Common Cosmetic Procedures For Men

Common Cosmetic Procedures For Men

What are the most common cosmetic surgery procedures for men?

In any plastic surgery practice approximately 10% of the patients will be male and Dr Hunt’s practice follows that trend. The three most frequently performed procedures in men are:

  1. Liposuction
  2. Eyelid reduction
  3. Rhinoplasty

Other common cosmetic procedures for men include gynaecomastia or chest contouring surgery as well as body contouring surgery after significant weight loss, such as a lower body lift or tummy tuck. Less common procedures include facial rejuvenation such as face lifts and neck lifts, however these are becoming increasingly popular.

Liposuction 

Liposuction is a minimally invasive surgical procedure that removes disproportionate areas of fat to create a more balanced body contour. In male patients the most common areas of treatment will be the abdomen as well as the love handles and lower back. However areas such as the neck and under the chin are also frequently treated.

Eyelid Surgery 

The signs of ageing around the eyes can create the appearance of tiredness and many men seek treatment to this area to create a more rejuvenated appearance.

Laxity of skin in the upper eyelids can also obstruct your visual field and an upper eyelid reduction can be performed to relieve the obstructed vision.

Rhinoplasty

Men often seek nose surgery in two circumstances. Firstly, when there has been trauma to the nose due to sporting activities. The nose may be deviated with an obstruction to breathing and many men will seek to correct this post-traumatic deformity.

Secondly, many men will seek correction to their nose for aesthetic reasons such as a large dorsal hump or a particularly long nose that has long caused them concern.

With ageing, there is a tendency for the nose to increase in length creating a dipping or plunging tip and quite often men seek correction of this anomaly in later life.

Dr Hunt’s Philosophy on Male Cosmetic Surgery  

It is imperative that male patients are approached and treated in a different way to female patients.

The results of male cosmetic surgery need to maintain masculinity and the possibility of feminising a man’s face needs to be avoided, unless this something they are specifically trying to achieve.

In the majority of male plastic surgery cases a more subtle outcome is desired. Many male patients do not want to be noticed by friends and colleagues as having had surgical procedures such as a rhinoplasty or a face lift.

Other Frequently Performed Procedures for Men 

Gynaecomastia Surgery

It is not uncommon during puberty for hormone changes to result in excess glandular tissue. The difficulty is at the end of puberty this excess glandular tissue can remain and creates a feminine appearance to the chest – the dreaded man boobs.

Quite often, the simple act of going to the beach will be uncomfortable for men who have excess breast tissue and, in more significant cases, the contour of the chest can be visible even under a shirt.

Gynaecomastia surgery is often combined with liposuction to create a more masculine contour of the chest.

Post Weight Loss Surgery

After significant weight loss men may be troubled by excess tissue and sagging skin. The areas most commonly addressed to correct these issues will be the abdomen with a tummy tuck and for men who have lost a significant amount of weight a lower body lift may be considered.

Mummy Makeover Common Myths

Mummy Makeover Common Myths

Myth Busting: Mummy Makeovers

There are often myths associated with different types of surgical procedures and they can be accepted as the truth. Dr Hunt addresses some of the most common myths associated with mummy makeover surgery.

Only mums can have a mummy makeover

The term mummy makeover was coined to describe the combination of surgeries that correct changes to the body after pregnancy and breastfeeding. However, you don’t have to have had children to be considered for this procedure. Any patient who is considering a combination of abdominal and breast surgery is a candidate for a mummy makeover.

A mummy makeover is a cosmetic procedure

In many cases a mummy makeover will be a purely elective and cosmetic. However, in some cases there will be a medical need to correct functional changes due to excess skin and limitations potentially due to large and heavy pendulous breasts.

In cases such as these where there are functional medical issues, the procedure is not cosmetic and may be covered by Medicare item numbers.

I’m too old for a mummy makeover

A mummy makeover that corrects changes in the abdomen and breasts following pregnancy and childbirth is often addressed soon after pregnancy. However, this is not always the case and many patients choose to undergo this procedure many years later.

Many mums find they are very busy with their young children and often only find time to address their personal concerns when their children are much older or have left home.

There is no age limit to when a person can consider getting a mummy makeover. Dr Hunt’s mummy makeover patients range from new mums to grandmothers with young grandchildren.

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Any surgical or invasive procedure carries risks. Before proceeding, you should seek a second opinion from an appropriately qualified health professional.

