Liposuction is a cosmetic procedure that involves the removal of unwanted fat from parts of the body that are usually tough to slim down through conventional methods, like exercise.
Liposuction, also referred to as fat reduction surgery, is an effective cosmetic treatment performed to help reshape the body by removing unwanted fat. It’s not a procedure that should be used as an alternative to exercise or a healthy diet. Instead liposuction should be considered as a complementary cosmetic procedure, an alternative solution to further aesthetic enhancements.
The treatment involves the sucking out of fat from small areas of the body where fats are commonly stored by the body and are often too difficult to remove through exercise and dieting alone.
Some of the most common areas of the body where liposuction is used are: Stomach/Abdomen, Thighs, Hips, Chin, Arms and knees
The aim of the procedure is to reshape the body, with long lasting results, on condition that weight is maintained through a healthy diet and exercise.
If liposuction is something you’re considering, before taking the big step, make sure you have all the information you need to make the best decision for yourself, and to set realistic expectations. Speak to your GP and get consultation from specialists in the field before you move forward.
Why have liposuction
Here are some reasons why many people choose to have liposuction:
- Desire to have a more aesthetically pleasing appearance
- Improve body proportion
- Build confidence and boost self-esteem
- Build motivation to maintain new shape
- Choose from a wider variety of clothes which fit better.
What does liposuction surgery involve?
Depending on the area of the body you choose to have liposuction, it can be performed under local or general anaesthetic and take up to 3 hours to complete. Local anaesthetic is more likely for liposuction on lower parts of the body.
During the operation the surgeon will mark out the area of the body where the fat needs to be removed and start making small incisions. A small tube knows as a Canula or a syringe is inserted through the incision to start the process of breaking the fat cells down and begin the fat removal.
The suction tube, which has a vacuum attachment, is used for the fat extraction. It is moved back and forward to loosen and suck the fat out. Excess fluids and blood are drained before the incisions are stitched and the treated areas are bandaged.
Any fluids lost as a result the liposuction procedure will be replenished during and after the surgery. After the procedure, you may be required to stay overnight.
After your liposuction and recovery
You should expect to feel some discomfort for 1 or 2 weeks after your liposuction surgery and notice some swelling and bruising around the treated area. You’ll be fitted with a support corset or compression bandages to help reduce swelling and bruising.
You may be given antibiotics to eliminate the risk of post-surgery infection, and pain killers to reduce pain and swelling.
Post-surgery, during your recovery, you may also feel down or depressed. This is considered normal and should subside as you start to heel and see the results of the surgery and your new shape.
Your surgeon will outline a full recovery plan for you.
The NHS recovery guide for Liposuction is as follows:
- On average 2 weeks to make full recovery
- If procedure is performed under general anaesthetic, someone will need to be with you for 24 hours
- Can’t drive for few days after surgery
- Can return to work after a few days if a small area is treated. Larger areas may need up to 10 days off work to recover
- Can remove bandages or corset to shower
- No strenuous activity for 4 weeks
- May take up to 6 months to see full results
Risks and side effects of liposuction
Like any other medical procedure, liposuction has its own risks and side effects. Before opting in for your procedure ensure you are clear on what these risks and side effects are. Although we will touch on a few of the effect below, your surgeon at the clinic or hospital should go over in detail any risks associated with your treatment.
Here are some common side effects related to liposuction:
- Swelling, which may last up to 6 months
- Leakage, fluid coming from incisions
If, after the procedure, you feel you have encountered a serious problem or the outcome is not what you were promised, and the results are not what you expected, reach out to your surgeon.
Contact the clinic that performed the procedure and explain the situation, especially if you’re experiencing discomfort or any unusual symptoms that were not explained to you during the consultation.
If you suspect the procedure was not carried out in the correct manor and you’re not satisfied with result or the level of care you have received, you should contact the CQC
Who is liposuction for?
You may be wondering if liposuction is for you. Like many forms of cosmetic surgery, it can be down to an individual’s choice or a personal preference.
The ideal liposuction patient’s profile is someone who:
- Is of average to slightly above average weight
- has realistic expectations of what liposuction can do for them
- is psychologically able to cope with the consequences of the treatment
- knows that liposuction is not a quick an easy way to lose weight
- wants to aesthetically improve the shape of their body and feel better about it
Who isn’t it for?
Liposuction isn’t for those who want to lose weight as it isn’t a treatment for obesity. It also isn’t a treatment to remove stretch marks, cellulite or any skin conditions.
Things to consider before your procedure
Opting for any form of cosmetic surgery requires a lot of careful thought and consideration. You need to really understand the reasons for choosing the procedure you want and set realistic expectations of the outcome. As we’ve pointed out earlier, every surgery, big or small, contains some level of risk.
Once your mind is made up, are you confident that you are fully prepared for the treatment?
Here are some things you should think about:
- If you have children, do you need childcare?
- Do you have adequate space to recover?
- How long is the recovery time for your treatment?
- How long do you need to take off work?
- When will you start to see the results you expect?
- Can you maintain the results of your liposuction?
- When will you fully recover and resume your usual activity?
How much does liposuction cost?
The cost of your liposuction procedure is determined by many factors. The hospital or clinic you choose to have the procedure in, the area of the body you want done and the extent to which you need the treatment will affect the overall cost of the procedure.
According to NHS figures, the cost of liposuction in the UK is in the region of £2,000 to £6,000. This large variation in prices is based on the factors outlined earlier.
Other online sources also indicate a similar price range from £2,000 to £6,000 with a median average cost of £3,500.
Treatment Cost Abroad
Croatia: From £1,900
Czech Republic: Please Enquire
Turkey: Please Enquire
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About Liposuction Treatment
Liposuction is cosmetic surgery procedure carried out to remove fatty tissue from areas of the body that retain fat. These are areas where traditional dieting and exercise are not effective like the abdomen, thighs, hips and parts of the face.
Liposuction isn’t a weight loss procedure and should not be considered for this purpose. The amount of fat removed will not make a significant impact on your weight. The aim of the procedure is to reshape the body. If taken care of, the procedure should have long lasting effects.
The procedure usually involves a small incision being made in the area where fat removal is required. A small tube is inserted through the cut, starting the process of breaking fat cells down and followed by extraction.
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