Appearance: Excess fat accumulated over the abdomen, as well as around the flanks (‘love handles’).
Surgery: This surgery involves removing the excess fat through aspiration, using small metal tubes, known as cannulas, of various sizes. The incisions are 3 to 4mm long.
Length of the operation: 45 minutes to 1 hour depending on the quantity of excess fat to be removed.
Anaesthesia: Together with the surgeon you will decide whether you should have general or local anaesthesia. Depending on the size of the area that is treated, an epidural and sedation may be recommended.
Description: At first, the surgeon will inject a medicated saline and adrenaline solution. This allows the fat to be removed more easily and helps reduce the post-operative bruising. Through tiny incisions, a narrow metal tube (a cannula) is inserted and used to vacuum the excess fat. Finally, the surgeon closes the incisions using dissolving thread and places firm supportive dressings over the incisions as well as a tight girdle.
Post-Operative: If the operation is minor, you will usually be admitted on the day of surgery and stay until early evening as an outpatient. Otherwise, there tends to be a 24 hour hospital stay. Pain killers are administered on demand and the dressings will be changed during your stay in hospital. You must wear the girdle for 15 days to 1 month. You will see definite results as of the third month, though one month later the results in volume reduction are clearly visible.
Observations: Warning: This surgery does not make you loose weight. It will give you a trimmer and firmer waistline. It should not be considered in the case of obesity.
Risks: Bruising and pain. In some cases infections may occur. This surgery is usually very effective since men retain their skin elasticity longer than women do, and the areas of fat beneath the skin tend to be firmer and more vascular.