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Aesthetic Procedures: Body

Aesthetic Procedures: Body

Aesthetic Procedures: Body


ONFA_LipoMost excess fat deposition in the body can be controlled through diet and exercise.

However, there are stubborn fats in the body which, due to their location and inherent properties, refuse to disappear no matter how hard we try. This commonly includes fat at the neck and chin (‘double chin’), the upper outer breast and axilla region (‘bra fat’ or ‘armpit fat’), and the upper arms.

ONFA (Once ‘N’ For All) Lipo is the use of targeted liposuction to permanently* remove these stubborn areas of fat.
*Results may vary from individual to individual.

Who would benefit from ONFA Lipo?

The ideal candidate for ONFA Lipo is an individual who has been persistent in a weight loss or weight maintenance regimen, including proper diet and exercise, and is of a normal body mass index (BMI), and are unable to get rid of stubborn bulges in certain parts of the body, despite their efforts. As mentioned previously, these commonly include the double chin, bra fat, and upper arm fat.

Individuals who are overweight or obese and who have not tried to lose weight on their own will find that fats removed from liposuction tend to reaccumulate if no effort is made to maintain the weight loss.

How is the procedure performed?

The amount of fat removed in ONFA liposuction is relatively small, and the procedure can be performed comfortably in our day surgery unit under an hour. It is commonly performed under local anaesthesia with a small amount of sedation to keep you comfortable during the procedure.

In preparation for the procedure, patients are advised to:
• Avoid having food and drinks for 8 hours before the procedure
• Avoid smoking for 2 weeks before and 2 weeks after the procedure
• Avoid Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) or health supplements for 1 week before the procedure

In the operating theatre, you will be kept comfortable and monitored closely. Once sedated, small stab incisions are made based on pre-operative planning to allow access to the targeted areas. This is then followed by liposuction, ensuring adequate volume removal and symmetry. In cases where tightening of the skin is desired, VASER liposuction technology can be added to help with post-operative skin retraction.

ONFA liposuction can be performed concurrently with other treatments to enhance overall results. These include minimally invasive procedures such as fillers as well as surgical procedures such as facelifting. Your experienced plastic surgeon will perform a thorough assessment and discuss the best treatment options for you.

What to expect after the procedure


Expected sequelae of the procedure include pain, bruising and swelling. Pain is usually well controlled with oral painkillers, whilst bruising normally dissipates after 2 to 3 weeks. Swelling at the area of liposuction is maximal during the first week after the procedure. After this, the swelling will gradually dissipate, and the final results can be seen at 8 to 12 weeks after the procedure. You will be required to wear a pressure garment for as long as possible in the weeks after the procedure to help with reduction of swelling and skin retraction.

At Polaris Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery, we will assess the individual’s unique anatomy and desires to recommend the appropriate treatment. Besides ONFA Lipo, treatments may include excision of excess skin or minimally invasive skin-tightening procedures. In addition, we can combine VASER liposuction with ONFA Lipo to enhance the post-procedure skin retraction and smoothening.

What are the potential complications of the procedure?

Potential complications, though rare, can include:
  • Numbness and other sensory changes, which may be permanent
  • Contour irregularities
  • Scarring at the liposuction port site
  • Uncontrolled bleeding
  • Damage to deeper structures of the body


Any contraindications for the procedure?

Possible contraindications for ONFA Lipo include multiple uncontrolled medical problems, unstable weight gain or loss, weight gain due to pre-existing medical conditions, previous surgery in affected or targeted area, or suspected/confirmed cancer or on cancer treatment.

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