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The Operation

Day of Liposuction Surgery

Important factors to be fully aware of before a liposuction operation are:

1. Driving
Do not drive home after a liposuction (liposculpture) operation because it is against the law to drive within 24 hours of a general anaesthetic. You will need to arrange for transport to take you to and from the hospital.

2. Eating & Drinking
Abstain from all food and drink (including sweets and water) for at least 8 hours before your liposuction operation.

3. Body Jewellery
Ensure all body piercings and jewellery are removed before you leave home.

You will need to bring with you:

• All necessary personal items for a short hospital stay (e.g. dressing gown, slippers, toothbrush, etc).
• All medications that you are currently taking including any/all alternative medicine/preparations/tablets/capsules.

When you arrive at the hospital you will be met by the admitting officer who will confirm your personal details (e.g. name, address, next of kin, etc) before escorting you to your room. 

Once you have changed into an operating gown, you will then be required to complete a questionnaire to ascertain your current medical status.

A nurse will then complete final routine preoperative checks measuring your temperature, blood pressure and heart rate. Patients over 40 years of age will have an ECG (electrocardiogram) which monitors your heart and evaluates your fitness for surgery. Any medication/s you are currently taking must be given to the nurse.

The operating surgeon will then see you to answer any final questions/queries you may have about the liposuction (liposculpture) procedure before taking preoperative photographs of the area/s to be treated and making the necessary skin markings.

Finally, the anaesthetist will see you to complete the final checks before he administers the general anaesthetic. You will then be taken into the operating theatre for your liposuction operation.

The Liposuction Operation

A liposuction (liposculpture) operation usually takes about an hour to an hour and a half to complete depending on the amount of fat to be removed. Large areas are best treated using general anaesthesia but small areas can be treated using local anaesthesia and sedation.

Small stab incisions (a few millimetres in length) are made at strategic points on the skin surface and the area to be treated is infiltrated with saline solution. The saline solution contains local anaesthetic and a vasoconstrictor (blood vessel compressing) agent which facilitates fat removal, decreases intra- and postoperative bleeding and reduces postoperative pain and discomfort. A blunt metal cannula (surgical tube) is inserted and sucks out the offending fat in layers using a high-negative-pressure pump.

Once all the fat is removed, the incisions are closed using stitches and a specially designed pressure garment is fitted.

To find out more about Liposuction Surgery, click on any of the links below:

Before the Liposuction Operation
After the Liposuction Operation
Liposuction FAQs
Liposuction Gallery


here to download Dublin Cosmetic Surgery Centre's
"Guide to Liposuction"

Further Information about Liposuction can be obtained by reading our senior surgeon's latest book "Every Woman's Guide to Cosmetic Surgery". If you would like to purchase a copy, please click here.

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