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Liposuction, Lipodissolve

Liposuction is a form of cosmetic surgery in which deposits of fat are removed to reshape or reduce one or more areas of the body. Common areas targeted include thighs, buttocks, abdomen, arms, neck and under the chin.

Liposuction is not a substitute for weight reduction or a cure for obesity. Having liposuction will not help prevent cardiovascular disease or improve your general health and wellbeing. Another name for this procedure is suction assisted lipectomy.

Liposuction can be used to remove ‘pockets of fat’

Body image concerns are the main reason people consider liposuction. Some people of normal weight have localised pockets of fat that don’t respond to diet or exercise. Common sites include the abdomen, hips, thighs, buttocks, upper arm, neck and beneath the chin.

You need to be fit and healthy

Liposuction is best suited to normal weight people with firm, elastic skin who have pockets of fat in certain areas. To be suitable for liposuction you must be physically healthy, psychologically stable and have realistic expectations. Although age is not a significant concern, older people may have less skin elasticity and may not achieve the same results as a younger person with tighter skin.

Things to consider

Before you opt for liposuction, there are some important issues to keep in mind:

Don’t be shy about asking questions and discussing your concerns with your plastic surgeon. Make sure you get a full explanation of the anticipated results and what you can expect after the procedure. If you are unsure, seek a second opinion before going ahead.

Medical issues

Before the operation, you need to discuss a range of medical issues with your doctor or surgeon including:

The procedure

Various types of anaesthesia can be used for liposuction. If only a small amount of fat and a limited number of body sites are involved, liposuction can be performed under local anaesthesia, which numbs only the affected areas. Some people prefer general anaesthesia, particularly if a large volume of fat is being removed.


Specific liposuction techniques include:

Immediately after the operation

After the operation, you may expect:

Possible complications

All surgery carries some degree of risk. The risks of liposuction increase if a large number of body areas are treated at the same time or if the areas operated on are large in size. Some of the possible complications of liposuction may include:

Taking care of yourself at home

Be guided by your doctor but general self-care suggestions include:

Long-term outlook

Liposuction is not a substitute for good diet and regular exercise. Unhealthy lifestyle choices (such as eating a diet high in fats and neglecting to exercise) will result in unwanted weight gain. Suction lipectomy is suitable for people who have bulges which persist after diet and exercise. It is not a substitute for weight loss.

Usually the ‘extra’ skin will contract (tighten) after liposuction; however, in some cases, a procedure to remove excess skin may also be needed. If your skin is dimpled before the liposuction, it will probably still be dimpled afterwards as well.

Finding a surgeon

Liposuction is not a medical specialty and no specialised training is currently required. In fact, it can be performed by any registered doctor (GP). It is also performed by plastic surgeons and dermatologists. You should ask your doctor about their training and experience – it is preferable to have this procedure done by a reputable professional who is specially trained to perform liposuction and has a lot of experience in performing these procedures.

You may want to ask your local GP for advice on a suitable and reputable doctor or hospital where liposuction is performed.

Other forms of treatment

Alternatives to liposuction can include:

Where to get help

Things to remember


If you are looking for a non-surgical, non invasive alternative to these procedures, Shrinc may be able to help. Contact us today for a complimentary consultation to discuss your needs. Phone 1800 747462 or email us

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This article was sourced from The Better Health Channel

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