Liposuction: Patient Selection
Can I Have Liposuction?
Do you want to undergo liposuction, but wondering whether or not you're eligible for the procedure? The first criteria is your body. You will have fatty deposits which have not reduced after following an exercise regime or healthy eating. Our doctors will encourage you to lose as much weight as possible prior to considering liposuction. It is important to note that you will achieve the best results if you are able to maintain a stable weight once you have undergone liposuction.
To be suitable for liposuction, you will need to be:
- Physically healthy
- Have a healthy BMI (between 18.5 to 24.9)
- Have realistic expectations of what liposuction can achieve
It is also important that you undertake the procedure for the right reasons. If you are undertaking the procedure because of inappropriate reasons, such as the need to lose weight for someone else, our surgeons may not consider you to be suitable.
To have liposuction, you will need to ensure your skin is firm and elastic. This means it will need to shrink after the fatty deposits have been removed. Over time, the skin naturally loses elasticity, however, older patients often have very elastic skin, so age is not always a barrier. If your skin is not very elastic, you may be left with lots of excess skin following the liposuction, and will then require further cosmetic procedures such as a tummy tuck.
Who Cannot Have Liposuction?
Unfortunately, there are people who are considered unsuitable for liposuction. These include patients who:
- Are considered overweight or obese
- Have a lot of loose or excess skin
- Have cellulite. Liposuction is not considered a viable option for removing or treating cellulite.
If you are unsuitable for liposuction, there may be other procedures which can help.
Where Can I Have Liposuction?
There is a range of areas where you can have liposuction performed. These include:
- Chest and back
- Calves and ankles
- Hips and thighs
- Neck and face
What Types of Liposuction Is There?
When you've decided to have liposuction and you're trying to decide on a surgeon, the amount of information available can be overwhelming. There are numerous different types of liposuction, but which is actually the best one for you?
At London Lipo Institute, our surgeons will spend time during the consultation explaining the different types of liposuction and which type will be used.
The different types of liposuction include:
Tumescent Liposuction: this is one of the most popular types of liposuction. It involves injecting a diluted local anaesthetic into the fat beneath the skin. This then makes the area hard and firm, otherwise known as tumescent. This means there is no need for a general anaesthetic during the procedure. This helps to eliminate bleeding during the procedure, meaning you will have fewer side effects afterwards. As a result of the lack of general anaesthetic and minimalised bleeding, tumescent liposuction is considered a more effective method.
Powered Liposuction: this involves using a vibrating cannula which removes fat easier. This method can result in less pain and swelling for the patient. It will also allow for the surgeon to be more precise during the procedure - an important factor to consider if you are having liposuction in smaller areas of the body.
LIPOmatic: this method was introduced in 2010, and is a newer variation of Power Lipo.
SMARTLipo: this is the machine which is used to help break up fatty cells prior to undergoing liposuction. This is an older form of liposuction which involves using a laser probe to melt the fat cells, without the use of suction. The cells are left within the body and are naturally eliminated by the body. This option is not particularly popular, as the results may take four or five months to be visible, and do not live up to patient's expectations.
There are other methods of liposuction, such as Ultrasound (VASER), Radiofrequency (BodyTite), and water spray (WaterJet).
Can I Have Liposuction With Other Procedures?
Patients will often want to have liposuction alongside a tummy tuck. Liposuction is unable to remove issues such as saggy, loose skin. For those who have undergone significant weight loss, have been pregnant or have loose skin as a result of ageing, a tummy tuck can be a popular option. A tummy tuck involves making an incision above the pubic hairline. Excess skin and fat are removed, with abdominal skin being pulled down, tightened and sutured. You will be able to discuss in your consultation whether you would like to combine a tummy tuck and liposuction and whether or not you are a suitable candidate.
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