For a lot of men and women, losing weight, toning up and achieving the figure they want requires a combination of healthy eating and regular exercise, but some can be left with stubborn pockets of fat that no amount of exercise or dieting can shift
What is Liposuction?
Liposuction is not a weight loss solution – however it is suitable for removing stubborn pockets of fat which exercise, and diet are unable to shift!
Liposuction is a form of cosmetic surgery which removes unwanted body fat using suction. As well as removing unwanted pockets of fat, liposuction is also able to contour the body to a more desired shape through targeted removal. Liposuction is commonly carried out alongside other body reshaping procedures such as tummy tucks and breast reductions – you can talk to your expert consultant about the best options for your desired results.
Why Liposuction Surgery May Be Right for You
Cosmetic liposuction surgery is perfect for people who find, despite exercise and diet, they are still left with stubborn pockets of fat! It is common for fat to build up specifically on the buttocks, hips, thighs and tummy. Liposuction can result in:
• Less unwanted body fat
• Improved self-confidence and ability to wear clothes which you previously couldn’t
• A body shape which is better proportioned
The liposuction procedure is not a substitute for diet and exercise, the best results are achieved on people who are of a normal weight for their hight (BMI analysis will be done during consultation) and on areas of the body where the skin is tight.
If you have stubborn areas of fat and feel liposuction would be right for you, then book a consultation with our expert team to discuss your options and suitability for liposuction, the costs of the procedure, and see what exactly can be done to your body shape.
Liposuction costs vary from patient to patient depending on the number of areas which are to be targeted. All our surgery prices are inclusive of your overnight stay in hospital and all necessary aftercare.
A general guide to our liposuction costs based on number of areas can be found below, however these prices can vary dependent on individual patients’ requirements.
|Liposuction One Area||£4,850|
|Liposuction Two Areas||£5,675|
|Liposuction Three Areas||£6,500|
|Liposuction Four Areas||£7,400|
|Liposuction Five Areas||£8,200|
Who Will Carry Out Your Liposuction?
As with all of our treatments and cosmetic surgery procedures, only the best experts will carry out your liposuction surgery. We are a trusted cosmetic surgery provider and are regulated by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) in England and the Healthcare Inspectorate Wales (HIW). The CQC and HIW are executive non-departmental public bodies which are part of the UK government’s Department of Health and Social Care.
As part of our commitment to quality care, we have a Clinical Governance Board which is comprised of medical experts and surgeons who work with us. All our surgeons, treatments and procedures are vetted by the Clinical Governance Board.
As well as working with us, many of our expert surgeons also hold substantive posts in the National Health Service (NHS) in cosmetic and other specialities, including oncology (Cancer Care), hand and wrist surgery and medical research.
Our patients and the service they receive is of the utmost importance to us! You can be certain that all of our liposuction surgeons are the best in their field and will deliver the results you want!
The Harley Medical Group has performed thousands of liposuction procedures across our 16 clinics around the UK, including Manchester, Birmingham, Liverpool, Leeds and our flagship clinic on Harley Street in London, and regularly receives excellent feedback from patients.
See below for some of the top surgeons who will carry out your liposuction surgery at our locations across the UK.
Understanding the Liposuction Procedure
Before undergoing liposuction surgery, it is important to understand all the stages of the surgery so you know what is required of you pre and post-surgery! You should also understand the different types of liposuction surgery we offer so you can make an educated decision on which you would prefer.
The Different Types of Liposuction Surgery We Offer
There are two different types of liposuction surgeries offered by our expert surgeons. During your consultation they will be able to help advise which would be best for you, depending on your desired results. The options include:
- Traditional Liposuction: This can be performed on most areas of the body. Women commonly receive treatment on the abdomen, hips, inner and outer thigs, buttocks, knees, and the chin. As these are where unwanted fat deposits are most commonly found. The fat cells in the targeted area of the body are broken up, a small incision is then made in the area being treated before inserting a thin plastic tube called a cannula. The other end of this cannula is attached to a powerful vacuum device which removes the fat quickly and efficiently. The procedure can take 1 to 3 hours dependent on the size and number of areas targeted. Liposuction surgery is performed under either general or local anaesthetic with sedation. This type of procedure is often treated as a day case, so no overnight hospital stay is necessary.
