Liposuction is a surgical process designed to remove fat from stubborn areas without the use of long, unsightly incisions or lengthy recuperation times. If you’ve been sculpting away at your figure at the gym for ages and still can’t quite whittle away all of your problem areas, liposuction may be just the treatment you need to realize your goals. Understanding the procedure is an important step to take before you make the decision to have cosmetic surgery.
The Process of Liposuction
Liposuction is performed while the patient is under general anesthetic. This means you will be put to sleep and won’t hear or feel a thing. Once you’re sleeping peacefully, the surgeon will make a few small incisions in your skin.
Through the incision, the surgeon can then introduce a slim surgical rod called a cannula. This rod breaks up the fat and sucks it out, much like a vacuum cleaner. Once the fat is removed, the incisions are closed.
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The Limitations of the Procedure
Liposuction is great for targeting specific areas that are stubborn and hard to tone, such as the lower abs and the ‘saddle bag’ area on the outside of the thigh. However, it cannot be used to remove a huge swath of belly fat or a large portion of buttock fat.
Liposuction also does nothing for sagging skin. If you’ve lost a lot of weight or given birth to a baby and are now confronted with excess skin hanging from your midsection, you likely need a tummy tuck. Lipo won’t tighten loose skin.
Potential Risks and Side Effects
As with all surgical procedures, there is some risk to having liposuction. It’s far more likely for patients to experience colorful bruising and some discomfort post-surgery. If you’re allergic to any anesthetics or have had problems with anesthesia in the past, disclose this before you book your liposuction surgery.
Schedule a Consultation
If you have stubborn deposits of fat that are simply not responding to diet and exercise, liposuction can be a great tool for helping you to reach your goals. To discuss your options, contact us today to book a consultation where we can review your case and answer any questions you may have.