Liposuction of fat deposits

A hot woman with taut abdominal skin, a small layer of subcutaneous fat, and a well-toned muscle wall wearing a white bikini.

The ideal abdominal contour is that of taut abdominal skin with a thin layer of subcutaneous fat and a well-toned muscle wall. Women often desire reduction of lower abdominal, inner thigh and hip fat deposits, and wish to create a feminine, gently curving silhouette that is maximally tapered at the waist, also commonly known as the horglass figure. Men often desire lower abdominal and flank fat reduction and accentuation of the visible muscle contour, to project a more athletic and masculine image. 

Structural fat grafting is an increasingly popular complementary procedure where the suctioned fat is purified and grafted in targeted areas to further accentuate body contours. In women, fat may be grafted into the breasts or buttocks, and in men, to the pectoralis and abdominal muscles. Liposuction and structural fat grafting produce synergistic effects when used together to accentuate the aesthetic body form.

How Does It Manifest?

Despite having normal weight, individuals may have unsightly localized fat deposits that obscure the muscle contour and create unaesthetic silhouettes. Men tend to deposit fat in the flanks (“love handles”) and the lower abdomen. In contrast, women tend to have deposits in the side boobs, inner arms, hips, thighs, and lower abdomen. Individuals with such deformities may experience adverse effect on their body image and self-confidence and this may affect their social functioning.

How does it arise?

Fat deposits may be developmental (“born with it”), persist after weight loss, or occur as a natural consequence of aging. Fat deposits may accumulate despite having a normal BMI and is a result of intrinsic metabolic changes in the fat cells (adipocytes) that occur with age.

Following liposuction, a stunning woman's body.

The Picasso Advantage

Dr Matthew Yeo is experienced with liposuction and incorporates proprietary techniques to deliver exquisite and sustained results while minimizing the postoperative recovery time. Our clinic has an en suite operating facility that has MOH certification as an Ambulatory Surgical Center (ASC). This assures your maximal privacy and convenience while keeping facility and equipment costs contained. 

Our operating room carries a full range of liposuction equipment tailored for liposuction and structural fat grafting aimed at delivering optimal results.

Treatment | Liposuction

Liposuction is a safe procedure in trained and experienced hands. Common areas for liposuction include the arms, the side boobs, the flanks and abdomen, hips, thighs and calves. High definition liposuction is a technique where muscle contours are intentionally accentuated in addition to fat removal. Liposuction is an ambulatory procedure that is performed under intravenous sedation or general anaesthesia.

The following are good candidates for liposuction:

  • Stable weight for at least 3 months
  • Normal or near-normal BMI with localized fat deposits
  • Good skin elasticity
  • Individuals with suboptimal results from previous non-surgical treatment(s), including fat freezing (cryolipolysis) and external lipolysis procedures

Liposuction sculpts an aesthetic body silhouette by localized reduction of fat deposits. It removes unsightly fat bulges and restores a feminine, hourglass figure in females; liposuction enhances masculinity and athleticism in males.

Liposuction is performed using small and inconspicuous incisions that are well-concealed when healed. Structural fat grafting further enhances the individual’s silhouette or muscular definition depending on their desires. Successful results improve self-confidence and social functioning.

Individuals are advised to stop herbal supplements and traditional medicine, and start special medications 7 days prior to surgery to minimize bruising and swelling.

Small incisions are made near the areas of intended liposuction, and local anaesthetic is infused for optimal intra- and post-operative pain relief. Using specialized cannulas and equipment available at Picasso Plastic Surgery, the fat is broken up and aspirated under negative pressure.

The optimal amount of fat to be removed is a fine art: sufficient to restore an aesthetic contour, yet within appropriate limits to permit the skin to shrink postoperatively and prevent the formation of loose skin folds. Proprietary techniques are used to achieve further contour definition (high definition liposuction) in specific areas.

In cases where concurrent fat grafting is to be performed to other areas, the fat is extracted, processed, and grafted into the relevant areas through small incisions. Individualizing the surgical approach produces natural-looking, elegant, and bespoke outcomes.

Many individuals are able to return to work between the 5th and 7th postoperative day. Depending on the extent of liposuction performed, the swelling and bruising will mostly resolve by the 14th postoperative day. Stitch removal is usually performed on the 10th postoperative day.

Showering is possible from the 2nd postoperative day onwards. Specific post-operative compression garments may be required in the first 2 weeks to minimize postoperative bruising and swelling, guide shrinkage of the skin and prevent formation of irregular skin folds. Bruising may be minimized by avoidance of strenuous activity for the first 2 weeks.


Is liposuction safe?

Effective and safe treatments are the cornerstones of care delivery at Picasso Plastic Surgery. MOH has a set of stringent regulations governing liposuction to ensure patient safety. In accordance with these regulations:

  • Liposuction may be performed by plastic surgeons, or selected non-specialist practitioners possessing appropriate MOH licensing. Dr Yeo is a plastic surgeon with extensive experience with liposuction for both aesthetic and reconstructive purposes
  • Liposuction cases need to be performed at certified Ambulatory Surgical Centers. Our clinic operating facility has received MOH certification as an ASC
  • Ambulatory liposuction may be performed up to a maximum volume of 2 liters of supernatant fat (the fat fraction after separation from the fluid). Overnight stay in the hospital for monitoring is required for individuals desiring liposuction involving larger volumes. Dr Yeo has specialist credentialing at a broad range of private hospitals to facilitate overnight admission should individuals wish to perform liposuction beyond the 2 liter stipulation

Complementary procedures

Complementary procedures enhance the result of the liposuction and may be performed at the same sitting if desired. These include: