Liposuction

What is liposuction?
Liposuction is a procedure to remove undesired and excess fat from under the skin. Liposuction can be used in many areas including the abdomen, buttocks, hips and thighs.

What is the procedure involved in having liposuction?
Usually a surgeon removes he excess fat by using a hollow tube or cannula and a suction device (or aspirator).  There are many different ways of having a liposuction procedure, and your surgeon should have assessed your individual needs before deciding upon which method to use.

The various methods include:
SAL (Suction Assisted Liposuction):
This is the standard method.  A thin straw like tube is inserted under the skin through a small incision and the surgeon moves the tube around in order to break up the fat cells.
UAL (Ultrasound Assisted Liposuction):
A specialized cannula transmits ultrasound vibrations within the body which emulsifies the fat making it easier to remove.
PAL (Power Assisted Liposuction):
A specialised cannula with a mechanised movement is used so that the surgeon does not need to move around the tube by themselves.  It is otherwise the same as SAL.
TCAL or TCL (Twin Cannula Assisted Liposuction):
Uses a specialised tube-within-a-tube device, which reduces the need for movement of the cannula by the surgeon.  It also reduces the risk of friction burns as the tubes remain cooler than other devices.
WAL (Water Assisted Liposuction):
A small, fan shaped water beam is used to loosen the structure of the fat tissue, and to allow the fat to be removed by a specialised cannula.  Water is continually added and removed almost immediately by the same tube.

After any of the procedures listed above, the surgeon will then have to stitch or suture the incisions.  Sometimes tubes are inserted into the incisions to drain off fluid from the wounds.

What are the risks of having liposuction?

  • Blood clots
  • Nerve damage
  • Poor wound healing and excessive scarring
  • Lumpy and uneven results which may require further corrective surgery
  • Pulmonary embolism
  • Skin burns
  • Damage to internal organs

If you have sustained excessive physical or emotional problems after the procedure, you may have a claim for compensation if your surgeon has not taken sufficient care and skill during the surgery or has not provided you with proper advice in your consultation before the surgery has taken place. You may also be able to claim for the costs of any further corrective surgery that is required.

How much compensation am I likely to receive?
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