If you’re currently thinking about liposuction, we can say for a fact that you’re not alone. It’s still one of the most sought after cosmetic surgeries in Singapore as well as the world in general, with hundreds of thousands of people getting it every year. As you probably already know, liposuction is a way to remove fat from the body. Most of the time, the surgery is performed for cosmetic reasons rather than medical ones. Whether you chose to get liposuction done or not depends on your personal choice.
In this article, you’re going to read all the essential information about liposuction in Singapore – what happens during the surgery, how to prepare for it, what to ask your surgeon, and what can you do after the surgery. We hope this article will be both interesting and helpful.
What is liposuction?
Liposuction is the surgical removal of excess fat, shaping certain parts of the body and improving the proportions and contours of the body. There are three commonly used variants of liposuction:
- Traditional liposuction by surgical removal of fat
- Tumescent Liposuction in which a saline solution with added adrenaline is infused before removing excess fat
- Ultrasound-assisted liposuction (UAL), which uses ultrasonic energy to liquefy fat cells before they are surgically sucked out.
You can get liposuction on various areas of the body including:
- Cheeks, chin and neck
- The upper arms
- The chest area
- Abdomen and waist
- The butt
- The thighs
- The knees
- Ankles and calves
It can be suitable for both women and men. Liposuction can be done alone or in combination with other procedures such as lifting or breast reduction. We have to note that liposuction is not a treatment to reduce weight, nor it can treat cellulite.
Is liposuction suitable for everyone?
While liposuction is a very safe procedure, it’s not suitable for some people, according to liposuction-sg.com, an online portal dedicated to providing accurate and valuable information about the procedure in Singapore. Especially if they suffer from high blood pressure, diabetes, or serious chronic conditions. If you have any health conditions you’re concerned about, you discuss it with your surgeon. Generally, liposuction is suitable for patients who:
- In generally good shape, with a firm and elastic skin
- without other diseases that could reduce the effect of reconstruction
- have realistic expectations and a positive attitude regarding the recovery of the breast and the figure as a whole
What happens during liposuction?
The liposuction process depends on the method used by your surgeon. The liposuction method itself will depend largely on your specific case and what the surgeon has suggested for you.
Liposuction is an outpatient procedure, usually done under general anaesthesia. The surgeon may use local anaesthesia instead of the treated area is small. After you’ve received anaesthesia, the treatment area will be sterilized. Your surgeon may inject adrenaline to reduce the bleeding and lose the fat. That will help with the after-effects of the liposuction – such as bruising. It will also speed up the recovery.
After that, your surgeon will make a tiny incision in the area from which the fat will be suctioned. To suction the fat, the surgeon will insert a small cannula into the incisions. After all of that, the incisions will be stitched together and you’ll be put in your compression garment.
What happens after liposuction?
As we mentioned previously, liposuction is an outpatient procedure and you won’t have to stay at the hospital overnight. You can go home in a few hours. Your surgeon will give you instructions you have to follow to ensure your recovery is going well. Of course, the recovery period will depend on the size of the treated area. If you had liposuction on your chin only, for example, you can expect to recover in a few days. If you had liposuction on a larger area, the recovery might take a few weeks.
- Wear your compression garments as told by your surgeon
- Don’t do any intensive exercise
- Take pain medication if you need to
Side effects you might expect from liposuction
While liposuction is a very safe procedure, some side effects may occur. The first issue you might see is unsatisfactory results. In this case, you might want to repeat the procedure or try other methods to remove fat.
Some people notice dimples or uneven contours too. That can be corrected with additional procedures as well. Other side effects that may happen include bruising, numbness, and sometimes bleeding. If you’re concerned about any side effect, call your surgeon immediately.
What results can I expect with liposuction?
After the surgery, you will gradually heal and your body contour will from as well. You’ll see full results from your surgery in 3 months after you’ve recovered fully. You can maintain the results for a long time following the surgery, especially if you eat healthily and do regular exercise.
While your fat is removed permanently, that doesn’t mean your body won’t change with time. If you gain more weight, you might new fat may develop. Also, remember that liposuction won’t help you with cellulite too. If you’re concerned about cellulite you might ask your doctor for additional procedures.
Benefits of Liposuction
Liposuction is a very versatile surgery. A lot of the time, the fat removed during the procedure is used elsewhere on the body. That procedure is called fat grafting and is one of the most popular cosmetic procedures in recent years. It can be used for breast augmentation to achieve natural breast increase and also in the face to achieve more definition or reduce wrinkles and fine lines.
Another huge benefit of liposuction is that it’s very effective. Compared to other non-invasive methods, liposuction in Singapore can give you the desired result in only one procedure. Non-surgical procedures, on the other hand, might need to be repeated several times. With the advance in medical technology and surgical methods, liposuction is far less invasive and dangerous than before too.