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Liposuction Surgery for Men and Woman
The aim of liposuction Surgery is to re-contour your body to produce a more proportioned and often aesthetically enhanced shape. The technique has many applications and the range of procedures is available to both men and women.
Women most frequently request liposuction to the hips, thighs and stomach.
The most common area for men is the chest ‘Gynaecomastia’ and sides of the waist ‘love handles’.
The effect of the surgery should be highly noticeable in the treated areas. However, although the fat cells that have been aspirated do not regenerate, a small percentage of these cells are left under the skin and muscle and will continue to store fat if excessive weight is regained.
The cost of your surgery includes
- consultation with your surgeon in one of our private clinics based in London, Kent or Essex
- a comfortable stay in our private hospital
- post operative visits and follow up care.
What is the Procedure for Liposuction Surgery?
Liposuction is one of the most common cosmetic surgical procedures performed on both men and women to permanently remove fat cells from certain problem areas of the body. Small thin tubes with blunt tips, called cannulas, are inserted through tiny incisions in the skin and fat deposits are removed by suction from targeted parts of the body. Liposuction can be done using traditional methods or assisted by laser or ultrasound to help liquefy fat before suction. The amount of excess fat that can be removed has to be observed as too much may increase surgical risks and leave dents and lumps in the skin.
Liposuction is usually done on patients with a stable body weight who would like to remove unwanted deposits from specific areas in order to improve the shape of the body. The procedure does not remove cellulite, stretch marks, or dimples and is not an overall weight-loss method or treatment for obesity. The aim is more aesthetic and suits individuals who would like to re-shape and enhance the contours of their body by targeting problem areas that do not respond well to exercise or diet.
Procedure Time: 1 -3 hours
No of proc needed: 1/area
Recovery Time: 8-10 weeks
Pre-operative preparation – Our Plastic surgeon will discuss the procedure in detail with you during your pre-operative consultation. Click here to read more information on your Pre-Operative care
*Please note individual results may vary, there is also a physical limitation to how much fat can be removed per session, your surgeon will be happy to discuss this with you at consultation prior to surgery.I
Liposuction Surgery Recovery
On the morning of your first appointment following your liposuction procedure you will need to have a bath and remove the white dressing. Your stitches will be removed at The Belvedere Clinic. Following this appointment your dressing and pressure garment should be kept on and in place for 7 days. You will then be able to shower but not bathe until skin is healed. The pressure garment should continue to be worn for a further 6 weeks. Your surgeon will discuss this in detail with you, however if you have any queries feel free to call us.
Benefits of Liposuction
- Helps to reshape the contours of the body.
- Effects are long-lasting that helps prevent weight increase in the areas treated for a long time after the procedure.
- Improves the appearance of the body.
- Can help make the body look more natural by correcting abnormalities as a result of bypass or gastric band weight loss procedures.
- Results are almost immediate in most cases apart from swelling that may take a few weeks to subside.
6. It can remove fatty breast tissue in men suffering from gynecomastia (excessive amounts of fatty tissue that develops in the breasts of men).
7. It may help to completely remove lipomas (fatty tumours that develop in certain parts of the body).
8. Helps in the treatment of lipodystrophy (a disturbance of fat metabolism that causes excessive fat to develop in some areas of the body and none in others).
9. Removing fat cells can help to prevent chafing in areas like the thighs and reduce excessive sweating in the armpits.
10. It encourages better health habits as the results of the procedure needs to be maintained with good dieting and exercise.
11. Whilst it is not a substitute for healthy living, it can improve feelings of well-being when severe abnormalities and imbalances in the body’s appearance are corrected.
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FAQ about Liposuction
Only a doctor would be able to tell you how much body fat can be removed from a patient in one operation. Remember that this is not meant as a weight loss alternative. The idea behind the procedure is to create a more appealing silhouette. There may not actually be that much weight lost, but the intended outcome is a slimmer profile.
It is important that the surgeon you choose to do your liposuction procedure is fully qualified and highly experienced in liposuction surgery. Make sure that the clinic you choose is reputable and registered with the CQC (Care Quality Commission) or the HIW (Healthcare Inspectorate Wales).
Some surgeons are also registered with the GMC (General Medical Council), as a specialist surgeon or with BAAPS (British association of aesthetic plastic surgery). Ask your surgeon how many cosmetic procedures are performed on a daily basis which should give you an idea of how reputable the clinic is. A qualified cosmetic surgeon will have no problems showing you before and after photographs of recent procedures they have undertaken.
