A liposuction procedure is one of the most popular cosmetic surgeries performed today. Commonly mistaken as a weight loss technique, liposuction can be effective at reducing body fat deposits that are resistant to diet and exercise. Most commonly, the pockets of fat are on the inner thighs and hips of women and on the abdomen of men.

If you’re looking to get a liposuction procedure, here are five things that you should know.

Liposuction often uses ultrasound and laser technology

Traditional liposuction (also known as tumescent liposuction) typically involves several small incisions before small hollow tubes (cannulas) of only 1.5mm in size pumps the fat back and forth to dislodge the deposits before a surgical vacuum removes it.

Newer types of liposuction, however, include ultra-sound as well as laser-assisted techniques. Depending on the patient and the desired outcomes your doctor may opt to use ultra-sound energy to break up the fat before placing fine tubes through very small incisions help to remove it.

Liposuction works best on individuals that have firm and elastic skin

Liposuction works best for adults who are within 30% of their ideal body weight. Ideal candidates should also have firm and elastic skin, good muscle tone, and be a non-smoker.

Liposuction is not a weight loss or cellulite-reduction procedure

In most instances, liposuction is a cosmetic procedure that helps in improving the overall appearance of a body area. The goal of a liposuction procedure is to reshape or contour a body area by removing fat deposits.

A common misconception of liposuction is that it helps with removing cellulite when that isn’t the case. While a liposuction surgical procedure can slightly improve the appearance of cellulite, it will not fix or remove it altogether.

Strenuous activities need to be limited for a few weeks

In addition to the face and breasts, there are many cosmetic procedures specific to body shape and contour available.

In most instances, you will be able to return to work and daily activities within a few days, however, your doctor may advise you to avoid any overly strenuous activities and sports.

The swelling from the liposuction procedure typically takes the longest to resolve and you may continue to see swelling around the liposuction area for a several weeks.

Liposuction does come with its risks

While liposuction is generally a very safe procedure, like any other surgery, there are some risks. Some of these risks include scarring, dimpling and poor skin elasticity.

If you are considering liposuction, it’s important that you find a fully trained plastic surgeon or general surgeon that has plenty of experience.

To learn more about how Dr Mark Lee can help you achieve your aesthetic goals, get in touch with the team to book your consultation.

Choosing to have plastic surgery is a serious personal decision and undertaking. Please be mindful that any surgical or invasive procedure carries risks.