Liposuction London UK
Liposuction can help you get rid of unwanted fat deposits in problem areas
Each individual’s body is unique, with varying characteristics and problem areas, such as the arms, thighs, abdomen, knees, or hips. There are instances when, despite a strict diet and consistent exercise regimen, stubborn fat deposits refuse to budge. Fortunately, procedures like liposuction or liposculpture make it possible to reshape even the most unyielding areas, enabling you to achieve a more balanced and aesthetically pleasing silhouette.
Centre for Surgery is a specialist clinic dedicated to plastic surgery, with a team of skilled surgeons with more than two decades of experience in performing liposuction in London. This particular procedure has garnered significant popularity among the services offered by our clinic. By providing the option to target any desired body part, liposuction empowers you with the ability to refine your figure according to your individual preferences and needs.
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What is liposuction?
While diets and exercise routines are helpful for overall weight loss, they are not specifically designed to target localised fat reduction. In other words, when you shed pounds, the fat tissue in various parts of your body may diminish unevenly. For instance, you might aim for a trimmer abdomen, but end up experiencing a reduction in the size of your breasts or buttocks instead. To effectively eliminate localized fat deposits, liposuction is the ideal solution.
Liposuction is a plastic surgery procedure designed to remove tenacious fat deposits from a wide range of body areas, including the chin, neck, arms, abdomen, thighs, calves, knees, and buttocks. During a single liposuction session, our expert surgeons can address multiple regions with excess fat, depending on your specific requirements. These individual needs and preferences will be thoroughly discussed and assessed during an initial consultation, ensuring a personalised approach to your body contouring goals.
Liposuction Before & After Photos - Real Patient Results
Browse our liposuction photo gallery to see the results achieved by our surgeons at Centre for Surgery. The before and afters below offer a sampling of the patient photos we have on file. When you come in to see us for a consultation, a wide variety will be made available to you.
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Benefits of liposuction
Liposuction is a highly sought-after plastic surgery procedure performed across the UK. Some of the notable benefits associated with this treatment include:
- Elimination of undesired fat deposits from various body areas: Liposuction targets specific regions, effectively removing stubborn fat that may not respond to diet and exercise alone.
- Enhanced body contouring: This procedure sculpts and reshapes the body, resulting in a more aesthetically pleasing and proportionate silhouette.
- Versatility in improving multiple body areas: Liposuction can be applied to a wide range of body parts, such as:a. Submental or Neck Liposuction: This technique is used to reduce excess fat under the chin, providing a more defined jawline and improved facial profile.b. Tummy Lipo: This approach focuses on contouring the abdomen and stomach areas, as well as reducing the presence of love handles, for a sleeker, more toned appearance.c. Arm Liposuction: For individuals struggling with fatty arms, this procedure can help create a slimmer and more toned upper body.d. Thigh Liposuction: This method reduces excess fat in the legs, resulting in a more balanced and streamlined appearance.
Five Common Misconceptions About Liposuction
Liposuction is a widely performed cosmetic procedure in the UK, yet many misconceptions persist regarding its effectiveness and outcomes. Here, we will dispel five prevalent myths about liposuction.
Liposuction is a weight-loss program
Liposuction is designed to address disproportionate fat deposits in specific areas, not to serve as a weight-loss solution. A combination of diet and exercise constitutes an effective weight-loss program. Liposuction has limitations regarding the volume of fat that can be removed and should be employed to correct disproportionate contours, not to achieve general weight loss.
Fat will return after liposuction
The number of fat cells in the body stabilizes at the end of puberty. Once fat cells are removed through liposuction, they do not regenerate. The procedure offers permanent fat cell removal, improving the contour of the targeted area.
Fat will redistribute to another area
Liposuction eliminates fat from specific regions, reducing the body’s overall fat cell count. If a patient consumes excessive calories after the procedure, the body will store the excess in areas with remaining fat cells instead of the treated region. This can create the illusion that fat has “moved,” but the body is simply storing calories in available fat cells.
Liposuction results are maintenance-free
Although liposuction improves body contours, it does not grant immunity from future weight gain. If a patient consumes excessive calories, they may gain weight in both treated and untreated areas.
Everyone can achieve optimal results with liposuction
Not all patients are ideal candidates for liposuction, and some may require alternative procedures to achieve their desired outcomes. A skilled surgeon’s professional opinion can guide patients in determining whether liposuction is the most suitable choice or if other procedures, such as thigh lifts or abdominoplasties, are more appropriate.
Common Pitfalls in Liposuction and How to Avoid Them
- Excessive fat removal – When performing liposuction, it is crucial to strike the right balance in fat removal. Similar to a partially inflated balloon, if too much fat is extracted from the skin, it may lose its shape and structure, leading to skin collapse, ripples, corrugations, dips, and divots. Determining the appropriate amount of fat to remove is a technical assessment that requires a surgeon’s expertise. Over-removal of fat may result in an unsatisfactory outcome and necessitate further revisional surgery.
To avoid this issue, ensure that you consult with a qualified and experienced plastic surgeon at Centre for Surgery who can accurately assess the amount of fat to remove while maintaining a natural and aesthetically pleasing outcome.
- Insufficient fat removal – Patients sometimes believe that a surgeon can remove all of the fat from a specific area. However, a responsible surgeon will determine the maximum amount of fat that can be safely removed without compromising the final result. It is essential for patients to have realistic expectations regarding liposuction outcomes.
To manage expectations, engage in open and honest communication with your surgeon during preoperative consultations, discussing your goals and the potential results of the procedure.
- Post-liposuction asymmetry – Achieving a symmetrical result is an important aspect of liposuction. Asymmetry may arise from technical issues or pre-existing differences between the left and right sides of the body. Surgeons must remain vigilant throughout the procedure, monitoring the time spent on each area, the volume of fat removed, and the skin thickness to ensure symmetrical results.
If there are pre-existing differences between the left and right sides of the body, discuss this with your surgeon during the consultation. They may attempt to correct these differences during the procedure by removing varying amounts of fat from each side, but complete correction may not always be possible.
- Undergoing surgery abroad – While travelling abroad for surgery may offer lower costs, it can also result in substandard care and outcomes. The entire surgical process, including consultation, assessment, and follow-up care, is essential for a successful outcome. Travelling abroad for surgery often compromises this process, increasing the risk of complications.
To avoid these risks, consider having your procedure performed in the UK by a specialist plastic surgeon who can provide the necessary preoperative and postoperative care. While the initial cost may be higher, it can save you from potentially expensive corrections and complications down the line.
- Misconceptions about liposuction as a quick procedure – Liposuction is a surgical procedure that requires downtime for recovery. The notion that it is a “lunchtime treatment” is a misconception. Depending on the extent of liposuction, the number of treated areas, and the patient’s overall health, recovery may require several days to a week off work.
To ensure a smooth recovery, follow your surgeon’s postoperative care instructions, plan for adequate time off work, and allow your body the necessary time to heal.
Your Liposuction Consultation
Your consultation journey begins with a personalised, one-on-one meeting with a surgeon at our Baker Street clinic. The surgeon will discuss your medical history and goals for the procedure before conducting a comprehensive examination to determine if you are a suitable candidate for surgery.
During the consultation, the surgeon will evaluate factors such as your skin tone (elasticity), presence of cellulite or stretch marks, distribution of fat deposits, and take pre-operative photographs as part of routine documentation. The surgeon will then engage in a detailed discussion with you to explain the specific liposuction techniques that will be employed to achieve your desired outcomes.