As a surgical procedure liposuction comes with the normal risks associated with surgery. To reduce the potential risks you must be in good health, a non-smoker, be within 30% of your ideal weight, and have firm elastic skin. You must also have realistic expectations and not expect the procedure to get rid of cellulite or help you lose weight but rather enhance the appearance of the body. The procedure is not recommended for those with health issues such as heart disease, blood flow problems, a weak immune system or diabetes.
That depends on the extensiveness of the operation, how much fat is being removed as well as how many areas were addressed by a single procedure. Many patients have reported dynamic results within days of the procedure and many others had to wait 3 months and more. It will be important to consult a doctor before any realistic projections can be made.
Although the procedure permanently removes fat cells, weight can be gained in different areas of the body. To maintain the new shape of your body you should follow a healthy diet with plenty of fruits and vegetables, whole grains, low-fat dairy, and lean protein. Regular exercise will help keep your body in good shape.
Unless you had dissolvable stitches, they should be removed after about 7 – 10 weeks.
Depending on the type of surgery, you may not have to stay in a hospital, but there will be swelling, bruising, and soreness that will take a few weeks to subside. You will be given antibiotics to prevent infection and most patients are able to resume their normal activities within 2 weeks. You may be required to use a compression garment to control swelling for a month or two after the procedure
After the procedure, full recovery takes about two weeks for a small area and you will be able to return to work within a few days. If the area was large you may have to take up to ten days off work.
You will need to avoid any strenuous activity for up to four weeks, but walking and general movement should be fine. After six weeks you may be able to resume strenuous exercise again.
A significant fat loss will immediately be noticeable following your liposuction procedure. At first, there will be considerable swelling for the first week or two but as the swelling goes down, more dramatic results will be seen. Gradual improvement will continue until the final results will be evident, about three or four months after the procedure.
The aim of liposuction is to remove stubborn fat deposits that do not respond to other methods of losing weight. It works best for people who are healthy, close to normal weight and with tight skin who have already taken steps to change their lifestyles. It should not be considered as a treatment for obesity and it will not help you lose weight or remove cellulite or stretch marks.
People have different pain thresholds but generally, there is not too much pain involved. In rare cases where a patient experiences a higher level of pain, it can be controlled with pain medication and usually subsides within a few days.
The areas on your body where fat is to be removed will be marked by the surgeon. The procedure is usually carried out under general anaesthetic, but for lower parts of the body epidural anaesthetic may sometimes be used. During the procedure, the surgeon will inject the area or areas with a solution to reduce the risk of bleeding, swelling and bruising. A small incision will then be made to insert the suction tube and the tube will be manipulated to loosen the fat and aspirate it out . When the surgeon is satisfied that the desired results have been met, excess blood and fluid will be drained out before stitching the wound. Afterwards, the treated area will be bandaged and a pressure garment will be fitted.
The procedure can take anything from one to three hours, depending on the size of the area.
Most people stay in the hospital overnight but sometimes a longer stay of up to three days is required, depending on the size of the area treated and how well the patient responds.
The pressure garment that is fitted after surgery must be worn for at least eight weeks, possibly more. The period will depend on the advice of your surgeon and is based on your personal recovery. The pressure garment can be removed when having a shower.
Apart from the general risks that any surgery carries, there are risks of bruising, bleeding after surgery, loose skin, skin irregularities, and infection. Your patient advisor will guide you through the risks associated with liposuction procedures.
It is common to experience a significant amount of swelling and some bruising after liposuction which could last up to six months. If there is numbness, it usually goes away in about 6 – 8 weeks. There may be a certain amount of inflammation in the area and scarring may occur depending on your skin type. Fluid may seep from the wound for a few days. Swelling in the legs or ankles may occur if those areas have been treated.
It is important to understand that liposuction is not a weight loss tool and should only be used to treat areas of resistant fat that a healthy diet and exercise have been unable remove. The weight of the aspirated fat removed is very small in relation to your total body weight. Your surgeon will remove just the right amount of fat to help you get the shape you desire.
By targeting well-defined areas of fat, your body shape will improve, your figure will be more in proportion, and your clothes will fit better, the reduced weight can also help with mobility.
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