Updated 03 October 2013

Liposuction guide

Liposuction is the most popular local procedure. Here is your guide to everything you need to know about this.

Liposuction is the most popular local procedure. And thanks to new techniques it is now even easier and safer to look slimmer and more beautiful. Here is your guide to everything you need to know about the procedure.
By Mari Hudson, Health24

“See, my love handles are gone. Without the spare tyre around my hips, my shoulders suddenly seem broader. And it didn’t even hurt.”  

Francois is one of thousands of South Africans who managed to overcome their fear of cosmetic procedures over the last five years or so. We don’t recoil in fear at the idea of Botox and fillers. On the contrary! Many women know their Botox doctor better than their dentist. 

  • You have a small fat roll you just cannot get rid of, notwithstanding any amount of dieting and exercise, e.g. around your hips, waist or on your thighs. Perhaps your genes are preventing your fat cells from shrinking, says Henry Claassen.
  • Your expectations are realistic. Little Lotta cannot be transformed into Charlize Theron through liposuction.
  • Your weight is normal or you are slightly overweight, but your weight remains constant. If you are seriously overweight, it will not be of much help to remove one roll, if you’re left with another three.
  • Your skin is firm and elastic. The younger you are, the more elastic your skin and the better your results will be.  
  • You are healthy and without aches and pains.  
  • You don’t have a lot of cellulite. If you do, you are not a good candidate. Your skin then tends to end up looking uneven and lumpy.  


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