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Booking your liposuction procedure can be exciting. Everyone wants to ensure their procedure and recovery period will go as smoothly as possible. The key to this is to ensure you are fully prepared prior to having liposuction. 

So how do you prepare for liposuction? 

1. Be honest during your consultation 

Before undergoing any cosmetic surgery, you will be required to have a consultation with the surgeon who will perform your procedure. This will give the surgeon the chance to see if you are an eligible candidate for surgery. You will also be able to ask any questions you have about the procedure so you feel comfortable before having surgery. 

During the consultation, it is important that you are completely honest about your medical history. The surgeon will need to know about any previous surgeries, any allergies you have, any medication you are currently taking. Not disclosing any of this information can be potentially dangerous. Some medication or health conditions may interfere with the surgery, the anaesthetic or medication you are given after the procedure. To avoid any problems, it is best to be completely honest with your surgeon from the start.


2. Stop certain medications 

Your surgeon may advise you to stop taking particular medications before and after having liposuction. This includes medication such as aspirin, anti-inflammatory drugs and herbal supplements. Some medications can interfere with the anaesthetic or any medications you are given after the procedure. 

Your surgeon will be able to advise you how long in advance you will have to stop taking any medication, and when you can resume taking it.


3. Stop smoking

As well as stopping any medications, you will also have to stop smoking. Smoking can have a negative impact on cosmetic surgery. Smoking causes a reduction in the blood flow through the circulatory system. This can cause the body to slow down how quickly it will heal after surgery, meaning your recovery period will be even longer. To avoid any complications, it is best to stop smoking at least one month before and after your surgery. 

4. Reach a stable weight 

Before having liposuction you should try to lose as much weight as possible by following a healthy diet and exercise regime. However, it is important to maintain a stable weight between your consultation and your surgery date. You will need to avoid following any crash diets prior to surgery. This will risk your body being in a weakened state and may cause you to gain more weight following the procedure. To avoid excess weight gain after surgery, it is best to follow a sustainable diet before surgery, so you can continue this diet following surgery.


5. Fill any prescriptions 

You may need to take medication during your recovery period. Before having your surgery, you may wish to get this prescription filled, along with any other prescription medication or supplements you will need during the recovery period. This will mean you can avoid having to visit the GP or pharmacist while you are recovering.


6. Make sure you can get home from surgery 

Liposuction is a surgical procedure, so you will not be able to drive yourself home from the clinic. You will need to have a family member or friend pick you up and drive you home. Make sure you arrange this prior to your procedure. If you have no way to get home the surgeon may not proceed with the surgery. 

If you do not have anyone to drive you home but still want to go ahead with surgery, you may be interested in arranging a chaperone through London Lipo Institute.

Are you interested in having liposuction? Contact London Lipo Institute today to find out more information or to book a consultation. 

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One of the biggest misconceptions about liposuction is that it is a weight loss surgery. Once you undergo liposuction, the weight will be gone and won’t come back, right? 

Unfortunately, this isn’t quite the case. So what exactly does liposuction involve, and how can you maintain the results after your procedure? 

How liposuction works
 

Liposuction is a cosmetic procedure which removes stubborn excess fat from various areas of the body. However, most people are not aware of the different types of fat which is stored in our body.

The types of fat which are present in the body include:

Subcutaneous fat: Liposuction removes subcutaneous fat, which is located right under the skin. If you can see or pinch the fat, that will be subcutaneous. Everyone has subcutaneous fat, however, lifestyle choices will impact how much fat there is. This fat is generally considered to be harmless and will not necessarily cause health problems. Instead, it can cause aesthetic problems as the fat is visible. 

Visceral fat: this type of fat lines the organs in the body. Unlike subcutaneous fat, it cannot be removed through liposuction. Visceral fat can cause additional health problems such as heart disease or high blood pressure. 

Liposuction will remove subcutaneous fat from certain areas of the body. This could be the abdomen, hips, buttocks, thighs or arms, to name a few areas. Once the liposuction has been completed, the fat cells from the target area would have been removed, and these fat cells will not return. However, you will still have fat cells in areas of the body which you did not have liposuction. This means that you will still be able to gain weight in those areas of the body. If you had liposuction on the abdomen, you will still be able to gain weight on your hips and thighs. You will also still have visceral fat in the body, which can make you appear as if you have gained weight. 


How to maintain results after liposuction

We understand that choosing to undergo liposuction is a big decision, and you will understandably want the results of your procedure to last as long as possible. So what steps can you take to help you maintain results?


1. Exercise

Liposuction is generally recommended for those who have already lost weight and now have stubborn pockets of fat which they are unable to lose. Unfortunately, having liposuction does not mean you now get to avoid exercise. 

