Liposuction has become one of the most common cosmetic surgery procedures performed today. Proven safety, minimal scarring, and outstanding results have made it the preferred method for removing fat from the hips, thighs, buttocks and abdomen, as well as areas of the face, neck, and arms.
Liposuction is not an alternative to weight reduction but can be very effective in removing fat from areas that do not respond to diet and exercise programs.
How Is Liposuction Done?
Liposuction is performed under general or local anesthesia. First, the area is pre-injected with a special solution to decrease bruising and assist in the fat removal. A narrow tube is inserted through a small skin incision. The doctor then manipulates the tube, which is connected to a strong vacuum, breaking up and suctioning out the fat.
How Long Have You To Stay In Hospital?
Usually, it is done as a day case, so you return home the same day. When a lot of fat has to be removed a one night stay may be necessary.
Are There Any Risks?
Liposuction is a safe procedure with minimal risks. Temporary bruising, swelling, numbness and minimal pain are the usual side effects. You will have small scars at the sight of liposuction. In some people, these scars may stay red for a while.
What Happens Afterwards?
Following surgery, you will be placed in a compressive garment which will help control the swelling and aid in the overall healing process. This garment should be worn for approximately one month. You will most likely feel sore and bruised for few days. Swelling and bruising will take at least two weeks to settle. You may resume normal activities within one week and strenuous activities within 3-4 weeks following surgery. But it will be about 3 months before the full benefit will be visible.
Will It Last?
Fat cells do not regenerate in adult life. Therefore their removal by liposuction will give a permanent change in contour and be independent of any changes in body weight. The result is usually permanent with sensible diet and exercise.