Throughout the consultation, your surgeon will carefully address your areas of concern and consider factors that may influence a positive liposuction outcome. It is crucial to maintain realistic expectations regarding the results of your surgery.
During your consultation, your surgeon will:
- Review the potential procedures with you.
- Discuss all potential risks associated with liposuction surgery.
- Outline in detail how the surgery is performed.
- Provide a comprehensive explanation of what to expect before, during, and after the procedure.
- Offer detailed information on costs and payment options.
- Answer any questions or concerns you may have.
Am I suitable?
You will be a suitable candidate for liposuction if you have fatty deposits that you have been unable to reduce even with physical exercise and diets. Liposculpture is able to be performed in areas of the body such as the chin, saddlebags, bra roll, mons pubis, thighs, arms, buttocks, abdomen and calves.
The skin should ideally be firm and elastic. This will minimise the occurrence of sagging, loose tissue after the procedure. Instead, an abdominoplasty is recommended for those with skin laxity.
Candidates will need to:
- Be physically and mentally healthy
- Not be considered obese
- Be at a stable weight for a minimum of three months before the liposuction treatment. It is best to try and lose as much weight as possible before the liposuction.
- Have elasticity in the skin, as the skin will need to shrink after the procedure.
Who is not a good patient for liposuction?
Patients who are:
- Heavy smokers
- Have a lot of loose skin – no liposuction causes skin tightening
- Have cellulite – liposuction can often worsen the appearance of cellulite. If you are interested in cellulite reduction, our surgeons perform the CelluTite procedure.
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Liposuction is not a suitable treatment for obesity. There is no substitute for diet and exercise, but once the weight loss is complete, liposuction can be of significant benefit. If you are considered to be a suitable candidate, you may wish to look at what finance options we have available for this procedure.
What are the different types of liposuction?
Liposuction for body contouring has undergone many refinements over the last 30 years. Patients now have access to various liposuction techniques and technologies to achieve aesthetically pleasing results. Your surgeon will determine the most appropriate method for you based on a full clinical assessment. Having said that, Centre for Surgery has developed a rigorous set of protocols utilising only the most effective techniques, as explained below:
The basic foundation of liposuction, whether performed under local anaesthetic or general anaesthetic, is the injection of a solution of sterile saline containing local anaesthetic and adrenaline prior to the actual liposuction procedure. This solution is referred to as tumescent local anaesthesia or TLA and causes the fat tissue to become swollen or firm in character. The fat cells enlarge with this solution, and blood loss is minimised thanks to the added adrenaline. The subsequent use of specialised suction cannulas to gently remove the fat is greatly facilitated and made easier by tumescent anaesthesia. Tumescent anaesthesia is common to all forms of liposuction:
Ultrasound-assisted liposuction (UAL)
Ultrasound-assisted liposuction or VASER lipo uses a cannula which emits ultrasonic waves at a very high frequency which permits disruption of the fat cells. With fat cell disruption, the fat takes on a more liquified character, facilitating an easier extraction.
Laser-assisted liposuction (LAL)
Laser liposuction or laser lipolysis uses a very fine optical fibre that emits laser energy of a specific wavelength – most commonly 1064nm, 1320nm or 1470nm. Like Vaser, the laser energy disrupts fat cells leading to their breakdown, which enables an easier extraction of fat.
The disadvantages of Vaser lipo
While Vaser techniques have gained in popularity over the last ten years, this is mostly down to the effective marketing methods employed by the manufacturers of these devices in targeting doctors. Both methods involve generating a significant amount of thermal energy, and therefore, there is a substantial risk of burns to the skin or soft tissue. Both methods also claim to tighten the skin while also removing fat simultaneously. The scientific evidence built up over the last ten years does not support this claim. By causing liquefaction of the fat cells, the fat becomes useless for fat grafting applications, whether to the breasts or buttocks, because the fat cells have burst to leave an oily residue behind.
Power-assisted liposuction (PAL)
Power-assisted liposuction or PAL, involves the use of a vibrating cannula to separate the fat cells, which enables a more efficient extraction. PAL also better respects the soft tissue framework than UAL or Vaser leading to smoother results.
A useful analogy is like plucking intact whole grapes off the grapevine whilst preserving the structural integrity of the grapevine itself – PAL is inherently a much more gentle process.
With UAL and Vaser, the grapes have burst, and the grapevine would be damaged. Both effects are due to the thermal effects of UAL and Vaser technologies.
In power-assisted liposuction, a vibrating cannula handpiece moves at 5000rpm to separate and aspirate fat cells as the cannula is gently moved back and forth. PAL is a quicker technique compared with UAL and Vaser, and unlike ultrasound and laser can be used for all three applications below:
- Large volume liposuction
- Revision liposuction
- Fat grafting applications – breast and buttock contouring
The more gentle action of PAL means less force is used by the surgeon, which means less bruising and swelling, leading to a quicker and more comfortable recovery.
At Centre for Surgery, power-assisted liposuction is a minimally invasive procedure for body contouring that is undoubtedly the current gold standard for performing liposuction in the view of all our surgeons.
Properly performed liposuction is a one-time and done procedure that allows for higher volumes of fat cells to be removed as well as simultaneous contouring of the body.
SAFElipo™ is performed as outpatient surgery, so you will be able to return home the same day as your liposuction procedure once the effects of the anaesthetic have worn off.
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PAL improves upon traditional liposuction in every respect:
- Improved surgeon precision for body sculpting and contouring
- PAL is not heat-based, so patient burns are not a concern
- Shorter recovery time
- Less bruising, swelling and trauma
- Increased patient comfort and improved safety
- Greater cell viability for autologous fat grafting and reinjection
Using the power-assisted liposculpture (or PAL) method, which involves using specially designed precision cannulas, body proportions and contours are improved. PAL Liposuction is a minimally invasive procedure that leaves small scars and has a shorter operating time compared to traditional liposuction with minimal bruising and swelling.
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The SAFElipo method of liposuction used at Centre for Surgery is used for one of our most commonly performed procedures, the Brazilian Butt Lift or BBL. The BBL procedure utilises the two highly effective techniques of SAFElipo and EVL (expansion vibration lipofilling) in combination. Read more about BBL.
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Can Liposuction fix cellulite?
Liposuction is primarily designed to remove stubborn fat deposits and improve body contouring. While it can provide some improvement in the appearance of cellulite, it is not specifically intended to treat or eliminate cellulite. In some cases, liposuction may even exacerbate the appearance of cellulite if the skin does not retract adequately after the procedure.
Cellulite is a result of the fibrous connective tissue bands that tether the skin to the underlying muscle, creating a characteristic dimpled appearance. It is a common condition that affects both men and women, though it is more prevalent in women due to differences in fat distribution and connective tissue structure.
Other treatments and procedures may be more suitable to address cellulite, such as laser treatments, radiofrequency devices, or subcision techniques.
Areas Treated with Liposuction
Liposuction is an incredibly versatile cosmetic procedure, capable of targeting persistent fat pockets throughout the body. Our surgeons employ various techniques and catheter sizes to address specific regions. The following areas can be treated with liposuction to help reshape your body:
- Tummy: The stomach is the most common area for liposuction treatment. The procedure eliminates stubborn lower abdominal fat and the “mummy pooch” unresponsive to exercise, potentially resulting in a flat and smooth stomach.
- Groin: Excess fat in the pubic area, often referred to as Fat Upper Pubic Area (FUPA), can be effectively removed through liposuction.
