What is liposuction?
Liposuction is a procedure which is undertaken for cosmetic purposes in order to remove fat. It is generally focused on areas of the body where the biggest fat deposits tend to collect, such as the buttocks, stomach and thighs. The result of liposuction is an altered body shape which can be maintained with a healthy lifestyle.
Why choose Robert Warr?
Robert Warr, the leading surgeon and consultant, is an expert in the liposuction procedure. Some 96 per cent of patients who have used Robert Warr’s service say that they would recommend it to family or friends. Robert Warr uses only the best operating facilities in leading hospitals, offering patients access to advanced treatments and state of the art equipment.
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"The results of my liposuction to my arms and legs were very good and exactly what I wanted"
Liposuction should not be considered a treatment or ‘cure’ for obesity. It is not a way of removing stretch marks or getting rid of cellulite, and should be restricted to people who have attempted to shed weight and change their lifestyle by eating healthier food or exercising more.
There are several different types of liposuction procedure. They all involve the use of a cannula (thin tube), to suck fat from the body using a vacuum. Types of liposuction include:
Tumescent liposuction is a common procedure which involves the injection of a sterile solution into the targeted area of the body, making the suction easier and less painful.
Ultrasound-assisted liposuction utilises sound waves to rupture the cell walls, softening the fat and allowing it to be suctioned out.
Laser-assisted liposuction liquefies the fat using an energy burst to break it down. This technique has also been found to promote collagen production post-surgery.
Robert Warr’s liposuction patients have the advantages of a bespoke service, including a full consultancy. Patients will discuss their mode of anaesthesia on the day of the operation with an anaesthetist. Typically, general anaesthetic is used, but sometimes epidural anaesthetic is administered.
As with any surgical procedure, liposuction does carry some risks, including results which are lumpy and uneven, changes in skin colour, bleeding and infection.
A compression garment is typically worn after the procedure for as long as two months. This serves to control the swelling. Following liposuction, work can usually be resumed by patients after a few days, although this will depend on the individual.