Three Things You Should Know about Liposuction

Liposuction: 3 Things You Must Know About

One of the most popular options for body contouring that’s available today is wet liposuction (Tumescent liposuction). There are other types and the procedures are continually evolving, but Tumescent Lipo is one of the ‘golden standards’ that many Plastic Surgeons across the globe prefer to use because it has long-term, proven results when used in a best-practice manner.

Happy overweight woman lifting weights - Liposuction Recovery

Indeed, liposuction is one of the most popular plastic surgery options available today, yet even though it is quite popular, there are still many misconceptions about what it is and what it involves.

Here are three FACTS about from Melbourne Plastic Surgeon Mr Richard Maxwell, that will help give you a better understanding of what liposuction surgery involves.

1. Liposuction is NOT for weight loss (but you will lose kilos after surgery as it does remove some weight)

It is not intended to be used as a substitute for weight loss (and never will be!) or in lieu of having a healthy lifestyle that includes regular exercise and a healthy, nutritious diet.

  • It is designed to be performed to remove problematic pockets of fat from the body that do not respond to a healthy diet and regular exercise.
  • We can only extract a relatively small amount of fat during the operation for health concerns.
  • If you’re looking to lose weight, speak with your physician about the best way to improve your diet and exercise habits.

2. Liposuction can be performed on any part of the body.

Most people think that lipo is just for the abdominal area, but that’s not exactly accurate. It can actually be performed on many different parts of your body to help reduce the appearance of fat or reduce unsightly ‘bulges’, and is also often the cornerstone of many different other body contouring or body reshaping surgical techniques.

If you need your arms, thighs, chest, buttocks, or even parts of your face sculpted in some fashion, liposuction may be part of the solution.

  • Liposuction can be performed BEFORE some surgeries (such as before arm reduction Brachioplasty) or
  • It can be used DURING some surgeries (such as during or right before a surgical Breast Reduction or a Tummy Tuck for extra waistline contouring).
  • Lipo can be used as a stand-alone procedure BUT for post-weight loss patients, it’s often used in combination with surgical excision of redundant folds of skin and excess body fat

3. Liposuction recovery time is roughly two to four weeks.

The recovery period following liposuction is not typically overly long compared to some other surgical procedures; but it still takes time and two weeks is probably on the shorter end of recovery for most patients.  Most will need three to four weeks or even a few months to feel fully recovered and ready to embrace their normal activities – or gym classes – again.

As with any surgery, it is highly important that you follow your Surgeon’s instructions very precisely to help prevent any possible complications from occurring.  This is particularly crucial during the first days and weeks after your LIPO surgery, where discomfort, swelling, bruising, drainage, and occasional nausea are very common.

For more information about Liposuction after weight loss, including for Arm Reductions, Thigh Reductions/Thigh Lifts or waistline shaping body contouring, send an enquiry form today.