Exercise has never been my thing, and I don’t think it ever will be. This is why I know that somewhere down the road, I will seriously consider liposuction—on my thighs, at least. Even at my thinnest (I was 100 pounds on my wedding day 16 years ago), my thighs were my problem area, so I know where I’m predisposed to accumulating fat.
Don’t get me wrong, I’m not weight-obsessed or anything, but I’m aware of the fact that my upper body isn’t proportional to my lower body, and I’ve always dreamed of being able to buy jeans that fit my waist and my thighs. In all my years of buying jeans, I’ve always had to resort to getting a size bigger for the waist or run the risk of looking like a longganisa in a pair of skinny denims.
I’ve been contemplating liposuction so much that I saw Dr. Aivee Aguilar-Teo and her resident plastic surgeon, Dr. Porfirio Tika, to discuss what it entails and find out the risks that are often associated with the procedure.
Aivee explained that before liposuction is performed, you must undergo a health check. Aside from an interview to examine your medical history, there’s also a mandatory blood test to screen for anything that may lead to possible complications. For example, if you’re found to be anemic, Dr. Tika will recommend that you take ferrous sulfate for about two weeks to ensure that anemia will not be a complication.
Twelve hours prior to the procedure, you’re expected to refrain from consuming all types of food and liquids. Dr. Tika will run an ECG test as a precautionary measure, and if all is well, he will begin to draw on your skin on the target areas to guide him where to make tiny incisions, and where the cannula (a rod-like apparatus that is used to break down fat cells) will pass through in order to drain the fat.
The next step is anesthesia. Aivee recommends general anesthesia because it’s easier for the doctor to work on the patient. It also eliminates patient anxiety.
When the procedure is done, you will be placed in a recovery room, and upon waking, will be bandaged around the areas where the cannula was inserted. A specially designed garment, similar to Spanx, will be used to keep the bandages in place and keep the area that was worked on in good shape. These areas will tend to bleed a little for the next 24 hours, so it’s important to keep the bandages tight and secure.
Dr. Tika requires a checkup a week after the procedure to check on the wounds and to use an infrared machine to help speed up recovery. Expect severe bruising on the treated areas—a result of the cannula hitting the muscle. Some pain is also to be expected, which can be likened to muscle fatigue after an intense workout.
I’m aware that lipo isn’t the end-all solution to my thigh woes, but it does seem like a very promising start. Perhaps when I can finally effortlessly slip into a new pair of jeans, I’d be inspired to stay in shape and lead a more active and healthy lifestyle, and no longer require lipo on other areas.
The Aivee Clinic is located at 5/F SM Mega Fashion Hall, tel. no. 642 4833.
*This story originally appeared in Preview Magazine's April 2015 issue.