Instead, you will need to follow a consistent exercise regime. This will help you to avoid gaining weight in the areas that were not treated. 

While it is recommended that you engage in exercise, remember to follow your surgeon’s instructions during the recovery period. In the first few weeks following your liposuction procedure, you will need to avoid strenuous physical exercise, including any heavy lifting. You will be encouraged to undertake light physical activity such as walking in order to encourage good blood circulation. Your surgeon will be able to tell you exactly what activities you should avoid and for how long. It is important to follow these instructions in order to avoid any post-op complications.

Once the recovery period has finished, you should resume your regular exercise regime. Try to include some form of physical activity into your daily routine. This will help you to maintain the liposuction results and avoid gaining weight.


2. Diet

As well as a good exercise regime, you should also follow a healthy diet. 

You should try and avoid foods which are high in sugar and saturated fats, carbohydrates and processed foods. Instead, try and increase your intake of vegetables, fruits, whole grains and lean meats. Make sure your diet includes enough protein and fibre. Make sure to be aware of how you are cooking your food – you may wish to avoid deep frying and using butter.

Eating several small meals throughout the day will not only help to maintain energy levels and keep you sustained, but it will help you to avoid snacking on unhealthy food.  


3. Hydration

Keeping your post-op body doesn’t just depend on what food you eat and how active you are. Your water consumption also has an important role to play. 

Drinking enough water will help to maintain a good metabolism and will help with your digestion. Try drinking water before you have a meal – this can help to make you feel full, which can help you to avoid overeating. 

It is generally recommended that you consume eight-ounce glasses of water per day, however, this will vary depending on factors such as your body type and metabolism. 


4. Stress

You don’t need to just have a good physical diet – you need to ensure you have good mental health as well.

Stress can actually cause you to gain weight. When your cortisol levels are raised, you will begin to crave unhealthy foods. 

To avoid being in a state of stress, you will need to learn how to relax and dedicate some time during the day just to focus on you and your health. Exactly what helps you relax will vary from person to person. Some people will enjoy meditation and taking a bath, while others will find physical activity such as yoga will help to alleviate stress. 

Ensuring you have a healthy lifestyle will help to ensure you will be able to maintain results after liposuction. 

Are you interested in undergoing liposuction? Contact London Lipo Institute today to find out more information or to book a consultation.

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Before undergoing any cosmetic surgery, it is important to be as informed as possible. You should undertake your own research prior to attending your consultation. Having a full understanding of your procedure will help you with any nerves you have surrounding the procedure. It can also help you know what results you can expect following the procedure, and what the recovery period will be like. 

So what questions do you need to ask before having liposuction

1. What type of liposuction do you perform? 

We all have a pretty general understanding of what liposuction entails. Liposuction is a cosmetic surgical procedure which removes subcutaneous fat which is immune to healthy diet and exercise. 

However, there is not just one method for liposuction. Before you decide to even go to a consultation, make sure you do your research about all the different types of liposuction. You’ll be able to make your own informed decision about which type of liposuction you think is the best and will achieve the goals you want. When you attend your consultation, you will be able to see whether the information the surgeon gives you matches up with what you found online. 

The various methods for liposuction include tumescent, laser assisted (otherwise known as SmartLipo), Vaser, power assisted, suction assisted and high definition liposuction. You may even hear about ultrasound assisted, laser-assisted and super-wet technique. 

At London Lipo Institute, we use tumescent liposuction. This involves injecting the area with a diluted solution. This makes the area large and swollen, otherwise known as tumescent. The surgeon is then able to make small incisions, which allows them to insert a cannula, which removes the excess fat.


2. How much fat can be removed? 

While fat is being removed from the body, liposuction is actually not considered a weight loss procedure. It is not suitable for those who are obese and are looking to have a large amount of fat removed from their bodies.

So how much fat can actually be removed? While there is generally a maximum limit of four litres per session, how much the surgeon will actually need to remove will vary from person to person.

When you are in your consultation with the surgeon, they will be able to assess your body and see where the weight needs to be removed from and how much can be removed. If you are aiming to remove a large amount of excess fat, you may need to undertake numerous liposuction sessions.

3. What are your qualifications and experience? 

You don’t just need to research the procedure you’re having – you also need to research the clinic you’re having the procedure at and the surgeon who is performing the liposuction. The last thing you want to do is to be operated on by someone who is not a fully qualified plastic surgeon. 

Any legitimate surgeon will not be offended if you ask to see their qualifications or ask about their work history. You may find this information is available online – many surgeons have their own personal websites or will have the information listed on social media sites such as LinkedIn. 

If you are having surgery in the UK, make sure your surgeon is registered with the GMC.