- Vaser Liposuction: Vaser liposuction is a minimally invasive procedure, using state-of-the-art ultrasound technology precisely targets and removes areas of unwanted fat.
The results from traditional liposuction surgery will be visible once the swelling has gone down, which can take up to 6 months. You can learn more about liposuction aftercare and the recovery process below.
What to Expect Before Your Liposuction Surgery
Preparing for surgery is important! As mentioned, you will always begin your liposuction journey with a consultation, this will be between you and a patient advisor. During this appointment:
- Your patient advisor will assess your BMI (body mass index) to ensure the procedure is right for you. If you are very overweight, the procedure will likely not be suitable. It is best used for body sculpting rather than weight loss.
Your consultation appointment will allow you and your surgeon to decide whether liposuction is the right option for you and which procedure type will be best. Your surgeon will also be able to answer any of your other questions about the procedure and be able to confirm the cost of your potential surgery.
Preparing for Liposuction
Getting liposuction surgery requires some preparation, you can expect to:
- Need to change your diet and lifestyle to ensure you maintain your target weight before surgery
During your initial consultation your patient advisor will be able to provide you with further details of the preparation needed dependent on your surgery plan.
What Happens After Liposuction Surgery?
After your liposuction procedure, you will be fitted with either a support corset or compression bandages. This is done to help reduce the post-surgery swelling and bruising, the corset will need to be worn consistently for up to three weeks post-op.
Liposuction Recovery and Aftercare Explained
Liposuction is a type of invasive surgery, so full recovery does take time. Following proper aftercare advice is important to help aid recovery and ensure you are left with your desired results.
Recovery does vary from person to person. How long it will be until you are able to drive and return to work will depend on the number of areas targeted and the amount of fat removed.
Strenuous activities and contact sports will need to be avoided for 4-6 weeks post-op. After this time, you will likely be able to resume your normal activities.
Having liposuction will result in bruising and swelling around treated areas, you may also experience some numbness. Noticeable results will be visible around 6 months post-surgery after the swelling reduces.
A healthy lifestyle needs to be maintained post-surgery to ensure the results are permanent, weight gain can still occur, so it is important to keep up a healthy diet and exercise routine to maintain your desired results.
Liposuction Before & After Photos
We have performed thousands of liposuction surgeries across our 16 clinics, giving people their desired results! See below for a sample of the before and after results from having liposuction!
The Potential Risks of Liposuction
As with any surgery performed under general anaesthetic there are risks which should be considered before undergoing liposuction.
The potential risks of specifically undergoing liposuction are:
- Organ puncture (this is especially a risk if your surgeon is not specially trained and experienced)
- Weight gain post-lipo can cause fat to deposit in different locations, potentially and dangerously around organs
- Lumpy and uneven body as the fat settles
- Numbness in the treated area which can last for months
All surgeries carry risk, which is why it is so important to only undergo surgery with a trusted expert surgeon regulated by the QCC. Our highly vetted liposuction surgeons are all very skilled and experienced in their field, so they can fully explain the procedure and its associated risk to you in detail during a consultation.
Frequently Asked Questions
Liposuction surgery is a cosmetic procedure to remove small areas of unwanted body fat. Lipo is performed on areas of the body that are prone to fat deposit build-up such as the stomach, thighs, hips and arms.
'How is Liposuction done'? Is a common, and understandable question. Liposuction is performed either under general anaesthetic or under local anaesthetic with sedation. A small incision in the area being treated will be made by your surgeon, a thin plastic tube called a cannula is then inserted. The cannula is attached to a powerful vacuum device which removes the fat quickly and efficiently.
Your surgeon will take you through the process step-by-step during your consultation.
Liposuction is generally performed on any part of the body that is prone to fatty deposits. The post popular body areas for Liposuction are:
Thighs (inner and outer) - the most common area of the thigh to have Liposuction is on the inner thigh to address the complaint of the inner thighs rubbing together. We often recommend considering having Liposuction to the inner knee for symmetrical reasons. Liposuction to the outer thigh is often performed along with treatment to the hips and flanks.
