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What is liposuction?

Liposuction is a cosmetic surgical procedure aimed at removing excess fat deposits from specific areas of the body to enhance overall contours and create a more sculpted appearance. Commonly referred to as lipo, this surgical technique is popular for targeting stubborn fat that may not respond well to diet and exercise alone.

The liposuction process typically involves the following steps:

  • Consultation: Before the procedure, individuals consult with a qualified plastic surgeon to discuss their goals, assess candidacy, and determine the most suitable treatment plan.
  • Anesthesia: Liposuction is usually performed under local or general anesthesia, depending on the extent of the procedure and patient preferences.
  • Incisions: Small incisions are made in the targeted area, and a tumescent solution—a mixture of saline, local anesthetic, and epinephrine—is infused to numb the area and minimize bleeding.
  • Cannula Insertion: A thin, hollow tube called a cannula is inserted through the incisions. The surgeon then maneuvers the cannula to break up and suction out excess fat.
  • Fat Removal: The emulsified fat is suctioned out, contouring the treated area and providing a more aesthetically pleasing shape.
  • Recovery: After the procedure, patients may experience swelling and bruising. Wearing a compression garment is often recommended to aid in the healing process. Recovery times vary, and individuals are advised to follow post-operative care instructions.

 

Liposuction is suitable for various body areas, including the abdomen, thighs, buttocks, arms, and more. It is essential for individuals considering liposuction in the UK to consult with a qualified plastic surgeon for personalized advice, discussing goals, potential risks, and expected outcomes.

Do I need liposuction?

The decision to undergo liposuction is a personal one and depends on individual factors, goals, and considerations. Here are some points to help you determine if liposuction may be suitable for you:

  • Stubborn Fat Deposits: Liposuction is often chosen to address areas of stubborn fat that are resistant to diet and exercise. If you have specific pockets of fat that persist despite a healthy lifestyle, liposuction may be an option.
  • 2. Overall Health: You should be in good general health to undergo any surgical procedure, including liposuction. A consultation with a qualified plastic surgeon will help assess your health status and determine if you are a suitable candidate.
  • Realistic Expectations: It’s essential to have realistic expectations about the outcomes of liposuction. While it can effectively contour and reshape certain areas, it is not a weight-loss solution or a substitute for a healthy lifestyle.
  • Specific Body Concerns: Liposuction is commonly used to address areas such as the abdomen, thighs, buttocks, arms, and more. If you have specific body areas that you feel detract from your overall appearance, liposuction may be considered.
  • Consultation with a Plastic Surgeon: The best way to determine if liposuction is right for you is to schedule a consultation with a qualified plastic surgeon. During this consultation, you can discuss your goals, concerns, and expectations. The surgeon will assess your anatomy, overall health, and help you understand what liposuction can achieve for you.

It’s important to note that liposuction is a surgical procedure, and like any surgery, it comes with potential risks and considerations. Additionally, it is not a solution for obesity or a substitute for a healthy lifestyle. If you are considering liposuction, it’s crucial to seek guidance from a qualified medical professional to make an informed decision based on your unique circumstances.

Which body areas can undergo liposuction?

Liposuction is a versatile cosmetic surgery procedure that can be used to target and remove excess fat from various areas of the body. Some common areas where liposuction is frequently performed include:

  1. Abdomen: Liposuction can be used to address stubborn fat deposits in the abdominal area, helping to achieve a flatter and more contoured stomach.

  2. Thighs: Both the inner and outer thighs can be treated with liposuction to improve the overall shape and contour of the legs.

  3. Buttocks: Liposuction can be employed to enhance the shape of the buttocks and remove excess fat for a more sculpted appearance.

  4. Hips and Flanks (Love Handles): Liposuction can target the love handle area and hips, helping to create a smoother transition between the torso and lower body.

  5. Arms: The upper arms, particularly the area known as “bat wings” or excess arm fat, can be addressed with liposuction to improve arm contour.

  6. Back: Liposuction can be used to eliminate excess fat on the upper and lower back, reducing bulges and enhancing the overall appearance.

  7. Chest: In men, liposuction can be performed on the chest area to address conditions like gynecomastia (enlarged male breasts).

  8. Neck and Chin: Liposuction can be used to remove excess fat from the neck and chin area, helping to define the jawline and reduce the appearance of a double chin.

  9. Calves and Ankles: Liposuction can target the lower legs to address concerns such as cankles or excess fat in the calf area.

It’s important to note that the specific areas suitable for liposuction can vary from person to person, and the decision to undergo liposuction should be made after consultation with a qualified plastic surgeon. During the consultation, the surgeon will assess your individual anatomy, discuss your goals, and provide recommendations based on your unique circumstances.

