Liposuction is one of the five most common types of plastic surgery in the UK. It’s a cosmetic surgery to remove unwanted fat. Despite the innovation and growing trends in plastic surgery, liposuction is still one of the top surgeries performed. The safe, effective, and popular procedure can help contour, define shape, and balance proportions. It can be a powerful tool for removing unwanted and stubborn
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.
How Does Liposuction Work?
Your doctor will make tiny incisions using small tubes, then will gently suction out fat tissue. When certain areas of your body don’t respond to exercise or a healthy diet, liposuction may help shift that extra bit of fat.
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.
Who is the Ideal Candidate for Liposuction?
By no means is liposuction a weight loss procedure. It won’t make you immune to weight loss. The best candidates for liposuction are at a healthy weight and about 30 pounds away from their ideal weight. They have areas of fat that are just not responding to exercise and diet. Fortunately, there are several parts of the body you can use liposuction effectively to create a smoother and leaner body.
What Areas Can You Treat with Liposuction?
When it comes to liposuction, 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. Here are 7 of the most common areas for liposuction.
1. Love Handles
Love handles refer to the waist and flanks. This a very common area for liposuction as it can help to create the contours that can be difficult to achieve through diet alone.
For anyone losing weight, you probably know how troublesome the abdominal area can be. This is why it’s one of the most popular areas for liposuction. Following weight loss, many men and women struggle to lose excess fat around the stomach.
3. Thighs and Lower Legs
Even with plenty of diet and exercise, many people find that fat tends to settle in the thigh region. You can perform liposuction on the inner and outer thighs as well as the lower legs.
4. Chin and Neck
As you age, fat can start to accumulate underneath the chin despite no changes in weight. Because liposuction can target small areas, it’s a good solution for excess fat underneath the chin and around the neck that can help take years off.
5. Upper Arms
Another common problem area is fat deposits in the upper arms. When weight lifting and diet isn’t working, many people turn to liposuction for additional help. Liposuction is a good option for targeting unwanted fat in the upper arms.
6. Male Breasts
Gynaecomastia is a type of hormonal imbalance that causes breast tissue to develop in men. Although it’s not a medically serious condition, it can be embarrassing and really impact your self-esteem. Liposuction can target this area and remove fat.
While some fat in the bum is desirable, excess fat can result in dimples and sagging. Liposuction in the buttocks can make you look more in proportion. If you’re looking for another solution for your bum, some patients prefer the Brazilian butt lift for a full and shapely rear.
How Long Does It Take to Recover from Liposuction?
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.
To get the best results, your doctor will create an individual treatment and recovery plan. It’s essential that you follow your surgeon’s recovery schedule so that you give your body the best opportunity to heal.
What is the Difference Between Liposuction and a Tummy Tuck?
Liposuction and tummy tuck surgeries often appeal to people with similar aesthetic goals, but they are very different. When a person is looking for a smoother, flatter stomach, the two primary cosmetic surgeries that can help you achieve this is liposuction or a tummy tuck.
A tummy tuck, also known as abdominoplasty, is often used to remove excess skin from the stomach. This could be after pregnancy or weight loss, where no amount of exercise or healthy eating can fix the problem. During a tummy tuck, your surgeon removes sagging skin and excess fat and tightens the abdominal walls.
Liposuction also aims to flatten and improve the appearance of the stomach. During liposuction, your surgeon will remove excess fat from the abdomen. However, it does not remove excess skin, any stretch marks, or tighten the abdominal wall.
Can You Get Liposuction Done at the Same Time as Your Tummy Tuck?
It’s common to perform different plastic surgeries at the same time. Often, when a patient is already in the surgery room, they want to take care of multiple areas simultaneously.
You might be thinking if you can get liposuction and a tummy tuck at the same time together? The short answer is yes; they are frequently done together. It is entirely possible to have abdominal liposuction and a tummy tuck, but don’t expect aggressive liposuction. Liposuction to non-abdominal areas and a tummy tuck often takes place at the same time with excellent results.
The right procedure or combination of procedures is based entirely on your body and the results you’re looking to achieve. Although both a tummy tuck and liposuction can produce similar results, they are very different, so it’s important that you make the right decision.
What are the Risks and Side Effects of Liposuction?
There are potential risks and side effects with all types of plastic surgery. Side effects and potential risks of liposuction include
- Bleeding under the skin
- Blood Clots
With any plastic surgery, one of the best things you can do is find a certified and experienced plastic surgeon who you trust. Your surgeon will take you through the whole journey and talk about all the options you have available. Liposuction is a flexible and versatile plastic surgery that is effective in several different areas on the body.
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.