Let’s talk liposuction
What does liposuction do?
Liposuction is a surgical procedure that assists in the removal of localised deposits of subcutaneous fat from anywhere in the body. This procedure consists of making small incisions to the selected regions of the body, before a high powered vacuum is used to remove fat cells and so assist in improving body contour in problem areas.
How much fat can liposuction remove?
Patients should not expect to lose an extremely large amount of weight with liposuction, however liposuction should produce significant improvements in body contour.
Is liposuction worth it?
This is determined by two overarching factors – diet and heredity. If you are someone who suffers from inherited stubborn or subcutaneous fat through genetics then liposuction may be for you. Heredity determines the location and number of individual fat cells which are fixed and unchanging after puberty. For example, if you have inherited large numbers of fat cells on your thighs, you will always have a larger amount of fat on the thighs when compared to other areas of the body, with strenuous attempts at weight loss leaving you with persistently bulky thighs. Therefore, in the instance where you have inherited stubborn subcutaneous fat and you are wishing to improve body contour, then liposuction may be for you.
In contrast, diet can increase or decrease the amount of fat in each cell, but will not affect the total number of cells or their distribution. Therefore, if you have experienced weight gain as a result of poor dieting, it is recommended that you persist with exercising before opting to receive liposuction.
How much does liposuction cost?
The cost of liposuction depends on the specific method of liposuction in which you undergo. It is difficult to determine the exact costs of liposuction without visiting a qualified surgeon such as Dr Margaret Anderson. Additionally, the needs and requirements of each individual are different, which is why online brochures, websites or advertisements rarely give any indication of the costs associated with liposuction.
Tummy tuck before and after
Abdominoplasty, commonly referred to as a tummy tuck, assists in the removal of excess skin and fat around the stomach. Tummy tucks assist in improving the appearance of the stomach, whilst also tightening the abdominal wall, improving bladder function and preventing overeating.
There are a number of factors that need to be taken into consideration before receiving liposuction surgery, these include:
- Good skin elasticity and firmness
- Realistic expectations
- Cardiovascular disease or diabetes can increase complications
It is also important that patients who are interested in undergoing liposuction understand the risks associated with the surgery. Some associated risks may include:
- Numbness or increased sensitivity to the skin
- Significant scarring
- Excessive liposuction
- Allergic or toxic reaction to the drugs
- Blood clots
Although the risks mentioned above occur rarely, it is important to understand that these things do happen.