At a Glance
Liposuction involves removing fatty deposits from underneath the skin in order to reshape certain areas of your body.
Centre for Surgery uses the ClearLipo™ method, which is a new method of liposuction employing a multi-step process and uses smaller, thinner cannulas to remove the body fat. This means you will have less scarring and side effects that can occur with traditional liposuction methods. This is considered a less invasive method and has a faster recovery time.
Liposuction allows for you to not only remove fatty tissue, but it will help to improve your body proportions and contours, leaving you with an increased self-image and body confidence.
There are numerous benefits to undertaking liposuction at Centre for Surgery, such as:
- The removal of unwanted body fat
- Body sculpting and contouring – not just fat removal
- The use of local anaesthetic, coupled with ClearSleep™ anaesthesia
- ClearLipo™ is a faster procedure, with little to no discomfort experienced during the procedure
- As the procedure is not as invasive, you will experience a faster recovery time
- You will experience fewer side effects such as swelling and bruising
- Non-fatty tissue will not be damaged, which can occur with traditional liposuction methods
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. Liposuction is able to be performed in areas of the body such as chin, saddlebags, bra roll, mons pubis, thighs, arms, buttocks, abdomen and calves.
Candidates will need to:
- Be physically and mentally healthy
- Not be considered obese
- Be at a stable weight for a minimum three months before the liposuction treatment. It is best to try and lose as much weight 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
If you are considered to be a suitable candidate, you may wish to look at what finance options we have available for this procedure.
Prior to undergoing liposuction, you will be given a general anaesthetic, which is known as ClearSleep™. Unlike other forms of anaesthetic, ClearSleep™ does not involve the use of any breathing tubes or machines and results in a quicker recovery following the procedure.
Centre for Surgery uses the ClearLipo™ procedure, which involves three precise steps:
- Separation: surgeons will use power-assisted liposuction (PAL) which will separate the fat globules. Unlike traditional liposuction methods, ClearLipo™ will not damage the stromal network and blood vessels. This step helps to loosen the fat cells, making them easier to be removed.
- Aspiration: surgeons will remove the fat cells using small, thin cannulas. The blood vessels and tissue will remain intact, meaning you will experience fewer side effects during the recovery period.
- Fat equalisation: after liposuction, a light layer of fat will still remain. This layer is then equalised using probes – it doesn’t even involve suction. This allows you to have a toned, smooth and natural looking results.
ClearLipo™ is performed as an 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.
As liposuction is a surgical procedure, you will have to take two to three days off work. However, if you have had liposuction in multiple areas, you may require additional time off work.
After the liposuction, you will be able to notice swelling, however, this will begin to reduce in 7-10 days. You will have to avoid strenuous physical exercise for two weeks, after which mild exercise is permitted. You will be able to resume your usual physical activities after four to six weeks. While swelling will reside, it can often be present for three to five months.
Why do you use ClearLipo instead of laser liposuction?Unlike laser liposuction, ClearLipo™ does not involve any heat. Laser liposuction often results in blood vessels and tissues, with severe cases resulting in external scarring. This method of liposuction can also result in side effects such as uneven, wavy skin that does not look natural.
Am I a good patient for liposuction?Patients should have localised fat deposits, and should be close to their stable weight. In addition, the skin should be firm and have elasticity to it in order to shrink following the procedure.
You should be a non-smoker with good overall health.
How do I prepare for liposuction?Stop smoking four weeks prior to liposuction.
Stop certain medications as directed by your surgeon.
Use an antiseptic wash before surgery to reduce the risk of infection.
How long does the procedure take?About 2-3 hours on average.
What happens during the liposuction procedure?Tumescent solution will be injected and several small incisions are made, and a cannula is inserted in the skin to break up the fat, which is then suctioned off. A compression garment will be placed in order to help reduce the swelling and promote healing.
How long before I can return to work?On average between 2-3 days to 1 week depending on the size of the procedure.
How long is the recovery?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.
Is liposuction painful?Thanks to tumescent anaesthesia, the procedure causes minimal discomfort.
Will I feel dizzy after liposuction?If a large amount of fat is being removed (4 L+) then there may be symptoms of lightheadedness and dizziness. One week off work is recommended.
What is the maximum amount of fat that can be removed in one session?Our surgeons limit their liposuction volumes to a maximum of about 4 litres. If any more fat is removed, the risk of complications increases significantly. Therefore if you think you have more than 4L of fat you want removed, you may need more than one session of liposuction.
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 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 is 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.
Are there any risks associated with liposuction?The main risks following liposuction include bleeding, infection, swelling and blood clots, but these are very rare.
The surgeon will take all appropriate precautions to minimise the risk of complications developing.
What To Expect
Find the right time
Our friendly and knowledgeable patient coordinators will speak with you to learn about your requirements, it’s all confidential and your information will be used to assess whether liposuction is right for you. If the procedure is right for you, we’ll organise a convenient date and time for you to visit to come and visit Marianne, our patient relationship manager at our bespoke central London clinic at 106 Crawford Street.
Crisalix 3D imaging
Marianne will take time to listen to your needs and requirements and you you will receive a complementary 3D Crisalix scan to enhance your experience. Marianne will give you a rough idea of guide prices at this stage. You can then be booked in to to see a surgeon of your choice based on their individual field of expertise.
At the surgical consultation, you will meet directly with the plastic surgeon. The surgeon will thoroughly assess you to determine your suitability and advise of the best options for you. Your surgeon will then explain how the procedure will work including our innovative ClearSleep™ anaesthesia technique for those who chose to be asleep for their procedure. You will receive your personalised quote the next working day from your patient coordinator.