Liposuction Fat Removal

Liposculpture by VASER Liposelection and Conventional Liposuction

is  the sugical removal of fat, either by mechanical  "internal filing" using suction assisted hollow cannulas, or first "melting" the fat using invasive sonar energy probes ( VASER LIPOSELECTION ) or LASER energy probes followed by the same mechanical  suction removal,thus reducing those pockets and areas we just cannot sort out by diet and exercise alone.

Fat (adipose) tissue plays a major role in defining our shape/figure and thus appearance. LIPOSCULPTURE is the surgical reshaping of the fat contours of face and body by "liposuction" and "fat transfer".The results can be truly astounding!

Liosuction picture gallery
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Liposculpture before and after results video

Is General Anaesthesia necessary or advisable?

We do not advocate or practice liposuction under General Anaesthetic (GA) where surgicaltheatre and anaesthesia are being charged per minute since the time-cost pressure on the surgeon to take shortcuts can be overwhelming. These shortcuts include not allowing enough time for either the vasoconstrictor infiltrated into the fat to really work properly (so leading to unnecesarily heavy blood loss) nor for the meticulous sculpting that is required for a smooth and contoured result. The frequent turning and repositioning of the patient that  is paramount for a good result is both difficult and dangerous under general anaesthetic because it may cause dislodgement of the endotracheal airway supplying oxygen to your lungs. Finally, serious mishaps (like misdirecting the suction cannula into vital body organs) are far more likely to occur under GA because a deeply anaesthetised patient can no longer react to protect herself. Such mishaps almost never occur under conscious sedation. It is difficult to exagerate how much greater safety has been brought to liposuction since modern 'up to date' doctors have changed to Tumescent anaesthesia and strong effective sedation.

Liposculpture of buttocks waist and back

Do not imagine that you need a "GA".  Pain and discomfort under Conscious Sedation and Tumescent Local Anesthesia  as performed at Taryn laine Clinic is minimal; lying there "agonising" simply does not happen. Neither will you "bleed to death". Infiltation of a blood vessel constrictor (adrenalin) into the fat has turned liposuction into virtually a "bloodless" procedure. Attention to your fluid balance and the maximum safety limit on the amount of fat that can be removed will not allow you to suffer circulatory shock. Almost all the liposuction horror stories have occured when doctors did not use the modern combination of Tumescent local anaesthesia and conscious sedation or observe the safety limits. Safety, comfort and a meticulously sculptured result are our priority.

Postoperative pain is minimal for the first 12 to 18 hours whilst the local anaesthesia remains in the targeted fat. Thereafter orally taken medication keeps the pain well under control. Whilst wearing comforting supportive compression garments, physical activity is encouraged and depending on the area treated some have returned to work the next day; more extensive liposuction and more sensitive areas may require a few days  to a week off work.         

The real proof of the effectiveness of the postop pain contol regimen employed at Taryn Laine Clinic is this. Many of our patients have returned for repeat procedures in other areas; some as many as four times. This simply would not happen if we had not mastered correct and extremely effective postop pain prescribing.

Should you still have serious fears and concerns, then we can get permission from previous patients to be contacted by you to enquire personally from them about their operative experience. Rest assured that pain control and safety are top priority for us at Taryn Laine Clinic.

Liposuction and body weight.

Liposuction is not a weight loss procedure but a reshaping tool. The maximum safe limit of fat removal at any one liposuction session is only 3 to 4 kg. Nevertheless even as little as half a kilogram of fat removal from the right places can lead to amazing body shape improvement; even in those who are quite slim but simply cannot exercise away certain problem areas.

Provided you remain below your postop break-even weght (pre-op weight minus the weight of the fat removed), then you will maintain the shaping effect of the liposuction. Weight gain after liposuction will not completely negate this reshaping effect though, as fat increase tends to be widely and uniformly spread (like icing on a cake) rather than to preferentially reaccumulate at treated sites.Should you begin accumulating more and more kg's over and above your break-even weight, then you run the risk of accumulating fat at other areas like the arms or lower legs that can then look disproportionatel out of shape: so always strive to stay below your break-even weight and this won't happen.

