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.
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.
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.
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.
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.