4. How often have you performed liposuction? 

So you’ve researched your surgeon and found out they are registered and certified. But does that mean they have extensive history performing liposuction? Cosmetic surgeons can sometimes choose specialities, such as just performing on the face or the breasts. Liposuction is a fairly common procedure, however, it is best not to risk it. 

During your consultation, ask how often the surgeon has performed liposuction, particularly in the area you want to have it. You may wish to ask to see before and after photographs, which will highlight what the surgeon is able to achieve. 

5. What are the risks and complications? 

Every surgery comes with risks and complications. If your surgeon insists there are no risks, do not believe them. 

While liposuction is a safe procedure, there are some rare risks that can occur. Before having liposuction, make sure to ask your surgeon about these risks, and how often they have encountered problems while performing liposuction.


6. What can I expect from the recovery period? 

While the liposuction may be your main focus, the recovery period is an important part of your surgical journey. 

You will need to know how many days you will need to take off work and how long you will have to avoid vigorous activities. If you have an office job, you may be able to return to work quicker than someone who has a physically active job. If you have children, you may also wish to consider who is caring for them during your recovery period. 

For many cosmetic procedures, including liposuction, you will need to wear a compression garment during the recovery. This will help to avoid any fluid build up in the area where liposuction was undertaken and will help to reduce swelling.


7. What scars will I have? 

Any surgery where incisions are involved will result in scars. Cosmetic surgeons will go out of their way to ensure any scars will be as aesthetically pleasing and as discreet as possible. 

In the case of liposuction, the scars will be very small, and will only be a few millimetres big. The incision will only be made to allow the cannula to be inserted, rather than being made to remove excess skin. The exact location of the scars will vary depending on where you are having liposuction. If you are concerned about scarring, make sure you ask your surgeon during the consultation exactly where the scars will be and what you can do during your recovery period to minimise the appearance of any scars.


8. What results can I expect?

To be an eligible candidate for liposuction, you will need to have realistic expectations about what the procedure can achieve. This can be achieved by knowing about what results you can actually expect. 

You should know what to experience during the recovery period. It is important to realise that while you will notice some results straight away, swelling will delay the final results. The skin may also be loose and will take some time to tighten. It may be several months before you are able to see the final results of your liposuction procedure. 

Researching these questions and asking these questions during your consultation will help you to be informed about liposuction and help you feel confident before undergoing your procedure.

Are you interested in having liposuction? Contact London Lipo Institute today to find out more information or to book a consultation.

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Chin liposuction is an effective way to remove that annoying double chin. Extra pockets of fat under the face can often dramatically change the appearance of the face. To give the face some extra definition and help to appear more youthful, you may wish to undertake chin liposuction.

Why should I have chin liposuction? 

Sometimes, no matter how much exercise we do or how healthy we eat, we cannot shifts certain stubborn pockets of fat. This is often the case for excess fat beneath the chin. This area of excess fat is often very noticeable and cannot easily be covered up with clothing. Having chin liposuction allows you to regain your body image confidence and have a more defined jawline and neck. 


Can I have chin liposuction? 

You will be able to undergo chin liposuction at London Lipo Institute if you:

– Are over 18 years old

– Have excess fat beneath your chin which you have been unable to lose naturally

– Have realistic expectations about what the procedure can achieve

There is no upper age limit to chin liposuction. However, older patients may have less skin laxity so results may differ.

Before undergoing chin liposuction, you will be required to attend a consultation with one of our surgeons. They can assess whether you are a suitable candidate for this procedure or whether another surgery is more suitable. 

If you have excess skin rather than excess fat you may be more suitable for a neck lift.

If you have a BMI over 30 you may not be considered a suitable candidate for this procedure. 


What does chin liposuction involve?

Chin liposuction will be performed using tumescent liposuction. This means that you will be awake during the procedure, but the tumescent anaesthetic will prevent you from feeling any pain or discomfort.

This procedure can be performed under a general anaesthetic if you do not wish to be awake. 

The procedure will begin with the tumescent anaesthetic being injected. This will make the area swollen and firm.

Next, the surgeon will make small incisions, which will take place under the chin or near the ears. This will ensure the incisions are not noticeable following the procedure. Small cannulas will be inserted through the incision which will allow for the fat to be removed. The area will then be covered with bandages. 

You will be able to return home the same day as your procedure. 

What can I expect the recovery period to be like?

It is normal to experience some bruising and swelling following chin liposuction, particularly around the incision areas. If needed, you can place an ice pack on the area to help decrease swelling. You may find it necessary to take pain medication to help alleviate any symptoms. 

You will be given a compression garment which you will need to wear around your head. This will help to avoid fluid retention and keep the chin in the best shape possible. 


Are you interested in chin liposuction? Contact one of London Lipo Institue’s surgeons today. 

