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Contrary to common misconception, liposuction is not for people who are “obese”, nor is it a treatment for weight loss. Although it does permanently remove fat cells in isolated areas, it is still a cosmetic procedure that mainly aims to improve one’s physical appearance. Some patients choose liposuction when even lifestyle changes such as exercise and diet are unable to effectively reduce stubborn areas of fat. In some other cases, liposuction can also be used to treat certain conditions such as lymphedema, gynecomastia, and lipomas (aka benign, fatty tumors).
To gain the greatest benefit from liposuction, you should be on a sensible diet and preferably an exercise program and have shown either loss or maintenance of your weight over a period of months.
Though it may have weight loss benefits, liposuction as a procedure should not be seen as the first choice when it comes to purely losing weight. In fact, most patients lose only about two to five pounds in total, and the most ideal candidates for liposuction are within 30% of their ideal weight. As far as weight is concerned, liposuction does not guarantee permanent weight loss over time, even though the removal of fat cells is permanent. However, the removal of the fat cells in specific areas is permanent and brings about long-lasting shape change given that there is proper diet and exercise.
Liposuction in Singapore is generally safe thanks to the stringent regulations imposed by the Ministry of Health (MOH). Only certified doctors with the right accreditations are allowed to perform this procedure. Furthermore, the amount of fat removed and the choice of facility are also regulated to ensure the patients’ safety. At Polaris, we uphold professional and ethical standards to the highest degree so that our patients not only achieve their desired aesthetic outcomes, but also do so safely and healthily, with minimal risk.
The cost of getting liposuction in Singapore can range from $3,000 to over $10k, depending on the number of areas, as well as other cost-incurring components such as the surgeon’s fees, the anaesthetist fees, facilities charges, medication, and aftercare/ follow-ups. Feel free to consult our doctors about the recommended treatment and the corresponding charges.
Liposuction is performed through small (<5mm), inconspicuous incisions which are hidden in natural folds of the body or in areas which are covered by undergarments. During the procedure, these incisions are protected to prevent trauma at the edges of the liposuction cannula and are sutured carefully to optimize healing and minimize scarring. Early on in the healing process, scars may appear red in colour. At this stage, scar therapy, such as silicone gel, will be given to help. Most scars heal to an almost imperceptible line with very little difference from normal skin colour by 2-3 months. If scars are raised or bumpy, steroid therapy can be applied. In cases of scar discolouration, laser treatments can be performed to reduce pigmentation and/or smoothen out the scars.
Polaris chooses modern and advanced technologies when performing aesthetic procedures. Our surgeon is skilled in VASER liposuction, which is not only less invasive than traditional liposuction methods, but also promotes skin tightening and helps achieve smoother body contouring results. Aside from consistently integrating modern techniques, we also provide professional consultation and deliver tailor-made solutions that prioritise our patients’ needs and goals. We understand that corrective procedures such as liposuction can hold different meanings to everyone and each individual has gone through a unique journey to arrive at this decision. Thus, while ensuring robotic precision, we strive to take a compassionate, patient-centred approach to help our patients restore their confidence in a safe and non-judgmental environment. Having doubts about what kind of procedure to pursue? Consult us today.
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