Liposuction is a well-known type of cosmetic procedure that is one of the only surgical ways to achieve a tighter and more toned body. Liposuction targets stubborn pockets of fat that don’t respond to diet and exercise. It can be performed on virtually any part of the body, but the buttocks, thighs, flanks, abdomen and upper arms are amongst the most popular locations to have a liposuction procedure.
The process is very simple and is normally performed under general anesthetic but may be possible to be performed with a local anesthetic and sedation instead. Our surgical team will be happy to advise you which anesthetic option is best for you. Once you are suitably sedated, a saltwater solution that is used to disrupt and break down the fat cells so they can then be removed will be injected into your target area. This involves using a long, thin tube called a cannula, to which a small vacuum is attached. The cannula is inserted under the skin and worked back and forth to suck up the excess fat cells. These pass along the cannula and into a special container, which will later be discarded.
Although minimally invasive, liposuction is still a surgical procedure, so some bruising, swelling and tenderness is to be expected and is completely normal. It can take several weeks for these side effects to go down and for your new, more toned shape to be revealed.