- Hips: Liposuction can reduce the volume of persistent hip fat pockets, correcting unwanted excessive curvature.
- Lower back: For patients with a large midsection, liposuction can effectively tone the lower back area, eliminating persistent fat deposits.
- Upper back: Liposuction can also target excess upper back fat resistant to exercise, smoothing and contouring the area.
- Thighs: Thigh liposuction can slim down this common problem area, which tends to store fat in various body types.
- Buttocks: Liposuction can contour the buttocks, creating a smoother appearance while maintaining a desirable shape.
- Legs: For individuals with large calves due to excess fat, leg liposuction can help slim down the area.
- Arms: Arm liposuction can address excess fat around the biceps, creating a more proportionate upper body appearance.
- Chin: Liposuction of the neck and chin can address issues such as double or triple chins and redefine the jawline.
- Breasts: In some cases, breast liposuction can serve as an alternative to surgical breast reduction, contouring and reducing breast size.
- Face: Facial liposuction can remove fat cells, contour cheeks, and enhance cheekbones for those with a chubby face or fatty cheeks.
How to prepare for the liposuction procedure
As soon as you are booked in for your liposuction procedure, it is important that you commence preparation for your procedure. This ensures you will experience a smooth recovery and also makes sure you achieve the best possible results. If you have any questions about optimum preparation, you should call our patient advisor team at Centre for Surgery who will be happy to answer any questions you may have.
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At Centre for Surgery, liposuction is performed as a day case procedure. You need a responsible adult to escort you home because of the effects of the anaesthesia. You will need to collect your prescription for antibiotics and pain medications before the day of the procedure. The follow-up appointments will be scheduled with the nursing team and your surgeon on the day of your procedure. It is crucial to attend all your postoperative appointments to ensure you are healing correctly. It is useful to have someone on hand for the first few days after your procedure to help you with everyday small tasks.
Liposuction patient marking
What does liposuction involve?
The liposuction procedure at our state-of-the-art, fully accredited surgical facility begins with the administration of a general anaesthetic by your anaesthetist. The duration of the operation typically ranges from 1 to 3 hours, depending on the number of areas being treated. Most patients can return home on the same day of the surgery, with no need for drains. Small incisions are covered with dressings, and a compression garment is provided for added support.
Before the procedure, your surgeon will outline the areas targeted for fat removal. During the surgery, tiny incisions are discreetly placed within natural body folds, through which a specialised fluid known as ‘Tumescent Solution’ is introduced into the fatty tissue. This solution facilitates the extraction of fat cells and contains adrenaline to minimize postoperative bruising. It also includes a local anaesthetic, which numbs the treated area for enhanced postoperative comfort. Fat is suctioned out through the small incisions until the desired body contour is achieved.
Numerous liposuction techniques are available, often distinguished by their brand names, which can lead to confusion for patients considering the procedure. The main difference among these techniques lies in the energy source utilized to extract the fat. Your surgeon will explain the advantages of each method and select the most appropriate technique to fulfill your specific fat reduction and body contouring objectives.
Recovery after Liposuction
Liposuction is a surgical procedure, so you may need to take two to three days off work for recovery. Due to its minimally invasive nature, recovery after liposuction is typically quick. However, if you’ve undergone liposuction in multiple areas, additional time off may be necessary.
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Recovery begins as soon as the anesthesia wears off. Our anesthesiologists utilize TIVA (Total Intravenous Anesthesia), a more advanced form of general anesthesia compared to traditional hospital techniques. TIVA offers a faster wake-up time and reduced postoperative nausea and vomiting, allowing you to start your liposuction recovery sooner. Your surgeon may recommend taking one week off work to help alleviate bruising and swelling, which are common after liposuction. Pain and discomfort are usually minimal and can be managed with over-the-counter pain relievers. Wearing a compression garment for six weeks can help reduce discomfort and swelling.
Post-liposuction, you will notice swelling, which should start to diminish within 7-10 days. While swelling eventually subsides, it can persist for three to five months. After a few weeks, you can gradually resume physical exercise, increasing intensity after six weeks. Avoid strenuous exercise during the first four weeks after liposuction. It is crucial to stay active after the procedure to minimize the risk of prolonged swelling and DVT/PE. Complete recovery from liposuction typically occurs by six weeks, and results should begin to show. Final results are usually visible between 3-6 months after the procedure.
Gentle and regular massage of the treated areas is generally believed to optimize healing and recovery. In some cases, especially after revision liposuction, a specialist may recommend manual lymphatic drainage (MLD) over several sessions.
Individual treatment outcomes will vary depending on the amount of fat extracted and the specific treatment areas.
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Risks and complications of liposuction
Liposuction has been performed with an impressive safety record for over 30 years and is considered by plastic surgeons to be a very safe procedure when performed correctly. All procedures at Centre for Surgery are performed by qualified and experienced plastic surgeons to get the best possible results. Although complications with liposuction are generally rare, they can still occur. Your surgeon will discuss with you in detail at your face-to-face consultation all the potential risks and complications associated with the liposuction procedure.
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Potential risks of liposuction
Liposuction is a surgical procedure, and like any surgery, it carries certain risks and potential complications. While liposuction is generally considered safe when performed by a qualified and experienced surgeon, it is important to be aware of the possible risks. Some of the potential risks associated with liposuction include:
- Infection: Although rare, infections can occur after liposuction. The risk can be minimized by following proper postoperative care instructions provided by your surgeon.
- Bleeding: There may be some bleeding during and after the procedure, which is usually minimal. However, excessive bleeding may lead to complications such as haematoma formation (a collection of blood outside the blood vessels).
- Anaesthesia complications: As with any procedure involving anaesthesia, there is a risk of complications related to the anaesthesia itself. These complications may include allergic reactions, breathing difficulties, or, in very rare cases, death.
- Irregular contours or asymmetry: Uneven fat removal or poor skin elasticity can result in irregular or uneven contours, dimpling, or asymmetry in the treated areas. In some cases, additional corrective procedures may be required.
- Skin discolouration or changes in skin sensation: Temporary skin discolouration or changes in skin sensation, such as numbness, may occur following liposuction. These changes usually resolve over time, but in some cases, they may be permanent.
- Damage to surrounding structures: There is a risk of damage to surrounding structures, such as nerves, blood vessels, and muscles, during the liposuction procedure. This may result in temporary or permanent complications, depending on the severity of the damage.
- Fluid accumulation: In some cases, fluid may accumulate in the treated areas (seromas), which may require drainage.
- Fat embolism: Although extremely rare, there is a risk of fat particles entering the bloodstream and causing a fat embolism. This can be a life-threatening complication.
- Deep vein thrombosis (DVT) and pulmonary embolism (PE): Prolonged immobility after surgery increases the risk of blood clots forming in the legs, which can potentially lead to DVT and PE, both serious and potentially life-threatening complications.
- Poor wound healing: Some patients may experience slow or poor wound healing, which can lead to scarring or other complications.
It is essential to discuss these risks and any concerns you may have with your surgeon during your consultation. By carefully selecting an experienced and qualified surgeon and following their preoperative and postoperative instructions, you can help minimise the risks associated with liposuction.