Mummy Makeover FAQs

Mummy Makeover FAQs

Mummy Makeover Frequently Asked Questions

Women who are considering mummy makeover surgery will naturally have a lots of questions about the procedure. What are the different surgical options? What recovery time can they expect? Is the procedure covered by Medicare or private health? It is completely normal to have a long list of questions while researching a surgical procedure. Dr Hunt has answered some of the main questions he is often asked by his mummy makeover patients.

What is a mummy makeover?

The mummy makeover is a surgical procedure that involves a combination of surgery, usually on the breasts and the abdomen.

The abdominal contouring procedures that may be used include liposuction as well as a series of tummy tucks and are often used to correct changes after pregnancy and childbirth.

When the abdominal contouring procedure is combined with a form of breast surgery, be it a breast lift, breast reduction or breast augmentation, this combination is often termed a mummy makeover.

Am I a candidate for a mummy makeover? 

As a mummy makeover involves a combination of procedures, the key to success is to seek the opinion of a fully qualified plastic surgeon who can guide you to the most appropriate procedure.

The abdominal component of a mummy makeover may involve liposuction, mini-tummy tuck, full tummy tuck or an expanded tummy tuck to address and correct excess skin, lax muscles and disproportionate deposition of fat.

The combination of any of these abdominal procedures with breast surgery in the form of a breast reduction, breast lift or breast augmentation would make a mummy makeover.

As each patient is different it is key is to be assessed by a fully qualified plastic surgeon who can create an individualised treatment plan to be carried out in a fully qualified surgical facility.

Does Medicare cover mummy makeovers?

Medicare was brought into place in Australia to provide a categorisation for medically necessary procedures where the costs are covered by the government. Medicare does not cover cosmetic procedures, only those deemed to be medically necessary.

Medicare and Breast Surgery

In terms of breast surgery, procedures that cause functional limitations such as excessively large breasts can be covered by a Medicare item number.

Operations that involve breast implants are rarely covered by Medicare. If the procedure addresses a functional limitation, such as significant breast asymmetry, then this will be covered by a Medicare item number.

In relation to mummy makeovers Medicare item numbers can sometimes be applied to these procedures if certain criteria are met. These procedures would include breast reduction, correction of congenital breast disease and of course, breast reconstruction after cancer treatment.

Medicare and Abdominal Surgery

Medicare item numbers are designed to be applied to medical problems that require medical correction. In terms of abdominal surgery, Medicare item numbers do apply if there has been a significant weight loss that has resulted in excess skin that creates functional problems, such as skin chafing.

This is assessed by the degree of drop in a patient’s BMI or body mass index which is the ratio of their weight to their height.

If there has been a significant drop in the BMI that has created laxity of skin, then Medicare item numbers could potentially apply.

If a Medicare item number does apply to a surgical procedure, it means that private health care (depending on the level of cover) will potentially cover hospital and operating theatre costs.

Where does mummy makeover surgery happen?

As these are large surgical procedures, Dr Hunt always performs mummy makeovers in a fully accredited hospital under general anaesthetic.

What is the recovery from a mummy makeover?

The recovery time from surgery will be determined by the extensiveness of the surgical procedure.

For example, a mini-tummy tuck may involve a 1 or 2 night stay in hospital with 1 to 2 weeks of recovery. Whereas a full abdominoplasty would require a longer stay in hospital, potentially 4 or 5 days and then 3 to 4 weeks of recovery.

Similarly, larger breast surgery will require longer recovery periods. It would be reasonable to consider a 1 week recovery for a breast augmentation and potentially 2 weeks recovery for a breast reduction.

What are the benefits of combining procedures in a mummy makeover?

It is possible to combine multiple surgical procedures safely and the decision to do so will be based on the patient’s health, age and a discretionary choice of the surgeon involved.

Patients often choose this option as it is more cost effective, includes only one visit to hospital and one recovery period.

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Any surgical or invasive procedure carries risks. Before proceeding, you should seek a second opinion from an appropriately qualified health professional.

Surgery After Weight Loss Myths

Surgery After Weight Loss Myths

It can often be hard to decipher fact from fiction, especially when you are researching surgical procedures online. Dr Hunt addresses some of the most common myths associated with surgery after weight loss, also known as body contouring surgery.

Fat moves to different areas after liposuction

Liposuction will remove fat cells permanently from the body and these fat cells will not come back.

If a patient continues to have a high calorie diet after their liposuction then the body will still need to store the extra fat. As a result the fat will now be stored in different fat cells in the body and these may become enlarged if calorie intake is not reduced.

This often creates the myth that the fat has moved to a different area of the body, which is not necessarily the case.

