What is it?
Liposuction is a surgical procedure to remove unwanted pockets of fats, typically from the abdomen, flanks, back and/or and thighs. It is not a substitute for weight reduction, but a method for removing localized deposits of fatty tissue that do not respond to diet or exercise. Liposuction may be performed as a primary procedure for body contouring or combined with other surgical techniques such as facelift, abdominoplasty, or thigh lift procedures to tighten loose skin and supporting structures.
Who is it for?
The best candidates for liposuction are individuals of relatively normal weight who have excess fat in particular body areas. Having firm, elastic skin will result in a better final contour after liposuction. Skin that has diminished tone due to stretch marks, weight loss, or natural ageing will not reshape itself to the new contours and may require additional surgical techniques to remove and tighten excess skin. Body-contour irregularities due to structures other than fat cannot be improved by this technique. Liposuction by itself will not improve areas of dimpled skin known as “cellulite.”
• Under a general anaesthetic, you’ll be injected with adrenaline and a local anaesthetic mix in the fatty area to reduce bleeding and bruising afterwards
• Your surgeon will make a small cut and insert a slim tube (cannula) attached to a vacuum pump
• The tube will be moved around beneath the skin to loosen the fatty deposits while the vacuum pump removes the excess fat
After surgery, support garments and dressings are worn to control swelling and promote healing.
Alternative forms of management consist of not treating the areas of fatty deposits. Diet and exercise regimens may be of benefit in the overall reduction of excess body fat. Direct removal of excess skin and fatty tissue may be necessary in addition to liposuction in some patients. Risks and potential complications are associated with alternative surgical forms of treatment
• Some swelling and bruising is to be expected following liposuction, whichever method is used
• You should be able to resume your normal activities within three to ten days, although it is important to avoid strenuous activity for up to a month following the procedure
• The swelling and bruising can take several weeks to completely disappear
• You can expect the results of your liposuction to last for quite a while although your lifestyle, diet and exercise routine will play a part in it all
• Over-eating and not exercising will lead to a gradual build up of excess fat again, undoing all the good work the liposuction has done
• It is most important to be aware that some but not all fat can be removed from a particular area in one go, and that it is sometimes necessary to carry out liposuction over two or even more stages to achieve the result you want. You can improve your outcome considerably by weight loss through diet and exercise prior to liposuction - liposuction should not be a subsititute for a healthy lifestyle. Considering the images below, a single stage of liposuction can usually move the targeted body area one place to the right.
What does it cost?
The cost of liposuction varies depending on how much is involved, but you should expect to pay somewhere in the range of £2000-£6000.
Are there alternatives?
Most fat is responsive to diet and exercise and these should be your first approach to fat loss. We can help by putting you in touch with our in-house nutritionist and personal trainer - just ask if you would like us to do this.
If after these interventions you still have stubborn fat deposits then you may be a good candidate for liposuction. You may also be a good candidate for cryolipolysis, or fat freezing. This is a permanent method for fat loss that involves a trip to the clinic whilst the fat pockets are frozen to a critical temperature. After this you will see them reduce dramatically over the next month. Unlike liposuction there is no bruising and no garment is necessary, although you will experience tenderness for the first dew days.
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