For the uninitiated, questions surrounding the type and cost of liposuction can be daunting. If you’re new to this type of procedure or cosmetic treatments more generally, read on for an introduction that will outline what you should expect if you’re thinking about undergoing a treatment.

Right Liposuction Procedure

Liposuction is performed in several environments such as a day procedure in an office or a hospital setting with a regional, local or general anaesthetic. Importantly, no type of anaesthetic technique has been clinically shown to be superior over another. Therefore, the type of procedure will be determined by the invasiveness of the treatment you are receiving, the volume of aspiration required and your personal circumstances and preferences. You may receive different types of liposuction on different areas on your body to get the best results.

The types of liposuction differ and there are several variations on each type depending on the name they are marketed under. Branding aside, however, there are 5 basic types.

  • Suction-assisted is a standard method of fat removal via cannula that disrupts, then vacuums the fat out of the body.
  • Ultra-sound assisted liposuction uses ultrasonic enabled probe to rupture the fat whilst liquid is inserted which emulsifies the fat which is then suctioned out. These days the ultrasound aspect of this type of liposuction can be applied externally to the body to reduce side effects.
  • You might also undergo a water-assisted technique which uses, you guessed it, liquid to assist in dislodging the fat prior to its removal.
  • Laser assisted is a type of liposuction that utilises a laser to break down the cell membranes before the fat is removed.
  • Tumescent (wet and superwet) uses injections of solution into the fat prior to its removal.

Note that if you are getting a more substantial amount of fat removed, you may find that liposuction can leave your skin looking looser, saggy or even puckered. For this reason, in addition to the liposuction that removes the fat and fat cells, you may also undergo a skin tightening or wrinkle removal treatment as part of your procedure.

Your clinician will be able to advise you the best course of action to keep the skin looking supple. Your options could involve a type of intense pulse light or radio frequency energy procedure, prescription of resistance training, or in some circumstances, body contouring surgery like a tummy tuck to remove excess skin.

To ensure optimum results after your procedure, use liposuction as motivation to maintain a healthy lifestyle with regular exercise. Fat won’t return to your body in the same way after lipo as specific fat cells have been removed, but it will be deposited into other areas if your body is regularly exposed to excess calories.

When you’re ready, book in a consultation with several practitioners and get several written quotes that describe what they will perform for you. You’ll definitely want a highly qualified and experienced person to do the job, not the cheapest on the market!

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