By removing stubborn fat deposits, liposuction or ‘lipo’ produces almost immediate results. Liposuction is a very effective surgical procedure which removes fat that can’t be eradicated through diet and exercise. Traditionally, liposuction is performed around the hips, buttocks and abdomen however, liposuction can also be performed on the chin, neck and jaw in conjunction with facial surgery to enhance the natural bone structure of the face.
Am I a suitable candidate for Liposuction?
Liposuction should not be considered as a weight loss tool however, good candidates for liposuction tend to have localised fat deposits which do not respond to diet or exercise. The ideal candidate should be close to their target weight and have good skin tone which is elastic and firm. If the skin tone is poor, for example stretch marks or cellulite are present, liposuction can sometimes worsen the appearance of the skin. In such cases, skin removal surgery like a tummy tuck, arm lift or thigh lift could be more beneficial.
What happens during Liposuction?
During liposuction, a small incision of about two centimetres is created so that a small tube or cannula can be inserted. The cannula is often power assisted and works by breaking up the fatty tissue. Once the tissue is broken up, it is sucked out leaving a contoured and defined silhouette which is immediately visible to your surgeon whilst on the operating table.
What should I expect after having Liposuction?
Whilst the effects of liposuction will be immediately apparent in the operating theatre and for a few days post surgery, the tissue will soon begin to swell and bruise as the healing process sets in. Within days, the treated area will fill with healing fluid, much of it watery protein. On average, it will take around six weeks for the tissue to settle into it’s natural shape, so during this time it is very important to wear compression garments to help reduce swelling.
Liposuction is usually performed as a day-case procedure under local anaesthetic which will mean a shorter recovery period compared to having a general anaesthetic. The type of anaesthetic you have will depend on the extent of your surgery. This will be fully discussed with you during the consultation period.
In either case you should avoid any strenuous activity until your stitches have been removed. Even then you must always listen to your body and stop any movement which causes pain.
How long do the effects of surgery last?
In cases of considerable weight gain after liposuction, new fat cells will develop in all areas of the body, including the treated areas. However, as liposuction removes and reduces the fat cells from troublesome areas which have a tendency to store more fat, you will get relatively less fat being put on if your weight fluctuates. Maintaining your ideal weight will ensure that the results of the liposuction will continue into the long term.
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