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An Introduction to Liposuction

Updated on June 1, 2010

Taking regular exercise and following a balanced diet will not always be enough to stay in shape. Many women still find that they have fat deposits that resist all attempts to remove them. If this is the case for you, liposuction can work wonders on stubborn areas of fat that refuse to go away. Liposuction refers to the procedure of inserting a small tube into the body so that it can literally suck fat out of the areas in question. Alternatively, liposculpture uses a syringe instead of a tube. This makes it a less invasive form of fat removal. 

Are You Suitable For Liposuction?

The basic aim of liposuction is to create a more toned appearance in the area(s) in which the procedure will be carried out. If you are looking to drop down a dress size or two, liposuction is not the best option. It works best if you have areas of stubborn fat that do not respond to regular exercise or a healthy diet. Generally speaking, liposuction is considered unsuitable for individuals who are very overweight. 

Does It Hurt?

As is common after an operation of any kind, there will be some discomfort after the surgery has taken place. In most cases, this will not be severe but it may last for several weeks. 

Recovering After Liposuction

Liposuction is usually done under general anaesthetic, which requires an overnight stay in hospital. If the syringe is used instead of a tube, this can be done under local anaesthetic, and you can generally be discharged the same day as the procedure takes place. In the days after your surgery has taken place, it is a good idea to wear support bandages to encourage the tissue to revert back to its usual form. These should be given to you when you are discharged. 

Although liposuction tends to be a relatively uncomplicated procedure, you are advised to avoid any rigorous exercise in the weeks following the procedure. Your consultation will usually schedule at least one follow-up appointment to assess your recovery progress. 


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      Hello, hello, 7 years ago from London, UK

      Thank you for so much information. Great hub.