Skin will tighten with exercise

After extreme weight gain and consequent weight loss, the skin can lose its elasticity and is unable to return to its original state, usually resulting in large amounts of excess, sagging skin. Many people assume that regular exercise will be able to tighten this excess skin, however this is not the case. Regular exercise will increase muscle tone and it will also burn calories and decrease fat volume. However exercise will not tighten the skin.

Tightening of skin will usually require a surgical intervention to achieve a significant result, however there are some non-surgical devices that can tighten small areas of skin such as the neck.

Body contouring is a cosmetic procedure

Body contouring is regarded by Medicare and health funds as a medical and reconstructive procedure in most cases of significant weight loss.

There are potential health benefits from removing excess chafing skin that is prone to rashes and potential infections.

Medicare and health funds recognise this and depending on the level of your health fund, it is likely that the procedure will be deemed medical not cosmetic.

Each patient is different and needs to be assessed on an individual basis to determine if this is the case.

Surgery after weight loss is simply the removal of skin

This is not necessarily the case as skin removal will often create a flat and poorly defined result.

Surgery after weight loss, or body contouring surgery, can involve the tightening of loose muscles, liposuction of disproportionate fat and also the tightening or removal of excess skin to create a 360° re-contouring of the area being treated.

Surgery after weight loss is just about abdominoplasty

Patients who experienced weight loss will notice that they have lost weight over the entire body, which can lead to excess or sagging skin around the abdomen, arms, legs, breast for female patients and chest for male patients.

For this reason, surgery after weight loss will often involve procedures to address loose skin and fat deposits on the abdomen in the form of a tummy tuck, or abdominoplasty. However, it can also encompass area such as the hips, flanks and lower back with 360° procedures such as the lower body-lift.

Other areas that can be treated include the arms, thighs, breast for female patients and the chest area in males. Patients may also lose volume in the face and neck and require facial rejuvenation such as a face-lift or neck-lift.

Each patient will have their individual needs and desires and these need to be formulated into a treatment plan for each individual to achieve the best results possible.

If you have achieved your weight loss goal and are now looking to have surgery, book your one-on-one consultation with Dr Hunt to see how he can help you.

Any surgical or invasive procedure carries risks. Before proceeding, you should seek a second opinion from an appropriately qualified health professional.

Surgery After Massive Weight Loss   

Surgery After Massive Weight Loss  

Surgery After Massive Weight Loss – What are my options?

After achieving a weight loss goal, many people find they are left with large amounts of excess skin, which can be extremely disheartening after they’ve worked so hard to lose weight. Don’t worry though, you are not alone – many people who have experienced massive weight loss are also troubled by the amount of excess skin they are left with. Once your skin has been stretched due to weight gain, it can lose its elasticity and often struggles to shrink back after weight loss.

Surgery after massive weight loss is often an option many people turn to in order to change the contour of their body, get rid of excess skin and tighten their muscles. There are several surgical options available depending on what part of the body has been most effected by weight loss and many of these can be performed at once to reduce recovery time and cost.

Tummy Tuck

An abdominoplasty, more commonly known as a tummy tuck can remove the large amounts of excess skin left behind after massive weight loss. A tummy tuck can address three main areas of concern; lax muscles, excess fat and lose skin. There are several types of tummy tuck procedures available, however the most effective after massive weight loss would be either a full abdominoplasty or an extended abdominoplasty.

A full abdominoplasty removes all the skin below the belly button and tightens the muscles. It can also be combined with liposuction of the abdomen to remove excess fat. This procedure achieves the maximum tightening of the abdominal tissue and the scar usually runs from hip to hip.

An extended abdominoplasty can also be considered if weight loss has led to excess skin extending around the hip. An extension of the abdominoplasty can be used to remove excess skin over the hip to improve body contour. The scar is slightly larger than that of a traditional abdominoplasty.

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Thigh Lift

A thighplasty, commonly known as a thigh lift, removes excess skin from the thigh area leaving you with a tighter more toned appearance. There are 2 main forms of thigh lift surgery one that address the inner (medial) thigh and one that addresses the outer (lateral) thigh. An inner thigh lift removes loose skin and excess fat from the inner thigh, whereas an outer thigh lift tightens the front and outside of the thigh. Liposuction can also be combined with and inner thigh lift to achieve the best results.

Upper Arm Lift

An upper arm lift addresses the excess skin that can hang under your arms as a result of ageing or weight loss. An upper arm lift reduces the amount of skin and excess fat that lies between the underarm and elbow, giving the arm a more toned appearance.

