What is Liposuction?
Liposuction is a procedure that surgically improves the body’s shape by removing excessive fat that has been deposited between the muscle and the skin. A small tube made from stainless steel, referred to as a cannula, is linked up to a suction pump. Small incisions are made in the skin, and the fat is then removed by vacuum action. After the process has been completed, the tunnels that have been formed disappear when healing is taking place leaving the body with a greatly improved shape.
Who is most suitable for liposuction?
The best person for liposuction will be generally healthy and not excessively overweight, even though weight is not a determining factor when approved for the procedure. The best candidate normally has accumulated fat in a number of locations on the body.
Who is not suitable for liposuction?
A person expecting to gain a perfect body could be disappointed and might not make a good candidate for liposuction and anyone who is in poor health, too.
How do I find out if I am a suitable candidate for liposuction?
You must seek advice from a doctor who has had experience with the liposuction procedure and who will assess your suitability for liposuction treatment.
Can liposuction solve obesity?
Unfortunately, obese patients nearly always put weight back on that has been removed by liposuction unless calorie intake is reduced and it is also considered too dangerous to eliminate more than 10 pounds of fat a day using liposuction. Someone who has been overweight for a long time and has particular problem areas of fat build up might benefit from liposuction.
When is liposuction surgery successful?
The cosmetic success of a liposuction often takes place when the amount of fat removed is equal to or less than two pounds of butter removed from the hip area. This amount on its own can dramatically improve the curvature and aesthetics of the body.
Can liposuction remove cellulite?
Liposuction does lower the amount of cellulite to a certain extent but it doesn’t completely eliminate it.
Are the results of liposuction permanent?
Once liposuction has taken place the body's newly formed shape will be a permanent fixture and if weight is put on it will just increase the size of the body but not the contour as fat cells eliminated through liposuction never grow back. If you gain weight following liposuction, fat will not accumulate in the treated areas but elsewhere in your body.
Will the fat return in other areas of the body after liposuction?
If you do not put on weight after liposuction has taken place, fat will not build up in other parts of the body. If you gain 10 pounds after liposuction, then the fat will go somewhere. The fat will build up in every part of the body depending on the presence of fat cells in each area. Parts where liposuction has been used to eliminate fat will not accumulate much fat, whereas parts that have not been treated by liposuction will gain more fat. If someone puts on weight following liposuction to his or her abdomen, hips and outer thighs then the majority of the fat will end up in other parts such as the back, face, legs and breasts.
Will liposuction cause indentations or a dimpling of the skin?
Indentations and dimpling on the skin is a risk of liposuction but a skilful surgeon is unlikely to produce these results. The use of microcannulas will reduce this risk too and when miniscule circular holes penetrate the skin this permits the surgeon to make a series of small tunnels which produces very smooth results when compared to the use of bigger cannulas.
What are the alternatives to having liposuction?
Weight loss when liposuction is not used produces excellent results such as dieting by decreasing calorie intake and increased exercise. A tummy tuck is a possibility too.
What qualifications should a liposuction surgeon have in the UK?
Your surgeon should be registered with the General Medical Council GMC and should be qualified to perform plastic surgery, even though this is not compulsory. Membership of the British Association of Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgeons would be ideal, too. You should always ask your chosen surgeon how much experience he or she has had with liposuction.
Is liposuction available on the NHS?
Because liposuction is normally used to improve your looks, it is therefore not considered to be a way of solving a health issue so a payment is required for the procedure to be undertaken. However, in some situations like the occurrence of lymphoedema the NHS may pay the cost. Your GP and your plastic surgeon will assess the psychological benefits and the improvement in your well being before a decision can be made.
How much does liposuction cost in the UK?
You can expect to pay £2500 for a single area

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