Liposuction FAQs

1. What areas of the face and body can liposuction treat?

Firstly, I would just like to say that liposuction is not a method for weight loss, rather it most effective when used in adjustment of the profile of the body or face where there is a particular abundance or conspicuous deposit of fat. It can be larger in scale such as when used in the tummy, thighs, arms or calves, or more delicate as in the face neck, chin. It is often combined with surgery such as a facelift, tummy tuck or thigh and buttock lift. It is not, in fact, a matter of simply sucking out fat – to achieve smooth and beautiful result, a meticulous plan and technique is required. I tend to use so-called tumescent liposuction, which I believe allows me to achieve better results and improve safety. Ultrasonic-assisted liposuction is also available and may be better suited for some patients.

2. Does liposuction leave scars?

Liposuction involves the use of cannulas of differing widths and lengths but these are normally used via small stab incisions which are then only as wide as the cannulas used. The key then is to place the little incisions in hidden or inconspicuous sites so that to all intents and purposes, the scars will then be very difficult to detect.

3. Are liposuction results permanent?

It is said that generally once you are born your fat cells do not divide or multiply. So if fat cells are removed from the body via liposuction, the remaining fat cells to not divide to replace the lost ones. However, the fat cells that are left behind can individually take on more fat within them and so enlarge, if your diet and lifestyle are such that you are putting on weight. However, there is scarring produced around the fat cells in areas where there has been liposuction so that although you can put weight back on there, it is harder to do so and as such the results of liposuction should stand the test of time with a healthy lifestyle.

4. Can liposuction get rid of cellulite?

Sadly liposuction is not a good treatment for cellulite. Liposuction can be undertaken in different ways and at different levels under the skin, this depends on what you and the surgeon are trying to achieve. Cellulite is a condition that is sited very superficially in the skin. Some types of superficial liposuction may achieve an improvement in the skin in terms of elasticity and the potential for shrinkage after surgery but generally speaking if your main aim is towards reducing the appearance of cellulite then you will be best advised to look to technologies other than liposuction.

5. What are the risks of liposuction?

Liposuction, like any surgical procedure, can be associated with risks and side effects. These include infection, scarring, temporary bruising and swelling and, usually temporary, numbness. There can be skin dimpling or irregularity and there is a limited ability of the skin to shrink down after liposuction leading to the risk of sagging unless combined with surgical excision. It is possible to undertake liposuction quickly with a large cannula but in fact I prefer to take longer with the use of finer cannulae as, with meticulous technique, I can then better hope to avoid those risks and achieve a smooth and pleasing enhancement.