Almost everyone can point to a part of their body they don’t like because of fat deposits. Where dieting can reduce the size of fat cells, liposuction removes these fat cells and contours the body. Liposuction or liposculpture improves your body shape by removing extra fat cells in your problem, areas and contouring the body.
Elanic in Glasgow is one of Scotland’s largest providers of liposuction and, unlike the majority of clinics and hospitals, we offer three different types of liposuction:
- Traditional liposuction
- Vaser Liposuction
- Smart Lipo Triplex Laser Liposuction
Liposuction can be carried out under local anaesthetic with sedation given by one of our experienced consultant anaesthetists and can take as little as a couple of hours. This means you can have your procedure in one of our clinics and be home recovering on the same day.
Which Areas Can be Treated with Liposuction?
Fat deposits can be removed using liposuction from almost anywhere on the body. Commonly treated areas include:
- Upper Arms
- Male Breasts (gynaecomastia)
Liposuction can also be combined with other cosmetic procedures to enhance your new look.
In many cases, areas with fat deposits will not respond to dieting or exercise, and liposuction may be the only way to rid yourself of these troublesome parts of your body. Of course, liposuction is not a substitute for a good diet and exercise.
Which Liposuction Treatment is Best for me?
For the vast majority of clients looking for liposuction, we recommend combining a fat-melting liposuction technique such as Vaser or Smart Lipo with gentle power-assisted liposuction from Microaire. We believe this gives the best results in terms of fat removal and is more comfortable.
Each technique has its advantages and disadvantages and our recommendation will depend on the area being treated, the amount of fat removal and skin shrinkage required, and if any other procedures are being combined with the liposuction. At consultation your surgeon will assess the condition of your skin & the areas you would like to treat, this dictates the length of time your surgery will take.
The Vaser Liposuction technique uses an ultrasonic wand that is placed under the skin. This shakes the fat cells apart so that they form a liquid and they can then be removed using liposuction. Vaser is very efficient at liquefying fat but causes little skin contraction. Elanic is Scotland’s most experienced Vaser Clinic and has conducted over a hundred cases over the last few years.
In comparison to Vaser, Smart Lipo uses a laser to heat and destroy fat cells prior to liposuction. The advantage of this heating is that it causes heating of the skin and therefore contraction of the skin to give a better final result. Unlike previous versions of Smart Lipo, the Triplex system uses a new wavelength of laser that is better suited to melting fat and therefore allows large volumes of fat to be removed safely, whilst maintain skin contraction.
Liposuction at Elanic is usually carried out as a day case under local anaesthetic and sedation, this will be discussed in detail at your consultation.
Recovery From Liposuction
After your operation, you will be given adequate pain relief to keep you comfortable and you will have access to medical advice 24/7. You will have to wear a compression garment on the treated area for up to six weeks to aid recovery and promote the best possible result for you. As with all surgical procedures, there will be swelling and bruising post-surgery and as your body heals over the coming weeks you will be able to see your result, this can take up to six months as healing continues and your shape improves.
It is important to be aware of the fact that it is best to keep your weight stable to enjoy the results from your liposuction long term.
We would recommend that you look to take two weeks off from work and that you avoid strenuous activity for up to six weeks post liposuction. After three weeks you should be able to resume your normal day to day activities, immediately post-surgery you will need someone to collect you from the clinic.
Vectra 3D Simulation
The Vectra system is a 3D camera system that allows you to see how you look prior to your liposuction. Using simulation software, we can give you an impression of how you will look after the liposuction treatment. By photographing you again after the treatment we can also show you more accurately how much volume you have lost. The Vectra system at Elanic is one of the first in the UK to maintain our commitment to bring the best technology from around the world to Scotland.