Hi, my name is Amanda Fletcher and I'm a wife and mother to a wonderful husband and three beautiful kids. I would like to talk here about liposuction surgery, which is quite a common surgical procedure. Doctors simply remove excess fat from under the patient's skin using a suction tool and technique. It's quite an aggressive surgery in some ways, even though it is minimally invasive insomuch that it's all done via small incisions in the skin. Some people call it the armchair diet, but it's not that simple. Sometimes, even after a successful weight loss program, there can remain areas of stubborn fat that just will not go away. For women, this is typically around the hips and for men it's the waist. I was working in Singapore when I went for my liposuction. Singapore at that time was fast becoming the place to go for cosmetic surgical procedures. It was posing a real threat to its neighbour Thailand, who had dominated the medical tourism business in the area for many years.
Liposuction has come a long way in recent years thanks to new technologies and types of treatments. Some techniques, like the dry techniques, are dying out. The reason for this is because they're no longer considered "safe," at least not when compared to newer technologies. What kind of liposuction someone has depends on their needs, expectations and the available technologies.
Here's a list of what's on offer at the time of writing this piece:
Here we take a look at two real accounts of how liposuction transformed people's lives for the better. You can always find disaster stories out there, but no one ever talks of the successes, hence this piece. Most surgery is a total success, but we only get to hear about the cockups because they are what make the best news stories.
Please note that I have changed the names to protect the identity of the individuals.
My liposuction surgery was on the 22nd of March, 2014. I had CoolLipo of the lower back, inner thighs, hips, flanks, and abs. I also had fat transfer to my breasts. I started out at 170 Lbs. My measurements were Hips 43" and Waist 35." The reason I decided on surgery was because I just could not get rid of the remaining fat at the top of my hips and around the thighs in particular. With careful dieting the weight came off everywhere else, including my face, neck and breasts (the one place I wanted to keep a little fat). I looked out of proportion, almost like a weeble wobble I guess.
My husband never said anything but he didn't have to. I know he found my body grotesque after I had given birth to our firstborn. And to be fair, my young body wasn't a pretty sight, even I could see this. Nature can be cruel like that sometimes. We stopped going out together unless it was to some family function. The only sex we ever had was after he'd drunk some beers. He used to joke that I looked great after a few cans of ale, and how a few drinks was cheaper than sending me to a beauty parlour. I knew in my heart of hearts that there was a serious tone behind his teasing. I just wanted him to fancy me again physically, and there's nothing wrong with that.
I was anxious before the surgery but began to relax just a few minutes in, which was probably thanks to the Valium. I was more than happy with the end results too. My breasts were now pretty taut, but they did look fabulous. I had breastfed for almost 18 months so they certainly needed some new springs, and that's exactly what they got. They were a bit tender for a few days but that soon went away. Sleeping was a bit on and off too, but that also improved by the end of week one.
Some months on and both my partner and me are happy campers. Sex life has gone back to pre-baby times and we're enjoying our relationship again, similar to when we first met. It might all seem a bit superficial to some reading here, but when you're young like we are, physical attraction really is an important part of a fledgling relationship.
Amanda asked me to share my liposuction experience and I am happy to contribute. I agree with her in that there are too many bad news stories flying around. Well, mine is not one of them. In fact I know of seven people personally who have had these procedures done, and all of them, including me, could not be happier.
I was perhaps what some people would call the classic pear-shape. I had a 38D bust, but still I looked well out of proportion. I think I always did. I have always found it easy to make friends with men, but no friendships ever turned into anything of a more romantic nature. In the privacy of my own thoughts, this always upset me. See, when you're young, there is never a second chance to make a first impression. For women, that first impression comes from looks, and particularly body shape and size. The kind of guys I used to fancy just didn't fancy me back, and that was my problem.
By the age of 30 I had had enough of living life on the shelf. I didn't want to become a dried up old spinster, so it was time to take positive action. After two lengthy consultations with a plastic surgeon, the date was set and my body transformation was about to happen. I was both scared and excited at the same time.
My pre-surgery look: Very tight-fitting 14 jeans. I had a 38 bust, 32 waist, 43 hips, and just 5'5" in height. Under a local anaesthetic with sedation I had liposuction in the following areas: hips, thighs (inner and outer) and my knees. I'd be lying if I said it wasn't painful post-surgery, but was it worth it? Hell yeah! I would do it all over again. The results were far from instant though. In actual fact, it took about three months before the swelling episodes finally settled down. Once they did, well, the results were amazing, and I do mean amazing. There was a point when I wondered if I would ever look normal again, but then I reminded myself about what the doctor had told me. He had warned of the swelling and the anticipated time of healing. I just had to be patient.
Today, as I sit here typing this, my hips are lovely and slim (lost 4.8 inches). My thighs look and feel so much better. I lost about four inches from each thigh. A further 1.5 inches has gone from my knees (hello again). I absolutely love the new me and it's now my job to maintain what I have, and I intend to do exactly that. I doubt I will ever have to go through any of that again, but if I did have to, I would do it in a heartbeat.
I would like to thank both Jessica and Karen for sharing their stories here. If you're thinking about liposuction surgery, make sure you only consult with a qualified professional who has experience. Remember, there are lots of newer technologies and procedures now for liposuction. Singapore would be my recommendation if you're in the Asia region, but wherever you have yours done, be sure to do your homework. With a little research you are able to make much better-informed decisions, and that means you won't end up as just another "disaster" story.
1) Squeezing Fats - https://www.medigo.com/blog/app/uploads/2016/01/05_liposuction_01.jpg
2) Liposuction Procedure - http://www.stlcosmeticsurgery.com/images/liposuction-procedure-graphic.jpg
3) Liposuction Before snd After (Example) - http://s3-media1.fl.yelpcdn.com/bphoto/pA6hT9-x0YJ7gUWLE3xBrw/o.jpg
4) Liposuction Before and After (Example) - https://i.ytimg.com/vi/MHmSy8M_T8M/maxresdefault.jpg