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Liposuction removes unwanted body fat and helps to improve and streamline your body.
There are some parts of the body that collect fat that does not seem to shift, even with diet and exercise. Liposuction, also known as liposculpture, is a cosmetic surgery procedure used to treat these areas, removing the fatty deposits. The treatment can help change the silhouette of your body. However, it is not suitable for treating obesity and will not remove cellulite or stretch marks.
Areas of the body that are most commonly treated with liposuction include:
Cosmetic surgery procedures should be considered carefully. Our experienced medical team can ensure you are given all the advice and information you require to make an informed decision.
Am I a good candidate for liposuction?
You may be a good candidate for liposuction if you have one or more areas of your body with stubborn fatty deposits.
Although there are limitations to how much fat can be removed (usually up to three litres), liposuction will not tighten any loose skin that may result from the procedure. For example, a patient that has a quantity of fat removed from the stomach, may consider a tummy tuck to get rid of excess skin.
Is liposuction a substitute for diet and exercise?
Not at all. Your surgeon will discuss you own personal requirements with you to see if there are any steps that need to be taken before considering surgery. If you are carrying a lot of unwanted weight then our team may suggest a diet as a more appropriate measure before surgery.
What happens during a liposuction procedure?
You will most likely receive treatment whilst under a general anaesthetic and the length of the procedure depends on how many areas are being treated and how much fat is being removed.
A small incision is made in the area that you are having treated and a hollow tube called a cannula is inserted. The fat is broken down and sucked out using a high-powder suction device. To complete the procedure, your surgeon will stitch up the incisions, unless using open drainage techniques and the area will be dressed for extra support.
Part of the consultation process will involve talking you through the process so you have a thorough understanding of what to expect.
Will there be much scarring?
The incisions made for liposuction are very small and not particularly noticeable. The surgeon will try to place them where they can be hidden or easily covered, if at all possible.
With time and the proper aftercare, scars will fade to your natural skin colour.
How long is the recovery process?
Every individual heals at their own pace so this can vary from patient to patient and with liposuction it can depend on how many areas you have had treated.
There will be some tenderness and swelling to begin with and this can take a few weeks to settle, meaning you may need to wait before seeing the final results and your new, contoured body.
What sort of aftercare is there?
The medical team will provide you with detailed instructions on how best to manage the healing process and any medication you may require to minimise discomfort. You will also be given a special compression garment to wear for a few weeks after the procedure.
How much does liposuction cost?
Liposuction treatment fees vary according to the number of areas that need to be treated and how much fat needs to be removed.