What Are The Long-term Benefits Of Liposuction?

If you are fairly happy with your overall weight and size but would like to enjoy a greater definition in your shape, you may be frustrated if your body isn’t responding to diet and exercise in the way that you would like. Unfortunately, it seems as though some areas of our bodies simply refuse to be affected by the effort put in to change and improve them. However, this doesn’t mean that you don’t have any other options. There are plenty of cosmetic surgery procedures available, with something to address virtually any concern. One of the most commonly requested is liposuction.

Liposuction is a popular cosmetic procedure that is used to remove unwanted body fat and help patients achieve a tighter, more toned and contoured appearance. The process is minimally invasive and involves breaking up the fat cells using either high-frequency vibrations, laser pulses or a high-pressure water jet. The fat cells are then sucked out of the body using a long thin tube that is inserted through small incisions and is attached to a vacuum. The suction tube is moved back and forth to loosen the fat so that it is more easily removed.

Liposuction is usually carried out under a general anesthetic, but it may be possible for patients who are having liposuction on the lower body to have the procedure using an epidural anesthetic which only eliminates sensation in this area but leaves you awake. Patients need to allow up to 6 weeks to recover, but when the bruising and swelling has subsided, they will be left with a more sculpted and defined shape. 

What areas of the body can be improved through liposuction?

Liposuction can be performed on virtually any area of the body where there is excess fat. It is most commonly targeted on the:

It is most effective in areas where the patient has a good skin tone that is able to closely adhere to the new contours created by the treatment. 

What are the long-term benefits of liposuction?

One of the biggest advantages of liposuction is that it has significant and permanent benefits for the patient - sustainability. This makes the procedure a very valuable investment for the right candidates who are committed to following a healthy lifestyle following their treatment.

Why is this healthy lifestyle important? When you undergo liposuction, the fat cells that are removed from your body are a permanent loss. These cells cannot regenerate, and therefore you will always have fewer fat cells within your body. However… fat cells can change size. If you don’t follow a healthy lifestyle following your treatment, and you fail to exercise and eat to excess, causing you to gain weight, your remaining fat cells could potentially grow larger. If this happens, the effects of your liposuction treatment can be reversed, and you may end up with large, fatty deposits that cause you to lose definition in your shape and instead appear loose and unshapely. Fortunately, if you commit to eating a healthy, balanced diet and exercising regularly, you could maintain the results of your liposuction treatment indefinitely.

Liposuction is not a cure for obesity and should not be used as a tool for weight loss. However, it is a valuable treatment for those patients who seek to further enhance their results once weight loss has already occurred. It can also be used for patients who have maintained a healthy weight to see improved definition and body tone.

If you would like to find out more about liposuction, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with our expert cosmetic surgery team who would be delighted to answer any questions that you have or to schedule you a consultation to determine if you are a suitable candidate for this procedure.

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