Liposuction is one of the most popular plastic surgery treatments in the UK. It can be a powerful tool for removing unwanted and stubborn fat. While liposuction is considered safe and effective, it’s still surgery. So, it needs a lot of care, attention, and proper recovery.
For many men and women, losing weight and toning up requires a lot of dedication following a healthy diet and exercising regularly. Sometimes, this process can leave you with stubborn fat that you just can’t shift, no matter what you do. If you’re considering liposuction, knowing what to expect before, during and after the surgery can make the process much easier.
What is Liposuction?
Liposuction is a surgical procedure to remove fat from the body using suction. It’s is a highly efficient solution to leave you with more defined and balanced proportions. Surgery time really depends on the amount of fat being removed from the body. This is something you will discuss with your doctor beforehand.
During the procedure, your surgeon starts by making small incisions where the fat will be removed. Next, your doctor uses thin, hollow tubes to loosen up fat tissue before using suction to remove fat from the body.
What Areas Can You Treat with Liposuction?
When it comes to this procedure, many areas of the body respond well. Everybody is unique, and trouble areas differ massively from one person to another. Liposuction can effectively treat several parts of the body, including:
- Love handles
- Upper arms
How Long Does It Take to Recover?
Typically, you will go home the same day as your surgery. We always advise that you ask a friend or family member to drive you home. After your surgery, you will wake up wearing a compression garment. This is to help control the swelling and bleeding.
It’s a good idea to pencil in around one week of downtime after your surgery. It’s important to stay hydrated after your surgery and take the time to rest and recover. After about 4-6 weeks, you can return to normal activities and exercise. At the 6-week mark, the majority of the swelling and bruising should have subsided. Your surgeon will talk you through everything you need to do to prepare for your surgery and create your individual recovery plan.
When Will You See Results from Liposuction?
Although you will start to see results immediately, you will experience swelling after the surgery. You can expect to see the final results between 1 to 3 months. As the incisions are small, you will have small scars that will naturally fade over time. You are unique, which means recovery schedules can differ. Recovery is an individual process.
What are the Risks and Side Effects of Liposuction?
There are potential risks and side effects with all types of plastic surgery. Side effects of liposuction, including swelling, bleeding, bruising, numbness, and inflammation. Potential risks include bleeding under the skin and blood clots.
It’s essential that you follow your surgeon’s recovery schedule so that you give your body the best opportunity to heal. If you find that your body doesn’t respond to exercise and diet, liposuction could help you remove that stubborn fat you’re struggling to budge.
Would you like a consultation for liposuction? Contact our team to find out the best options for you.