Choosing liposuction

Sometimes efforts with diet and exercise are simply unable to remove fat from certain areas of the body. Common areas that these fatty deposits tend to build up are the hips, stomach, inner and outer thighs, buttocks, upper arms, knees and neck. Liposuction, or liposculpture, is a cosmetic surgery procedure that can help you break down and remove fat cells from these areas and achieve a more streamlined silhouette.

You may be a good candidate for liposuction if you:

  • Have areas of localised, unwanted fat in parts of your body.
  • Do not have a great amount of weight to lose (typically the limitations for fat removal are approximately three litres).
  • Have attempted diet and exercise but cannot shift fat cells from certain areas.
  • Have reasonable elasticity in your skin – determined during the consultation procedure.

Liposuction is not the right procedure for you if you are obese or looking for instant weight loss – it is a fat redistributing procedure and if you do not maintain a healthy lifestyle, the fat will return.

Liposuction does not involve tightening excess skin. If you believe that you would benefit from this added procedure, you might want to consider additional surgery, for example, a tummy tuck, to complement the liposuction procedure. This is something your surgeon will discuss with you.

Any decision to undergo cosmetic surgery is an important one. When you book a consultation, our experienced team will deliver all the necessary information and discuss your options so you are able to make the right decision for you.

Liposuction – Your FAQs answered

Do I need to try dieting before considering liposuction?

This is something your consultant will discuss with you before surgery depending on your own, personal set of circumstances. If you have a lot of weight to lose, it is likely you will be asked to try changes to your diet before thinking about surgery. If you have specific, stubborn areas of fatty deposits, it is more likely you will be considered a good candidate for liposuction.

How does liposuction work?

The majority of cases are treated under a general anaesthetic. The surgeon will make a small incision in the area that is being treated before inserting a thin tube called a cannula. This enables liquid to flush through and break down the fat before it is sucked out with the use of a high powered vacuum attached to the end of the tube.

Will I have scars after liposuction?

The scars caused by liposuction are mostly very small and your surgeon will do their utmost to position them in areas that are most likely to be hidden or covered, depending on the area that is being treated.

These scars will fade with time and the proper aftercare.

How much recovery time will I need?

Liposuction is a surgical procedure and therefore, afterwards you will experience some swelling and tenderness. Most people take up to a week off work in order to give their body a chance to rest and recover but this is dependent on your own personal situation and the extent of treatment.

You will be given a special support garment to wear for the first few weeks to ensure your body retains its new shape.

How much is liposuction?

Costs can start from £2,400 and are dependent on individual requirements and consultant.