We read about celebrities undergoing surgery all the time, and liposuction is one of the most common procedures; but what do we really know about it? Here’s a quick rundown on the ins and outs of liposuction, to ensure you’re equipped with the all-important details.
What is liposuction?
Liposuction removes excess fat. It’s not a treatment to lose weight, and it can’t tackle any cellulite. Rather, it gets rid of the fat that’s so hard to budge through diet and exercise alone. You see, when you lose and gain weight, certain areas of your body will develop fatty cells; liposuction simply decreases those localised fat deposits, by utilising a variety of techniques.
What happens during the procedure?
Here at Secret Surgery we use VASER, which not only gives you more precise results, but a quicker recovery time too. The treatment employs ultrasound technology to target your problem areas, and can often tighten the skin at the same time. It can take from one hour to several hours, depending on the treated area(s), and you’ll be provided with compression garments to allow your body to adjust. Typically three weeks without strenuous activity is recommended, and the results are immediately evident.
Who’s the best candidate for liposuction?
The younger the better; it’s not that the treatment isn’t suitable for older patients, but the skin’s elasticity will most certainly determine results. Bear in mind that liposuction isn’t a quick fix, so realistic expectations are a must: you’ll notice a significant difference if you employ exercise and correct nutrition, because your physique is an extremely important factor. Diabetes, poor blood circulation and heart or lung disease can all cause complications, so liposuction is not recommended for those with such conditions.
What are the risks?
Bleeding, infection and even a reaction to the anaesthetic can all occur post-operatively. While the rate of complication is extremely low, you’re likely to encounter less glamorous side effects. The treated area can become discoloured underneath the skin, and you’ll experience a degree of numbness temporarily. You may also experience some contour irregularities such as wrinkling of the skin or small depressions, but while these after-effects are entirely possible, they are also treatable.