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There are many factors you have to consider before undergoing liposuction. What clinic are you going to attend, which surgeon are you going to pick, where on your body are you having liposuction. However, one of the big factors is the recovery period. Patients may often be apprehensive about undergoing liposuction due to the thought of the recovery period. Patients often think the recovery period will be painful and you will have to take an extended period of time off work. Fortunately, the recovery period is often a lot easier than what the patient imagines. 

So, what exactly can you expect after liposuction? 

Immediately after the procedure

When having liposuction at London Lipo Institute, you will be able to return home the same day as your procedure. This means you won’t have to spend any time recovering in hospital – you can recover in the comfort of your own home.

For the first 24 hours, you should not expect to experience too much physical pain thanks to the local anaesthetic. As time passes this will begin to wear off and you may start to experience more pain and discomfort. You may wish to take pain medication to help alleviate any symptoms. 

During this period you will also be draining the liquid that was injected during liposuction. This may last up to 48 hours. Do not worry if the fluid appears to be tinted red – this is completely normal. This area may also have bruising and swelling. Applying an ice pack will help to reduce any swelling. 

It’s important to keep the liposuction area dry during this period, so avoid having a shower or bath. 


The first few days

After 24 to 48 hours, your surgeon may say it is ok to shower again. Make sure to remove any dressing and compression garments before showering in order to avoid infections. It is important to wear the compression garment at all time except when bathing. This will help to reduce swelling, avoid fluid build up and ensure your body is in the best shape possible.

Make sure you get enough rest during this period, as this will help the recovery. However, while you do need to rest, you will be encouraged to start light exercises, such as walking. This will help to stimulate blood flow. 

It is important to keep hydrated. You will be able to return to your usual diet right away.


The first week

After the first few days, you will be able to return to your job. If you have a physically intensive job, you may have to take a longer period of time off work.

You may experience more physical pain throughout this period, as the effects of the local anaesthetic would have completely worn off. However, by the end of the week, you should be feeling less pain. You may still have bruising and swelling at this point, as this may take a few weeks to subside. 

Make sure you attend any follow up appointments that were scheduled with your surgeon during this period. If you have any concerns or questions feel free to book an appointment with your surgeon or one of the medical team, who will be able to assess you.


The second week

By the end of the second week, your usual day-to-day routine may start to return.

After two weeks, you will be able to resume exercise. However, it is best to check with your surgeon who will be able to see your progress and ensure you are alright to partake in more strenuous physical activities. You may still need to avoid any high impact exercises for another few weeks.

You will still be wearing a compression garment at this point. By the end of week two most swelling should have subsided. 

By the end of week two, you should be able to start taking baths again. 


Six weeks following liposuction

The initial recovery period can sometimes be frustrating, as you are waiting to see the final results. By this point, swelling should have gone down and you can start to see how you look. You will no longer have to wear a compression garment. You will also be able to resume all physical activities. 


How exactly can you have the best recovery after liposuction?

There are a few steps you can follow to ensure you experience the best recovery possible. This includes:

Following your surgeon’s instruction: there’s generally a good reason a surgeon will tell you to do something. Your surgeon will give you personalised post-operative instructions. It is important that you follow these to ensure you can achieve the best results possible, and avoid any complications. 

Wear your compression garment: it isn’t the most attractive thing, and it can be uncomfortable at times. However, your compression garment will help to reduce swelling, avoid liquid build up and keep the area where you had liposuction in the best shape possible. 

Know what to avoid: during the recovery period, your surgeon will tell you to avoid certain things, such as blood thinning medication, aspirin, and smoking. You should also avoid or limit your consumption of caffeine and alcohol. 

Keep hydrated: drinking water will help to speed up the recovery period.

Keep active: you will need to rest and avoid strenuous physical activities. However, you will be encouraged to undertake light physical activities such as walking. This helps to stimulate blood flow and avoid joint stiffness. 

Maintain a healthy diet: in the long term, it is best to have a healthy diet in order to maintain the results of the liposuction. So why not start the healthy diet right away? During the recovery period, you will be encouraged to limit your consumption of salt, saturated fats and sugar. Instead, eat foods which are high in antioxidants which will help the recovery process. 

Are you interested in liposuction? This is a procedure London Lipo Institute specialises in. Contact us today to find out more or to book a consultation. 

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Liposuction is one of our most commonly performed and requested surgical procedures. However, when consulting with patients, we often find there are many misconceptions about liposuction, who can have it and what it can achieve. 

So what are some common myths about liposuction? 