Breast Lift

As women age their breasts can lose their shape and firmness and this can also occur after a large amount of weight has been lost. Many women who have achieved their weight loss goal find that their breasts have started to sag. A mastopexy, more commonly referred to as a breast lift, reshapes and firms the breast by lifting them up. Breast lifts are also commonly combined with a breast augmentation to increase breast size and fullness.

Lower Body Lift

After achieving massive weight loss people find they have large amounts of excess skin around their abdomen, thighs, hips and bottom. A lower body lift addresses all these areas by removing and tightening any excess skin, in one surgery.

If you have achieved your weight loss goal and are now considering surgery to remove excess skin, book a one-on-one consultation with Dr Hunt to see how he can help you.

Any surgical or invasive procedure carries risks. Before proceeding, you should seek a second opinion from an appropriately qualified health professional.

 

Effective and Safe Liposuction – by Dr Jeremy Hunt

Effective and Safe Liposuction – by Dr Jeremy Hunt

Liposuction is one of the most commonly performed cosmetic procedures worldwide and year in and year out it is the top procedure performed in terms of numbers of cases in the United States.

My experience with liposuction spans over some 15 years where I was initially taught by some of the best surgeons in the United States how to perform this procedure effectively and safely.

Liposuction currently makes up a large proportion of my practice and it is a procedure that I find can deliver very pleasing results to the right patients with minimum downtime, rapid recovery and maximum safety.

When it comes to my philosophy on liposuction, I tend to equate it to removing a volume of fat from the skin envelope just like letting air out of a balloon. If the appropriate amount of air is let out of the balloon the balloon will contract and maintained its shape and form while the size and volume are decreased. If too much volume is removed then the balloon will potentially collapse and that is where we potentially lead to ripples and unsightly outcomes in cases where liposuction is performed poorly, or in patients where liposuction was not appropriate.

Performed effectively and safely, it is a very reliable procedure for patients who are looking to improve body contouring in specific areas of the body though is not to be regarded as a weight loss program.

Patients do need to be realistic about their outcome from liposuction and it is not simply a case of removing as much fat as is possible. Patients who are on a stable diet with a good exercise program who are then troubled by a specific area with disproportionate deposition of fat, are patients who are good candidates for liposuction.

In men, the areas classically affect the abdomen, potentially the chest with the love handles being one of the most commonly treated areas. In women, the fat distribution is more likely to be disproportionate around the legs with the inner thigh, outer thigh, and knee being the commonest areas performed. Liposuction is also applicable and very helpful for patients with excess fat deposits in areas such as the neck, under the chin, in the upper arms, on the back, the upper back above the bra strap or the lower back above the belt line.

Liposuction can also be used in combination with other procedures such an abdominoplasty. A lipoabdominoplasty is a combination of a tummy tuck with liposuction and it has really become the gold standard in terms of abdominal contouring. In body contouring surgery, such as brachioplasty or arm reduction or lower body-lift and thigh-lift, liposuction is also a valuable tool that is used at the same time to maximise the outcome of those procedures.

In liposuction, a small incision is made in the skin to allow access for a liposuction cannula. These are long, thin stainless steel tubes at the end of which are small holes which have sharpened edges. As the cannula is moved backwards and forwards below the skin and applies suction, small parcels of fat will be suctioned into the holes and then with the backwards and forwards motion, those parcels of fat will be removed. Once the fat has been removed it is removed permanently. Fat cells do not split and divide and multiply after the age of puberty, so the number of fat cells you have is fixed. What they can do though is increase in volume, so, like the balloon analogy, they are either full of fat and enlarged when you are carrying excess weight, or empty and small when you are lean. Liposuction will permanently remove some of these fats from the area treated, and once these fat cells have been removed with liposuction they are removed permanently.

The permanent removal of the fat leads to some of the myths associated with liposuction. Patients may feel that the fat has ‘come back in a different area’. This is not the case as the fat cells do not move. If the patients continue to intake a large amount of calories, then the body will store these extra reserves. As the body cannot store these reserves in the fat cells that have been removed, the body will store them in fat cells in other locations. For these reasons, patients who do not maintain a good diet and exercise program and a stable weight following liposuction may feel that the fat has ‘moved to another area’.

In terms of the long terms result from liposuction, patients can expect a permanent removal of fat in the area that has been treated. They do though need to maintain a good diet and exercise program as all areas of the body will potentially be able to store fat if excess weight gain is the case. In my practice, I choose to perform liposuction that I feel will deliver patients the maximum results with the maximum predictability and importantly, the maximum safety.

