Weight loss is a hard mountain to climb. There are numerous methods and theories that can be tried. However, the main focus of any self-improvement has to be sustainability. As such, the various ‘quick fixes’ and weight loss ‘miracle plans’ may have a short term effect, but they do not generally have longevity. With all weight loss options, it is essential to be well informed not only about the benefits, but also the consequences. One alternative weight loss plan people might consider turning to is liposuction.

Liposuction? I know all about that

Maybe you do. The idea of liposuction has moved into everyday life, with celebrities seemingly transformed overnight by using it. However, the process is necessarily complex, and not a magical alternative to exercise and diet that can be performed in a lunch hour.

So, what are the basics? Liposuction is generally used on areas such as the abdomen, thighs and buttocks, or the neck, backs of the arms and similar areas. The process involves a procedure, not for the squeamish! In general, fat is removed via a hollow tube and a suction device. Liposuction techniques can be categorized by the amount of fluid injection and by the mechanism in which the hollow tube works. The levels of fat removal are a vital part of the process and must be agreed between the surgeon and patient beforehand. Additionally, the level of anaesthetic is informed by this decision.

Liposuction: Implications and Alternatives.

Like any surgical procedure, liposuction has its specific results and possible complications. Cosmetically, it is not the quick fix many believe it to be. As the balancing act of reducing fat is so fine if a patient is ‘over suctioned’ the procedure can result in bumps and dents in the skin. Liposuction can also give the impression of more weight loss than has actually been achieved. Even though there have been claims of 22.7kg loss as a result of the procedure, this is rare, and certainly not to be attempted unless the patient is in the fittest of health.

The result of liposuction in the short term are mostly what you would expect from an invasive surgery, bruising, swelling, pain, scarring, and lack of mobility, but you can also actually gain weight after receiving liposuction. More concerning is the possibility of puncturing internal organs during the surgery, and other risks, such as fluid imbalance, and allergies to the anaesthetics employed. It should never be forgotten that this is a cosmetic procedure that comes with the risks of surgery.

So what are the alternatives to liposuction? Well, you may not think it glamorous, but a common sense approach to a good diet, coupled with an appropriate diet plan is the surest (and cheapest) way to shed the pounds and keep them off. Diet plans, just like exercise ones can be tailored to you, and your lifestyle. The best part? No need to worry about unsightly bumps or surgery and no time off work, as it slots right into your life.

Is it for you?

It may well be that liposuction is just the thing to inspire you to succeed at your weight-loss goal. However, you must be confident in your surgeon and be in good enough health before the surgery. It also carries a large financial cost, and, after all, is rarely a one-off procedure. The surest and easiest to maintain methods are non-surgical procedures and planning.