Does Liposuction help remove excess stubborn fat?

All about Liposuction for stubborn fat removal : What you need to know before you schedule your Surgery

One of the most common treatments used to achieve more toned or natural looking body contour is liposuction. That’s because good eating and regular exercise can drastically improve the health and overall size of the body, as well as improve muscle-to-fat ratios and BMI – but lifestyle alone cannot fix every body imperfection.  Fat tends to become stored in certain areas of the body, often in certain places more than other parts, and it can leave you with an out-of-balance figure or excess fat in specific areas of the body, breasts or face.

Liposuction helps to remove specific, localized areas of fat to achieve a more refined or slimmer body contour.

Areas of stubborn fat that are isolated in the upper arms, thighs, hips, back, neck, inner knees, breasts, chin, calves, buttocks, ankles AND the waistline can often be removed using the surgery procedure known as liposuction (or Tumescent Liposuction, which is a common form of liposuction called ‘wet liposuction’ due to using a special liquid before the suctioning of fat begins).

If you have stubborn fat deposits that simply won’t go away with exercise or nutrition changes alone, no matter WHAT you’ve tried, hen you could be stuck living with these fat deposits unless you consider surgical intervention.

What is Liposuction?

Liposuction is removal of fat deposits beneath the skin through the use of a cannula (hollow metal tube) and vacuum-like suction technology. During a liposuction surgery procedure, several small incisions will be made in the areas being treated or ‘re-contoured’ (slimmed). The cannula is inserted through the small surgical incisions, and the Specialist Surgeon then suctions out the fat using a special technique that involves moving the cannula in specific patterns or areas to remove the excess fat.

Liposuction Cannulas in action - Liposuction Recovery

There are many different liposuction techniques performed today. These include the popular, well-proven method of tumescent liposuction, as well as other varieties such as ultrasonic assisted liposuction (UAL) or power assisted liposuction (PAL). Each liposuction technique having its own advantages and disadvantages, however, many Surgeons use Tumescent Liposuction because it has safely and effectively been used for body contouring surgeries by thousands of different Surgeons across the globe.


Am I a Good Candidate for Liposuction?

Ask yourself these questions to determine if you might be suitable for liposuction (but only a Surgeon can assess this fully).

  • Are you at a stable, normal weight or suitable BMI?
  • Are you in generally good health?
  • Do you have stubborn fat deposits in certain areas of your body?
  • Are your expectations about what liposuction can do for your physique REASONABLE and JUSTIFIED or are you expecting miracles that surgery simply cannot provide to you?

Patients who are still significantly overweight or obese, and patients who are in poor health or who smoke or consume other drugs or medications that impede surgery outcomes – as well as patients who are planning pregnancies in the near future – are usually NOT good candidates for liposuction.

Many people mistakenly think Liposuction is an easy answer to weight loss.

Liposuction is NOT an answer to weight loss and NOT a substitute for a healthy lifestyle.  It cannot replace proper diet and regular exercise; and in fact, you’ll need to adhere to a very healthy lifestyle, diet and regular exercise to get a good result from liposuction OR even to maintain a great result.

If you’ve lost a lot of weight after bariatric surgery, for example, you may want to fully maximize results in transforming and recontouring your body through surgery. This often means that other procedures might be combined with liposuction, including a Tummy Tuck, Breast Reduction or Body Lift/Belt Lipectomy.

Liposuction Recovery

Liposuction may be considered to be a minimally invasive procedure, but that doesn’t mean recovery is quick or relatively easy. It just might mean that this surgery has RELATIVELY less downtime and recovery discomfort than some other surgical procedures, primarily as the incisions are often a bit smaller and can sometimes heal more quickly than the larger incisions, for example, of an extended Abdominoplasty or Fleur De Lys Abdominoplasty. Often Liposuction recovery can still be a similar recovery time to that of other laparoscopic bariatric procedures.

And the fitter you are BEFORE your surgery, the better your recovery and results.

Happy overweight woman lifting weights - Liposuction Recovery


Hospitalization may or may not be required for liposuction, but for combined plastic surgery and liposuction, you are typically far better off having the procedure performed in a fully accredited hospital where you can stay overnight for a night or two (or more), this gives you the piece of mind that your liposuction recovery is on track to the best possible route.

Some people have LIPO alone as either a stand alone or preparatory procedure. If you have liposuction alone, you may be able to move around, gently, as soon as the surgical anesthesia has worn off.  After the procedure is complete, bandages and/or compression garments are often applied to the areas that were treated. These compression garments are VITAL to the success of your liposuction procedure and are used for many cosmetic and non-surgical procedures that reshape the body.

Bruising and swelling are common side-effects of liposuction recovery and can be quite significant, lasting for several weeks or more.  Bruising often disappears by about the two week mark or thereabouts; but some swelling may persist for over a month or even two to four months. Occasionally, patients have swelling for an even longer period of time.

  • Pain, discomfort, and tenderness as a result of liposuction are often treated with over-the-counter pain relief medication.
  • You will need to refrain from embarking in strenuous activities for the first month after your liposuction procedure.
  • The majority of our patients are able to return to work within a few days of the procedure.
  • Patients are strongly encouraged to follow after-care instructions diligently to ensure proper healing and optimal results.


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