Every year, there are enough horror stories in the press about botched liposuction as well as deaths associated with having the procedure to make most people think twice about putting themselves through surgery. And anyone who’s watched television programmes showing the operation knows how brutal it looks. But, without making the squeamish feel a bit faint, what is liposuction exactly and are there any non-surgical fat removal alternatives?
What is Liposuction?
Liposuction is basically a surgical technique which sucks out areas of stubborn fat from your body. It’s generally carried out under general anaesthetic in an operating room and involves local anaesthetic to numb the area, high-frequency vibrations or laser pulse or sterile water which infiltrates the fat cells to help break them up, several incisions to allow a suction tube to be inserted and moved back and forth to loosen the fat and suck it out, and stitches to close the wounds.
After the operation, you’d have to wear an elasticated corset or bandages which have to be worn for several weeks afterwards, as well as taking painkillers, and antibiotics to reduce the risk of infection. For operations on smaller areas, all being well, you should be able to return to work within a few days, as well as go back to driving and gentle walking; but if you love the gym, you’ll have to wait for at least four weeks before getting back to your workout.
And don’t expect to see the results properly until the swelling goes down… probably in about six months’ time.
Side effects of Liposuction
Common side effects include bruising, swelling, numbness, scarring, inflammation, fluid seeping from the cuts and swollen ankles. Occasionally, it can result in lumpy and uneven results, bleeding beneath the skin, persistent numbness, changes in skin colour, a buildup of fluid in the lungs, blood clots, damage to internal organs. There are also the usual dangers associated with having a general anaesthetic.
Non-surgical fat removal
If you want to avoid all the dangers of liposuction, not to mention the amount of time off work you’ll have to have, the scars, the break from driving and the inability to continue with your exercise regime for at least a month, there is a solution.
There are new, proven treatments – such as Cristal™ and Liposonix® – which are methods of non-surgical fat removal. They produce great results that are lot safer, don’t require any break in your lifestyle, and are considerably cheaper than usual £2,000-6,000 for surgical removal. Definitely a treatment the squeamish can get on board with!
If you have any stubborn pockets of fat on your body, disperse them simply and safely. Contact us to make an appointment or find out more.
Disclaimer: This blog is not to be used for diagnostic purposes. We are all unique which means that our results, recovery and suitability for any type of treatment will vary. Always seek the advice of a professional should you have any health or cosmetic concerns or to discuss treatments specifically for you.
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