1. Liposuction is good for weight loss

Most people seem to think liposuction is a procedure which is suitable for those who wish to lose a substantial amount of weight. However, this is not the case. Liposuction is actually more suitable for people who have a smaller amount of excess fat which they have been unable to lose with a healthy diet and exercise regime. If you have too much body fat and undergo liposuction, you may find you end up with excess skin, and will then require a tummy tuck procedure. Therefore, liposuction is only offered to people who have smaller sections of fat which they are wanting to be removed. Currently, London Lipo Institute only offers this procedure to patients who have a body mass index (BMI) under 30. 


2. Liposuction is just for women 

Liposuction is becoming increasingly popular with men. However, the areas for treatment may vary for men and women. Women tend to focus on liposuction on the hips and thighs, while men may seek liposuction on the stomach and the neck. Men who have gynecomastia may also wish to undergo liposuction to reduce excess fat in the breasts. If you are a man and are thinking about undergoing liposuction, do not hesitate to book a consultation just because you think other men aren’t having the procedure. 


3. The fat will return 

Liposuction removes the fat cells in particular area of the body, so the fat cannot return to the area where you had the procedure. However, if you are eating excessively following your liposuction procedure, you may find you gain weight in other areas of the body where liposuction was not undertaken. This can result in a lumpy appearance, as there will be fat in some areas but not others. To avoid this, it is recommended that you follow a healthy eating and exercise regime following your liposuction. 


4. Liposuction is a suitable treatment for cellulite 

Many people suffer from cellulite and often want a quick fix to get rid of it. Unfortunately, liposuction isn’t the option. This is because cellulite is a different type of fat than what is removed during liposuction. Cellulite is fat which sits right below the surface of the skin. Subcantenous fat then pushes the connective bands beneath the skin, which gives the bumpy, uneven appearance you can see. Liposuction, on the other hand, only targets soft, fatty tissue. In some cases, liposuction can make cellulite less visible, but it is not considered a suitable treatment option. 


5. Older people cannot have liposuction 

Despite the common misconception, there is no maximum age limit for liposuction. However, you will still need to be assessed to see if you are a suitable candidate. If your skin is lacking in firmness and elasticity, you may not be suitable for liposuction or will experience poorer results than younger patients. You will need to attend a consultation to be able to tell whether or not you are suitable for liposuction, but keep in mind that age is no barrier.


6. Liposuction is a dangerous procedure 

Liposuction is a surgical procedure, so it has its risks. However, it is in no way considered to be a dangerous procedure. At London Lipo Institute, we carry out tumescent liposuction. This means you will be awake throughout the procedure – there is no need for a general anaesthetic. Furthermore, the tumescent liposuction method reduces the risks of bleeding during the procedure and lowers the risk of side effects afterwards such as bruising and swelling. Our liposuction procedures are undertaken by qualified, experienced surgeons, who also teach liposuction to other doctors, so it is not considered a dangerous or risky procedure.


7. Liposuction is good for removing large quantities of fat

As previously noted, liposuction is not a suitable procedure for those who are morbidly obese. In fact, the more fat that is removed, the riskier the procedure comes. At London Lipo Institute, we will not remove more than 4 litres of fat in one session. If you require a larger amount of weight removed, you will need to book in to have multiple procedures. During your consultation, your surgeon will be able to assess your body and see how much fat is appropriate to be taken out, and whether or not you will need multiple appointments.

Are you interested in undergoing liposuction? Contact London Lipo Institute today for more information or to book a consultation with one of our surgeons. 

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Do you have a ‘muffin top’ that you just can’t get rid of? A muffin top is that stubborn layer of fat on your abdomen, which often becomes more apparent when you wear tighter clothing such as jeans. Sometimes this area of body fat can seem particularly stubborn, and will not disappear no matter how much exercise you do or how healthy your diet is. This can often leave people feeling frustrated and unhappy with their appearance. If this sounds like you, it will be good to know there is a solution to your problem – muffin top liposuction. 

Can I have muffin top liposuction? 

You may be eligible for muffin top liposuction if you have a stubborn layer of excess fat around the abdomen area which you have been unable to lose through other methods, such as exercise and healthy eating. 

Prior to undergoing any surgical procedure, you will have a consultation with one of the surgeons who will assess whether or not you are an appropriate candidate for muffin top liposuction. 

To be considered for muffin top liposuction, you will need to:

– Be 18 years or older

– Have a BMI under 30

– Be at a stable weight

– Be a non-smoker, or stop smoking at least two weeks prior to surgery, and stop throughout the recovery period.

Potential patients are encouraged to lose as much weight as possible prior to having surgery. Those who have a BMI over 30 will not be suitable for this procedure. If you have too much excess fat deposits, you may have problems with skin elasticity and may require extra surgical procedures such as a tummy tuck to remove any excess skin. We encourage you to be as close to your ideal weight as possible. 


What does muffin top liposuction involve? 

