Thinking of getting liposuction? What are you prepared to do in order to achieve your dream body? Going ahead with any cosmetic procedure certainly requires some careful thought. Below are some of the pros and cons of liposuction.

Cons

Firstly, as with any surgical procedure, there are some risks associated, including infection, bleeding, numbness and fluid retention. There is a very small risk of tissue, skin or nerve damage and there may be a small amount of scarring. Patients are also very likely to suffer some swelling and bruising as a result of the surgery and may have some nausea or vomiting afterwards.

Following liposuction patients may feel a bit sore and generally unwell. They will need to return to the clinic after about a week for a check-up. Healing tends to be gradual and it may take up to six weeks to fully recover following the procedure. During this time the surgeon may recommend the patient wears a support garment to reduce any swelling.

It may take up to a year for the effects of liposuction to be fully realised, so those who opt for the procedure will need to be very patient.

Finally, most clinics require that candidates prove that they are motivated enough to work hard after the treatment to maintain the effects.

So those were the downsides to liposuction. But what about the pros?

Liposuction is extremely popular. It is a fairly common surgical procedure, with a very low risk of serious complications. Side effects that occur more frequently tend to be short term and are generally very easily treated. Scarring is very minimal and tends to fade significantly after just a few months.

Although results can take up to twelve months to show fully, patients usually begin to notice a difference within just a few weeks. Studies indicate that individuals who have had a successful liposuction procedure tend to be very happy with the results and that their confidence, self-image and general mental well being improves dramatically following the treatment. There is even some evidence to suggest that this has a positive effect upon other areas of their lives, such as their careers and relationships.

Although liposuction is not considered a weight loss option, research shows that having the procedure often motivates the candidate into turning over a new leaf with regards diet and exercise. A significant proportion of individuals lose extra weight in the two years following liposuction surgery. Good results are most noticeable when an individual has made an effort to lose some weight and to begin a manageable exercise regime beforehand, which can be maintained easily in the months and years following the surgery. The better patients care for their body, the longer the effects will last.

Many of the issues associated with being overweight and unhealthy, such as diabetes, cardiovascular problems, stroke, high blood pressure, incontinence, sleep apnoea and joint pain can significantly improve as a result of having liposuction. Liposuction is not simply a one off procedure; it is about undertaking a new way of life.

Individuals are usually mobile immediately after a liposuction procedure. Although it is most often an outpatient appointment, depending upon the amount of fat removed, it may be necessary for patients to spend a day or two resting. However, most people are able to return to work or previous activities in a very short space of time.

Liposuction can be really effective for the removal of the most stubborn areas of fat. The procedure reshapes the body, sculpting it to give the figure a smoother, more balanced and in proportion appearance.

The really good news is that liposuction works to remove fat cells permanently. Those that do regain weight after liposuction will find that they will maintain their new shape, with the extra weight distributing itself in a more even manner. Maintaining a desirable shape will prove much easier in the long term.

Although liposuction is not suitable for everyone, it is a very good answer for those who wish to reduce localised bulges of fat that do not respond to diet or exercise. It is a safe and effective procedure which should be undertaken alongside a sensible healthy eating and exercise regime.