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For many people, stubborn localised pockets of fat are thought of as something that must be lived with, since no amount of exercise or calorie restriction seems to have an impact. However, there are a number of solutions to the problem, all centring around selective fat reduction, or liposuction. Liposuction is one of the most regularly performed cosmetic body contouring procedures available. In this article we will be taking a look at the results that can be expected following liposuction and answering some of the common queries that arise when it comes to liposuction.

Regardless of the technique used, liposuction results depend on a number of factors. These include the amount of fat removed, the area that has been treated and how much recovery time has passed.


How long until liposuction results show?

Immediately after treatment there will be localised swelling which will prevent appreciation of the results, but this will begin to subside within weeks. In the initial days following surgery, inflammation and water retention will lead to a bloated appearance but this is not a cause for concern and is an expected part of the recovery journey.

Depending on the amount of fat that has been removed and the extent of skin laxity prior to surgery, it is possible that the skin may begin to appear loose around the treated area. Over time, the skin will respond by tightening around the new contours of the body. The degree of skin tightening is variable depending on the type of liposuction used, skin elasticity and adherence to a compression wear schedule. This is why it is important to follow the guidance provided by your surgeon and nurse counsellor following surgery. If you have specific concerns relating to loose skin, this should be discussed during the consultation period as a solution could be integrated into your procedure.

It is expected that any residual swelling can take between 1 and 3 months to subside entirely. It is at this point when the final results of the liposuction procedure can be appreciated.


How much weight can you lose with liposuction?

Liposuction is a cosmetic procedure designed to remove specific, localised deposits of fat from underneath the skin for body contouring purposes and should not be treated as a method of weight loss.

The maximum safe volume of fat that can be removed during a liposuction procedure depends on the technique used, but this is generally limited to 5 litres. This equates to around 10lbs and this limit is in place to reduce the risk of potentially serious complications, including the endocrine effects of high-volume fat loss.


Does fat return after liposuction?

As with any method of fat reduction, whether that be surgical or lifestyle modification, long term maintenance of results requires sustained commitment. Whilst it is true that fat cells removed during liposuction cannot return, it is possible for the remaining fat cells to enlarge if there is a need to store excess calories from the diet. Therefore it is important to maintain a healthy, balanced diet that contains a suitable number of calories to prevent weight gain following surgery.


Liposuction results before and after

We understand that it can be difficult to make the decision on which surgeon to choose for your liposuction procedure, so we have provided a gallery of liposuction before and after images from our surgeons here.

before and after liposuction
Please note some results may be in conjunction with other procedures

If you would like to explore how The Harley Medical Group can help you achieve your body contouring and fat removal goals, you can find out more about liposuction, find a surgeon who specialises in liposuction, and book a free-no obligation consultation with a patient advisor today.

The world of body contouring procedures is crowded and complex, with a range of options that are predicted to surpass breast augmentation surgery in terms of popularity over the coming years. Here we will explore the various different types of liposuction that are available, who each type is most suitable for and what kind of results can be expected from each method.


The Different Types Of Liposuction

As with any medical procedure, developments in medical science and technology have driven refinement of the liposuction procedure over time. This has led to a range of options being available to patients, improved results, options with reduced recovery time and non-surgical alternatives.

Traditional liposuction

The technique that is most commonly thought of when it comes to liposuction is traditional, or suction-assisted, liposuction. In this method, small incisions are made in the skin to enable the insertion of a cannula. The surgeon then guides the cannula beneath the skin and ensures that it is placed in the correct location. The cannula is then used to break up the fat tissue and suction is applied to remove fat from underneath the skin. Traditional liposuction is most suitable in areas where a larger volume of fat needs to be removed.

Ultrasound-assisted liposuction

Ultrasound assisted, or Vaser liposuction is a less invasive alternative to traditional liposuction. This technique combines liposuction with ultrasound technology to deliver a gentler, more efficient procedure. The ultrasound element of VASER liposuction applies vibration to the tissue which breaks down and melts the fat. This procedure enables precise, targeted removal of fat tissue that causes less trauma to the tissue underlying the fat and reduced bleeding. Click here to discover everything you need to know about Vaser Liposuction with specialist Dr Leonardo Fasano.

