Frequently asked questions about Liposuction

What is liposuction?
Put simply, liposuction is a surgical procedure that removes excess fat from the body to improve the shape and contour of the body. The fat is situated between the skin and the muscle in the body, which is broken down and removed through small incisions in the skin.

How long is the downtime after liposuction?
The downtime after liposuction surgery depends on the type of liposuction treatment undertaken. Traditional liposuction uses a general anaesthetic and so requires patients to remain in the clinic to be monitored for a few hours before being allowed to leave. Vaser liposuction doesn’t require general anaesthetic and so patients can leave as soon as the surgery has finished. General anaesthetic with traditional liposuction can also increase the amount of pain experienced after liposuction surgery, so this needs to be taken into consideration when planning time off work. With Vaser liposuction, a brief period of rest is advised for about 12 hours, and normal activity can tend to be resumed soon after surgery. Strenuous activity should be avoided for two to three weeks after liposuction.

What results can I expect with liposuction?
Liposuction provides you with a slimmer, more contoured body by removing excess fat from problem areas. Results from liposuction vary from person to person, but in general, liposuction patients can expect to see some results immediately after their liposuction treatment, with continuing improvement over the following weeks. You can expect to see the full results of your treatment after three to four months. Results are generally permanent, although if you put on a substantial amount of weight after liposuction then it is not guaranteed that your body shape will remain the same.

Am I a good candidate for liposuction?
Liposuction is suitable for most people who are in good overall health and has realistic expectations with the results that they can expect from liposuction. While liposuction can considerably improve the appearance of the body, it is not a cure for obesity.

Want body areas can be treated with liposuction?
Liposuction can be used for fat removal on most parts of the body for both men and women, including the face, neck, breasts, chest, arms, stomach, buttocks, thighs, calves, knees and ankles.

What are the complications and risks of liposuction?
Liposuction is a safe procedure and as long as common sense is applied when undertaking the treatment, then complications and risks in liposuction are rare. Common sense practice includes not undertaking too much liposuction on the body in one day, not undertaking liposuction with a number of different surgical treatments on the same day, following the correct aftercare regime, etc. Rare problems that have been associated with liposuction include bleeding, infections, ulcers and nerve damage.

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