Liposuction is a popular body contouring technique that has been performed since an Italian gynaecologist called Dr Giorgio Fischer developed it in 1974. It is very popular, with several thousand women in the UK every year choosing liposuction to help iron out some problematic areas that they have not been able to address with diet or exercise. There are some important facts about liposuction that it is helpful to know before you decide to go ahead with the procedure which we’ll discuss in your lipo consultation.
If you want to lose weight, lose it before you have liposuction
The most important thing to consider when you’re thinking about having liposuction is that it is not a weight loss technique. This is the most common misconception that people have about liposuction, so here we will clear up any ambiguity about it.
Liposuction is best carried out when you have a stable body weight that you are comfortable with. The technique is designed to tackle unwanted pockets of fat that you have not been able to shift via other means. While we’re looking at what liposuction doesn’t do, it is worth noting that it also doesn’t remove cellulite, dimpled skin, or stretchmarks.
You’ll feel a bit delicate afterwards
As with many cosmetic surgery procedures, you will need to allow yourself time to recover afterwards and avoid strenuous exercise for around a month to six weeks afterwards. There will be a degree of bruising and swelling, as with any invasive technique.
Compression garments can help reduce swelling by reducing the risk of water retention in the affected area(s) and they can also help control the amount of bruising. You’ll be given thorough information about how to approach your aftercare, but you should expect to wear these for a number of weeks following surgery.
The results are long-lasting
The very good news about liposuction is its longevity. Assuming you maintain a stable weight following the procedure, you can expect that the results will last for many years. It takes a little while for the skin to settle down after the procedure, so you won’t really be able to see the full effects for around six months after you have had the work done, but be patient – the results are worth waiting for.