Liposuction – Frequently Asked Questions
Liposuction is a cosmetic surgery procedure that removes localised deposits of fat from the body. Any area of excessive fat bulge can be treated including the hips, buttocks, thighs, upper arms, breasts and neck. It is becoming a more topical procedure though and, as such, here are some frequently asked questions regarding the treatment.
Who Can Be A Candidate for Liposuction?
The best types of candidate for this procedure are individuals of a relatively normal body weight. However, pockets of fat may have developed distorting the body image and creating a look that appears disproportionate. It’s important to remember that liposuction is not a method for losing large amounts of weight, or as a treatment for obesity or cellulite.
Does Liposuction Produce Permanent Results?
Yes, the changes are lasting but it is important to remember that gaining a significant amount of weight will expose the results.
How Long Is The Recovery Period?
Recovery from liposuction is a gradual and steady process and bruises and swelling is to be expected. All of this is typically gone within 2 to 3 weeks and the results will be apparent to see.
Are There Scars?
Scars are small and tend to heal very quickly. They will likely be pink in the first few weeks but will then fade to white. The incisions are also very small, typically less than an inch in length.
How Much Fat Can Be Removed At One Time?
A maximum of four litres of fat can be removed during one operation. A suction device using long blunt 2-4mm needles removes the fat.
When Can I Go Back To Work?
Your return to work will depend on a few variables, but in the main will relate to where you have had the liposuction. Some people can return at once, others may take a week off. Despite the initial bruising and swelling the vast majority of patients are able to move comfortably and go about their daily lives.
Will Liposuction Mean That I Can’t Have Children?
No. It will not affect you in any way that would result in being unable to have children. As it is a procedure that removes fat cells from the muscle layers, this has no bearing on the ability to conceive. Liposuction patients actually tend to make very fit mothers, as they are able to have healthy babies despite having a low body fat percentage.
What Are The Main Benefits Of Liposuction?
Liposuction is an excellent procedure to remove localised areas of fat to give an improved and refined shape or contour. It also has the additional benefit of making the skin firmer.