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Liposuction is a procedure that works by removing excess fat tissue to help reshape the contours of the body, leading to a slimmer appearance. The procedure can help sculpt your body by removing unwanted fat from areas that may include the abdomen, hips, thighs, buttocks and knees.
It is also becoming increasingly popular among men with 25% of liposuction operations being performed on men.
Liposuction can be carried out on most areas of the body. However, the amount of fat that can be used is limited, usually around 3 litres. The procedure can remove the fat but doesn’t tighten the skin therefore can leave some excess skin around the treated area.
The procedure is performed under local or general anaesthetic depending on the areas of the body treated. Your surgeon will insert a cannula (like a straw) into fatty tissue through a small incision in the skin. Fat is broken down by fluid and removed by suction over a period of between 30 minutes and two hours, depending on how much of the body is treated.
Liposuction can be performed alone, or at the same time as other procedures such as the tummy tuck.
Depending on how much liposuction is performed, patients usually need a few days off work to recover, it is recommended 1-2 weeks are allowed for recovery. Scars are small and usually strategically placed in order to be hidden. You should notice a difference to your body shape soon after surgery. You may feel some pain when the anaesthesia wears off and some After three months, when all swelling has gone down, and you will start to see the final changes.
Stitches are removed around 5-10 days of surgery and it is also recommended you avoid strenuous activity until they are removed.