Many people find that, no matter how good their diet is or how much exercise they do, there are still some stubborn areas of fat that refuse to shift. If you are one of these people then liposuction could be the answer.
Liposuction also known as liposculpture or suction-assisted lipectomy was first introduced in 1982, liposuction has since become one of the most popular cosmetic surgery procedures available. Liposuction has revolutionised body contour surgery since its inception and is now internationally approved as a safe method of removing unwanted fat.
Where Can Liposuction Be Performed?
Liposuction can be used to target fat in specific areas and can slim and reshape parts of the body, such as the buttocks, hips, thighs, knees, ankles and lower abdomen in women and the flanks, abdomen and breasts in men - all areas where we commonly accumulate hard to shift fat even following weight loss and dieting.
Liposuction is recommended for patients who are near normal weight and who are wishing to improve their body contour by the removal of unsightly fat pads they cannot otherwise shed. For individuals who are grossly overweight, liposuction is an unsuitable treatment as it is not designed to treat obesity or weight loss.
Patients generally need a body mass index BMI of 28 or under to be a suitable candidate for liposuction and to obtain the best results. If the body mass index is over 34 then the only surgical option would be weight loss surgery
If you are unsure of your bmi then please call 0844 335 6126 and we will happily calculate it for you and advise you accordingly.
What Happens During Liposuction Surgery?
Liposuction surgery can take approximately 30 minutes to 2 hours depending on the technique used and the extent of the surgery. For smaller areas, liposuction can be carried out under local anaesthetic and on a day care basis. The larger areas of lipo surgery will be carried out under general anaesthetic and with the patients will usually spending a night in hospital following the operation.
Liposuction is performed through small incisions around the area to be treated, a small metal tube called a cannula is then inserted into the area and pushed and pulled between the skin and muscle to break up the fat, the unwanted fat is then removed by vacuum suction. The areas of incision will be carefully chosen so that scarring is as inconspicuous as possible, following surgery the incisions will be closed with a stitch or dissolvable suture.
Recovery Following Liposuction Surgery.
Recovery times will differ, depending on the area to be treated and the amount of fat that has been removed. Your surgeon will advise the necessary post-operative care, rest required and the amount of time you personally would needed to take off work for recovery purposes.
The treatment is completed with the patient wearing a pressure garment following the surgery and for around two to three weeks after. This will minimise swelling, help the body establish its new shape and promote shrinkage of the tissue.
Liposuction is currently the only medically approved procedure which allows the selective removal of localised fat cells, meaning it is perfect for abdominal fat, neck and chin fat and for men who wish to combine it with Gynaecomastia surgery (male breast surgery) to achieve excellent results.
Book Liposuction Surgery in a UK plastic surgery hospital
Our lines are open from 9am to 9.30pm everyday to deal with your questions and bookings regarding liposuction. Simply call us on 0844 335 6126 to book a consultation with a liposuction surgeon today.
Your liposuction surgery consultation can normally take place within 2 weeks with the possibility of the liposuction surgery following about 2 weeks later.
Our consultation can normally be booked within two weeks, with a liposuction surgery appointment taking place just two weeks after that - so contact us today to arrange a liposuction consultation.
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