FAQ about liposuction

We see a number of patients, both men and women who want to reshape and improve their body shape. We are often asked a lot of questions regarding this procedure, so I thought I would share some of them with you today.

Are some localised areas of fat resistant to diet and exercise?

Yes, the shape and the distribution of fat in any individual is largely determined by inherited factors. Even slim people may have disproportionate fat deposits in certain areas, such as the abdomen, hips or under the chin. These areas are often quite resistant to diet or exercise. Similarly, the fat on the abdomen and hips may persist after pregnancy despite efforts at dieting and exercising. Ageing plays its part too, after the age of 30, many individuals gain fat according to a genetically predetermined pattern. For those people, liposuction is literally a dream come true. Liposuction is the only realistic means of significantly changing their silhouette. In effect, liposuction is equivalent to being able to focus the effects of dieting to specific areas of the body.

Am I a good candidate for liposuction?

The best candidates for liposuction are those who are at or near their ideal body weight, are in good physical health and have realistic expectations. Liposuction can provide a good candidate with a significant improvement. It is important to realise that perfection is difficult to achieve, as ultimately the underlying bone and muscle structures also play a huge part in determining body shape. There is no definite age or weight limit for patients. Many liposuction patients are of average size but are concerned about localised accumulations of fat.

Who is not a good candidate for liposuction?

A person who is overweight and who would like an overall weight reduction by having his/her whole body sculpted would definitely not be the ideal candidate. Those whose weights are trending upwards, or are already overweight and who are unwilling to undergo long term lifestyle changes are also unlikely to obtain the best results. A person who expects absolute perfection is not a good candidate for liposuction. Anyone with serious or poorly controlled medical problems are more prone to poor healing and complications and as such require careful considerations to weigh up the risk vs benefit.

Does liposuction produce permanent results?

The new silhouette generated by liposuction is more or less permanent, provided that you maintain your weight. If you gain weight after liposuction your figure will simply be a fuller version of the new body shape. Fat cells removed by liposuction do not grow back. As long as you do not gain any significant amount of weight, the new, more pleasing silhouette is permanent. Of course, after liposuction, the clock keeps ticking, and advancing age will produce the usual changes in the shape of the body associated with the ageing process. To maintain the new results and for the maximum benefit to your health, we strongly recommend a lifelong commitment to healthy eating and regular exercise.

Site Images / Body One (small)Does the fat come back in other areas after liposuction?

If you do not gain weight after liposuction, then fat does not accumulate in other areas of the body. However, if you gain a significant amount of weight after liposuction, then the fat must go somewhere. In fact, the fat accumulates in every area of the body in proportion to the amount of fat cell in each area. Areas where fat cells have been removed by liposuction will accumulate less fat in proportion compared to areas not treated by liposuction. For example, if a woman gains weight after liposuction of her hips, outer thighs, and abdomen, then most of the fat will be deposited elsewhere such as the womans breasts, face, back and legs.

What can I expect if I get pregnant after liposuction?

Pregnancy does not permanently alter the results of liposuction. If a woman has liposuction and subsequently becomes pregnant, gains weight, gives birth and finally looses the excess weight of pregnancy, then her original liposuction improvements will return, almost as if she had never been pregnant, accepting of course that stretching of the abdominal wall produces permanent changes in these structures.

How long will it be until I see results?

The final result is not seen immediately, as it depends on the healing process known as skin retraction. Most patients will see 90% of their ultimate liposuction results within four to six months after surgery. For the first weeks after surgery there is postoperative swelling. The rate at which this swelling subsides varies from patient to patient. Proper postoperative drainage and lymphatic massage for a few weeks after liposuction will decrease the amount of postoperative swelling.

What should I do if I am interested in having liposuction?

Book a consultation to see me so I can do a thorough assessment with you. I will discuss with you what you would like to achieve and will provide you with suitable treatment options. You will obtain a quote at this appointment.

Read more about liposuction at Facial Artistry.

To make an appointment with me call us on 02 6255 8988 or request an appointment.