How to minimise scars after liposuction
The incisions with liposuction are very small in size – often just a few mm. It is still important to take care of your incision areas to optimise scar appearance. A key point is to avoid traumatising the incision sites and leave them well alone as well as keeping the dressings on for the recommended duration of time. Steristrips may have been used to cover the incisions. Steristrips should be allowed to fall off on their own. The nursing team may remove them at your follow-up appointment. Avoid wearing tight-fitting clothing which may catch on the incisions. The vast majority of incisions will heal well in about 2 weeks with compliance with the postoperative instructions. Once the incisions have healed, your surgeon may be able to advise you on optimum scar appearance methods. Silicone gels and medical-grade brown tape are often used to improve scar cosmesis. It is also important to avoid or minimise sun exposure to improve scar healing.
Choosing the right compression garment for liposuction
Wearing a liposuction compression garment is crucial to getting the best outcomes after liposuction. The purpose of a compression garment is to provide extrinsic and balanced pressure over the liposuction treatment areas. The compression garments come in a variety of designs and styles.
Benefits of liposuction compression garments
- Reduce bruising over the treated areas
- Reduce swelling
- Improve blood flow and vascularity which aids healing
- Facilitating proper skin retraction and reducing the risk of skin laxity
- Contouring of the treated areas
Compression garments must be worn continuously for a period of time after any liposuction procedure. The recommended duration of application depends on the areas that are treated as well as the volume of liposuction performed. Bigger volumes extracted require longer periods of wear to achieve optimal results.
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For patients to get the best results, the compression garment should have a firm fit but not too tight as an overly tight-fitting can restrict body movement or even cause localised pressure sores or breathing difficulty in some cases. The post-liposuction swelling is due to excess tissue water collecting in the cavities created by liposuction. Swelling does gradually resolve and in some cases, the patient may need to switch to a smaller garment for the best fit.
Improperly fitting garments can prolong swelling and lengthen the recovery process. Excessive pressure can also disrupt the normal lymphatic drainage pathways in the body leading to prolonged inflammatory changes in the liposuction treatment areas. Be sure to notify your plastic surgeon if you feel your liposuction compression garment does not feel like it fits correctly.
Liposuction Costs London - How much does liposuction cost in London UK? Prices & Fees
There are several factors that will determine the overall cost of your liposuction procedure, and the final quotation will be given after your face-to-face consultation with your specialist plastic surgeon.
- Number of areas to be treated.
- Local or general anaesthesia
- Liposuction combined with fat transfer or abdominoplasty
- Primary or revision liposuction
Why not call 0207 993 4849 and speak to one of our expert patient coordinators, who may be able to give you a rough costing before your liposuction consultation?
Always remember that price should never be the determining factor when choosing a plastic surgeon for liposuction. We feel that safety and quality of service should be your number one priority and instil in you the confidence that our team will look after you before, during and after your procedure to the best of their ability.
Centre for Surgery is fully approved to offer finance for liposuction via our specialist finance partner, Chrysalis Finance. You no longer need to use your savings to pay for your liposuction treatment – you can apply to spread the cost of your procedure with Chrysalis Finance using their simple 1,2,3 application to pay for it. Don’t wait until you have enough money for your treatment. Apply today and (subject to status) pay for your procedure easily in monthly instalments using one of their payment options. Chrysalis Finance is the only ethical provider that focuses solely on the provision of specialist financing for medical procedures.
What is included in my treatment package?
- As many preoperative consultations with your surgeon as you like to make sure the liposuction procedure is right for you
- Treatment at a specialist day surgery facility recently rated ‘Good’ by the Care Quality Commission
- Enhanced same-day discharge with the added benefits of recovering in your own home thanks to advanced TIVA anaesthesia
- 24/7 clinical support from your surgeon for the first 48 hours and our expert postoperative support team
- Your very own dedicated patient coordinator as your point of contact throughout all stages of the patient journey
- In-depth preoperative medical assessment to make sure you are fully fit for your procedure
- Exceptionally high standards of postoperative care described as ‘outstanding’ by the CQC with regular telephone and face-to-face checks
Can Liposuction Be Combined with Other Procedures?
Yes, liposuction can be effectively combined with various surgical lift procedures to tighten the skin in the treated area following fat removal.
For numerous patients, liposuction alone suffices in achieving their desired body contouring goals. In most cases, the skin naturally contracts and tightens once the fat is extracted. However, some individuals may experience lingering excess or sagging skin after liposuction. Factors such as skin type, age, fat volume, and individual healing capacity contribute to this outcome.
Several procedures are commonly combined with liposuction, including:
- Tummy tuck (abdominoplasty): Combining a tummy tuck with liposuction is ideal for those seeking a flat, firm abdomen.
- Breast lift: For optimal results, breast liposuction can be combined with a breast lift.
- Back lift: A back lift can be a valuable addition for patients undergoing back or 360-degree liposuction.
- Arm lift: “Bat-wings,” or sagging, fatty arms, are a prevalent issue among older individuals. Pairing arm liposuction with an arm lift effectively addresses this concern.
- Thigh lift: Sagging or stretched skin on the thighs may worsen after thigh liposuction. In such instances, a thigh lift is recommended alongside liposuction.
- Facelift: For patients undergoing facial liposuction to contour the cheeks and jawline, a facelift can be an excellent supplementary procedure to tighten the entire face.
- Neck lift: Enhance the results of liposuction for double chins and full necks by pairing it with a neck lift, which provides improved definition and contouring.
During your initial consultation, your surgeon will help you determine the most suitable combination of procedures tailored to your unique aesthetic objectives.
Can fat be used from liposuction to add volume to other areas of my body?
For patients who are considering volume enhancement such as breast fat transfer or buttock fat transfer, then your surgeon will often recommend combining liposuction with fat transfer for optimum results. Liposuction would then be used to harvest the appropriate quantity of fat that would be processed before re-injecting into the breasts or buttocks to enhance volume.
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Why Choose Centre for Surgery for liposuction?
Centre for Surgery is a leading cosmetic and plastic surgery clinic based in London, UK. There are several reasons why someone may choose to undergo liposuction at Centre for Surgery, including:
- Highly qualified and experienced surgeons: All of the surgeons at Centre for Surgery are GMC-certified and have extensive experience in performing liposuction surgery. They use the latest techniques and technologies to achieve the best possible results for their patients.
- State-of-the-art facilities: Centre for Surgery is equipped with state-of-the-art facilities and technology, including fully accredited surgical facilities, to ensure the highest standards of safety and quality for patients.
- Patient-centred approach: At Centre for Surgery, the patient’s needs and goals are always the top priority. The team of experts takes the time to listen to each patient’s concerns and work with them to develop a customised treatment plan that meets their unique needs and expectations.
- Comprehensive aftercare: Centre for Surgery provides comprehensive aftercare for all of its patients, including follow-up appointments and ongoing support to ensure the best possible outcome and recovery.
- Excellent patient reviews: Centre for Surgery has an excellent reputation and has received numerous positive reviews from satisfied patients who have undergone liposuction and other cosmetic procedures at the clinic.
Centre for Surgery works with some of the most renowned plastic surgeons in the United Kingdom. All our surgeons have years of experience in all types of liposuction.
Our surgeons are full members of:
RealSelf Top Doctors
RealSelf’s top doctor status is awarded to less than 10% of the RealSelf doctor community. This status is earned by achieving consistently high patient satisfaction (from RealSelf reviews), getting excellent feedback on expert answers to patient questions, and investing significant time in Q&A and other doctor activities.
Additionally, Centre for Surgery offers a range of liposuction techniques, including traditional liposuction, VASER liposuction, and BodyTite liposuction, to meet each patient’s individual needs and goals. This variety of techniques allows the surgeons to customise the procedure to each patient’s unique anatomy and desired outcome.
