Liposuction remains one of the most popular procedures in the UK, as a highly effective solution to unwanted fat deposits and it can be performed on the abdomen, hips, flanks, thighs, upper arms and even in the face, along the neck and under the chin.
The internet can be a valuable resource on anything cosmetic surgery-related but there are many misconceptions about this frequently performed body contouring procedure.
Misconception: liposuction can help you lose weight
Liposuction should not be seen as a weight loss procedure. It achieves the best results for those men and women who are near to their ideal body weight but wish to achieve a more defined shape or target isolated fat deposits.
Misconception: you can’t put weight back on after liposuction
The fat cells that are suctioned out during your liposuction procedure are permanently removed, but that doesn’t mean you can’t put weight on in the future. The remaining fat cells can still grow to compensate, so it is important to commit to a healthy lifestyle to maintain your results.
Misconception: liposuction can eradicate cellulite
Cellulite is a complex issue caused by subcutaneous fat pushing against the fibrous connective bands in the skin, which results in cellulite’s dimples and bumps. Liposuction removes soft fatty tissue and doesn’t loosen these bands so often the appearance of cellulite is not changed.
Misconception: liposuction delivered immediate results
You’ll experience post-surgical swelling for the first few weeks and months after your liposuction so your final outcome will not be evident for approximately six months. Mr Ong will advise you to wear a compression garments for at least 6 weeks after liposuction to help with the healing process.
Misconception: you’ll be left with loose skin
The skin is composed of a network of collagen and elastin which provides elasticity and support. If you have good skin elasticity prior to your liposuction procedure, your skin is more likely to contract to your new shape after surgery. However, if you have a significant degree of sagging skin after weight fluctuations, you may not be suitable for liposuction.
Misconception: liposuction is less invasive than other cosmetic surgery procedures
Liposuction is typically less invasive than a tummy tuck, for example, as it doesn’t entail a lengthy incision, but it is not an ‘easy’ option. As with other surgical procedures, it is typically performed under a general anaesthetia although some smaller areas can be performed safely and comfortably under local anaesthesia. There are potentially serious complications with all procedures, but these are rare with liposuction.
If you have more questions regarding liposuction, call 020 7927 6528 to arrange a consultation with Mr Juling Ong.