Having plenty of questions about a procedure you are interested in having is a good sign you are considering all your options thoroughly. Knowing as much as you can about a procedure you intend on having can make it easier to know what factors are most important to you and allow you to ask questions that are the most important to you during a consultation. There’s a lot of common questions when it comes to liposuction, especially with it being the prevalent procedure it is. If you are just curious, planning, or considering having liposuction read on and find out some of the answers to the some very frequently asked liposuction questions.
How Does Liposuction Work?
Liposuction is a form of fat removal using a surgical procedure to remove unwanted fat deposits from various areas of the body that may be of concern. Common areas that are approached with the treatment are the stomach, chin, buttocks, hips, thighs, flanks, and the often dreaded “love handles”. A thin tube referred to as a cannula is connected to a medical vacuum that is used to suction fat from the body when the cannula is inserted into areas containing fat deposits. The average liposuction procedure takes around 1-2 hours, and this can vary quite a bit, depending on the amount of work being performed.
What are the Risks of Liposuction?
All surgery comes with some degree of risk, and for liposuction, this is no different. It’s always important to weigh up the risks to benefits before deciding to undergo any procedure. The best way to help minimise potential risks is first to ensure you are seeing the best liposuction doctor possible when having these procedures performed. An excellent way to help with this is to check liposuction reviews for clinics in your area before booking a consultation. Consult your doctor for a more complete range of potential risks. However, these may include healing issues, infection, scarring, swelling, firmness or other irregularities and more though these are some of the most commonly experienced adverse outcomes.
Is Recovery from Liposuction Hard?
Always discuss with your doctor what you should expect as far as recovery goes from your procedure as there may be specific things that are more or less intensive depending on the particular variables involved in your procedure such as how much and where you have fat removed. It is quite common after treatment to have to wear not just bandages but also compression garments during the recovery process. Compression garments provide support and can assist in reducing swelling and bruising in the areas that were involved in your procedure. Often you will be required to wear bandages for the first two weeks after your liposuction surgery and compression garments for a few weeks. You may experience some pain, numbness, and swelling after your liposuction surgery, this discomfort can be reduced through the use of over the counter pain medication or if your doctor deems necessary prescription painkillers. The first part of the recovery process takes 1-2 weeks, so it’s best to ensure you have at least this much time scheduled for downtime with as few responsibilities during this time to enable you to rest and recover sufficiently.
What Makes Me a Good Candidate for Liposuction?
Liposuction is not meant as a replacement for weight loss. However, it is very effective at dealing with deposits of excess fat or fat that has accumulated in awkward areas that aren’t responding to traditional diet and exercise. If you are already doing everything you can to deal with excess weight, but you are still struggling, especially if it’s one area in particular, liposuction may be a good option for your consideration. If you are already at what is a healthy body weight for your size, you are quite likely to be a good candidate for having a liposuction procedure if desired. The tighter your skin is as well, the better the results are likely to be, if you are removing a more substantial amount of fat from an area or already have quite loose skin you may require it to be surgically removed to avoid having excessive skin sagging.
Will I Need Follow Up Procedures?
While for a lot of people, they will find that the initial procedure provides the results they desired, in some cases, follow up procedures may be required for the most satisfactory results. If you are removing a more extensive amount of fatty deposits, this will more likely be the case to ensure the results are smooth and refined.
How Much Does Liposuction Cost?
The cost of liposuction will vary quite significantly depending on the amount of fat being removed, the areas being targeted, the type of liposuction being used (such as Vaser liposuction), and if multiple procedures may be required. The best way to find out how much liposuction costs in your specific circumstances is to book a consultation with at a clinic that specialises in performing liposuction procedures.