Liposuction remains one of the most popular cosmetic surgery procedures in the UK, but in recent years, we’ve seen more people turn to less invasive procedures that ‘kill’ the fat cells either by freezing or heating them. So, why should you still consider liposuction to remove fat and improve body shape?
#1 Lipo is not a weight loss procedure
Liposuction removes the subcutaneous fat layer in areas of the body that are challenging to tackle with diet and exercise alone. However, it is important to understand that it’s not a weight loss procedure and you’ll get the best results when you at or near your ideal body weight.
#2 Liposuction is an all-body procedure
Areas of the face and body that lipo can be performed include the double chin, neck, the upper arms, breasts, back and bra strap area, abdomen, flanks, outer and inner thighs. Men can also have liposuction to improve the appearance of male breasts.
#3 Liposuction is a day case procedure
Depending on the areas to be treated and the amount of fat being removed, it is possible to have liposuction performed using either local or general anaesthetic. Even if it is performed under the latter, most patients will return home the same day to start their recovery.
And here are the questions you should ask at your liposuction consultation:
Q1. Am I an ideal candidate for lipo?
The best candidate for lipo is someone who is committed to maintaining a healthy weight but are troubled by pockets of subcutaneous fat that is not responding to diet and exercise. The degree of skin laxity will also be taken into account as you may require surgical excision of loose skin as well as liposuction to get the best results.
Warwickshire cosmetic surgeon Mr Alan Park advises all his patients to stop smoking prior to surgery and for a period afterwards to ensure optimal healing.
Q2. What sort of scarring should I expect?
Unlike a tummy tuck or breast lift where the cosmetic surgeon has to make large incisions and reposition tissue, this fat reduction procedure usually results in small scars. The cannula is a small instrument, so the surgeon will make a small incision, and these can usually be positioned where they will be least noticeable.
Q3. What is the recovery like after lipo?
Recovery is quicker than cosmetic surgery procedures like a tummy tuck or facelift and patients can generally return to normal activities within a few days to a week. Exercise can be resumed within a few weeks and Mr Alan Park will advise you on this at your consultation.
If you have further questions, call 01926 436341 to arrange your liposuction consultation with Mr Alan Park.