Fat distribution patterns in humans are governed by factors such as genetics, age, and lifestyle. Despite diets and exercise for weight loss, fatty tissue in certain areas remain difficult to shift. It is no surprise, therefore, that every year thousands of people throughout the world consider Liposuction procedures to improve their body contours.
Before moving further let’s have a look at what liposuction is, what it really involves and how Dr. Mark Ho-Asjoe’s Plastic Surgery Clinic in Central London can help you with fat loss.
Medical advancements have enabled liposuction surgery costs to come down and it is also considered to be the safest and most effective surgical treatment to remove fat cells.
Liposuction is a surgical procedure undertaken to remove fat cells from specific body parts such as the abdomen, thighs, hips, knees, buttocks, back, breasts (in men) and upper arms. The outcome is a balanced and sculpted body devoid of stubborn fat cells, creating a better body contour.
The surgeon removes fat cells present under the skin’s layer by directing a small instrument known as a cannula in a back and forth process that breaks up the fat cells. These cells are then pulled out through suction for a desirable outcome. Infiltration of local anesthetics and fluid help with the reduction of pain and reduce blood loss.
There is a common fear instilled in patients that fat will return after this surgery. Please note that this procedure permanently removes fat cells from the body. Residual fat cells will increase in size if the patient does not maintain his/her “post-lipo weight” program. Liposuction is ideal for body contouring and removal of “stubborn” pockets of fat but it is not for weight loss.
In cases of considerable weight gain, new fat cells can develop in all areas of the body including treated ones. However, fat often accumulates less in treated areas in comparison to untreated areas. Thus, patients after post-procedure weight gain tend to look better in comparison to those who never had surgery.
Technological advancement has led to continuous improvement in pulling out fat cells without complications and reducing side effects. The introduction of “wet” and “super wet” techniques where fluid containing local anesthetics and adrenaline facilitate the removed fat with less bleeding and less discomfort. The use of Microaire Power Assisted Liposculptor (PAL) and Ultrasonic (Vaser) also play a part in improving comfort and results.
Generally, people have a myth that fat-loss surgical procedures are expensive, so they stick to weight loss programs with no practical results even after investing a reasonable amount of time & money. Surprisingly, the cost of liposuction is getting affordable with each passing day and getting this treatment is within reach of average households now.
Patients can see a noticeable difference in their body shape soon after the surgery; however, final contours will become visible only after the swelling has completely subsided. Most patients are likely to see their ultimate results within one to three months after surgery. For long-lasting results, it is vital to make lifestyle changes and follow a healthy diet and exercise regime.
Liposuction is considered to be one of the most effective and popular body contouring methods in modern medical science. A skilled plastic surgeon can safely eliminate localized fat pockets from the patient’s body and reshape the contours to improve its overall appearance.
Though the fat cells are permanently removed out of the patient’s body, it is advisable to follow specific lifestyle changes for maintaining post-operative results. For example,
Keep a check on calories:
Take help of a simple calorie calculator to find out the number of calories required to maintain post-operative weight. Your Doctor can also advise on daily calorific needs. In short, keep a watch on what you eat and drink.
Avoid foods that help gain weight:
Diet is an essential factor that contributes to post-liposuction weight gain. Eliminate processed foods and limit the intake of sugary drinks (soda, juice, etc.), carbs, saturated fats (pork, beef), and dairy products such as butter, cheese, and milk.
Stick to a nutritious diet:
Make a habit of eating nutritious foods by replacing a small portion of meat with beans or legumes. Include more fruits, vegetables, and whole grains into your diet.
Eat smaller meals but more frequently:
Eat 5-7 meals spread throughout the day. It may help boost metabolism, maintain energy levels and prevent hunger spells.
Drink plenty of water as it helps in controlling hunger and improves digestion.
Follow a consistent exercise routine:
Incorporate a mix of aerobic exercises and lifting weights in daily exercise schedule. Aerobics helps burn muscles and weights increase metabolism as well as builds muscles.
Liposuction can be life-changing as patients may get a hugely improved body shape after this procedure. However, it’s imperative to choose a healthy lifestyle to keep results intact post surgery.
If you have questions about liposuction or are considering this surgery, feel free to discuss your needs with us. Book an appointment to find out about the services offered by Dr. Mark Ho-Asjoe – one of the leading London Plastic Surgery physicians.