effect. Mr Banwell will discuss your suitability for the technique at the consultation. 

Frequently Asked Questions

  • What type of anaesthetic is used?

    Mr Banwell recommends the surgery be performed under a general anaesthetic undertaken by a specialist anaesthetist.

  • What happens after the procedure?

    Usually the operation is best performed as a day case or overnight stay (depending on the number of sites on the body being undertaken). Most people report that pain, discomfort and stiffness of the first few days are minor side effects. Paracetamol is usually sufficient. It is necessary to take things easy for the first few days. A tight fitting elastic compression garment will be provided and this reduces the swelling of the treated areas. There is normally leakage of clear blood stained fluid from the small incisions that are used to perform the liposuction. Most people can return to work anywhere between a few days and two weeks after surgery and light activities can be resumed after two to three weeks. Normal activities can be resumed after six weeks after the operation. One to two weeks following the procedure you can commence massaging the affected areas of the liposculpting. Mr Banwell recommends this is performed professionally (using manual lymphatic drainage techniques or ultrasound) on a regular basis, while you are recovering.

  • What are the risks?

    There are both general and specific risks and Mr Banwell will talk to you in detail regarding these complications. General risks include bruising and swelling, bleeding, wound infection, problems with general anaesthetics and scars, abnormal scarring and keloid scarring and blood clots in the legs and lungs. Specific risks include uneven or asymmetrical results, including rippling, itching, dimpling and loose skin, fluid collections under the skin, skin discolouration, thrombophlebitis and permanent loss of sensation (temporary loss of sensation almost always occurs and recovers after some months).

  • What costs are involved?
    • Surgical fees 
    • Hospital fees 
    • Specialist anaesthetist fee 
    • Specialist surgical garments 
    • Specialist post-operative massage and manual lymphatic drainage

Please contact Mr Banwell's office on 01342 330302 or email help@paulebanwell.com for further information.

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At a Glance

SURGERY TIME
1-4 hours

HOSPITAL STAY
Day case or 1 night

ANAESTHETIC ASSESSMENT
Possibly

PRE ADMISSION TESTS
Possibly

REASONABLY MOBILE
1- 2 days

WASHING
Shower after 1 day

DRIVING
1-2 weeks

SPORT & EXERCISE
4-6 weeks contact sport 8 weeks

SEXUAL ACTIVITY
4 weeks

FULL RECOVERY
4-6 weeks

TIME OFF WORK
1-2 weeks

GARMENTS
Binder day and night two weeks, then night for 2 weeks further

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