What is liposuction?Liposuction, liposculpture or 'lipo' is a surgical technique used to remove unwanted pockets of fat from the body. Excess fat is removed using a specialised device called a cannula which is connected to a high power vacuum. The extraction of fat beneath the skin surface creates a smoother and more contoured appearance in the treated area.
Liposuction is most commonly performed in the areas listed below:
- Stomach liposuction
- Hip liposuction (saddlebags)
- Flank liposuction (love handles)
- Breast liposuction
- Thigh liposuction
- Bra roll liposuction
- Arm liposuction (bingo wings)
- Chin liposuction
- Neck liposuction
Once the liposuction procedure is complete, a compression garment will need to be worn for a minimum of four weeks to minimise bruising and swelling.
How to choose the best liposuction surgeon?Before considering having liposuction to remove localised pockets of fat or for more extensive body contouring it is vital that all patients choose a surgeon who is highly qualified and has years of experience in carrying out liposuction and fat removal surgery. A skilled liposuction surgeon will be able to explain the benefits of liposuction after having taken a full medical history and examined you. He or she will be able to advise on how to look after yourself during the recovery period and what are the potential risks of liposuction surgery. The risks of liposuction are dependent on the area of the body that is being treated. Highly experienced surgeons such as those found at Centre for Surgery pride themselves on being open and honest about what can be expected with liposuction and the potential result that you can expect to achieve following surgery.
It is very important to verify that your surgeon is an accredited specialist in Lipo and at your face-to-face consultation you should take the opportunity to ask to see the surgeon's collection of before and after liposuction photos so that you can form a good idea of how you could look after liposuction. You should also view patient reviews found on reputable review platforms such as Trustpilot.
Highly ethical surgeons with a sub-specialist interest in liposuction will always take a holistic view of each patient including their physical and mental health. Patients who have a chronic uncontrolled medical condition may not be the ideal candidate for liposuction at Centre for Surgery.
Many surgeons may be members of professional bodies such as the British Association of plastic surgeons or the European or international equivalent. In many cases, there are surgeons who are recognised as leading practitioners in the field of liposuction but often choose not to be a member of a particular organisation.
What should I consider when choosing the best liposuction clinic?We believe that the best outcomes after liposuction happen when patients make the right choice of clinic and surgeon.
1. In deciding on the right clinic for you, always carry out extensive research and choose a well-established and reputable clinic. Centre for Surgery are specialists in cosmetic surgery and have been established for many years. Our patient coordinators and surgeons are here to answer any questions you may have to empower you with the right information.
2. Your choice of surgeon should be based on their qualifications, experience and a record of good patient feedback. You should know who you will be seeing before your consultation. At Centre for surgery, our surgeons are specially selected after a rigorous appointment process to ensure they have the right skill set to perform cosmetic surgery.
3. When choosing to have a cosmetic surgery procedure, you should not base your decision on price alone. It is important to make sure you are having treatment in a safe and regulated environment by staff who are both fully trained and caring to look after your needs – before, during and after your procedure.
4. Avoid clinics that offer a ‘hard-sell’. If something sounds too good to be true, it probably is. Ask the surgeon what type of liposuction will be used. Centre for Surgery does not perform VASER liposuction as our surgeons believe it carries serious risks.
We believe patient safety and happy satisfied patients are the bedrock of our reputation as an ethical provider of cosmetic surgery. Our doctors are known for giving straightforward honest advice and you can be assured that your journey with Centre for Surgery will be a positive experience on the path to renewed self-confidence.
What is Vaser liposuction and why is this not offered at Centre for Surgery?Vaser liposuction is a third-generation form of ultrasound liposuction that employs the use of very high-frequency acoustic waves to shatter and emulsify fat cells. This is claimed to make the fat cells then easier to extract via traditional liposuction.
Vaser liposuction is not performed at Centre for Surgery due to its overhyped claims and growing evidence base of poor outcomes in untrained hands.
What are the common liposuction areas?Liposuction can be used on the body areas listed below:
Chin and neck
Female breast reduction
Abdomen and flanks
It is important to keep in mind that every individual has a distribution of body fat that is determined by genetic factors. Although good diet and exercise habits can have an effect on body fat levels, the overall body proportions of fat will not alter significantly. This is where liposuction can exert a positive body change through the targeted removal of excess fat deposits on any region of the body using fine cannulas. Liposuction can be used on small areas as well as multiple large areas up to a maximum of 5L in a single procedure.
What are the benefits of liposuction?Liposuction has evolved to become a very effective and minimally invasive procedure to restore desirable contours. The body takes on a more sculpted and leaner appearance by reducing or even eliminating fatty tissue in targeted areas. Liposuction is often performed alone but also can be combined with other body contouring procedures, including tummy tuck, arm lift, thigh lift and gynaecomastia correction.
Centre for Surgery uses the SAFElipo technique, an advanced fat reduction method employing a multi-step process and uses power-assisted liposuction (PAL) to remove stubborn body fat efficiently. This means you will have less scarring and side effects that can occur with traditional liposuction methods. SAFElipo is considered a less invasive method and has a faster recovery time.
The power-assisted technique adds gentle vibration to the process of breaking up fat cells. The process is very selective, so the connective tissue framework is preserved. A similar analogy is akin to plucking grapes off a vine whilst preserving the delicate structure of the vine.
Ultrasound and laser-assisted lipo involve the application of heat or thermal energy to the tissues. PAL lipo is a heat-free method meaning the risk of burns is eliminated, making it a much safer method of fat extraction. An easier extraction means a quicker procedure and less bruising and swelling, leading to a faster recovery. Liposuction allows you to not only remove stubborn fatty tissue but it will help to improve your body proportions and contours, leaving you with an increased self-image and body confidence.
Is liposuction worth it?Liposuction is an effective and minimally invasive surgical technique to address unwanted fat deposits in affected parts of the body permanently. When individuals undergo weight loss through eating a good diet and regular exercise, the body's fat cells known as adipocytes undergo a reduction in size but are not eliminated completely. The liposuction procedure is ideal for patients with localised fat deposits that are resistant to diet and exercise in areas such as the abdomen, hips and under the chin. The liposuction procedure leads to physical extraction of the fat cells and these cells will no longer be able to enlarge in response to excess eating or lack of exercise. After liposuction, the treated area will not increase significantly with an overall increase in weight. Having liposuction means that clothing better fit you and the level of scarring is minimal compared to more invasive procedures. The extracted fat is linked to the actual amount of weight loss however this will not be apparent immediately after the procedure as the body will undergo a degree of fluid retention in response to surgery. Generally speaking, the removal of 1kg of fat will lead to 1 kg of weight loss. Liposuction addresses localised fat deposits in areas of the body that are prone to developing areas of fat excess. For selected patients, liposuction can be used on a number of areas in the same procedure up to maximum removal of 5l of fat. Liposuction is well known for being a safe and effective procedure for fat removal. You have the option of both local anaesthesia for small areas and general anaesthesia for larger areas depending on your preference. All liposuction procedures at Centre for Surgery are carried out as a day case which means you can recover in the comfort of your own home later the same day. It is important to remember that liposuction is not a treatment for cellulite or patients who are significantly overweight or obese and are looking for liposuction as a treatment for weight loss. Our surgeons offer a highly effective treatment for cellulite known as 'CelluTite' which can be combined with liposuction if preferred. At your consultation, your surgeon will be able to advise you on the available treatment options which could be best for you. You should ensure to follow all of the postoperative instructions given to you by the surgeon to ensure the best results are achieved. It is important to wear your liposuction compression garment for the time recommended, drinking plenty and keeping mobile to reduce the risk of complications occurring.