Laser-assisted liposuction

In a similar way to ultrasound-assisted liposuction, this method utilised a specialist cannula that harnesses laser technology to break down the fat tissue which can then be suctioned out. The main advantage of this technique is increased skin tightening which make it the ideal technique for patients with stubborn pockets of fat around the arms and inner thigh.

Power assisted liposuction

Power-assisted liposuction is similar to traditional liposuction aside from the addition of a device that allows the cannula to vibrate during the procedure. This helps to break up the fat tissue more easily, allowing for more efficient fat removal.

Tumescent liposuction

A technique involving injection of a large volume of dilute local anaesthetic agents under the skin prior to liposuction. Multiple smaller cannulas are then used to remove the fat.


Non-surgical liposuction

Although less invasive surgical options have been developed, non-invasive body contouring techniques are becoming increasingly in demand, perhaps due to the lack of requirement for anaesthesia, reduced risk and very little downtime.


Cryolipolysis, or CoolSculpting, is a non-invasive body contouring method that applies targeted freezing to specific areas of fat. Due to the high water content of fat tissue, fat cells are particularly susceptible to freezing. This feature also helps to ensure that other tissues are not injured during the process.


What results can be expected from each type of Liposuction?

The decision of which type of liposuction is best depends on the patient’s aesthetic goals and medical history, the amount of fat that needs to be removed and the areas that require treatment. At The Harley Medical Group, our experts work in partnership with patients to identify which procedure is most appropriate for any individual.

Traditional Vs Vaser:

Each liposuction technique comes with a number of pros and cons in terms of what can be achieved. Let’s compare traditional (suction assisted) liposuction with VASER.

Traditional liposuction

Vaser liposuction



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You can view a range of before and after images from traditional and VASER liposuction procedures performed by our surgeons here.

If you would like to explore how The Harley Medical Group can help you achieve your body contouring and fat removal goals, you can find out more about liposuction, find a surgeon who specialises in liposuction, and book a free-no obligation consultation with a patient advisor today.

If you are either considering liposuction or have surgery scheduled, you might be wondering if there are any dietary changes you should make either before or after surgery to boost recovery or prepare your body for the procedure. Patients frequently have questions about diet when it comes to liposuction and the simple answer is that a special diet is not required but that a well-balanced diet built around healthy eating habits is recommended. In addition to this, there are some foods that can be incorporated to aid the recovery process that we will cover here. Click here to discover everything you need to know about Vaser Liposuction with Dr Leonardo Fasano.

Pre liposuction diet

In order to maintain your results from liposuction, it is important to start preparation before surgery. If you do not already do so, you should adjust your diet to ensure a healthy balance of macronutrients. This should include increasing your intake of vegetables, fruit and low-fat protein sources and reducing the amount of sugar, saturated fat and simple carbohydrates in your diet. Doing this will reduce the likelihood of weight gain following surgery and help to preserve your results long after surgery.



Liposuction post-op diet

Following surgery your mobility will likely be reduced during the recovery period and you should account for this by adjusting your calorie intake. It is important not to overindulge after liposuction in order to maintain your renewed body shape and sense of confidence.

You should continue with a similar approach to your diet as before surgery. You should pay particular attention to your protein intake, ensuring that you eat plenty of lean meats, fish and leafy green vegetables. There is the option to take a multivitamin supplement if you are worried that your diet might not contain enough of the important vitamins for recovery.

Reducing your sodium intake can help to reduce swelling and inflammation in the body, especially postoperatively. You can do this by choosing not to add salt to meals, opting for low salt/sodium alternatives where available, and flavouring your dishes with herbs and spices instead.

How long should I stick to my post-operative diet plan?

Although liposuction can achieve impressive results and leave patients feeling transformed in terms of appearance and self-confidence, the surgery cannot change eating habits, activity levels or appetite. It is therefore important for patients to make sustainable changes to their lifestyle that they can take forward long after the recovery process is complete.

If you would like to find out more about liposuction at The Harley Medical Group, you can visit our dedicated page here. You can also book a free, no-obligation consultation to explore which option would be best to achieve your desired results.

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