Sometimes, despite all your best efforts with diet and exercise, you still end up with areas of fat that stubbornly refuse to go! As one of the most popular procedures performed in the UK, Liposcution is a simple fat removal procedure, which involves surgical removal of small areas of fat from those problem areas. It is important to note that this is not a cure for obesity but is a treatment to remedy the problem of excess fat in localised areas. It can however, enhance the shape of your body contours in certain areas that have proved resistant to exercise and diet. Those parts of the body typically treated are the chin / neck, upper arms, calves and ankles, thighs, buttocks and abdomen. Liposuction is typically performed under local anaesthetic with sedation although your surgeon and anaesthetist will discuss this with you. An incision is made and the fat is then removed through a fine needle. Surgeons usually advise you to wear an elastic body garment for a couple of weeks following surgery. A scar of about a quarter of an inch can be placed in the least detectable place and will generally fade away over several weeks. This procedure must not be viewed as a weight loss technique. Diet and exercise remain the best ways to achieve that. However, liposuction will remove localised areas of fat that other techniques have not managed to budge.
Surgeons have also treated large numbers of men with liposuction to remove "love-handles" and also chest fat - to restore a more masculine look.