Many of us have been there; feeling frustrated when healthy eating and a regular exercise routine just aren’t getting rid of persistent pockets of fat. This is because your body never naturally sheds fat cells—as your weight fluctuates, fat cells either shrink or increase in size, making it difficult to tone certain areas. Men and women commonly experience these stubborn fat deposits on the abdomen, face, neck, double chin, arms, flanks, hips, and thighs. Liposuction is a great way to safely and permanently slim down these areas.
WHAT IS LIPOSUCTION?
Liposuction is one of the most popular cosmetic procedures, and with the popularity comes new techniques to optimize the results while minimizing tissue trauma. What this means is that you can remove unwanted fat with liposuction while minimizing your downtime. Our board-certified plastic surgeons specializes in liposuction techniques that balance fat removal with contour enhancement. The result is a beautifully defined body that has attractive curves that are absent of bulges and pouches of fat.
BENEFITS OF LIPOSUCTION
Liposuction offers the following benefits for men and women:
• Relatively little downtime
• Minimal scars that are difficult to see
• Immediate improvement in natural contours
• Eliminates stubborn fat that cannot be reduced with diet and exercise
WHO IS THE IDEAL CANDIDATE FOR LIPOSUCTION?
There are many different reasons people choose to get liposuction, and many patients can greatly benefit from the procedure. It’s important to speak with our consultants and surgeons about your concerns, but here are a few things to ask yourself:
• Do I have pockets of stubborn fat that are resistant to diet and exercise?
• Would I like to permanently improve the contours of my body?
• Am I concerned with fat on the face and neck, around the body, or on my legs?
• Am I at a healthy weight and in general good health?
If you answered yes to these questions, you are likely a good candidate for liposuction.
WHAT DO I NEED TO DO BEFORE HAVING LIPOSUCTION?
If you are considering liposuction, we recommend that you meet with our consultant and surgeon for a consultation. Some clinicians who perform liposuction still use traditional techniques that can result in excessive tissue trauma and inconsistent results. By having your liposuction performed by ‘My Health Medical Centre’, you can feel confident that the results will be amazing and natural.
WHAT SHOULD I EXPECT ON THE DAY OF MY LIPOSUCTION?
Liposuction is typically performed under general anesthesia, but IV sedation and local anesthesia may be used in some small cases. Your surgeon will begin by making small, inconspicuous incisions in the area to be treated, usually placed in a way that is easily hidden by clothing or natural skin folds. Through these incisions, small specialized tubes called cannulas are used to precisely and carefully remove unwanted fat.
Once surgeon has re-sculpted the area and achieved the desired contour, the incisions will be sutured and dressed. You will be able to return home the same day, though you will be required to wear a compression garment to help encourage healing and to protect your results. Frequent compression is recommended for about a month to help reduce swelling.
HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE TO PERFORM LIPOSUCTION?
Liposuction on one area can take one to two hours. Your total surgery time may be longer if you are having multiple areas treated with liposuction, or if you are combining liposuction with other body contouring procedures.
WHAT TO EXPECT AFTER LIPOSUCTION
After your procedure, you will experience some soreness, bruising, and swelling in the treatment area. Initial discomfort can be managed with prescription pain medication, though many patients feel they can switch to an over-the-counter option within just a few days. Residual swelling and bruising should resolve within seven to 10 days, and you can help the process by carefully applying ice to the area.
Depending on the nature of your job, you will likely be able to return to work within a week, though you should take care not to strain your incision sites. Normal activity can be resumed at this time, but you should use caution when exercising or doing anything strenuous for couple of weeks.
WILL I HAVE SCARS AFTER GETTING LIPOSUCTION?
If you are having liposuction as a standalone procedure, the incisions are very small, so the resulting scars are almost undetectable once fully healed.
WHEN WILL I SEE RESULTS?
Right after your liposuction procedure, you will see a noticeable improvement in the treatment area. You will have some swelling, so you will see full results after two to three weeks.
HOW LONG WILL THE RESULTS OF LIPOSUCTION LAST?
The fat is permanently removed with liposuction, but you can develop new fat in the treatment area. Continuing to follow a healthy lifestyle that includes diet and exercise will prolong the results. Aging also causes fat to develop on your body, and you cannot stop these effects, so you may need follow-up fat removal procedures.
ADDITIONAL PROCEDURES TO ENHANCE YOUR LIPOSUCTION RESULTS
Some patients benefit from combining procedures with liposuction. If you have areas of loose skin on your abdomen (which may or may not worsen after more fat is removed), you may consider tummy tuck surgery (abdominoplasty). New mothers often benefit from a set of mommy makeover procedures, which often include a customized combination of breast lift surgery, breast augmentation, and body contouring.