Liposuction: Is It the Best Way to Remove Stubborn Fats?

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Fats are one of many natural biological components found in our bodies. Although they are infamously associated with weight gain, they are important because they help with some of our essential biological functions, such as the absorption of some vitamins and the storage of energy. They also help our skin stay radiant and healthy-looking, but excess amounts of it, caused by consuming too many calories, can cause pockets of fats to be formed in unwanted places, such as on our buttocks, hips, thighs and tummy. This unsightly formation of excess fats sometimes cannot be removed, even with intensive exercise and dieting. This might cause individuals who have put on some unwanted weight to feel less confident about themselves. Fortunately, liposuction is a solution that allows us to remove these stubborn excess fats, helping us attain our beauty goals and restoring our self-esteem.

What is liposuction?

Liposuction is a cosmetic procedure that can easily reshape your body by changing its contours. It does so by removing fats which are difficult to get rid of even through intensive dieting and exercises, particularly around hips, belly, thighs, buttocks, back, or arms. Liposuction is considered as a surgical procedure because it involves making a small incision on the treatment area, from where the fats are vacuumed out using special medical equipment. Anaesthetics will be administered to patients to keep pain to a minimal. However, the surgical nature of this procedure means that there will be some downtime for your body to recover from the surgery.

What are the different types of liposuction methods?

There are different types of liposuction treatment. These include Laser-assisted liposuction (LAL), which liquefies fat cells using medical-grade lasers before these fat cells are vacuumed out through tubes. Ultrasound-assisted liposuction (UAL), more commonly known as Vaser liposuction, works in a similar way to LAL, but substitutes laser energy with ultrasound vibrations. UAL is generally the most common and most popular liposuction treatment in Singapore, but it is generally also the most expensive type of liposuction treatment.

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Is liposuction suited for me?

Liposuction is best suited for healthy individuals looking to get rid of fat in stubborn areas that intensive exercise and dieting cannot remove. They should not have a lot of excess skin, have good skin elasticity, and have good muscle tone. Conversely, those who have saggy skin, are overweight, smoke and have chronic health problems should avoid liposuction procedure. Liposuction should also be avoided if you take any blood thinning medication, because they increase the risk of excessive bleeding. However, these are only general guidelines which might not be applicable to your circumstances. Medical advice that is specific to your suitability for liposuction treatment can only be acquired when you consult with a health professional, and you should do so before proceeding with any treatment.

Is liposuction dangerous?

Most patients who go through liposuction complete the treatment without severe complications. However, as with all surgeries, there is some level of risk involved. The risks include accidental puncturing and injuries to organs, complications from anaesthetics and nerve damage. Blood clots, fat clots, swelling and infections are also potential risks that patients might face after the surgery is completed. There is also a possibility that the liposuction treatment does not resolve the issue as expected, resulting in wavy, dimpled, or bumpy skin. Scarring, changes in skin colour and changes in skin sensation are also possible side-effects that can result from less successful treatments. Those who gain weight after the liposuction treatment can expect fats to be stored in areas of the body that was not targeted by the liposuction procedure. However, this means that there is a possibility of new fat appearing deeper under your skin, which can pose as a health threat if the fats are stored around your vital organs, such as your heart. That said, all these risks can be better understood and mitigated by consulting a properly certified and experienced doctor before proceeding with the liposuction treatment.

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How much does it cost in Singapore?

It is difficult to give a reliable estimate of how much liposuction treatments cost because there are many variables that affect the final price. This is made more challenging because some doctors prefer not to display the prices of the treatment publicly. In general, you should expect your liposuction treatment to cost upwards of $10,000, though this depends on various factors such as the reputation and experience of the doctor, which area you want your liposuction done on, and other fees that may be added to your final bill. For example, the cost would increase if the amount of fat to be removed, the size of the treatment area, or the number of treatment areas increases. The size and weight of the patient can also be considered when formulating the final cost. You should also keep in mind fees for anaesthetics, lab tests, medication and other medical consumables which will be added to your final bill.

Liposuction brings about the possibility of removing stubborn excess fats in hard to reach areas that refuse to go away even with intense exercise and dieting. While liposuction is a great way to boost the self-esteem of those who are suited for it, it is important to bear in mind the potential risks and side-effects that come with it, even if the vast majority of patients go through the procedure without any serious complications. Always consult your preferred medical practitioner to ascertain your suitability for the treatment before proceeding with any medical procedure to ensure your safety, health and wellbeing.

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