Liposuction is a procedure to remove unwanted fat from certain areas of the body, for a more even and streamlined silhouette.
The procedure works best in people who are a healthy weight generally but have particular ‘stubborn areas’ where they naturally hold more fat cells, which they’ve struggled to shift via exercise and a healthy diet. Common examples are around the sides of the hips (‘love handles’) and buttocks, the stomach area, thighs and upper arms. Some people feel these areas are out of proportion and affecting their appearance and self-confidence.
Liposuction will permanently remove fat cells from targeted areas, changing the body shape and creating a long-lasting more streamlined silhouette. But it’s important to remember that you can still gain weight in the future, so maintaining a healthy weight will still be important. Your surgeon will discuss your goals and what to expect from the results during your consultation beforehand.
The surgery is usually carried out under general anaesthetic and involves a small incision being made in the skin. The fat will be loosened up, before being removed with a suction device. There’s usually some bruising and swelling afterwards, and numbness and inflammation of the treated area – but these will subside and we’ll advise you on aftercare. You’ll also need to wear a compression garment while your body heals and avoid strenuous exercise for 4-6 weeks. But most people can return to work after around 4-10 days, depending on how much liposuction you had.