Liposuction is also known as Lipoplasty, Lipectomy or more commonly “Lipo”. It is a surgical procedure used to remove excess fat from the body, often from problem areas where non-surgical fat removal or weight loss techniques fail to work.

Liposuction can reduce the fat in certain areas of your body; shifting stubborn fat deposits and making you look slimmer. Your body shape will appear more proportioned and your silhouette will be smoother and more contoured.

Costs vary according to body area and amount of fat to be removed but range from £2500 – £3500.

Fat in problem areas such as buttocks, hips and stomach is removed, leaving you with a slimmer, more balanced body shape. These changes can be long-lasting if combined with a healthy diet and exercise after recovery. You can see examples of before and after pictures here.

Liposuction is performed under general anaesthetic and takes one to two hours. A small incision is made and a tiny tube called a cannula inserted under the skin. It is used to suck out fat cells using a vacuum pump or syringe. By pushing and pulling the cannula through the tissue under the skin, the fat layer is broken up, making it easier to remove. Most people stay in hospital overnight after the procedure and experience swelling and bruising lasting for up to a month. You will be required to wear supportive garments for several weeks. Most are able to return to work after a few days, although it is advisable to rest for a few weeks.

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Procedure Guide

Liposuction is possibly the best known of the cosmetic procedures, widely performed in surgeries around the world. In essence, it involves the removal of fatty deposits from around the body. There are some areas, including the chin, legs and stomach, that contain extremely stubborn regions of fat. These can often require a considerable effort to lose by exercise or dieting alone and liposuction may be a valid course of action for many who wish their body to look healthier and more attractive.

What is involved in the operation?

Liposuction is a relatively simple procedure, that can be extremely effective in removing large amounts of fat from around the body. A tiny incision is made in the desired area. A small tube known as a cannula is inserted just under the skin. Here, the tube has access to the layers of fat that lie just below the skin and which can subsequently be suctioned out extremely efficiently. The amount of fat left will be determined by the surgeon. Your body loses a considerable amount of fluid during the operation, so this is constantly monitored and replaced as the surgery takes place.

What is the recovery like?

The recovery can certainly be a painful experience especially in the first few days after surgery. This is when swelling and bruising around the body will be at its worst, but prescription painkillers can help you handle the pain. The swelling will begin to ease quite soon. You will be asked to attend a number of follow up sessions with your surgeon, to make sure that your recovery is going as smoothly as possible. Recovery from liposuction surgery is far from easy but the vast majority of patients would say that the long term benefits far outweigh the short term difficulties experienced during the recovery. Most patients are back to their best within two weeks.

Is there anyone who should not consider liposuction?

As with any surgical procedure, prospective patients should be realistic in their expectations. Overall fat levels will certainly decrease, but the effects of liposuction may not look as natural as normal weight loss. Liposuction is not a cure for obesity or an ideal way to lose weight and patients must be aware of the potential risks and limitations of liposuction as a corrective procedure. Should a patient be heavily overweight, psychologically stable and realistic, there is no reason why they should not go for liposuction and reap the benefits that the procedure can provide. Risk levels are higher among individuals who have other health issues besides weight and careful consideration should be given before going ahead with surgery.

I think liposuction may be the right way for me to go so how do I get started?

First of all, ensure you have read all you can on the subject and are absolutely sure of your decision. A consultation with your surgeon will allow you to ask any questions, while allowing him to assess your eligibility for the procedure. It is the responsibility of the surgeon to minimise the risks as far as possible and analysing your personal situation is a big part of this. Should the surgeon feel you are ready and more importantly you feel ready, then the operation may take place in a matter of weeks or a few months.