Is Liposuction Weight-Reduction?
While it is an established fact that Liposuction can effectively sculpt areas of disproportion, a common misconception about liposuction is that it can also help one to lose weight. According to Dr David Loh, “Liposuction is NOT a weight-reduction treatment. The only way to lose weight is with determination and with help from a dietitian, a gym-trainer and occasionally, if the obesity is severe, a bariatric surgeon.” A bariatric surgeon specialises in surgery to treat pathological obesity. Dr Loh is not a bariatric surgeon but he sometimes refers patients to them. “Liposuction is best used to sculpt areas that are out of proportion with the rest of the body.”
Dr David Loh has been practicing aesthetic medicine exclusively since 2002. He has been accredited by the Health Ministry to perform liposuction since 2007.
Liposuction is a procedure where fat deposits directly under the skin are extracted through a small incision in the skin. Fats wrapped around organs, which are called visceral fats, are not dealt with during liposuction. The arms, chest, breasts, waist, thighs, calves, ankles and the area under the chin can be sculpted. These areas can be difficult to tone with just just exercise and diet, and liposuction offers a helpful option.
Dr Loh stressed that patient selection and education are important for the long-term success of the procedure.
“We cannot do ‘whole body liposuction’ for the obese. It will not succeed,” he said.
Patients need to understand that they must continue to exercise and diet in order to maintain good long-term results. Areas that have been treated will not accumulate fat again. If the patient puts on weight after liposuction, other areas will take over the task of storing fat. This can cause a distortion of the overall figure. Visceral fat can sometimes accumulate around the organs. This is unhealthy.
So, it is important that patients are motivated enough not to allow any weight gain after liposuction. “If you maintain your weight within a plus-minus 1-2 kg band, you will be fine.”
Liposuction can be done with the help of assisting devices. Dr David Loh uses Vaser Liposelection. But regardless of which assisted form of liposuction, it is essentially the experience and the skill of the liposuction surgeon which will determine results and the outcome of the surgery, not the tools.
Dr Loh also performs autologous fat-transfer to the face and breasts. This is where a person’s own fat is transplanted to the face for greater support of the skin or to the breasts for a slight enhancement.
Liposuction is performed in a Day Surgery OT and Dr David Loh works with anaesthetists to provide greater comfort and safety to his patients.