A new report has revealed that liposuction was the most popular cosmetic procedure carried out after the Covid-19 pandemic. First introduced in 1974, the surgery has come a long way in terms of technique and results.

Here, we look at why liposuction is still so popular, decades after its introduction.

Why did the pandemic cause a rise in liposuction procedures?

The Inaugural ASPS Insights and Trends Report revealed a dramatic surge in cosmetic procedures since the start of the pandemic. Liposuction topped the list, alongside tummy tucks and breast augmentation.

Demand for liposuction is still showing no signs of slowing down. One reason thought to be behind the surge in liposuction procedures is that patients spent more time at home. Businesses were locked down, leading to a rise in remote working. With fewer people to see, and more time being spent at home, patients could heal and recover from their surgery in private.

Many people also put weight on during the pandemic. While liposuction isn’t a weight loss procedure, it can help to produce a more toned appearance. Great for tackling small pockets of fat, it can be used to contour and refine the body.

A rise in video calls also contributed to the increase. As it can be used to target small areas, many patients found it an ideal way to eliminate their double chin. When you are on a video call, attention is automatically drawn to the face as the rest of the body is typically hidden.

These are just some of the reasons liposuction cases rose during the pandemic. Even now, as life begins to return to normal, it shows no signs of slowing down in popularity. Many people are still continuing to work from home, giving them more time to undergo the procedures they want.

A popular add-on treatment

Another reason liposuction cases have doubled is the fact that it makes an excellent add-on treatment. That is, it can be carried out alongside other procedures to maximise their results.

Liposuction is often performed alongside tummy tucks, breast reductions, and facial procedures. It is designed to remove small areas of fat, whereas procedures such as a tummy tuck remove excess skin and tissue. If you were to remove skin and tissue without removing excess fat, you wouldn’t get the best results.

What can I expect when I undergo liposuction?

Undergoing liposuction is a lot different today than it used to be. Advancements in the procedure have made it safer, more precise, and less painful. You will experience some pain and discomfort, though this should ease within a week. It takes around six weeks to recover and for any bruising and swelling to fade.

To find out if liposuction is right for you, book a consultation with Mr Nigel Horlock today.