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Liposuction FAQS

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What is Liposuction ?

Liposuction is a suction-assisted surgical procedure used to remove localised deposits of subcutaneous fat from specific areas of the body such as thighs, hips, abdomen, buttocks, knees, upper arms, neck and chin.

How is liposuction performed ?

The basic liposuction procedure involves the insertion of a small tube-like instrument, called a canula, into the layer of subcutaneous fat via tiny incisions made by the surgeon. In some cases liposuction is performed alone, in other cases it is performed in conjunction with cosmetic surgeries such as a facelift, breast reduction or tummy tuck. The fat is then either removed via a vacuum apparatus or a syringe.

Will I be able to see results immediately?

For the first few weeks after surgery there will be come post-operative swelling, so results will usually not be immediately visible. The rate at which the swelling subsides depends on the surgeon’s surgical technique and method for post-operative care as well as how quickly the individual patient heals.

Improvements in contour will usually become apparent after about one to two weeks, with marked results visible after three to six weeks. It may take as long as six months to see the final results after liposuction.

Does the fat come back ?

It is widely believed that a person is born with a certain number of fat cells. These cells grow and shrink when a person gains or loses weight but they don’t change in number. Unlike some other cells, they do not regenerate, which means fat removal in specific areas during liposuction can have permanent results. If a patient gains weight, the liposuctioned area will never have the same bulk as it did before the surgery – but if they gain weight it will settle somewhere else. For example, if a women gains weight after liposuction of her hips, outer thighs, and abdomen, then most of the fat will be deposited elsewhere such as the woman’s breast, face, back and legs.

Who are the ideal candidates for liposuction?

The best candidates are people who are in good health, of normal weight, have excellent overlying skin tone, have localised fatty deposits that are resistant to diet and exercise, as well as having realistic expectations about the outcome of liposuction surgery. Any adult age can be appropriate for liposuction but the younger the patient, usually the more capacity for skin retraction.

What are the limitations of liposuction and how much fat can be removed?

Quality of the skin over the area to be liposuctioned is of paramount importance. After the fat is removed, liposuction relies on the skin contracting to prevent any looseness or sagging. So if the skin is of poor quality due to say stretch marks or already sagging then the amount of liposuction that is appropriate or safe will be limited or even contraindicated.

Younger skins tends to have more tone and allow more aggressive fat removal. Different body areas have different quality skin and allow more or less aggressive fat removal.

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