There were over 3,000 liposuction procedures carried out in 2012, the cost varying depending on the extent of the treatment performed.
The parts of the body most commonly treated by liposuction are the arms, inner and outer thighs, stomach, hips, buttocks, knees and chin.
There are various methods of liposuction. These include;
- Suction assisted liposuction (SAL) is a standard liposuction procedure. Small incisions are made to the fat pocket area and small tubes or cannulas which are connected to a vacuum like device are inserted. The surgeon then uses a pull/push motion to penetrate the fat layers, this eventually shatters the fat cells and these are then suctioned out of the body.
- Ultrasound assisted liposuction (UAL) is performed under local anaesthetic, small incisions are made to the fat pockets area and cannulas, which are connected to an ultrasonic device, are placed into the incisions. The fat cells are then broken down using ultrasonic energy. The cannula then removes the liquefied fat cells.
- Power assisted liposuction, also known as electronic assisted liposuction, is similar to ultrasound assisted liposuction but instead of an ultrasonic device, a device that transmits rapid vibrations is used to break the fat down.
- Twin cannula assisted liposuction is the same procedure as power assisted liposuction yet two cannulas are inserted into the fat pocket, one cannula to break down the fat with rapid vibrations and the other to take the fat away simultaneously. This helps to keep the tissue damages to a minimum as well as reducing bleeding and bruising to the affected area.
- With water assisted liposuction, an incision is made to the fat pocket. A the water jet is then used to create a controlled pressure flow to break down the fat cells which are then removed by suction.
The risks of liposuction include;
- Blood clots
- Nerve damage
- Scarring/abnormal scarring
- Lumpy and uneven areas
- Pulmonary embolism
- Damage to internal organs
- Skin burns
If you have suffered from any of the above health issues following liposuction surgery and your surgeon either didn’t fully advise you of the risks beforehand or did not take sufficient care during surgery, you may be entitled to compensation.