Muffin top liposuction can be performed under a local anaesthetic, meaning you are awake throughout the whole procedure, and will not feel any pain or discomfort. However, some people do not like the idea of being awake throughout a surgical procedure. In these instances, you will be given a general anaesthetic, so you will be asleep for the procedure. 

Muffin top liposuction is performed as a day case, so you will be able to go home on the same day as the surgery, once the effects of the anaesthetic have worn off. 

At London Lipo Institute, we use a method for liposuction known as tumescent liposuction. 

This involves injecting a diluted local anaesthetic solution into the surgical area – in this instance the abdomen. This makes the area swollen and firm, otherwise referred to as tumescent. Doing this numbs the area so you are unable to feel any pain or discomfort. This method helps to eliminate bleeding during the procedure, meaning there are fewer side effects following the procedure. 

Once this is done, small incisions are made and a thin cannula is inserted, which then removes the excess fat deposits. Once this is finished, the incisions will be shut and a compression garment will be placed over the abdomen. 

What will the recovery period be like? 

Following the procedure, it is normal to experience some bruising and swelling, as well as some pain and discomfort. You can take some medication to help alleviate any symptoms if necessary.
 

You will have to wear a compression garment, which will help to keep the abdomen in shape. It will also reduce any swelling, which helps to speed up the recovery time. During this time it is important that you get lots of rest. You will have to ensure you do not sleep on your front, instead, make sure you sleep on your back. 

The incisions made will be very small. They may be more noticeable after the surgery, however, with time the size and colour will fade and any scar will be less visible. 

You may have to take a few days off work in order to fully recover. The amount of time will vary from person to person and will depend on what type of job you have and how much fat you had removed. If you have a physically demanding job you may need to take more time off work. 

You will have to avoid strenuous physical exercise, including any heavy lifting, for at least four weeks. After this point, you can resume your usual day-to-day activities.

Are you interested in muffin top liposuction? This is something that London Lipo Institute currently offers. Contact us today to find out more or to book a consultation. 

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After going through pregnancy, childbirth and breastfeeding, a woman’s body will naturally change. However, while some women will find it easy to return to their pre-baby body, others will struggle. No matter what you do, there is still some weight that just won’t be lost or excess skin where there was none before. This can often be problematic as it can be detrimental to your self-esteem and confidence. It can cause women to be unhappy with their bodies or avoid wearing certain types of clothing. Fortunately, you don’t have to stay unhappy with your body. Instead, you can have a mummy makeover. 

What is a mummy makeover? 

A mummy makeover is a combination of a series of cosmetic surgical procedures which aim to rejuvenate a woman’s body. The combination of procedures can be altered to suit the individual, but will generally include:

– Breast augmentation

– Breast lift

– Abdominoplasty

– Labiaplasty


Can I have a mummy makeover? 

A mummy makeover is suitable for a woman who is unhappy with her body following childbirth. Areas of the body you may be unhappy with include the abdomen, breasts or in some instances the labia. 

It is important to ensure you have waited long enough after childbirth before having any surgical procedure. This will give the body enough time to fully recover and settle into a more permanent shape. This will also give you the opportunity to lose any excess weight, as you will need to be as close as possible to your ideal weight prior to having the procedure. 

If you are planning on having more children in the future you may not be suitable for this procedure, as results will be altered during pregnancy and further surgeries may be required. 

To have a mummy makeover, you will need to be at least 18 years old and have a BMI which is below 30. You will need to be a non-smoker, or be able to stop smoking at least two weeks prior to the surgery, as well as throughout the recovery period. 


What is involved in the mummy makeover? 

A mummy makeover will be performed under a general anaesthetic, so you will not be awake during the procedure. The exact amount of time the procedure will take will vary depending on which procedures you decide to undertake. 

The mummy makeover will vary from person to person, but generally consists of the following surgical procedures: 


Breast augmentation 

Breast augmentation involves the use of silicone implants to increase the size of the breasts. This is ideal for women who lost weight after childbirth and lost volume from the breasts. Before a breast augmentation, you will be able to choose the size of your implants, as well as the texture (smooth or textured), shape (round or teardrop) and placement (subglandular or submuscular).  The exact size you can have will vary depending on a number of factors including your body shape, your current breast size and the amount of tissue and skin available. If you decide to get implants which are too large, you may experience problems – not only physical pain in the neck and back, but the edges of the implant may be visible. Prior to surgery, you will be able to meet with a surgeon, who will be able to help you determine the best size, texture, shape and placement to help you achieve your end goal.

Women who want to increase the size of their breasts but do not want to use implants may be interested in a fat transfer to the breasts. This involves the use of liposuction to remove fat cells from a donor area of the body, such as the abdomen, hips, flanks, thighs, buttocks or arms. The fat is then treated, before being injected into the breasts. A fat transfer to the breasts allows women to naturally increase the size of the breasts by around one cup size. 


