In some cases, even if on a strict diet or participating in regular exercise it can sometimes still not be enough to get rid of excess fat. Liposuction might be the answer and indeed the solution for those stubborn areas. It might be that you need excess fat removed after neglect or as a result of heavy dieting which is why various types of anaesthesia are used during liposuction. For example, if it is only small areas of fat that need to be removed, you may only need to have a local anaesthetic or if it is the case where more extensive surgery is required a general anaesthetic. Liposuction procedures have different time-scales depending on the amount of fat being removed, you will have full knowledge of all of this prior to any procedure taking place.
Liposuction – what areas are treated and what happens?
Contrary to what many people believe liposuction is commonly used to treat patients who are near normal weight and have firm elastic skin. It is not a substitution for weight loss. Areas that are more commonly treated are the hips, thighs and buttocks, stomach and the neck, upper arms and knees. Male breasts are also a common treatment area. Any of the procedures can only begin after you have seen one of our consultants. They will assess your skin quality, your overall health and the amount of fat to be removed. Once we are both in agreement and you are absolutely happy with our recommendations, the surgery will take place.
Our experienced surgeons have carried out thousands of these procedures which involve them making a small or several small incisions into the skin depending on the area being treated. Using a thin, hollow tube they will break up the fat cells beneath the skin surface and remove them with a special suction or vacuum. Any incisions will be stitched at the end of the procedure.
Liposuction – what’s involved in the recovery and how do I book a consultation?
Like any surgery, recovering from Liposuction will vary depending on the extent of your surgery, you may be able to have the procedure as a day patient. Our after-care team will make sure you have the correct pain relief medication once the anaesthesia wears off. You may need to wear an elastic support garment for two to six weeks after surgery which we will supply. Everyone heals differently so results may vary but it is not unusual to have your stitches removed five to ten days following your surgery. For the first few weeks you will need to rest and avoid any strenuous activity, so no gym and depending on what type of employment you are in you may need to take one to two weeks off work depending on the extent of your procedure. Once the swelling has decreased you will notice a difference in your body contour, it is worth noting that it may take up to six months for the area to settle. The results of liposuction appear gradually, your shape will continue to improve over the next six months to a year, as long as your weight is stable. For a FREE consultation to see if liposuction will be the answer for you call our team today at your nearest clinic.
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