Liposuction is performed for my patients in a fully accredited hospital by myself as a fully accredited surgeon. The procedure is performed under general anaesthetic provided by an anaesthetist to ensure the patient is adequately cared for while I am performing the surgical procedure. For smaller areas, other surgeons may choose to perform liposuction under a form of local anaesthetic or sedation, though in my patients, I find it more comfortable for them and more reassuring for me to know that they have been looked after by a fully trained anaesthetist under general anaesthetic in a fully accredited hospital.

The procedure will take variable amounts of time depending on the degree of liposuction that needs to be performed. Potentially for small areas such as under the chin, the procedure may take 30 to 45 minutes. For larger areas such as the abdomen, hips and flanks the procedure may take two hours and for more extensive liposuction it may well be a three-hour procedure. Following this, patients will often go home as it is a day surgery procedure though for the larger areas that have been treated, patients will potentially stay in hospital for one night for patient comfort and safety.

I am often asked what is the maximum amount of fat that can be safely removed and it is advised by multiple surgical boards internationally that 5 litres is the maximum volume that should be removed in a single surgery sitting. When you think about it this way, then it really does become clear that liposuction is not a weight reduction program, it is more one of correction of disproportionate fat distribution. When patients looked at it in this light, they usually have a clear understanding of what is possible and not possible and that is when they become valid candidates for the procedure. I do think the patient understanding is the key to a good outcome and as long as the patient is well-selected and the treatment is appropriately provided, the liposuction provides a reliable and effective outcome in the majority of crisis.

When is the patient ready for liposuction? In my practice, it is going to be when they have an understanding of the procedure, the likely outcome and the potential downside. For me, that will take an initial consultation to assess whether they are a valid candidate for the procedure where we will provide them with some information for their consideration and discussion with their family and friends. At a second consultation, I will confirm that the procedure is appropriate for them and that they are fully aware of the surgical undertaking and the likely downside and recovery time required. Once the patient has passed that test, in my mind, that they fully understand the procedure, they are a valid candidate for liposuction. As I mentioned, I will perform the procedure in hospital under general anaesthetic for maximum safety.

There are different techniques for liposuction and these have evolved since the procedure was first described in the 1960s by Dr Illouz, a French plastic surgeon, who initially used the procedure on one of his female patients. Since that time, evolution in the technique has led through dry liposuction, through wet, through superwet, to techniques that involved ultrasound as well as mechanically assisted devices. In my practice, I used a mechanical liposuction performed with a superwet technique. Surgical literature suggests that this provides the maximum safety for the patients while providing the most predictable outcome with minimum downside. Other techniques may provide faster treatment for patients but this may well come at a higher risk of complications and this is not something that I am keen to embrace for my patients. As a philosophy, I want my patients to have the best outcome with minimum risks and the maximum predictability. If that means as a surgeon, I need to do more physical hard work to achieve that outcome, it is a price I am happy to pay to ensure my patients are delivered a good outcome.

So, who is a good candidate for liposuction? I will give you three examples.
Brian. Brian is a very healthy and happy 33-year-old professional who has an excellent diet and exercise program and maintained a stable weight of 85 kg. He has always been troubled though by two areas being disproportionate deposition of fat on his love handles as well as fullness under his chin which he knows is something that runs in his family. His ‘double chin’ and ‘love handles’ constantly cause him concern socially on a daily basis and he is keen to give consideration to fixing these issues. Brian is a perfect candidate for liposuction of the submental region and the love handles to try and improve the contour. He has two specific areas that are disproportionate with the rest of his physical frame and he has realistic expectations and is a good candidate to ensure a get good outcome.

Sally. Sally is a 24-year-old girl who has always been concerned that she has disproportionately large thighs. She is trim, athletic and sporty and when she buys clothes off the rack she finds she needs to buy separates because her top half does not match her more pear-shaped lower half. She has disproportionately large lateral thigh fat pads and inner thigh fat pads and is a good candidate for liposuction as these two areas can be contoured to match her frame. With a consultation and explanation of the pros and cons of the procedure, Sally becomes a good patient to undergo liposuction and I would anticipate for her an excellent outcome.

