It’s also quite common for the fat to return over time, with belly fat the most common site of that return.
All surgery carries risk. When performed by a board-certified plastic surgeon they’re pretty safe, but all surgery carries a risk of infection, other problems, or even death. The death rate seems to be around 1 in 10,000 but that covers all procedures, from small localized areas to very extensive fat removal sessions from many sites on the body.
A lot depends on how much you’re doing - the more work that is done, the longer you’re under anesthesia, the more that’s removed, the higher the risks.
The technique used apparently also has an effect on risk, but that’s beyond my limited knowledge on the subject.
Your personal health and possible medical issues also affect your risk, but that’s something you would discuss with a doctor before actually getting the procedure.
Sure. Most are short-term and heal up - like bruising at the surgery site - but there is the possibility of long-term/permanent problems. There is the aforementioned bruising, possible bleeding, infection, embolisms (that’s when a chunk of fat gets loose in your bloodstream. This is a Bad Thing.), accidental puncturing of organs (that requires emergency surgery to fix), change in sensation at the site which is usually temporary but can be permanent (that can range from “numb” to “super-sensitive/painful”), the skin over the surgery site up and dying due to disrupted blood supply, fluid imbalances that can be a problem for your heart or kidneys, scars, deformities at the surgery site, and that’s just what I found with a quick Google.
That said - most people are fine afterwards.
On the other hand - the fat loss isn’t always permanent. You can regain weight, including at the site of the liposuction. This is most likely to occur on the belly, which would means a reversal of the effect you want.
Oh, and then there’s the recovery period - you’ll have fluids draining from the site. A lot depends on the extent of the surgery, but that could be anything from puncture sites weeping into bandages to the installation of a surgical drain.
Well, yes - it’s surgery, after all.
Again, a lot depends on both how much you’re getting done and you yourself. Very extensive work might be done under general anesthesia. If it’s being done under local quite a bit probably depends on the person giving the anesthesia. When I had surgery done (not liposuction, it was a different procedure) it was done under local and I felt absolutely no pain during the procedure. (After was a different story…) Less adept use of local anesthesia might result in pain sensations.
And, again, there is a recovery period. Aftercare is important, as it pain control. Ask about pain management post-surgery.
I don’t say the above to frighten but to inform. Yes, in a sense it’s a “quick fix” but if you opt for it you need to go in fully informed and understanding of benefits, risks, and limitations.
IF you can cut down on the calories and move a bit more and get some results that is a safer and less-expensive option. You might want to give that a try for a year before jumping into liposuction. Yeah, I know it’s hard - I’ve got some weight I’m trying to shed, too, and it is a struggle. But it’s not how fast you lose weight/fat, it’s that you are losing it. Don’t change what you eat, just cut down the portions a bit. If you can carve out 30 minutes a day for a brisk walk you might see some improvement without feeling it’s a “concentrated” exercise. Just suggestions, I have no idea of what you do in a day or just how busy you might be. But if you don’t change the habits that led to that beer belly then it will be back, sooner or later, after that liposuction leaving you where you started (or heavier).
Even if you don’t lose weight, being able to maintain a steady state before this sort of surgery would probably be a good idea, because that gives you a better chance of maintaining the benefits of the surgery.
Educate yourself. Choose your doctor carefully. Good luck and good results no matter what you choose to do.