Liposuction is one of the more traditional forms of cosmetic surgery, and like a fine wine, it gets better with age! From your thighs to your chin, versatile liposuction can treat almost any part of the body. But is liposuctions safe? At Transform, we’re committed to providing you with all the facts so that you can make an informed decision on whether surgery is right for you. Keep reading to find out whether liposuction is dangerous, and what you can do to ensure a safe surgery experience.
Well... lipo means fat, so liposuction literally translates to ‘fat suction’ (fit, right?!). It’s a form of surgery that removes fat from areas of the body – usually hips, thighs, bum, arms or neck – that haven’t shifted with dieting and exercising. By suctioning out the excess fat, it reduces the amount of fat cells in a specific area.
It’s a common misconception that liposuction can be used as a quick weight loss technique- we'd rather call it `body sculpting`. To be considered for liposuction you need to be within 30% of your ideal weight, so if you're above/below this, you might be advised to consider a different form of fat reduction surgery.
Like all surgeries, liposuction comes with unlikely (but still possible) risks. However, when it’s done by experienced, qualified professionals the risk is dramatically reduced - and if complications do arise, they’re well prepared and experienced enough to deal with it. It’s important that you take the time to research your surgeon and chosen cosmetic provider, and don't allow yourself or anybody else to make a rushed decision.
So, when is liposuction dangerous? Liposuction can be dangerous if your surgeon is inexperienced or your chosen hospital is negligent and doesn’t offer the highest quality of care possible. Additionally, it can be dangerous when it’s sold as a miracle cure for obesity or if too much fat is removed from a body area. Body sculpting is an art, not a science!
Another problem that can occur is with the saline solution that helps to loosen and liquidise the fat. When it’s removed it causes a significant loss in body fluid and results in a sudden drop in blood pressure. These vital fluids need to be replaced quickly and balanced correctly, and a qualified provider will know exactly how to do this.
Infection is an unlikely (but possible) side effect of liposuction. This is due to lower hospital hygiene standards and poor-quality aftercare. It's thought the risk of infection is dramatically less when having liposuction in the UK, as hygiene laws are in place and high aftercare standards are offered as part & parcel.
So, to answer the question of is liposuction safe? Yes, when done correctly by experienced surgeons and in a reputable hospital. It’s never a good idea to pay bargain prices for something as serious as surgery. Where the deals may seem too good to pass up, you’ll often be left with results that aren’t at all how you dreamed.
We understand that choosing to have cosmetic surgery is a big decision, which is why we’ll always be available to answer any possible questions you may have and support you throughout your journey, from your first consultation, right through to your aftercare.
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