Liposuction is an exceedingly popular cosmetic treatment chosen by many across the globe – but what results does it offer and are there any misconceptions surrounding the procedure?

Within this article, our qualified experts explain the ins and outs of liposuction and what you can achieve by choosing it.

What exactly is liposuction?

Liposuction, also referred to as liposculpture, is a cosmetic surgical procedure that uses a suction hose to remove a number of fat cells in a localised body region– these areas are notorious for collecting fat that’s difficult to lose naturally. The extent of fat removal is determined by the appearance and the volume of fat in the targeted area.

Typically, the body shape alterations achieved through liposuction are permanent as long as your weight remains stable.

What results can liposuction achieve?

Liposuction is an incredible treatment that can help you achieve your dream body aesthetic by offering the following:

It removes fat from ‘problem’ areas of the body

Dieting and exercising regularly is a great way to shed a few pounds – however, there are some areas where stubborn pockets of fat collect that are difficult to shift, even with dieting and exercise.

Liposculpture is a fantastic way to eradicate the excessive fat from these regions and improve our confidence, self-esteem, and self-image.

Target areas where fat is difficult to naturally shift typically include:

  • Outer thighs (saddlebags)
  • Chin and neck
  • Upper arms
  • Buttocks
  • Bra strap area
  • Calves
  • Stomach (muffin tops and love handles)
  • Breasts

Liposuction is also used to treat gynecomastia

Liposuction is sometimes used to treat gynecomastia: a condition where the breast tissue overdevelops in males during puberty, making the breasts larger. During surgery, surgeons will remove excessive breast tissue by inserting a suction hose through several small skin incisions to remove fat.

What can’t you achieve using liposuction?

Liposuction is a heavily beneficial treatment, however, there are a few misconceptions about the procedure and its outcomes.

Liposuction isn’t a weight loss procedure

It’s a common misconception that liposuction is a weight loss alternative to dieting – in fact, exercising more will help you lose more body weight. Instead, liposuction should be used for smaller fat build-ups in localised areas.

Commit to a healthy, well-balanced lifestyle filled with healthy foods and plenty of exercise for general weight loss.

It can’t remove visceral fat behind your abdominal muscles

Suppose you have a growing belly that isn’t caused by subcutaneous fat (the fat beneath your skin). In that case, it’s likely due to increased visceral fat – the fat behind your abdominals surrounding internal organs such as the liver and stomach.

It’s difficult to tell if you’re experiencing weight gain due to a growing volume of visceral fat, but a medical professional will be able to diagnose it using an MRI or CT scan. However, liposuction can’t remove this hidden fat, and a different treatment will be advised.

It won’t get rid of cellulite, stretch marks or loose skin

As liposuction simply removes layers of fat from under your skin, it can’t be used to treat skin imperfections such as stretch marks, cellulite, or loose skin.

Home remedies such as massages, a better diet and toning exercises are effective ways of reducing cellulite or stretch marks on the skin. However, you can opt for a tummy tuck to remove excess belly skin caused by weight loss surgically.

Is liposuction suitable for me?

This popular treatment is best for those who have a normal body weight on the whole, yet have fat build-ups concentrated in specific places, such as the underarms.

Additionally, to undergo liposuction treatment, you must be in great health and be free from conditions that can lead to surgical complications, such as diabetes, a weak immune system, or blood flow problems.

Is there an alternative to traditional liposuction?

The more modern vaser liposuction is another treatment worth considering if you’re looking for localised fat removal treatment.

This treatment uses ultrasound technology and a small probe to liquefy the fat cells using heat without harming any nearby cells. The fluid is then drawn out using a section process.

Vaser liposuction is considered to be a much less invasive procedure than traditional liposuction and as a result, has a much shorter recovery time – vaser liposuction requires a recovery period between 1-2 weeks, whereas traditional liposuction can take up to six weeks.

Other benefits include less bruising and swelling afterwards and fewer associated post-surgery complications.

Contact our experts

If you’re considering Vaser liposuction but would like further information from one of our dedicated professionals, please don’t hesitate to get in touch on 03300 244 868 and we’ll be happy to assist you.