What is power-assisted liposuction?Power-assisted liposuction or PAL lipo is performed under a general anaesthetic although you may be suitable for other forms of anaesthesia if appropriate. The areas to be treated will be marked before the procedure. The marked areas are injected with a special local anaesthetic solution which also helps to soften the fat cells to be extracted. The local anaesthetic solution is also known as tumescent anaesthesia and helps to reduce bruising and swelling after the procedure. The surgeon makes small incisions to permit access for the liposuction cannula. The cannula vibrates which helps to break down the fat more efficiently whilst allowing simultaneous extraction. At the end of the procedure, the areas are dressed in a sterile dressing and a compression garment is applied.
What is SAFE lipo?SAFElipo is an innovative method of performing liposuction which has become the preferred method of liposuction at Centre for Surgery. SAFElipo is gentler on the body and preserves the delicate connective tissue framework permitting smoother results. Research has proven that SAFElipo is superior to traditional manual liposuction in a number of ways:
Efficient fat extraction
Improved skin contraction
Preservation of vascular integrity
Lipocontouring of many regions of the body
Less risk of complications
SAFELipo (Separation, Aspiration and Fat Equalization) is a 3-step process
Centre for Surgery uses the SAFElipo™ procedure, which involves three precise steps:
Step 1 - Separation
Our surgeons will use power-assisted liposuction (PAL) which will separate the fat globules and cause a degree of emulsification. Local anaesthesia is simultaneously infiltrated during the separation stage. Unlike traditional liposuction methods, SAFElipo™ preserves the delicate connective tissue network and blood vessels. This step helps to loosen the fat cells, making them easier to be removed.
Step 2 - Aspiration
With step 1, the fat cells have been primed for efficient extraction. This step involves the suctioning of the fat cells using smaller and thinner specialised cannulas. This means the recovery process is much smoother with less bruising and swelling.
Step 3 - Fat Equalisation
The final fat equalisation step is crucial to achieving robust long-term results. Fat equalisation minimises the occurrence of contour irregularities at the skin surface. Without suction being applied, the vibrating cannula precisely distributes an even layer of internal fat grafts immediately beneath the skin. This internal fat grafting acts to prevent the undersurface of the skin, called the dermis, from adhering to the underlying fascia. This undesired adherence of the skin's dermis to the deeper connective tissue fascia results in contour irregularities. Step 3 is the best prevention strategy to ensure patients do not get a wavy or bumpy appearance on their skin. The concept of internal fat grafting during all liposuction procedures is something our surgeons do routinely. It is like the polish part of a "car shampoo, wax and polish".
Can liposuction be combined with a tummy tuck?Yes. With proper patient selection and with meticulous preoperative preparation, a liposuction and tummy tuck can be combined and is actually the most common method of performing a tummy tuck at Centre for Surgery. This type of tummy tuck is referred to as a Brazilian tummy tuck. Centre for Surgery is one of the few cosmetic surgery clinics in the UK to perform this type of tummy tuck. We are one of the UK’s expert providers in day-case tummy tucks.
Many UK providers still perform standard tummy tucks without any liposuction often resulting in a shapeless appearance.
What are the anaesthesia options for liposuction?Liposuction using PAL is mostly performed under TIVA general anaesthetic or sedation. You will be comfortably asleep for the duration of the procedure and the anaesthetist will closely monitor you throughout using sophisticated brain monitoring to adjust the depth of anaesthesia as appropriate throughout the procedure. TIVA anaesthesia results in a faster recovery with a lower risk of dizziness and grogginess compared with traditional general anaesthesia.
For liposuction of smaller areas in appropriate patients, liposuction can be comfortably performed under local anaesthesia using a variant called tumescent local anaesthesia. You also have the option of oral sedation combined with a gas/air mixture known as Nitronox which is the same anaesthetic used at dental practices.
Once the local anaesthetic has been injected, it is left to work for 20-30 minutes and this will enhance the anaesthetic action for optimum comfort. With tumescent liposuction under local anaesthetic, there is no need to undergo preoperative fasting and patients are often less nervous as they are able to have their usual daily cup of tea/coffee before the procedure.
Your surgeon will discuss the full range of anaesthesia options at your consultation.
What does liposuction involve?Our surgeons perform liposuction as a day-case procedure at our state-of-the-art Baker Street clinic. This means you will be admitted and discharged on the same day, thus allowing you to recover in the comfort of your own home. Liposuction is usually performed with TIVA general anaesthesia to ensure patient comfort. In some cases and for small well-localised areas, a local anaesthetic may be used. Liposuction takes about an hour per area on average, so liposuction of 4 areas will take about 4 hours to do. Once the surgeon is happy with the amount of fat removed and happy with the on-table result, dissolvable sutures will be applied to the tiny incisions which were made for cannula access. Finally, a well-fitting compression garment is applied to reduce bruising and swelling and ensure proper healing takes place.
After getting liposuction, will the excess skin shrink back to size?After liposuction, the skin may shrink back to some extent, but the degree of skin tightening depends on several factors such as:
Skin elasticity: Individuals with good skin elasticity tend to have better skin retraction after liposuction. Factors such as age, sun damage, and genetics can impact your skin's elasticity.
Amount of fat removed: If a significant amount of fat is removed during the liposuction procedure, the skin may have more difficulty retracting.
Location of the treated area: Some body areas have better skin retraction capabilities than others. For example, skin on the abdomen and thighs may retract better than skin on the arms or neck.
Age: Younger patients tend to have better skin elasticity, leading to better skin retraction after liposuction.
It is essential to have realistic expectations regarding skin retraction after liposuction. In some cases, if there is significant excess or sagging skin, your surgeon may recommend combining liposuction with a skin tightening procedure such as a tummy tuck, thigh lift, or arm lift to achieve the desired results. Your surgeon will assess your skin quality and overall health during your consultation to determine the best approach for your specific situation.
Why is Centre for Surgery known as a Centre of Excellence for liposuction in the UK?Since our inception Centre for Surgery has been at the forefront of achieving excellent outcomes after Liposuction and has experience in all types of liposuction, including Smart Lipo and Vaser Lipo.
Our surgeons are known for being key opinion leaders in body contouring. They are regularly invited to give training on advanced-level body contouring to surgeons from all over the world.
How surgeons perform many hundreds of liposuction procedures annually and are recognised as a referral centre for treatment of complex secondary or revision liposuction cases originally performed elsewhere.
Our surgeons have used all the liposuction devices currently available, and all agree that power-assisted liposuction is the most effective technique for safe body contouring consistently.
How is suitability for lipoplasty determined?If you have pockets of fat resistant to diet and exercise then you be an ideal candidate. Liposuction should not be viewed as a method of weight loss.
You should ideally be as close to your ideal weight as possible
In addition, the skin should be firm and have the elasticity to it in order to shrink following the procedure.
Your surgeon will fully assess you at an in-depth consultation where a full medical history will be taken and you will undergo a physical examination.
You should be a non-smoker with good overall health.
How long does the liposuction procedure take to carry out?Liposuction procedures can take anything from 1-4 hours depending on the areas treated and the amount of fat to be removed.
