Liposuction is a popular and effective minimally invasive procedure that slims contours by removing unwanted excess pockets of fat throughout the body. Because of how powerful it is at safely eliminating fat, it has become the most popular cosmetic surgery, with more than 197,000 procedures performed in 2020, according to a report from The Aesthetic Society.
It can be conducted as a standalone procedure, but it is also often combined with other cosmetic surgeries like breast augmentations or tummy tucks to increase overall improvement to a patient’s contours.
How Does Liposuction Work?
The simplest way to explain liposuction is that a medical professional inserts a cannula into the targeted areas to suction out fat from your body. While this is the general idea for every liposuction procedure, some minor variations can be performed like tumescent, ultrasound-assisted, laser-assisted or power-assisted liposuction.
Each of these techniques focuses on breaking down fat in a more efficient way.
Tumescent liposuction uses a sterile solution injection to swell surrounding fat cells for easier removal. Ultrasound- and laser-assisted liposuction use specialized technology to rupture and liquefy fat cells. Power-assisted liposuction uses a device with a rapid back and forth motion to speed up the removal process.
Why Do We Need Liposuction?
There are very few options anyone has when it comes to getting rid of fat. Diet and exercise are the most dominant strategies used, but even those methods have limitations in the amount of improvement they can provide.
Some pockets of fat are stubborn and resistant to both diet and exercise, which leaves many people feeling discouraged about their ability to attain their ideal figure. In these cases, liposuction is one of the only options that can guarantee results.
What Does Liposuction Treat?
Liposuction is a highly versatile treatment that can remove fat in a wide range of areas, such as:
- Upper arms
- Inner Knee
Am I a Candidate for Liposuction?
If you are unhappy with any stubborn pockets of fat on your body, then you may be a good candidate for a liposuction session if you:
- Are maintaining a healthy body weight
- Live an active and healthy lifestyle
- Do not have issues with skin elasticity
- Are free from life-threatening illnesses
- Have no conditions that impair healing
- Do not smoke or excessively drink alcohol
- Have realistic expectations about the procedure
How Should I Prepare for Liposuction?
When you begin your liposuction process with Biolite Aesthetic Clinic, the first step is scheduling an initial consultation with one of our expert and highly trained medical professionals. During that consultation, we will conduct a thorough examination, review your medical history and listen to your aesthetic goals.
At that point, our medical professionals will let you know if liposuction is the most effective route to achieve those goals. If it is, then we will work with you to develop a treatment plan. If there is a different procedure that would better suit your goals, we will provide you with plenty of information about the alternatives.
We recommend that you keep a full list of questions with you as you begin researching liposuction treatment. That way, when you come into our office, you can ask all of those questions to our medical staff and have as much information as possible when making your final decision.
There will be some recovery time from liposuction treatment, so we recommend setting up a recovery station with all of the necessities you will need to minimize the amount of strain you are putting on yourself.
You will need to plan ahead to have a trusted friend or family member with you on the morning of your procedure since you will not be able to drive yourself home. It would be helpful to have that person around for the first 24 hours of your recovery to help with small tasks or responsibilities.
Before your surgery, one of our surgeons will give you detailed preoperative instructions. Following these instructions is critical to the safety and efficacy of your procedure, so make sure to review them and ask any questions you may have.
What Should I Expect from a Liposuction Procedure?
There are four steps to a liposuction procedure: anesthesia, incisions, fat removal and wound closure.
The first step in any surgical cosmetic procedure is the administration of anesthesia to ensure your comfort and relaxation. Your options include local anesthesia, intravenous sedation and general anesthesia. Your medical professional will talk with you and let you know which is the right option for you during your consultation.
Once the anesthesia has taken full effect, your surgeon will make the incisions into the targeted areas of your body. These incisions are tiny since all that is needed is space for a small, hollow tube to enter the fat deposits.
Once the incisions are made, a solution is applied to reduce bleeding from the cut areas.
This is where the majority of the surgical time is spent. If you are having an assisted liposuction, the surgeon will first perform the appropriate technique to make fat removal easier. Then, they will begin the process of suctioning out fat through a small cannula.
Once all of the stubborn pockets of fat have been suctioned out of your body, your surgeon will close the minor wounds created using sutures. You will then be transferred to the recovery room to begin the recovery process.
What Should I Expect During Liposuction Recovery?
When you wake from the anesthesia, you will likely be wrapped in a compression garment and elastic bandages to help mitigate excess fluid build-up (swelling) and push the skin into your new contours.
It is also standard for your surgeon to have placed small drains at the surgical locations to further protect against excess swelling, which can cause unnecessary amounts of discomfort. There will be some minor pain and discomfort, but it can usually be addressed through over-the-counter or prescription medications.
During the first week, you should expect to see some significant swelling and bruising in the treated area. These tend to dissipate within the first few weeks. You should be able to notice some results by the three- or four-week mark, but it can take several months for the swelling to subside entirely and the final results to show.
You will be given a full list of instructions to follow during the recovery process. Like the preoperative instructions, following the postoperative instructions can significantly impact your final results.
What Kind of Results Can I Expect from Liposuction?
You can expect to have permanent fat removal in the areas that were treated. Our bodies cannot produce new fat cells, so the areas treated by liposuction will never be able to hold fat to the same degree they used to.
Unfortunately, this does not mean that you won’t gain weight. If you ever become sedentary or have weight fluctuation, your body will store it in different areas than it used to. With that being said, if you are diligent about maintaining a healthy lifestyle, then you can look forward to enjoying your results for the rest of your life.
Can I Combine My Liposuction with Other Procedures?
Liposuction is commonly performed in tandem with other procedures that focus on improving the contours of your body, like breast augmentations, tummy tucks and Mommy Makeovers. We recommend that anyone looking to have multiple procedures performed to do so at the same time to save on recovery time and total cost.
Let your medical professional know during the consultation that you are interested in combining procedures to provide you with information about accompanying procedures.
Ready to Start Your Liposuction Journey?
If you want to learn more about how liposuction can help you achieve your contour goals, give our office a call at +971 4 346 6641 to schedule a consultation as soon as possible. If you would like to receive a call at a more convenient time, fill out our online contact form and someone from our office will get back to you right away!