If you’re thinking of undergoing liposuction, it’s important to familiarise yourself with the procedure. Like all procedures, lipo does come with some risks and limitations. There are also different types of liposuction you can undergo too.

Here are some lipo facts you might not be aware of, although to help you fully understand the procedure – what it can achieve and what it can’t – it’s best to book a consultation with body contouring surgeon Mr Nigel Horlock where he will ensure you’re fully informed.

  1. It cannot be used to treat obesity: A common reason people want to undergo liposuction is to lose weight. However, the procedure isn’t suitable for weight loss, and it especially can’t be used to treat obesity. This is because it only removes a small portion of fat. Therefore, it is largely recommended as a contouring treatment. It’s extremely useful for removing pockets of fat that are resistant against diet and exercise. So, if you have a lot of weight to lose, it’s recommended you lose it before undergoing the procedure. It should also never be used as a replacement for a healthy diet and exercise routine.
  1. It provides permanent results: Did you know that the results of liposuction are permanent? After undergoing treatment in an area of the body, it won’t generate new fat cells. However, you can still put on weight in other areas. So, if you continue to lead an unhealthy lifestyle, you’ll find the fat gets distributed slightly differently in the body.
  1. It can be used to sculpt any area of the body: Liposuction can reshape the body, removing those stubborn pockets of fat that many of us find are resistant to diet and exercise. This can include a double chin, back or bra fat, bingo wings, male breasts, love handles, the belly, muffin top, the outer thighs or saddlebags and inner thighs.
  1. Minimally invasive techniques are often used: The way in which liposuction is performed has changed dramatically over the years. These days surgeons follow minimally invasive techniques. This means the recovery and risks of the procedure are reduced. The techniques used are also continually advancing. So, it’s likely the procedure will become even less invasive over the next decade.
  1. It benefits from a short recovery time: One of the great things about liposuction is that it now boasts a short recovery time. Most patients find they can return to work after a couple of days. You should also be able to return to exercise within two to four weeks.

It’s important to follow the aftercare advice provided to ensure you recover at the fastest rate. You’ll also find recovery times will vary depending upon where the procedure was performed.

These are just 5 facts to know about this common procedure. Before undergoing liposuction, it’s important to have a consultation. This gives you the opportunity to find out what to expect. It also allows you to learn more about the risks, recovery time and the results you can expect to see.