If you are one of the many people who eat healthily and exercise regularly but are still dismayed by stubborn fat, it may be time to consider liposuction. This body contouring procedure is popular because it removes unwanted pockets of fat and can be used on various body areas. Following liposuction, patients can enjoy a slimmer and more sculpted physique.
The success of liposuction (and plastic surgery in general) hinges on the plastic surgeon who performs the procedure. All liposuction surgeons should not only be knowledgeable in the latest liposuction techniques, they should also have the talent and skill necessary to achieve beautiful, natural-looking results. Mr Miles Banwell of Attune Clinic possesses all of these qualities and more. Because of this, many patients have put their trust in Mr Banwell when seeking liposuction.
Can I Benefit from Liposuction?
You may be a suitable candidate for liposuction if you:
- Wish to get rid of excess fat on their stomach, back, thighs, hips, buttocks, legs, chest, face, neck and upper arms
- Are in good overall health
- Do not smoke
- Have realistic expectations
It is important to note that liposuction is not an appropriate tool for weight loss. Ideal candidates for liposuction are healthy individuals who are within 30 percent of a healthy body weight and have firm, elastic skin and good muscle tone.
Liposuction is often combined with other body contouring procedures to achieve more beautiful, comprehensive results. For instance, patients with stubborn fat pockets and loose, excess skin in the abdominal area can benefit from tummy tuck surgery in addition to liposuction. By combining tummy tuck and liposuction techniques, Mr Banwell can produce a flatter and smoother abdominal contour. Mr Banwell can design a treatment plan tailored to meet your specific needs following a physical examination and discussion of your aesthetic concerns and goals.
Liposuction is typically performed on an outpatient basis under general anesthesia. Mr Banwell begins the procedure by numbing the treatment area. He will then make several small incisions to access the fat. He will insert a thin tube, known as a cannula, to break up the excess fat. The fat is then removed with gentle suction. Once Mr Banwell is finished removing the appropriate amount of fat, he will close the incisions using sutures and dress the treatment area with soft shower-proof dressings and a compression garment.
You will need to take at least one week off from work and your normal activities following your procedure. Initial side effects include swelling, bruising and soreness, which can be minimized by taking prescription oral medication. Although strenuous activities, including exercise, should be avoided, Mr Banwell encourages you to take short walks around your house to encourage good blood circulation as your body heals.
It is important for you to attend all follow-up appointments with Mr Banwell. During these appointments, the plastic surgeon will evaluate your healing progress and may make modifications to your recovery in order to ensure that you heal as safely and quickly as possible.
What Results Can I Expect from Liposuction?
The results of liposuction are considered to be permanent. Once the fat cells are removed, they cannot grow back. Any future weight gain will be more evenly distributed. For this reason, Mr Banwell recommends eating a healthy diet and exercising regularly so you can maintain your slimmer, more attractive physique after liposuction.
What types of fat can liposuction effectively target?
City of London plastic surgeon Miles Banwell, PhD, FRCS(Plast), notes that some of the most popular target areas are the abdomen, hips, buttocks, thighs, upper arms and certain areas of the face. Many patients will simply tell you they are seeking a cure for the common saddle bag, muffin top, spare tire or love handle.
The procedure is ideal for those areas of the body that seem immune to traditional lifestyle approaches. For example, a woman may exercise regularly and lower her weight through a balanced diet and still retain excess fat in the hips or thighs.
Men may choose liposuction as a way to treat “male breasts.” Liposuction is sometimes used to treat jowls and cheeks, and often performed in conjunction with tummy tuck or as part of a “mommy makeover.”
There are certain types of fat that are beyond the reach of the liposuction device, however. In some patients, the abdominal fat that produces the unwanted overhanging belly profile surrounds internal organs. Because it is located below the muscle, it is not safe to remove this type of fat.
Why is skin elasticity important?
City of London plastic surgeon Miles Banwell, PhD, FRCS(Plast) advises patients that skin elasticity is a key factor in a successful outcome. The vitality of your skin will affect your satisfaction with the procedure.
If skin is already sagging or loose in a certain area, liposuction will not improve its appearance. It may actually become more pronounced after the procedure, as it lacks the supple consistency necessary to fit the new body shape. Cellulite and stretch marks are also not likely to improve significantly, although there may be a slight smoothing of the area, depending on the firmness of your skin.
Is liposuction a substitute for a healthy lifestyle?
Liposuction’s results can be remarkable, but there are also limits to what it can do. A patient with realistic expectations will be pleased by the way the procedure sculpts the body, restoring the elegant proportions of a fit and beautiful profile. Yet liposuction is not a remedy for obesity, a substitute for exercise and a healthy diet, or a cure for some of the imperfections that often appear as we age.
In fact, it is important that you give diet and exercise a chance before you consider the procedure. Liposuction targets localized volumes of fat that never seem to shrink, no matter how far your weight falls.
Even after the procedure, a successful outcome requires that a patient make a longer-term commitment to embrace a healthy diet and lifestyle. Fat cells are quick to adjust to new conditions. If a patient returns to a sedentary routine and unhealthy foods, the remaining fat cells will increase in size, negating the benefits of the targeted liposuction procedure.
To learn more about the benefits of liposuction, schedule your personal consultation with skilled City of London plastic surgeon Miles Banwell, PhD, FRCS(Plast), by calling or emailing Attune Clinic today.