Liposuction surgery has long been a popular cosmetic surgery procedure for both men and women, usually undergone when people have stubborn areas of fat that they cannot shift with any amount of weight loss or exercise alone.
Often people who have been through a strict diet and exercise regime, and who have already lost a lot of weight see liposuction as the only solution to shifting those final few pounds of stubborn fat.
The latest figures from The British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons (BAAPS) show that liposuction is continuing to increase in popularity, with the number of men and women having liposuction surgery increasing by 7% last year.
As with any type of cosmetic surgery, it is not as simple as just turning up on the day. It is important to prepare yourself prior to the procedure, both physically and mentally. With that in mind, here are five steps you should be taking before your liposuction surgery.
1) Choose a cosmetic surgeon you can trust
Choosing to undergo cosmetic surgery is a big decision, and not one to be taken lightly. If you are serious about cosmetic surgery, you want to make sure you have a clinic and a surgeon that you trust completely. While traveling abroad to try and cut costs may seem tempting, with new horror stories about cosmetic surgery holidays gone wrong appearing all the time, it really isn’t worth the risk.
If you are not sure where to begin, have a look at our top tips for choosing the right cosmetic surgeon for your procedure.
2) Set realistic expectations
Once you have found a surgeon and clinic you can trust, it is important to discuss the procedure and what it involves, before setting some realistic expectations. An experienced surgeon should be able to give you a good idea of the level of changes you can expect – liposuction should not be viewed as an alternative to weight loss, more of a procedure to help re-shape and tone specific areas of your body.
3) Start dieting and exercising
As we mentioned earlier in this post, liposuction should not be viewed as an alternative to dieting and exercise. Liposuction is most effective when a patient is already in the process of losing weight and is close to their goal. Having a diet and exercise regime in place will also help you keep the weight off after your surgery is over.
4) Stop smoking and drinking alcohol
You would always be advised by a surgeon to stop smoking and drinking before undergoing a cosmetic procedure. Smoking affects the circulatory system which can increase the chances of infection or blood loss during surgery, whereas alcohol can affect the way your body reacts to anaesthetic. Smoking is also really damaging to collagen and elastic fibres that need to be in the best condition to help reshape the skin after fat removal and not leave it looking empty and sagging.
5) Talk to people who know
Did you know that at Cosmetic Surgery Partners we can put you in touch with past patients who have had liposuction surgery performed by our surgeons? At the end of the day who better to advise you on what to expect than a patient who has been through the journey you are due to embark on! For more information see the Buddy System.
Would you like more information about the Liposuction procedure?
If you want to know more about liposuction, read our liposuction procedure page, request a brochure, or watch the below video, and remember you can always call in where our experienced staff will be happy to advise you further: 0207 486 6778.
We hope to hear from you soon!