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Manual liposuction

Manual liposuction is the old conventional method of liposuction where a suction pump is connected to an end of the liposuction tubes which are connected to a special cannula with sharp holes at the tip. These holes cut through the fat to allow small boluses of fat tissue to be sucked outside the body. This method is the standard ‘’old fashion’’ technique of liposuction. It is time consuming and can be traumatic to the tissues hence it is rarely used nowadays.

Manual liposuction

Manual liposuction is the old conventional method of liposuction where a suction pump is connected to an end of the liposuction tubes which are connected to a special cannula with sharp holes at the tip. These holes cut through the fat to allow small boluses of fat tissue to be sucked outside the body. This method is the standard ‘’old fashion’’ technique of liposuction. It is time consuming and can be traumatic to the tissues hence it is rarely used nowadays.

Laser assisted liposuction

Laser assisted liposuction utilises laser beams to breakdown the fat tissues and cells through the skin. Once broken down into small fragments and fluid-like material, patient’s body will absorb the melt fat without the need for suction. Laser assisted liposuction may have a risk of sever thermal injuries to the skin, due to the high amount of energy delivered to melt down the fat tissues.

Vaser liposuction

Vaser liposuction, a popular technique, uses ultrasound probes to liquefy fat, aid skin contraction, and reduce trauma, swelling, and bruising for faster recovery, making it effective in various areas including breasts, hips, flanks, and back.

Liposuction helps improve the body shape and aesthetic harmony of patient’s body parts and hence It does not and should not aim to reduce weight. It helps though to remove all the unwanted fat from the stubborn areas when it is difficult to remove through exercises or diet.

Female patients tend to have excessive fat around their abdomen during pregnancy due to the natural hormonal changes associated with pregnancy. These hormones lead to excessive deposition of fat cells in certain areas of patient’s body including, breasts, abdomen, and upper thighs. This fat remains for some time after delivery. Exercises can help accelerate getting back to normal body shape. If there are any fat deposits left in stubborn areas, then liposuction can help remove them.

Heavy thighs happen due to either big muscle bulk or excessive fat deposits. Exercises and diet can help improve the shape of the thighs. Liposuction can also remove the excessive fat deposits through circumferential liposuction or certain areas liposuction like inner thighs, trochanteric areas, anterior and posterior thighs.

  • Mobilise and walk to prevent blood clots.
  • Drink plenty of fluids.
  • Eat a healthy diet with high protein to help your wounds to heal.
  • Wear your garments day and night for 6 weeks then at night only for another 3 weeks.
  • Shower using natural cleaning materials and tap dry with cotton towels.
  • Leave the dressings intact if there are any. They are usually waterproof or semi waterproof.
  • Smoking or sitting with any smokers for at least two weeks.
  • Driving for 2 weeks after surgery at least.
  • Exercising for 4 weeks at least after surgery.
  • Spending a long time in a bath or open water.
  • Exercising your chest or upper arm muscles for at least 2 months after surgery.

After liposuction surgery, patients are moved to recovery in their dressings and garments. These stay in place for at least few days after the surgery to avoid disturbing the wounds. Patients stay for few hours in recovery before they are sent home with some antibiotics and pain killers.

One week to 10 days after surgery, patients will have their first dressing change at the clinic. They are then seen on regular basis by the surgeon and the nurses in the following few months after their surgery. From day one after surgery, our team members will stay in touch with the patient to make sure they are following the correct post operative recovery course.

Not all patients stay for a night after their liposuction procedure. In fact, most of liposuction procedures are done as a day surgery cases.

The indications for overnight stay include, but not limited to, large liposuction areas, large amount of lipoaspirate (fat removed), and patient’s health status and fitness for day surgery procedures hence patient selection is a key role in safe liposuction surgery.

Patients can go back to normal daily activities 2 to 3 weeks after liposuction procedures unless otherwise recommended by their surgeon. Surgeons recommend light activities for the first few weeks of patients’ return to their work. Driving and commuting should be taken into accounts when planning for surgery.

Patients should be able to see the difference immediately after liposuction surgery. Few hours after the surgery, inflammation and swelling are normal sequence to take place. Patients should take their anti-inflammatory regularly to help the swelling subside in the first few days after liposuction surgery. Once the swelling subsides, patients should be able to see the results in few weeks-time. It is crucial for the patient to be aware that final outcome can take up to 9 to 12 months.

It is very rare to use drains after liposuction surgery nowadays, however, it is not a wrong practice to have a drain after liposuction surgery.

A tummy tuck is usually combined with liposuction to the upper abdomen, flanks and waistline nowadays. In the past there were concerns about interrupting the blood flow to the skin when surgeons combined liposuction to tummy tuck surgery.

With recent advances in surgery, it is safe to combine liposuction with tummy tuck to enhance the waistline- hip ration, flatten the upper stomach and hence improve the cosmetic outcome and achieve flat stomach.

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