Liposuction is one of the most immediate ways of removing fat from specific parts of the body – and is often a treatment chosen by people with stubborn pockets of fat (such as the stomach, thighs or buttocks). 

The results seen from liposuction are noticeable, guaranteed and immediate which makes the procedure a popular choice for fat loss, however the procedure is one that requires a hospital stay, aftercare and a period of healing / recovery afterwards.

What happens during Liposuction? 

Liposuction is a surgical procedure, which involves a small cannula or syringe being injected or introduced to the specific treatment area. The excess fat in said area is then removed by suction and completely removed from the body.  

Before receiving liposuction you’ll most likely have one or two consultations with your doctor to discuss the potential results and discuss the risks involved. Before your procedure, your doctor will mark on your body with a pen where the various incisions will need to be made. 

The procedure will generally look like this: 

  • The doctor will inject the treatment area with a solution containing anaesthetic and medication – this is done to reduce blood loss, bruising and swelling. 

  • The doctor may then use high-frequency vibrations to help break up the fat cells, making them easier to remove. A weak laser pulse or a high-pressure water can also be used for this, depending on the method being used. 

  • The doctor will then make a small incision in the treatment area and insert a suction tube. 

  • Once suction has begun, the doctor may move the suction tube around the area to loosen the fat and drain any excess fluid and blood. 

  • The final step will be closing the small incisions. 

After Treatment 

After your treatment you will most likely be required to spend a night in hospital under observation. You may also feel discomfort from the procedure too, as liposuction is an invasive treatment you will likely feel pain. Your doctor should provide you with painkillers to combat any discomfort you’re feeling. 

Once you leave the hospital and during your home-recovery time, you’ll be required to wear an elasticated support corset (or compression bandage). This device is there to reduce your swelling and bruising, and is usually worn for 2-3 weeks after the procedure. The exact amount of time will be dependant on your healing and also your doctor’s guidance / advice. 

Alternatives to Liposuction 

For many people, the biggest negative of liposuction is the recovery time and the fact it is an invasive procedure. If an invasive procedure is not something you’re looking to commit to, there are other non-invasive fat loss procedures you can explore. 

For example, fat-freezing, or fat dissolving treatments may be alternatives you want to look into. These treatments have minimal downtime / recovery, and aren’t invasive while still producing great results.

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