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Body Contouring with Liposuction

Liposuction also known as lipoplasty, lipectomy or simply ‘lipo’ is a minimally invasive cosmetic surgery procedure that slims, reshapes, and contours specific body areas by removing excess fatty cells and improving the body contour and proportions.

How Liposuction Works

Liposuction is used to remove excess fat deposits from areas of the body that do not seem to respond to exercise and diet.

When you gain weight, the fat cells in your body increase in size and volume. Liposuction reduces the number of fat cells in a particular area. The amount of fat cells removed depends on the treatment area and the volume of fat. Following liposuction, the skin moulds itself to the new contours of the treated area.

Target Areas for Liposuction

Liposuction can be used to treat virtually anywhere in the body. Some of the most common target areas that it treats are:

  • Neck
  • Cheeks
  • Chin
  • Upper arms
  • Chest area
  • Abdomen
  • Waist and flanks
  • Hips
  • Buttocks
  • Thighs
  • Calves
  • Ankles

Liposuction is also used to treat gynecomastia or breast reduction.

It should however be noted that liposuction is not a weight loss treatment or a substitute for proper exercise and diet. That is why before undergoing liposuction you have to be near or at your ideal body weight. Liposuction also does not treat cellulite dimpling, stretch marks or other skin surface irregularities.

Liposuction on the hand can be used either alone or in conjunction with other plastic surgery procedures such as breast reduction, tummy tuck or facelift.

Good Candidate for Liposuction

An ideal candidate for liposuction should be:

  • Physically and mentally healthy
  • Be within 30% of your ideal weight
  • Have firm, elastic skin as well as good muscle tone
  • Have stubborn fat deposits that are resistant to diet or exercise
  • Non smoker
  • Be realistic about the outcome of the procedure

Choosing the Right Plastic Surgeon for Liposuction

A successful liposuction procedure depends entirely on the right breast augmentation surgeon in Dubai. The surgeon you are going to choose should be a board-certified plastic surgeon, should have ample experience in breast surgeries, and should be associated with one of the best aesthetic surgery clinics in Dubai. The top characteristics of a good plastic surgeon include;

  • He/she should have good reviews about previous work from the previous candidates.
  • He/she should be able to show you his previous work through photographs or other data
  • He/she prioritizes patient care and safety
  • He/she has a keen artistic eye and aesthetic sense

Liposuction Procedure

There are different types of liposuction techniques and your Plastic Surgeon will select the most appropriate for you based on the treatment area, your treatment goals and if you’ve had other liposuction treatments in the past.

The liposuction techniques include:

  • Tumescent liposuction
  • Ultrasound-assisted liposuction (UAL)
  • Laser-assisted liposuction (LAL)
  • Power-assisted liposuction (PAL)

Liposuction is done on an outpatient basis under local anaesthesia, general anaesthesia or intravenous sedation.

Your Plastic Surgeon will make small inconspicuous incisions in the treatment area. He/she will first inject diluted local anaesthesia to the treatment area to minimize bleeding and trauma. A cannula or a thin hollow tube will be inserted through the incisions. It will be moved in a back and forth motion to loosen the excess fat. The displaced fat is then suctioned out of the target treatment area using surgical vacuum or cannula.

Recovery and Results

Following your liposuction procedure, your treatment area will be covered in elastic bandages or you may be advised to wear a compression garment for a period of time. These help in controlling the swelling, and compress the skin to the new body contours.

Small temporary drainage tubes may be placed in the incisions to collect any excess blood or fluid. You will experience swelling and discomfort during the recovery period but these will fade away with time. You will also be given specific instructions to follow by your Plastic Surgeon and it is important to follow them as they play a role in your results.

It’ll take several months for the swelling to dissipate fully and for your final results of your new contours to be visible. The results are long-lasting as long as you stick to a healthy diet and exercise on a regular basis.

NOTE: All results vary from one patient to the next

Next Step

At Aesthetics by Kings College Hospital Dubai, we have the leading plastic surgeons in the region who are European-trained and board-certified, and focus on the safety and care of every patient in a compassionate environment with state-of-the-art facilities. To book a consultation, get in touch using the contact details given, and one of our patient-care staff will book an appointment for you.