When will liposuction swelling disappear?After any type of liposuction procedure, there will be a degree of swelling that will develop as a result of the repeated movements of the liposuction cannula during surgery. Despite this, your surgeon will take every precaution to try and minimise the amount of swelling after your procedure. Your surgeon may leave the lower incisions partially open to allow the drainage of fluid and will apply a tight-fitting compression garment to prevent excessive swelling. You will need to wear the compression garment continuously except when taking it off for a shower. These two simple interventions will help to significantly reduce swelling. It takes approximately 3 to 4 weeks for swelling to settle down. The amount of swelling depends on a number of factors including how much fat was removed. After six weeks you may remove the compression garment but we would recommend the wearing of a body shaper garment to optimise your results even further.
Is liposuction permanent?Liposuction is a permanent method of fat removal when combined with a sensible programme of diet and exercise. The treatment areas that have had liposuction do not grow back. All patients should aim to maintain a stable weight to get optimal results. If you were to gain large amounts of weight following liposuction, then your physical appearance will change due to extra fat storage in other areas of the body that had not had liposuction.
Body shape can be affected by a number of factors:
Pregnancy and childbirth
The key is to maintain a stable weight in order to maintain the results of your liposuction body contouring procedure.
If I have fat removed through liposuction, will it reappear elsewhere?After liposuction, the number of fat cells in the treated area is permanently reduced. However, this does not mean that you will never gain weight or accumulate fat in other areas of your body. If you consume more calories than your body burns, you may still gain weight.
When you gain weight, your remaining fat cells can expand, leading to an increase in size. Since the treated area has fewer fat cells after liposuction, the weight gain may be more noticeable in other parts of your body that were not treated with liposuction. It may give the appearance that fat has "reappeared" elsewhere, but this is simply because the remaining fat cells in other areas of your body are expanding due to weight gain.
To maintain the results of your liposuction procedure, it is essential to adopt a healthy lifestyle, including a balanced diet and regular exercise. By managing your weight and maintaining a stable lifestyle, you can enjoy the long-lasting benefits of your liposuction procedure.
What is the most effective form of liposuction?There are many methods of liposuction including laser lipo, VASER lipo, BodyJet lipo, Tickle Lipo etc. Many of these methods are performed by non-plastic surgeons.
The gold standard of liposuction is currently Power-Assisted Liposuction (PAL lipo) which is what all surgeons at Centre for Surgery currently use.
How much is liposuction in London?The cost of liposuction at Centre for Surgery depends on the number of areas to be treated. Liposuction of one area costs £3495 under a local anaesthetic. For the liposuction of extra areas, the cost will be less for each extra area. Your patient coordinator will be able to give you an accurate idea of liposuction pricing after gathering some important pieces of information such as your body mass index, the overall state of health, and the number of areas to be treated. Centre for Surgery has a full range of liposuction options, including power-assisted liposuction. Our surgeons are experts in body contouring techniques. They regularly use liposuction to contour and shape body areas alone or in combination with more powerful techniques such as abdominoplasty, which also involves the removal of excess skin and tightening the abdominal muscles. Your liposuction treatment package includes all preoperative and postoperative care and dedicated support from our expert nurses. We also have state-of-the-art laser technology for optimising the appearance of scars and non-surgical skin tightening modalities, including TightSculpting using the amazing Fotona laser. These would be optional extras.
What are the liposuction alternatives?There are several non-surgical alternatives to liposuction, but for most patients who desire fat removal, a liposuction procedure would be most appropriate for the best results. Liposuction targets the surgical extraction of the body's fat cells, which is a permanent method of fat removal and may also tighten the skin in some cases. The change in body shape leads to a more youthful body contour.
Liposuction alternatives include:
Surgical removal of fat - the fat is surgically removed, but this method is ineffective for diffusely enlarged areas and may often require several procedures. The technique is only applicable as part of surgical breast reduction when skin, fat and breast tissue are surgically removed to reduce the size of the breasts.
Fat-dissolving injections - Fat-dissolving injections reduce fat in a non-surgical manner but are quite painful and may require multiple treatments to achieve a modest result. The surgeon does not have full control over where the injections spread and could affect unintended areas leading to an unsatisfactory appearance with skin irregularities. These injections are not used at the Centre for Surgery.
Non-invasive fat reduction - The most common technique is known as cryolipolysis. This treatment is much less effective than liposuction for body contouring and maybe only applicable for small pockets of fat. Those looking for effective results will not achieve this with non-invasive techniques such as cryolipolysis or high intensity focussed ultrasound or HIFU.
Is liposuction safe?There are risks with any surgical procedure, but liposuction is known to possess a very favourable safety compared with more major procedures such as abdominoplasty surgery.
Your surgeon will go through with you fully all the possible risks of the liposuction procedure.
Risks include bleeding, bruising, loss of sensation, scarring, contour abnormalities, seroma and haematoma.
In experienced hands, the risk of these complications are very low.
Is liposuction painful?Liposuction is typically performed under general anaesthesia or local anaesthesia with sedation, which means patients do not experience pain during the procedure itself. However, after the surgery, some discomfort, soreness, swelling, and bruising can be expected in the treated areas.
The level of postoperative pain varies depending on the individual's pain tolerance, the liposuction technique used, and the extent of the procedure. Surgeons usually prescribe pain medication to help manage any discomfort during the initial recovery period. Over-the-counter anti-inflammatory medications may also be recommended by your surgeon.
What is the difference between Vaser Lipo and SAFElipo?Unlike ultrasound-assisted liposuction, SAFElipo™ Using power-assisted liposuction or PAL does not involve thermal energy. Vaser lipo carries a higher risk of side effects such as uneven, irregular skin due to the heat produced by the ultrasonic probe as it melts or emulsifies the fat.
Our surgeons commonly carry out revision liposuction for patients who have had Vaser Lipo at other clinics, whether abroad or in the UK.
How do I prepare for liposuction?- Stop smoking four weeks before liposuction.
- Stop certain medications as directed by your surgeon or anaesthetist.
- Use an antiseptic wash before surgery to reduce the risk of infection.
How long before I can return to work after liposuction?On average, between 2-3 days to 1 week, depending on the size of the procedure.
What is liposuction recovery like?Bruising and swelling will be present, but should begin to resolve in about 10 days. You can resume mild exercise in about two weeks, and full activity can be resumed in about six weeks.
Will I feel dizzy after liposuction?If a large amount of fat is being removed (5 L+) then there may be symptoms of lightheadedness and dizziness and potentially other more serious symptoms. This is why we do not perform large-volume liposuction which is defined as the removal of more than 5L of fat in a single treatment session.
How much fat can be removed with liposuction surgery?The amount of fat that can be safely removed during liposuction varies depending on factors such as the patient's overall health, the area being treated, and the technique used. In general, most surgeons agree that removing up to 5 litres (approximately 11 pounds) of fat is considered safe during a single liposuction session.
However, it is essential to note that liposuction is not a weight loss procedure but a body contouring technique aimed at removing stubborn fat deposits that do not respond to diet and exercise. The primary goal of liposuction is to improve the shape and contour of specific areas rather than achieve significant weight loss.
Your surgeon will assess your unique situation during the consultation and recommend a personalised approach to ensure the best and safest results for you. It may be necessary to stage the liposuction procedure over multiple sessions if you require a more significant amount of fat removal. It is crucial to maintain realistic expectations and prioritise your health and safety during any cosmetic procedure.
Is it normal to be draining fluid after the liposuction surgery?It is normal to have reddish-coloured fluid draining from the incision sites for the first 24-48hr after the liposuction procedure. The procedure involves the injection of tumescent fluid to help break up the fat, minimise bleeding, and ease the suctioning of the fat. Some of this fluid is removed during the liposuction, some are absorbed by your body, and some of it drains out following the surgery. Patients sometimes think they are bleeding when in fact, it is just the normal drainage after liposuction.
