5 THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW BEFORE GETTING LIPOSUCTION Most women daydream about getting a liposuction procedure done to take away all the unwanted fat from their body. While it seems like an effective way to get a flat stomach, the procedure isn’t as rosy as you would think. Here are 5 things you should know before getting liposuction. 1. Liposuction only removes between 1-5kg of fat Liposuction can’t take off that extra 30 kg you may have put on over the years. Generally, the amount of fat removed during a typical liposuction surgery ranges from 1 to 5 kg. While larger amounts of fat can be removed, the procedure is called ‘large volume liposuction’ and it is associated with increased safety risks, skin rippling, and contour irregularities. 2. You don’t get to see the results until a few months after the surgery The swelling may take several months to fully resolve and only then would you actually see the full results of your liposuction. 3. Liposuction is not a treatment for cellulite While liposuction can remove unwanted fat very effectively, it's not recommended for getting rid of cellulite. It can make the dimpling more obvious. Adding a laser treatment to liposuction, however, may help get rid of cellulite. 4. You can’t smoke 2 weeks before and after the surgery Your surgeon will advise you to stop smoking if need be and will refuse to undertake liposuction if you continue to smoke. He or she will advise you to stop two weeks before surgery and not to resume until two weeks after surgery. 5. There are risks to liposuction Liposuction can cause skin discolouration, dimpling and bagginess. If you are considering liposuction, be sure to find a surgeon and/or dermatologist with plenty of experience. CTA: Are you considering doing liposuction?
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