The purpose of liposuction is to remove, thoroughly and permanently, excess fat around the upper thighs, hips, abdomen and back, which has persisted despite changes to diet and exercise regime.
Liposuction is not a slimming or weight control method, however. It consists of aspirating out localised excess fat cells, which will not reappear.
Before the procedure
A pre-operative assessment is carried out in accordance with strict procedures, and you will meet the anaesthetist at least 48 hours before the procedure.
30 days before: You are strongly recommended to stop smoking, if you smoke.
10 days before: You must stop taking any medicines that
Some types of anaesthesia require you to fast for 6 hours.
Liposuction: the procedure
Liposuction incisions are short and discreet, as they are usually hidden in a natural skin fold.
The fat is sucked out using needles, and the volume removed is directly linked to the quality of the skin in that area. At the end of the procedure, a shaping dressing is applied, which is covered by a girdle in order to avoid uneven lines.
Liposuction: the result
There is sometimes pain after a liposuction procedure, and oedema (swelling) and bruising can occur. Over the following weeks, the skin may start to feel numb. The girdle must be worn day and night for between 2 and 6 weeks, on advice from the surgeon.
How long it takes to return to work after liposuction depends on the type of work you do, but from day 3, light duties can be considered. You can start exercising again from around 4 weeks after the procedure.