Is Liposuction Painful and Other Common Questions


It doesn’t matter if you are considering liposuction, have booked a consultation, or are awaiting the day or your procedure you likely still have some things you are wondering about. It’s always important to be fully informed about anything important, so if you feel you aren’t, you should speak further with your doctor before having liposuction. If you have some niggling little questions though or are new to thinking about having liposuction you may find these common liposuction questions interesting or may even provoke some further questions of your own.

How Long Does Liposuction Last?

Going into any cosmetic treatment or surgery one of the first questions that often comes to mind is how long will the results from it last, and when it comes to liposuction the answer to this is a good one. Results from liposuction can last as long as you do as once fat cells are removed from a particular area, your body is not as likely to accumulate as much fat in this area. In saying that while you may now have less fat cells in an area and it will typically be less problematic in the future, this doesn’t mean that you can let your diet and exercise routine get out of hand as you will still gain weight. If you maintain a reasonably consistent weight though, you will likely not need to address the same area again in the future.

Is Liposuction Safe?

All surgery comes with some degree of risk; in reality, everything has some degree of risk associated with it. However, liposuction is considered a safe procedure; it just has some risks and complications associated with it. Swelling, fluid retention, and bruising are the most common potential side effects, and infection is one of the more significant potential risks. Always discuss the risks and possible side effects of liposuction and any other treatment with your doctor to make sure that you understand what you are in for and risk to potential reward ratio is one that you are entirely comfortable with accepting.

How Long Does Liposuction Take?

While it depends on the amount of work being done and can vary significantly, it will usually end up requiring somewhere between half an hour and two hours. If you are having multiple areas done, it will likely be on the longer end of this time frame. Depending on your specific needs you may find you can have three or four areas dealt with in one sitting, and potentially more as soon as two days later if you are having an extensive amount of work done. Your doctor will be able to give you a reasonable estimate based on their experience after assessing you and discussing what you would like to acheive.

What Age Can You Have Liposuction?

If you are in good general health, don’t take any medications that may make the process more risky or dangerous (such as blood thinners), and have good skin elasticity you are likely a good candidate for liposuction at just about any age. Skin elasticity is quite a significant consideration as there can be quite a lot of excess skin remaining. If the skin is not elastic enough, this can be detrimental to the best results, or the excess skin will need to be removed to get more ideal results. The younger you are the more likely your skin is to bounce back well from having a larger volume of fat removed from an area, though everyone has limits and the older you are often, the lower these limits get. Though even in your late 70’s liposuction isn’t out of the question, it all just depends on your skin, health, and having realistic expectations.

Is Liposuction Painful?

Another of the most popular liposuction questions people have, unsurprisingly is, does liposuction hurt? Thanks to the use of either general or local anaesthetic, you should typically find it minimally painful and more slightly uncomfortable. Often a mild pinching sensation is described during the process, but like most things, under local anaesthetic you will mostly only notice the pressure and movement. If you are put under general, you will experience even less. Still, for many people undergoing liposuction this will not be necessary and will be discussed with you if your doctor thinks it’s a more suitable approach after considering your personal situation and requirements.

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