No matter how much you exercise, or how disciplined your diet is, some fat just doesn’t seem to shift, but thankfully there are other options. At Cosmetic Avenue, we are dedicated to providing the most effective, leading-edge liposuction procedures, to give your body the shape you’ve always dreamed of. Liposuction, is an incredibly versatile procedure capable of reshaping almost any part of the body. The procedure removes excess fat from problem areas, contouring the body to improve your figure and confidence.
HOW LIPOSUCTION WORKS
How is liposuction performed?
Depending on the procedure liposuction can be performed with a local anaesthetic via intravenous sedation, or with a general anaesthetics.
The procedure begins with several small incisions being made in the target area, followed by a diluted local anaesthetics to reduce bleeding. Next, a thin tube known as a cannula is inserted through the incisions to displace the fat. Finally, the cannula removes the excess fat using suction. This process is repeated until the necessary fat is removed. On average, the entire procedure will take between one to three hours.
After the procedure, we want to provide you with the best possible care, which is why your surgeon will personally monitor your recovery. Appointments will be scheduled for the following days after your procedure and multiple times during the following weeks.
ARE YOU A CANDIDATE FOR LIPOSUCTION?
The ideal candidate for liposuction should have a stable weight, having lost weight prior to the surgery. Maintaining your weight is very important to the success of the procedure as liposuction is only permanent if your weight remains stable.
It is also important to consider how you will recover from the surgery. To achieve the best results the skin around the target area must shrink to accommodate the loss in volume. This requires firm, elastic skin, that will snap back in place after surgery. As we age, this elasticity begins to weaken, but as this can affect everybody differently, it is best to speak with your surgeon to make an assessment.
Liposuction can effectively remove fat from a range of trouble areas that don’t respond well to exercise or diet, including:
THE RECOVERY PROCESS
Immediately after your surgery, there will be some discomfort as well as swelling and bruising around the treated area. These will subside with time, and your surgeon can help ease any pain experienced with medication.
While you will see immediate results from the surgery, the final transformation will take several months, as your body will need time to heal, and the swelling will distort your new figure. To reduce swelling you may be required to wear compression garments for several weeks, this will also assist in shaping your skin to your body.
As liposuction is relatively non-invasive, most patients can return to work within three days. However, more intensive procedures may require you to take up to one week off. After two weeks you can begin mild exercise, but do not attempt rigorous activity for at least four to six weeks.
BOOKING YOUR CONSULTATION
At Cosmetic avenue, we want you to feel confident and comfortable at every step, providing you with all the details you need to make the best decision for you. Your consultation will begin with your surgeon explaining the procedure and giving you an opportunity to discuss your goals and expectations. They will also review your medical history and ask about any medication you are taking. Finally, after making a detailed assessment, a recommendation will be made based on your needs and goals.
The ideal candidate should be able to maintain their weight as liposuction is only permanent if your weight remains stable. It is also important to consider how you will recover from the surgery. To achieve the best results the skin around the target area must shrink to accommodate the loss in volume. This requires firm, elastic skin, that will snap back in place after surgery. However, as we age, this elasticity begins to weaken. For a more detailed assessment of your skin’s elasticity, it is best to speak with your surgeon.
If you are a smoker, you should stop at least two weeks before the procedure. It is also important that you avoid aspirin in the weeks leading up to the surgery. To be safe, review all your medication with your surgeon during your initial consultation as you may need to avoid additional medications.
The procedure can take between one to three hours.
Most patients will return to work within two to three days, while a more intensive surgery will require a week off work.
The procedure will results in some discomfort and bruising, and swelling which will begin to subside after 7-10 days. Mild exercise can resume after two weeks, leading to full activity after four to six weeks.
The procedure is performed under general or local anesthetic. Any discomfort after the procedure can be managed with pain medication prescribed by your surgeon.
Depending on the amount of fat that is being removed, you can feel dizzy or light-headed. This will usually last for two days after the surgery.
During the first 24 hours after the procedure, it is normal to have a reddish coloured fluid drain from the incisions. This results from a saline-based fluid used during the procedure to assist in the removal of fat. While most of this fluid is either absorbed by your body or removed during the surgery, some will drain out by itself. This is entirely normal, and no need for concern.
Like all cosmetic surgeries, there are some risks including swelling, infection, bleeding and blood clots. However, these are incredibly rare, and At Cosmetic Avenue we are committed to providing you with the highest quality service to minimise any risks.
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