Breast lift

Some women will not be appropriate candidates for a breast augmentation. Some women do not need to increase the size of the breasts, but rather just need to increase the positioning and volume. In this instance, a breast lift is a more appropriate procedure. A breast lift does not involve the use of any implants. Instead, a breast lift takes breasts which appear hollow or saggy, removes any excess skin and lifts the breasts so they appear firmer and more youthful. If need be, a breast lift can be performed in conjunction with a breast augmentation to increase both the size and volume of the breasts.


Abdominoplasty

After pregnancy, it is common for women to have excess skin around the abdomen. No matter how much exercise you do, the skin just won’t shift. As a result of this, you may want to undergo an abdominoplasty. Otherwise known as a tummy tuck, an abdominoplasty involves an incision which is made from hip to hip. Excess skin is then removed, and if needed, liposuction is undertaken to remove excess fat. The abdominal muscles will also be tightened. The remaining skin is then pulled over the incision and stitched shut. 

If you do not have much excess skin, and it is mostly present in the lower abdomen, you may wish to undergo a mini tummy tuck, which will involve a smaller incision running from thigh to thigh. 

This procedure is not suitable for those who have lots of excess fat; rather it is suitable for those who wish to remove excess skin. If you do wish to remove excess fat, you may want to undergo liposuction instead. 


Labiaplasty 

In some instances, women may wish to add a labiaplasty to their mummy makeover. After childbirth, some women may become dissatisfied with the appearance of their labia minora. A labiaplasty works to shorten the labia minora by removing any excess tissue. This is generally done via direct excision, although sometimes other methods may be used. Prior to your procedure, you will be able to meet with the surgeon in your consultation, who will assess whether you are an appropriate candidate for a labiaplasty, and will be able to help you decide which is the best surgical method for you. 

Women who do not think labiaplasty is quite the right procedure may instead be interested in vaginoplasty or clitoral hood reduction.


Recovery

The recovery period will vary depending on which procedures you elected to have. 

At London Lipo Institute, you will be able to return home on the same day as your procedure. You will be able to leave once the effects of the general anaesthetic have worn off. This allows you to relax in the comfort of your own home, rather than having to stay overnight in a hospital room. However, you will need to arrange for a responsible adult to drive you home. You may also need another person to assist you around the home for the first few days following the procedure. 

Generally, it is normal to experience some minor discomfort, as well as some bruising and swelling on the operated areas. If need be, you can apply an ice pack or take pain medication. You will have to wear compression garments on the abdomen and breasts, which will help to support the areas, as well as reduce swelling.

You will have to avoid strenuous physical activity for at least six weeks. However, you will be encouraged to move around following the surgery in order to avoid problems such as blood clots. You should be able to return to your usual day-to-day routine after two months. 


Are you interested in a mummy makeover, or having breast augmentation, a breast lift, abdominoplasty or a labiaplasty? Contact London Lipo Institute today to find out more information or to book an appointment. 

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The arms are often one of those areas of the body that are stubborn to change. No matter how many hours you spend at the gym and no matter how much you change your diet, your arms don’t seem to improve. If you have excess fat in the arms and you wish to have slimmer, toned arms, you may wish to undergo arm liposuction. 

What is an arm liposuction?

An arm lift aims to remove excess fat from the under the arms. Women can often have excess fat on the arms as a result of a weight gain or simply through naturally ageing. An arm lift is perfect for those who wish to obtain more contoured, slender arms, and wish to remove any excess fat. 


Am I a good candidate for arm liposuction?

If you are wishing to remove excess fat from the lower areas of your arm, you will be considered a good candidate for arm liposuction.

However, if you have lots of excess skin, generally as a result of weight loss, arm liposuction may be an unsuitable procedure. Instead, you may wish to opt for an arm lift, which will remove the excess skin. If you have mostly excess skin and some excess fat, you can also choose to have liposuction as part of your arm lift.

You will also need to have good skin elasticity. If you do not, you may wish to have an arm lift, as arm liposuction could result in excess skin once the fat has been removed. 

You will need to be at least 18 years old to have an arm lift. While there is no upper age limit, you will need to be aware that younger patients may experience better results due to the better skin laxity. 

It is important to note that arm liposuction is not considered an alternative to a healthy diet and exercise. While liposuction will remove fat cells from a certain area of the body, it is possible to experience weight gain in areas where liposuction has not been performed if a healthy lifestyle is not obtained after the surgery.  


What does arm liposuction involve? 

Arm liposuction will be performed under a local anaesthetic. You will be awake for the procedure, but you will be unable to feel any pain or discomfort. If you do not wish to be awake for the procedure, you may wish to elect to have a general anaesthetic. 

