For those of with problematic areas of stubborn fat that will not disperse, no matter how often we attend the gym and no matter how healthy our diets, there are several cosmetic treatments available today.
For some of us, we aim to make this a one- time treatment and Liposuction surgery is an effective and permanent way to remove unwanted areas of fat.
Liposuction is a surgical procedure. The operation is also known as liposculpture or suction-assisted lipectomy. Dr Riccardo Frati is a specialist Liposuction surgeon and offers this procedure to his patients from his clinic in Harley Street, central London.
Liposuction can be carried out on areas of the body where deposits of fat tend to collect, such as the buttocks, hips, thighs, flanks, upper arms and tummy. Facial areas such as a double chin can also be treated with liposuction. Conditions that can also be treated with liposuction include lymphoedema (where fluid accumulates in body tissue) and gynaecomastia (where fatty swellings develop in the male chest area)
Liposuction is suitable for both men and women. Prior to any surgical or cosmetic procedure, it is important to have a full consultation with the surgeon and during this session, Dr Frati will discuss your needs, concerns and medical history. He will also ascertain whether you are emotionally, as well as physically fit to undergo surgery. Typically, liposuction works well for those that are fairly fit and eat a healthy diet, but have areas of subcutaneous fat that need to be removed. Liposuction is not a substitute for a healthy lifestyle and for those with more severe obesity problems, a diet and exercise programme with from a GP is advised prior to undergoing any surgical procedure.
Before having a liposuction operation Dr Frati will discuss the procedure with you to decide which technique he will use to prepare the area where fat is to be removed. Possible preparation techniques include injecting the area with a solution containing anaesthetic and medication, and breaking up the fat cells using high-frequency vibrations. Once the area is prepared, a small cut is made. A suction tube attached to a specialised vacuum machine is then inserted. Several cuts may be made if there’s a large area being treated.
Liposuction is usually carried out under a general anaesthetic, however for smaller areas, a local anaesthetic may be used.
After the operation, the treated area will be bandaged and stitched, and you may need to wear elastic compression clothing to reduce swelling for between two and four weeks following the procedure. You may need to stay overnight in hospital if general anaesthetic is used. It usually takes about two weeks to make a full recovery and some results can be seen immediately. However, it can take up to six months to see the full results, as the treated area will be swollen post op and will take some time so settle down.
Like all types of surgery, liposuction carries a number of risks. However, these occurances are very rare. These include bruising, infection, scarring, irregularities and numbness. Dr Frati will explain all risks and contraindications with you long before the treatment commences, in a fully comprehensive consultation so that you have all the information you need.
In essence, yes, liposuction is a permanent solution and the fat cells that are sucked out are obviously eradicated for good. However, this does not mean that new fat will not appear elsewhere should the patient put on an excessive amount of weight. Liposuction should be considered part of an overall, holistic, healthy lifestyle which is to be maintained and continued after treatment.