Liposuction can be a great cosmetic tool to help with the removal of stubborn and unwanted fat from key areas of your body. Liposuction is not a treatment for obesity, but a treatment to remove the difficult fat that proves resistant to a healthy diet and exercise.
Liposuction can be used to contour your body into a desired shape, removing fat cells from specific areas. Areas commonly targeted by liposuction include the abdomen, hips, buttocks, thighs, back, neck and upper arms. If a stable weight is maintained after the procedure, permanent results can usually be expected.
It’s important to keep in mind that liposuction results are subtle not dramatic, and will vary considerably between individuals. Be honest with your surgeon and ensure that you have realistic expectations from your surgery.
How much will it hurt?
Pain levels can vary greatly from person to person. For the majority of patients, it’ll feel like the treated area is very bruised and tender. The pain should not be so severe that you are unable to move or focus on the activities that you’re trying to engage in.
Be realistic about your pain expectations from your surgery. It is a surgical procedure but the pain shouldn’t be debilitating. Most find that they have much less pain than anticipated, particularly if they ensure they keep moving and keep the blood flowing during recovery.
How soon will I see results?
Most surgeries will cause significant swelling in the treated area. This holds true for liposuction. For some patients, the swelling may last several months. Final results will not be fully visible until the swelling has subsided.
Most will see swelling going down after the four-week period. Compression garments worn for the first four to six-weeks after the surgery can help to control swelling and also keep pain levels manageable.
What kind of scarring will I get?
It’s important to keep in mind that scarring is typically inevitable with any surgical procedure. A skilled surgeon will know the best techniques for minimising the visibility of scars. When it comes to liposuction, tiny incisions are made for the equipment insertion. The number of incisions that you have will depend on the area that you are having treated.
Your surgeon will hide incisions in natural skin folds where possible.
How much fat can be removed at one time?
The largest amount of weight that can be removed during one procedure, without requiring an overnight hospital stay, is typically about 5 liters.
Whenever possible, your surgeon will remove the most amount of fat from the targeted areas as possible. Be sure to discuss your cosmetic goals and expectations prior to the surgery.
Will the fat come back?
Once the fat cells have been removed from the treated area, they will not return. What you may experience is that any remaining fat cells can increase in size if you gain weight.
It’s very important to only undergo liposuction procedures if your weight is stable and has been maintained for some time.
Where can I get liposuction done?
Liposuction can be used to treat stubborn fat deposits on almost any part of the body. It can be used on the stomach, arms, thighs, and buttocks, and even on the neck where needed.
Keep in mind that liposuction cannot do anything to treat excess skin. If you have loose skin surrounding an area that is treated with liposuction, the cosmetic results may not be what you want. Many patients opt to combine skin removal surgery with liposuction in order to get the best results.