Calves - Liposuction to the calves is generally performed on the inner calves around the knee area. Calves are a notoriously difficult area to treat as much of the bulk is caused by muscle rather than fat. Also, Liposuction around the calves can change the profile of the entire lower leg. yet subtle Lipo-sculpting can create a curve from the calf to the ankle creating a tapering effect.
Flanks (also known as ‘love handles’) - this is the area found on the lower back above the buttocks. Liposuction for love handles is a very common treatment area for both men and women as there are very few exercises that work this area, which would enable you to burn the excess fat deposits. Hips and flanks are often treated together.
Hips - the hips are a difficult place to target with exercise alone. Liposuction to the hips has become increasingly popular following the growing trend for an hourglass figure. For many Liposuction removes small pockets of stubborn fat creating a more streamlined silhouette.
Face, neck and chin - Liposuction to the face and neck removes excess fat deposits to create a more rejuvenated appearance, which results in a subtle and natural full face lift with fewer scars. We often recommend pairing face and neck Liposuction with facial skin tightening treatments and Skin Peels to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
Arms (also known as bingo wings) - arms are one of the most visible parts of the body, which is why Liposuction on the arms is a popular procedure to help reduce the appearance of loose, aged skin and remove any excess fat. When Liposuction to the upper arm area is combined with skin tightening the results can give you an overall thinner and more youthful appearance.
Stomach - even with exercising it can be difficult to get a flat stomach, particularly following pregnancy, which is why Liposuction to the stomach and waist is one of our most popular areas for Liposuction surgery. Depending on the type of Lipo undertaken, the results can vary from a giving you a flattened stomach to an intricately sculpted and defined look.
Some areas of the body are only treated with Vaser Liposuction or Promax Laser Liposuction due to the size of the area or level of definition required.
Significant fat loss will be noticeable immediately following a Liposuction procedure, and these results will continue to improve as the swelling goes down.
There will be considerable swelling, which is managed with a specially designed compression garment, for the first week or two following the procedure, as the swelling subsides more dramatic results will be discernable.
There is then gradual improvement until final results are evident, approximately three or four months after surgery.
We are often asked is Liposuction surgery good for weight loss and how much weight is lost with it? At The Harley Medical Group we think it is very important to understand that Lipo surgery is not a weight loss tool. Liposuction should only be used to treat resistant areas of fat that healthy eating and exercise alone cannot remove.
The follow-up question is often how much fat can be removed? This depends entirely which part of the body is being treated and how much fat there is to be removed. Please be assured that your surgeon will remove enough fat to get the ideal results.
During Liposuction surgery, fat cells are permanently removed from the treated area to create a new body shape. Once the excess fat cells have been removed, they do not grow back. This means that the results are more or less permanent if a healthy lifestyle, including a good diet and exercise is maintained.
If a moderate amount of weight is gained following Liposuction then the figure will simply be a larger version of the new body shape. However, there is evidence that if there is a more significant increase in weight after fat removal the body will redistribute any excess fats between the remaining cells. For example, if Lipo surgery was performed on the stomach and there was considerable subsequent weight gain, the stomach would remain relatively flat but fat cells in the thighs and flanks may increase to compensate.
All surgical procedures carry some degree of risk and Liposuction is no exception. Generally, when the treatment is performed by a specialist cosmetic surgeon classically trained in Liposuction and Lipo-sculpture and is performed within a fully equipped hospital, Fat Removal surgery is widely regarded as a safe, low risk operation.
If the surgeon is not specially trained there is an increased risk that an internal organ is punctured by the cannula causing post-operative complications.
Long-term risks are related to weight gain. Following the removal of fat cells, an increase in weight can cause your body to store the new fat in a different location, this new fat can grow deep inside your body and around your organs, such as your heart or liver.
No, we are unable to offer any surgery while you are pregnant or breast feeding. However, please contact us 6 months after giving birth or after breast feeding and talk to our friendly advisors to discuss next steps.
At The Harley Medical Group we perform Liposuction procedures at all our clinics across England. Follow the links below to view details on your local Liposuction clinic;
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