Liposuction may have been used as a body contouring procedure since the 1970s since the technique of removing fat cells with a cannula was developed, but in recent years we have seen this fat reduction op become ever more popular.
BAAPS, an independent plastic surgery organisation in the UK that Mr Sudip Ghosh is a member of, released their 2014 cosmetic surgery figures at the beginning of the year. In 2014, liposuction figures for women alone rose by 10 per cent.
Liposuction can be performed on all areas of the body and even on the face, to remove a double chin, and although it may be perceived as ‘safer’ than a conventional surgical operation, it is still an invasive procedure that must be approached very seriously. Here are three important questions you should ask in your liposuction consultation.
Am I the ideal candidate for liposuction?
Liposuction is not suited to those that are very overweight or obese as it cannot remove large quantities of fat. Although there is no ‘ideal’ weight for undergoing a liposuction procedure, it does follow that the bigger you are the less effective liposuction may be. Generally, you should be at or near your ideal weight but with pockets of fat distributed around the body that might be giving you curves in the wrong places.
Other factors that Mr Ghosh will take into consideration are your skin tone and whether you can maintain your current weight. Liposuction is not able to tighten your skin so if your skin has lost elasticity then a surgical alternative might be a better option. Although the fat cells that are removed during the liposuction procedure are permanently gone, the remaining fat cells can expand if you put on lots of weight after your procedure, so it is important that you are following a good exercise and diet regime to maintain your results.
What will the recovery be like after liposuction?
Liposuction is seen as less invasive than surgery, mainly due to the smaller incisions that are made, but it still involves a degree of downtime, depending on the extent of the procedure that is performed. Typically, you will be sore and stiff after a liposuction procedure and you will usually need at least a few days off work to recover.
Mr Ghosh will also recommend that you wear a post-surgery compression garment to help achieve the best results possible.
Will liposuction fulfil my expectations?
Liposuction can produce fantastic results and most patients record high satisfaction. This is where careful patient selection plays such an important role. Mr Ghosh will carefully explain what you can expect from your liposuction procedure before you make the decision to go ahead.