Body fat is not always a bad thing as your body needs it to keep your systems in check.
However, it can potentially cause health problems when you carry excessive amounts of it.
If exercise and diet have not been effective in ridding your body of stubborn fat pockets, then liposuction may be one option to consider, if it’s medically suitable.
But how do you know if it is? Dr. Ivan Puah of Amaris B. Clinic answers your questions.
What is liposuction?
One of the most common cosmetic procedures worldwide, liposuction is used to remove stubborn body fat that is resistant to exercise and dieting. It can also help to contour disproportionate body shapes.
How does liposuction work?
Liposuction, also known as lipoplasty, is a fat removal procedure performed on various possible body parts such as arms, thighs, waist, and tummy.
During liposuction, the fat is removed through a cannula which is inserted under the skin. After the treatment, the incision is stitched up.
Thanks to the development of various body sculpting technologies, liposuction can be performed as a day surgery procedure, requiring no overnight hospitalisation. Combined with laser or ultrasonic waves, fat removal can be performed with minimal downtime, with optimal results usually visible after six to 12 months.
How much weight can I lose with liposuction?
I am often asked if liposuction equates to weight loss, and whether or not diet and exercise can yield surgery-like results.
To put things into perspective, liposuction is not meant for overall weight loss. To achieve sustainable weight loss results, proper diet and exercise must always be integral parts of an individual’s lifestyle. Liposuction is primarily designed to target localised pockets of fat and improve body contours.
How would I know which doctor to turn to for the best results?
I would recommend that you look for a qualified doctor who is licensed by Singapore’s Ministry Of Health. He or she should have a minimum of five years of liposuction and medical aesthetics experience.
Liposuction isn’t just about fat removal – for best aesthetic results, your doctor must also have a keen eye for sculpting and body contouring.