Arm liposuction will be done using tumescent liposuction. This involves injecting a diluted solution into the arms, which makes the area become swollen and firm, otherwise known as tumescent. This numbs the area and aids in performing liposuction. Unlike other methods, tumescent liposuction does not involve the use of any heat, meaning there is less damage to the internal and external areas of the body.

Small incisions are then made, generally one near the elbow and one near the armpit. The surgeon is then able to insert a cannula, which removes the excess fat from underneath the arm. Skin, blood vessels, nerves and muscles will be left untouched and undamaged.


What will the recovery period be like? 

Following arm liposuction, it is normal to experience some bruising, swelling and redness, particularly around the incision sites. This should fade within a few days. If need be, you may wish to take some pain medication to help alleviate any discomfort. 

You will be given a compression garment which you will need to wear over your arms. This will help to speed up the recovery period by reducing swelling. It will also help to contour your arms and keep them in the best shape possible. You will have to wear the compression garment for at least two weeks. 

During this two week period, you will also have to avoid any strenuous physical exercise, as well as heavy lifting, in order to avoid any complications or causing any injuries to the incision site.

You may feel the need to take a few days off work in order to fully recover from the procedure. This will vary from person to person and will depend on the type of job you have. Some people may feel they are able to return to work the following day. 

Are you interested in arm liposuction? This is a procedure London Lipo Institute currently offers. Contact us today to find out more information. 

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The mons pubis is the area of tissue which lays over your pubic bone, and which is generally more prominent for women. This is an area which is immune to weight loss through usual methods such as a healthy diet and exercise regime. For people who wish to minimise the size, mons pubis liposuction is the best option. 

An enlarged mons pubis can have various different appearances. The mons pubis may protrude more than your liking; in some instances, there is droopy skin or an overhanging. This can not only negatively impact your self-esteem and self-image, but can also alter the style of clothing you wear, making you avoid tight-fitting clothing. 

There are numerous reasons for why a mons pubis will become enlarged or appear saggy. This can include weight loss, weight gain, pregnancy, procedures such as a c-section or abdominal surgery, genetics or simply ageing. 

Can I have mons pubis liposuction? 

Mons pubis liposuction is an appropriate procedure for those who experience:

– An enlarged mons pubis

– Overhanging or sagging skin

– Drooping of the mons pubis area

Those who undergo mons pubis liposuction will also need to be:

– At least 18 years old

– Be in good physical and mental health

– Have good skin elasticity 

– Have reasonable expectations about what the procedure can achieve 

Those with better skin elasticity may experience better results, however, there is no upper age limit to this procedure and older patients may elect to undergo mons pubis liposuction. 

This is a suitable procedure for both women and men.

What happens during mons pubis liposuction? 

Before undergoing any medical procedure, you will need to have a consultation with one of the surgeons. They will be able to assess whether or not you are an appropriate candidate for mons pubis liposuction, and will be able to inform you of the best method for surgery. 

The procedure will be performed under either a local or general anaesthetic, depending on whether or not you wish to be awake for the procedure. 

You will need to ensure you have followed the surgeon’s pre-0p instructions, which include quitting smoking at least two weeks prior to surgery.  Smoking can interfere with the procedure and recovery period. If a patient is found to have been smoking within this time period, the surgery may be cancelled as it can become too risky. You will also have to follow any other pre-op instructions given by your surgeon, such as halting the consumption of alcohol and any fasting periods.

Mons pubis liposuction involves the surgeon making an incision along the groin crease. This is done to ensure the scar from the incision is as minimally visible as possible. A cannula is then used to suction the excess fat from the mons pubis area. A drain will then be placed into the incision area, and the incision will be shut. 

What can I expect from the recovery period? 

After the procedure, it is normal to experience some minor discomfort, as well as some bruising and swelling. You will be given pain medication to help ease any symptoms.  Swelling will generally resolve after six weeks but may take longer to fully go away.

You will have to wear a compression garment which will help to keep the mons pubis in the best possible shape. This will also help to speed up the recovery period by reducing swelling. This will need to be worn for two to six weeks – your surgeon will be able to advise on how long you will need to wear yours.

You will have to take a few days off work, however, some people may need to take one week off work. You will be able to resume your normal day to day routine after one week. 

You will need to avoid any strenuous physical activity for six weeks. This will help you to fully recover and to help avoid any injury to the incision area. 

As mons pubis liposuction involves an incision, you will have a scar. The surgeons will ensure this is in the groin crease and is as small as possible, so the scar is not noticeable. The scar will be more visible directly after the procedure, however, with time the scar will minimise in size and change colour to become less prominent. 

Are you interested in mons pubis liposuction? London Lipo Institute currently offers this procedure. Contact us today to find out more information or to book a consultation with one of our surgeons.

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