Liposuction: Just What Can it Do For You?
Liposuction is one of the best-known forms of plastic surgery, and there’s a reason why it’s so popular. Tens of thousands of people around the world have achieved great results, including countless celebrities regularly making tabloid headlines for their endeavours. If you’re intrigued by liposuction, here’s a rundown of what’s involved and what it might do for you.
So, what exactly is Liposuction?
Liposuction is a procedure that removes deposits of fat from various areas of the body, most commonly the abdomen, back, hips, thighs, knees, ankles and buttocks. It may also be used on the face, neck and arms. Women most often present for their tummys, hips and thighs whereas for men, liposuction may assist to reduce fat around the love handles and abdomen, and can also be used for enlarged male breasts ( gynecomastia) often in conjunction with surgery.
The liposuction procedure is not an alternative to healthy weight loss, but may be effective in targeting areas in which individuals are genetically prone to carry fat or to areas that have not responded to diet or exercise. A healthy diet and regular exercise is are of course recommended in any case, before and after liposuction.
What does the procedure involve?
There are various types of liposuction procedures and your doctor should discuss all options with you before making recommendations. Liposuction involves a suctioning of fat from the body, and it’s usually performed under a light general anaesthesia in a licensed and accredited surgical centre.
It is important that an expert in the field with years of experience in body contour surgery be sought out to avoid lumpiness, skin irregularity, dimpling. Post-operatively patients wear a compression garment to the treated area for a few weeks to promote and assist in the healing process. .Most people find they can return to work within a week.
And why is Liposuction so popular?
Being a long-established form of cosmetic surgery, the liposuction procedure is safe if performed by an experienced cosmetic plastic surgeon in an accredited surgical facility, with a simple recovery and minimal scarring. The results speak for themselves.
Most people can see a difference in body shape just a few days after the procedure and results generally improve over a few months as swelling subsides.
Is Liposuction for you?
If you have struggled with shifting fat, particularly in areas such as the stomach, thighs and buttocks, then you might benefit from liposuction. However it is important to have a thorough consultation with a respected and experienced plastic surgeon who can assess your situation, discuss your unique options, risks and benefits.
Although generally safe, caution should be exercised in finding a reputable, qualified and experienced surgeon working in a licensed facility before undergoing any surgical procedure.
Your doctor should assess your personal circumstances before making full recommendations. For many people, liposuction has proved to be a positive step in helping to improve body appearance and boost self-confidence.
Speak to The Cosmetic and Restorative Surgery Clinic for a frank consultation whether liposuction is right for you. With over 25 years in the field, Dr Hodgkinson, can help you determine whether you are a candidate for liposuction.