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Before you undergo a liposuction treatment, make sure you know everything about the procedure first! This website will help you understand what liposuction is, the different kinds of methods (yes, there’s more than one!) the risks, benefits and whether it’s right for you.
The Basics- what is Liposuction?
Liposuction is, for all intents and purposes, a type of surgery that removes fat from the major fat deposits of the body (thighs. buttocks. abdomen, etc.) It is an invasive surgery, so the tubes used in the procedure will get under your skin. Also called lipoplasty, liposuction can help effectively reduce fat and give people the figure they really want, however it is not, and never should be, a complete replacement for a good healthy diet and constant exercise!
How does it work?
During the surgery tubes are inserted through small cuts in the skin, and fat is suctioned through these tubes.
To date, there are three kinds of liposuction that patients can make their pick of, according to their individual needs, body type or preference.
The major thing to determine one’s suitability for liposuction procedure is mental stability. Before going through with the procedure, specialists must ensure that patients are psychologically healthy otherwise any mental health issues will interfere with their healing. Similarly, many say that a negative self-image and under confidence may lead people to thinking they do need liposuction when it’s actually not necessary.
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What can I expect from a liposuction procedure?
We always tell pour clients to have realistic expectations, because every body (literally!) is different in their responses to the procedure. Liposuction doesn't eliminate cellulite or stretch marks. It can only do so much to certain parts of the body. Results may only be visible after the first month or so, and additional surgery may be required to deal with excess skin.
Bruising and swelling normally occurs after procedure, and to help the body heal properly one is given a form-fitting garment or tight bandage that is kept on for the first month or so. While this happens, fluid may drain from the tiny incisions in the skin, and we make sure to give clients antibiotics to prevent infection. Depending on the amounts of fat remove, size and location of the areas treated, the effect of anaesthesia may last longer or wear off quickly, and while some people are able to get up and do their normal day to day activities after surgery, other require minimal movement and prolonged care, depending on their comfort level.
Why should I get it done?
Have you tried diets and exercise for a long time with no result to your figure? Do you have fatty bulges in inconsistent places that just refuse to go away and become uncomfortable? Have you developed fatty tumors, what one might call excessively big ‘man boobs’ or metabolism problems? Are you on an average or healthy weight, but can’t help but think ‘where is all this fat coming from?’ These are usually the major reasons why people have liposuction at all.
Keep in mind that liposuction is done to reshape the body, not reduce weight or treat obesity! More often than not, it is done as the most popular method of helping a person achieve their ideal figure and have a better self-image. For the troublesome fatty parts of the body that are difficult to get rid of, liposuction is ideal.
Risks to the Procedure
As with all surgeries, liposuction comes with its own package of risks. Part of what you should consider before treatment is the skill and experience of your doctor. In properly equipped, well-certified facilities, there is less risk of complications.
However, complications can arise if you’re a smoker, or if you have had more than on area (or one very large area) treated, or if you don't comply with the aftercare requirements.
The common side effects include swelling, bruising, irritation caused on the skin by the cuts made in it during procedure, and loosening of skin. As mentioned, the loose skin can be treated with additional surgery.
And the less common side effects include damage to skin nerves (usually a risk if you opt for the ultrasound procedure), uneven skin surface where you've been treated, or uneven skin pigmentation. Although there is very little chance of these risks occurring under the right circumstances, it has happened, and we want you to be aware, prepared and not scared of liposuction!