Liposuction is the leading procedure to diminish the appearance of stubborn lumps and bumps from localised fat deposits and help sculpt the body to appear more toned and trimmed. Tumescent liposuction is an extremely safe procedure when performed under local anaesthetic by a qualified surgeons.
However, as with any invasive procedure, liposuction has its risks. Some simple step by step advice can help avoid potential complications, before and after liposuction. Researching the doctor and procedure, having realistic expectations, using local anaesthetic and following post-op directions are but a few guidelines that aim to ensure the patient receives the optimum results.
Top tips to ensure a positive result
- …your research: There is lots to consider when undergoing liposuction. Choosing a qualified surgeon at a reputable clinic is super important and will help minimise complications.
- …maintain a healthy weight: Liposuction is a procedure to shape the body by removing fat in areas such as the arms, thighs, neck and abdomen. For the best results, clients need to be close to normal weight and have firm, elastic skin. This is definitely not a weight loss procedure.
- …understand your options: There are several different ways to do liposuction surgery. Tumescent lipo, which is considered the safest, is done by injecting the fat with a large amount of anaesthetic liquid which causes it to become firm, thereby allowing the removal of fat to be easy and painless, leaving the patient less bruised. Laser assisted and Ultrasonic lipo techniques liquefies the fat upon removal, decreasing the recovery time. It’s important that you speak with your doctor to choose the right procedure for you.
- …follow post-op instructions carefully: Clinicians make recommendations after surgery to further avoid complications. Moderate physical activity, like walking, the day after surgery should reduce the risk of clotting. And, in some cases, compression garments must be worn around the treated area to reduce the swelling.
- …expect to look “skinny” the day after: You should look better immediately after a procedure but will not realise the final results for at least several months.
- …hesitate to ask questions: Before a consult with a surgeon you should be prepared with a list of questions. These should help you understand the liposuction process, what to expect afterwards and to find out more about your surgeon’s training and experience.
- …continue dietary supplements: Products such as aspirin, vitamin E and other herbal products are known to slow blood clotting. Additionally, there are some anti-inflammatory medications that can increase the chances of bleeding during surgery. Before surgery, the surgeon will discuss any medications and supplements you are taking and which ones he advises to stop.
- …assume that all areas are treatable: Most, but by no means all, body parts are amenable to liposuction. The most popular areas include the buttocks, abdomen, chest, waist, hips, thighs then neck, arms, knees and ankles. Your surgeon will advise if you are a good candidate for the surgery.
Liposuction at Bella Vou – Our team of experienced plastic surgeons will give you professional advice concerning how much liposuction can be performed in the same sitting, on the area you want treated.
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Last Updated: June 30, 2016
Published On: June 30, 2016