Liposuction: Important Facts You Need to Know Before Getting One

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Fats - everybody has them, only some get them in excess. Getting rid of unwanted fats can be done in a lot of ways: customised diet, exercise, healthy eating. If you have tried each and yet have some fats clinging to certain parts of your body, then cosmetic surgery may help you.

A well-known cosmetic surgery that has been used for more than a decade by surgeons to remove fats is liposuction. This procedure has seen its share of controversies in the past; hence, I realised it is important that accurate information must be spread regarding this topic as liposuction is actually one of the most effective and reliable methods for fat removal.

Introduction to Liposuction Surgery

Liposuction, or lipoplasty, is a method of cosmetic surgery in Singapore and all over the world that is done to remove excess fats from specific parts of the body. According to Dream Plastic Surgery, it's a common misconception about this procedure is that its sole purpose is to get rid of fats. This is not the case. Liposuction in Singapore, in line with the fat reduction, also aims to shape the body in a way that is pleasing aesthetically to see.


This procedure is perfect for patients who wish to improve their body contours in a safe and fast way, without having to lift a finger in the gym or starving themselves.

Best candidates for Liposuction Surgery

Of course, wanting to remove fats is not only the qualifier for an individual to undergo liposuction surgery. There are risks involved in this procedure; anyone who is considering undergoing liposuction should be able to comply with the following:

  • Current weight should be within 30% of the ideal density of the body
  • Excellent overall health condition
  • Have good muscle tone
  • Have good skin elasticity and tone
  • Have fat pockets that are in excess and do not respond to other weight loss regimen
  • Not diagnosed with any disease or medical condition that may cause complications

Your doctor can assess whether you are fit to go through a liposuction surgery. For safety purposes, thorough medical background and health check will be done during your consultation. At the same time, your doctor should discuss every detail involved in liposuction surgery. The setting of expectations is very important before doing the surgery, so do not hesitate to ask questions to your doctor regarding the surgery’s process, outcomes, risks, side effects, and costs.

Areas of the body suitable for Liposuction Surgery

There are several parts of the body where liposuction surgery can be applied to:

  • Abdomen
  • Armpits
  • Arms
  • Back (Upper, mid, and lower parts)
  • Buttocks
  • Chest
  • Face
  • Hips
  • Lower legs (Front and back parts)
  • Neck
  • Thighs (Inner, outer, front, and back parts)
  • Waist

Forms of Liposuction Surgery

There are several forms of liposuction surgery that may be used to remove stubborn fats from the body. These are:

  • Laser-assisted liposuction – uses energy-charged laser beams to turn fat cells into liquid before being suctioned out.
  • Power-assisted liposuction – uses tiny, rapid vibrations delivered by a special cannula to liquefy fat cells in order to be vacuumed away from the body.
  • Ultrasound-assisted liposuction (VASER) – uses ultrasound vibrations to melt fat cells, which are then suctioned out.
  • Waterjet Liposuction – uses a pressurised torrent of saline to breakdown and removes fat cells from the body.

Risks and Side Effects of Liposuction Surgery

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Surgeries are prone to risks and side effects. Liposuction is not exempted from this. Some common temporary side effects that patients may encounter in the treated areas after a liposuction surgery include:

  • Bruising
  • Irritation
  • Mild scarring
  • Numbness
  • Rippling of skin
  • Sagging of skin
  • Soreness
  • Swelling

In rare cases, these side effects can also occur:

  • Irregular skin surface
  • Nerve and skin damage
  • Uneven skin colour

Downtime following a Liposuction Surgery

Liposuction may be done as an in-patient or outpatient procedure. Patients who choose to use a general anaesthetic for their procedure will have to be admitted overnight in the hospital. Outpatient procedures allow patients to go home on the same day if the doctor permits. If the fat to be removed from the body is more than 2 litres, then the patient will be advised to stay in the hospital.

Patients should allow 4 to 6 weeks downtime for recovery after liposuction surgery.

Cost of Liposuction Surgery

The cost of liposuction surgery in Singapore varies depending on the professional fees of the doctor, the number of treated areas, the type of liposuction done, and other itemized costs relating to the surgery (e.g. anaesthetic fee, operating room fee, medications, lab tests, etc.).

Per part of the body, fees may begin at $1,600. An estimated amount that you should prepare prior to your surgery should be around $16,000 to $25,000.

Source of the article:

Dream Plastic Surgery

Address: 290 Orchard Rd, #17-03, Singapore 238859

Phone: +65 6871 8888