What are liposuction side effects?It is important to recognise that side effects are distinct from risks and complications. Side effects are expected consequences of a cosmetic surgery procedure as opposed to complications that ought not to happen with good pre-and post-op care.
Side effects to expect with liposuction:
Postoperative discomfort - the treated areas will often be sore and tender to touch in the first few days following liposuction.
Fluid leakage - it is entirely normal to have leakage of tumescent fluid from the incision sites, especially the lower ones, for the first 24-48 hours following liposuction.
Bruising and swelling - Everyone will develop bruising to varying extents. Most bruising should settle after 2-3 weeks. Swelling can be minimised by continuously wearing the compression garment for six weeks. The garment should not feel too tight. The compression garment should only be removed for showering or washing the garment.
Itching - this is very common, and the temptation to scratch the affected areas should be resisted.
Skin changes and numbness - it is not uncommon to experience a degree of skin discolouration or numbness of the liposuction areas for a few days after the procedure. It should settle after a month or two.
Scars are kept as small as possible, and every attempt is made to place them in natural skin folds. Scars can take up to one year to mature, and at the Centre for Surgery, we specialise in using scar gels and brown taping to optimise scar aesthetics. Avoidance of direct sun exposure will also help to reduce visible scarring.
Does liposuction leave scars?Scars after liposuction are tiny compared to many other types of body contouring procedures, such as a tummy tuck. Small holes of up to 5mm in width are usually used to facilitate the insertion of the infiltration and aspiration cannula. These small incisions are sutured closed at the end of the procedure and usually leave very inconspicuous scars barely noticeable to most people. Your surgeon will take great care to ensure that incisions are made in natural skin folds where possible. The surgeon will also aim to use the least number of incisions to attain the optimum aesthetic result. The incisions are protected during the procedure with special skin sleeves to minimise and even eliminate skin friction at the port sites. This leads to much better healing with a lower risk of unsightly scarring.
Those prone to develop excessive scarring, such as hypertrophic and keloid scarring, can benefit from our expertise in scar revision techniques for optimum cosmesis. We have a full range of medical-grade lasers to flatten scars and treat red scars.
What are the common liposuction risks?The main risks following liposuction include bleeding, infection, swelling and blood clots, but these are rare.
The surgeon will take all appropriate precautions to minimise the risk of complications developing.
Can liposuction improve the appearance of cellulite?Cellulite is seen in many individuals and often has a genetic link. It can occur even in very slim individuals. Cellulite is due to areas of fat that prolapse outward between the lattice-shaped connective tissue framework beneath the skin. Weight gain may also exacerbate the appearance of cellulite.
Liposuction is commonly thought to help with cellulite reduction but can, in a small number of cases have the opposite effect of worsening cellulite. Liposuction is for the removal of localised fat deposits.
Centre for Surgery offers the CelluTite procedure to address mild, moderate or severe degrees of cellulite.
How much does liposuction cost UK?Liposuction starts from £3495 for one area. The exact price will depend on the number of areas of liposuction and whether you have had similar surgery before. Once you have had a face-to-face consultation with the liposuction surgeon, you will receive clear costings from your dedicated patient coordinator.
What To Expect
The liposuction consultation
When you have a liposuction consultation with the surgeon, a number of measurements are taken of the body areas where fat is to be removed, and an assessment will be made of the soft tissue quality. Those who have good skin elasticity then you will be a good candidates for liposuction. Your surgeon is skilled in all types of liposuction, including power-assisted liposuction, and the most appropriate choice will be made based on your physical examination. The surgeon will also give information on the location of the small incisions for the liposuction and also whether the liposuction is to be combined with another procedure, such as a tummy tuck.
High-resolution photos will be taken, and your surgeon may also use computer digital imaging. Your surgeon will discuss the important risks and potential complications of liposuction surgery and what you can expect in the postoperative period.
The surgeon will also take a full medical history, including previous operations, the current list of medicines taken, and any potential allergies. This information will be used to decide on your fitness for the liposuction procedure. If you are deemed to be a suitable candidate for a lipo surgery, then we would recommend spending a period reflecting on all the information given. We always recommend a minimum of a '2 weeks cool off period' to weigh your options.
All our prospective patients are more than welcome to have as many follow-up consultations after their initial consultation to make sure you are fully empowered with all the information to make an informed decision for proceeding with liposuction surgery at Centre for Surgery.
Before your procedure
Once you decide that liposuction is right for you, our preoperative assessment team will contact you to prepare you for surgery.
The following are recommended actions to take:
- For six weeks beforehand, it is highly recommended to stop smoking as active smoking is associated with a number of risks including delayed wound healing which could result in wound infection.
- You should also avoid aspirin and all medicines containing aspirin for at least one week before the liposuction procedure.
- For 6 hours before the liposuction procedure, you should refrain from eating any food or any type of drink apart from sips of clear fluid (water and tea/coffee without added milk), which is allowed for up to 2 hours before the procedure.
On the day of your procedure
Please aim to arrive for your liposuction procedure at the confirmed time. One of our nursing team will admit you for the procedure and will carry out a number of tasks, including checking your blood pressure and other vital signs, including pulse and temperature, and then getting you changed into single-use clinic wear. The anaesthetist will then come in to assess you to make sure you are fit for TIVA anaesthetic and will also prescribe several pre-medications which are given by your nurse to help the recovery after the liposuction procedure. You will then be seen by your surgeon, who will confirm the procedure to be undertaken, and you will sign the informed consent form. Skin marking and photos may be taken at this point.
Liposuction is a very commonly performed procedure at Centre for Surgery and is carried out under TIVA general anaesthesia as a day case. Liposuction of smaller areas can be carried out under local anaesthetic. The procedure takes approximately 1-3 hours to carry out. During liposuction surgery, your surgeon will make small incisions in the marked body areas. The fat tissue is surgically removed using the MicroAire device and specialised cannulas to contour the marked body areas before closing the skin with dissolvable sutures. A compression garment is applied after the procedure.
Once you have woken up from the TIVA anaesthetic, our nurses will closely monitor you for 1-3 hours afterwards to ensure you fully recover. You will be given a fruit juice drink or a hot drink as you prefer to build up your energy levels. Once you are assessed as fit for discharge, you will require a responsible adult escort to take you home in a car or taxi and look after you for at least 24 hours after surgery.
Liposuction healing and recovery
After your procedure, our dedicated postoperative support team are available round the clock to answer any questions or concerns you may have. Our team will call you regularly for the first two weeks after your procedure to ensure your pain levels are well controlled and your healing is progressing as normal.
The recovery after liposuction is usually very straightforward, with minimal discomfort that can be effectively controlled with tablet painkillers. Most of our patients are very comfortable by the end of week 1. Your doctor may recommend approximately one week off work. You should minimise any excessive physical activity for the first two weeks after surgery to help with the healing of the incisions and reduce swelling.
You will be required to wear a supportive compression garment for six weeks to ensure optimal healing and that scars heal with the best results.
You will attend a postoperative check-up with one of our nursing team at 7-10 days to review your surgical wound sites and ensure proper healing. Recommendations on treatments for scar healing may be given for optimal cosmesis. At six weeks, you should begin to see your final results, and you will see your surgeon for a comprehensive review and make sure your results are in line with your expectations.