Liposculpture & Liposuction

Even with the healthiest of practices, many men and women fall short of attaining their desired physique. This is because some subcutaneous fat is unresponsive to exercise and a healthy lifestyle.

Liposuction offers men and women a safe and effective option for removing excess fat permanently. This treatment can be applied on nearly any area to provide body slimming and sculpting. With liposuction, you can finally achieve the feminine curves or masculine definition that has eluded you.

Am I a Candidate for Liposuction?

Liposuction is often desired by men and women who struggle with stubborn areas of fat and are hoping to achieve a sculpted body contour. Ideal candidates for this procedure do not smoke, are in good overall health, and have realistic expectations of their results.

Liposuction is appropriate for healthy individuals who wish to tighten and improve their body contours. While this surgery can offer significant benefits to any of its candidates, the best results are often seen in patients who are close to their ideal weight.

What Areas Can Benefit From Liposuction?

Liposuction is performed on women and men to reduce fat and provide a more toned appearance to the:

  • Abdomen
  • Hips
  • Thighs
  • Knees
  • Buttocks
  • Back
  • Arms
  • Neck (under chin)

Your questions answered

  • It is not a form of treatment for obesity
  • It is not a substitute for proper diet and exercise
  • It is not an effective treatment for cellulite( dimpled skin typically seen on the thighs, hips and buttock areas) or loose flabby skin.

Patients who have unwanted, excess fat deposits, which they are unable to get rid of through traditional means of exercising or weight control. Ideally the overlying skin should still be elastic to some degree. The final outcome is determined by shrinkage of the overlying skin.

Before the procedure , the areas concerned are marked , with the patient standing.

Once the patient is in agreement with the outlined  areas, the patient is taken to theatre.

Liposuction is normally done under sedation and local anesthetic( totally pain-free).

With the patient asleep, fluid containing local anesthetic and adrenalin is infiltrated into the fat deposits, through tiny openings.This results in the treated areas becoming anesthetized, as well as blood loss reduced, because of the adrenalin.

Liposuction is then done through the same small openings using a special, thin blunt cannula connected to a suction device.

The procedure is performed with a lot of finesse, contouring the body as fat is carefully removed, taking care to remove the correct amounts of fat. All procedures are done as day procedures.

Duration of Surgery 1-2 hours

See under general wound care. Patients are generally totally pain-free for the first 3-4 hours, because of the treated areas containing local anaesthetic .Thereafter they experience discomfort comparable to fairly severe bruising.

The excess fluid, infiltrated into the fatty tissue drains freely through some of the small openings for approx 4/5 hours.This fluid could be lightly blood stained. Special absorbable dressings are applied to the treated areas for the patient’s comfort.

Most patients are able to resume office type work after 2-3 days, however, recovery leave of 5-7 days is advisable. Exercising may resume after 4 weeks. Patients are advised to wear tight fitting elastic garments after liposuction, for at least 3 weeks.

Liposuctions, performed for the right indications in healthy patients are safe procedures. It is always safer to be conservative and not remove too much fat during a single procedure.

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Your IVF Fertility Journey

Scheduling a fertility consultation with one of our fertility expert gynecologists:

  • Dr Richard Joubert 013 7457605
  • Dr Pieter Steyn 013 7552106
  • Dr Wilhelm Combrink 013 7457988
  • Dr Jean Nel 013 7458054

*Your fertility journey timescale might differ from the one described here.

  • 1

    The fertility specialist will do all necessary tests and evaluations on you as a couple in order to make a fertility treatment diagnosis.

  • 2

    To start the treatment program you will call the fertility specialists rooms on the first day of your next menstruation.

  • 3

    You will see the fertility specialist on day 2 or day 3 of your cycle for a sonar examination to determine the state of the ovaries and uterus before you start taking the medication. The specialist will explain how the stimulation drugs are used henceforth on your own or with the help of your partner.

  • 4

    Your next appointment will be on day 8 or 9 of your cycle. The Doctor will again do a sonar to see how your ovaries have responded to the stimulation and he will start monitoring them in terms of count as well as diameter. You will also be sent for blood tests to correlate the hormonal value increase with the number of developing follicles on the ovaries.

  • 5

    Once the biggest follicle measures more than 20mm in diameter, the doctor will determine the day of aspirating the mature eggs and a trigger drug will be administered to mature the eggs.

  • 6

    In the meantime, you will be referred to Surgiclinic Fertility to open your file and hospital admission. Your eggs will be harvested 36 hours after taking the trigger drug. This is usually scheduled for 9pm at night so we can do the harvest around 8am 36 hours later. You need to be fasting from the previous night and report to Surgiclinic Private Hospital at 7am sharp to be ready for the aspiration procedure scheduled for 8am

  • 7

    The anesthetist will give you conscious sedation to not feel any pain or discomfort while the oocytes are harvested. This process is the same as when the doctor monitored your follicles in the rooms with the only difference that the aspiration needle is now attached to the sonar probe.

  • 8

    In the meantime, your partner needs to be available on the day of aspiration to give a very much needed sperm sample. He is usually expected to have 3 to 5 days of sexual abstinence to give a good sample by means of masturbation. There is a special private facility close to the IVF lab where he will find all that is needed to do his very important part in this procedure.

  • 9

    Once all the follicles are aspirated the doctor will put a small armband around your wrist with the exact number of eggs retrieved written on it. You will be served some tea and toast once you wake up.

  • 10

    You should be ready to go home at around 10am. Try to rest at home and do not plan any other activities as you might not feel up to it. There might be some lower abdominal discomfort as well as bleeding.

  • 11

    The embryologist will continue the preparation of both eggs and sperm sample to be able to do the fertilisation on the very same day the aspiration has taken place.

  • 12

    Each morning the embryologist will evaluate the development of the eggs starting with fertilisation to embryo development. You will receive a Whatsapp picture every day to explain what they look like at that time.

  • 13

    The fertility specialist will decide when the embryo transfer will be, either day 3 or day 5 of development.

  • 14

    You and your partner will be expected to report to Surgiclinic Fertility an hour prior to embryo transfer.

  • 15

    Your partner will sit next to you while the embryos are transferred by sonar guidance. The Doctor will give you a note to do a pregnancy test, usually 14 days after the oocyte harvest took place. This is a blood test and all values above 25 are considered positive and repeated within 48 hours to ensure an ongoing value.

  • 16

    When your test is positive, we will contact you for an appointment for the first scans at 7 weeks into your pregnancy. Celebrate and rest a lot.