Georgina. Georgina is a happy and healthy mother of three children. She is 35 years old and is giving consideration to an abdominoplasty to fix excess loose skin on her tummy. She also has excess deposits of fat over her hips and flanks in an hour and pear-shaped figure. Liposuction can be used in combination to address fullness on the lower back and improve the contour of her torso circumferentially while at the same time, the abdominoplasty addresses the excess skin on the front part of her torso. Liposuction in these instances is an excellent adjunct to ensure patients get the best result possible from the surgical procedure such an abdominoplasty. Patients do need to understand that liposuction is not just a surgical procedure; there is the initial consultation period and a postoperative course. During the postoperative period, patients may well be asked to wear a compression garment which is one of my preferences. The compression garment offers two major benefits. Firstly, the garment will minimise swelling and bruising which will then speed the recovery process and secondly the garment will help support the elasticity of the skin and allow faster, more even contour contraction once the volume has been removed. The compression garment will be worn for periods determined by individual surgeons and I prefer to have the patients wear the garment day and night for the first two weeks followed by night time for the following two weeks. There may well be instances where the garment period needs to be shorter and may well need to be longer depending on individual circumstances, the number of areas being treated, and the patient’s response. Patients will need to consider that during this period they may need to take some time off work and they may well require some assistance with duties around the house if they are caring for a family.

I am often asked how painful liposuction is. During the superwet technique, we will place local anaesthetic into the fluid to minimise the postoperative pain and discomfort. Most patients will go home the same day of their procedure and will be happily managed with oral analgesia ranging from paracetamol and sometimes to some stronger agents for possibly a number of days or up to a week. This will depend on individual patient needs, the number of areas treated and the extent of the liposuction performed. I do tell my patients that they can expect to see the results of their liposuction at the 6-week mark. It is true though that there were still be some swelling at this point and the potential improvement and gains can extend out to the 3 if not 6, and sometimes 12 months mark as a there is a further resolution of swelling and firmness in the tissues.

If patients are considering liposuction, my advice is to seek the opinion of an expert. From a consultation, a patient can be assessed as to whether they are an appropriate candidate. Assessment can be made as to the expectation they should have for the outcome from the procedure and then a surgical plan could be put in place. Patients will need to give consideration to potential downtime and recovery period before deciding to undertake the procedure and if the procedure is performed safely and effectively in well-trained hands, patients can expect an excellent outcome.

As I mentioned liposuction remains the number one most frequently performed procedure in most countries worldwide and year after year provides patients with long-lasting and permanent benefits in terms of body contouring surgery.

Dr Jeremy Hunt

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How it Works: Liposuction

How it Works: Liposuction

Liposuction is a popular surgical technique that helps shape and contour the body. It works by permanently removing excess fat from areas like the thighs, stomach and hips, leaving patients with a much slimmer and more toned appearance.

Thanks to the impressive results it can produce, liposuction is one of the most popular operations I’m asked to perform. In fact, it’s currently the second most popular cosmetic surgery procedure in the country.

For some people, it doesn’t matter how much they exercise or what they eat, they still find it hard to lose weight or banish unsightly areas of fat. Sometimes this is simply down to genetics but can also be the result of pregnancy. Whatever the cause, fatty deposits anywhere on the body can lead to problems with self confidence. By removing these deposits and improving body shape, patients report feeling happier and much more confident.

The Procedure

Performed under a general anaesthetic, liposuction can be carried out on any part of the body where fat collects; the abdomen, thighs, hips, buttocks, neck, arms, breasts, knees, calves, ankles and even beneath the chin. I start by inserting a small tube beneath the skin of the area to be treated and then attach a suction pump, which is used to suck out the excess fat stored between the skin and muscle.

Recovery

After the operation, the area that’s been treated will be bandaged. While it’s likely that you will feel a little sore, you can usually leave hospital that same day. However it’s advisable that you take one to two weeks off work following the procedure and don’t plan to do very much, as this will help speed recovery.

After care is very important, which is why I like to do plenty of check ups with patients in the days and weeks following the procedure, to ensure comfort and recovery is optimal.

The Risks

Many people don’t consider liposuction because they’re worried about the level of pain or the risks of a general anaesthetic, and this stops them from properly assessing the pros and cons of the procedure. All surgical procedures carry some risk, but it’s worth noting that liposuction has a great safety record overall and if carried out by a skilled surgeon those risks are hugely mitigated. What’s more, when it comes to the pain, I work with you to provide pain relief to greatly increase your comfort during the recovery period.

Results

Ultimately, the reward comes from looking in the mirror and seeing the results – improved shape and appearance of the treated area – and from the knowledge that the fat has been permanently removed. So long as you maintain a balanced diet and regular exercise after your recovery, you’ll enjoy the benefits of one of the most popular cosmetic surgery procedures for the rest of your life.