Despite the modest weight loss benefits of a liposuction procedure ( 3-4kg wt loss max), many have been so encouraged by the benefits to their body shape that they were suddenly motivated to get serious about diet and exercise.In such people, liposuction has worked out to be the kick-start to their weight loss programme as they then went on to lose many more kg's.

 Areas amenable to liposuction that we treat at TLC include:

  • The abdomen, upper and lower with option of including a mini tummy tuck
  • The flanks , waist, and back to produce a more voluptuous curve in women or v-shape in men
  • Buttock reshaping and enhancement by liposuction and fat transfer - including "the Pippa butt lift"
  • "Saddlebags" on the upper outer thighs/hips of women
  • "Love Handles" on the hips
  • The inner knees and upper inner thighs
  • Liposuction of the upper arms and base of the breasts
  • Enlarged male breasts
  • The ankles
  • The chin and neck

You are welcome to submit pictures by email for a free feasability comment. You need not include your face unless you are wanting that treated. Please do not clothe or cover areas you want treated. Pictures wearing a bikini or similar attire are usually adequate. Contact us here

Free consultations with our beauty therapists, are available. Discuss your goals and concerns face to face with them.

Doctor consultations. It is always best to make an appointment with Dr.Mike Henry so that you can be properly assessed during a face to face discussion  and a quote can be provided. There is a one off charge for a consultation.

Fourways and Benoni queries.
For those interested in having the work done in Johannesburg or Benoni, please submit enquiries by email. Let us know what you are wanting done and preferably send pics too. These will be handled with utmost confidentiality.

Finance Options.
We do not offer payment plans and these procedures are not covered by Medical Aids. However should you require finance for Liposculpture the go to Medfin - click here.

Making Sense of all the marketing  - Vaser, Laser, PAL etc.
Ever find youself bewildered by all the competing advertising? Is Vaser better than Laser and what about water jet assisted or power assisted liposuction (PAL)?
If you were considering buying the work of a sculptor, what would be your over-riding concern? ...... the tools he uses or his results?
If he consistently produces magnificant work, does it really matter wether he uses a diamond pointed chisel, a power assisted hammer or an old mallet and rusty nail ? Suppose you find out that he uses pretty basic tools but the artist next door uses all the most modern equipment  ....... so you go next door, only to be disappointed at finding mediocre to poor sculptings  ....... whose work would you choose?

Would the equipment used be more important than the outcome? It's quite obvious, isn't it ? ....... The final results (the curves, contours, smoothness, overall ballance and lack of skin laxity) andthe safety ..... are far more important than the actual tools (Vaser,Laser, PAL) the doctor uses.

VASER, LASER, PAL etc are very useful tools. However, in the wrong hands they can produce untoward (bad) effects; like giving a chain-saw to a novice. Far more important is the skill of the person using them and the kind of outcomes he usually produces.  
If you like the kind of results you see on this page then trust us to use the right tools to get you there.There are times to use a chisel and times when you shouldn't. Allow us to guide you when to use Vaser, Laser or neither.

Final Results
There will be some initial bruising and fluid accumulation at the operated sites. If present,bruising settles within 2 to 3 weeks. Fluid accumulation due to the operation itself settles within 2 to 3 weeks but may take several more weeks to completely disappear. By 6 months you will see the final result of your procedure. Don't despair about having to wait 6 months! You'll be 70% there by 6 weeks ....... 90% there by 3 months.

Will I ever lose the full benefiit of the liposuction? Not If you maintain your weight below your post-lipo breakeven weight.

The TLC Hideaway Recovery Facility

For those seeking a discrete safe recovery facility,book in to our private suite in a quiet safe PE (Port Elizabeth) suburb to just "overnight" or spend a few days under the watchful eye of our treating cosmetic doctor. Even those living in PE may wish to temporarily "disappear" from sight into this tranquil setting with a peaceful garden and picturesque swimming pool. Breakfast and other meals,as well as laundry can be provided. Click here to see pics and more details.

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