Liposuction is a popular cosmetic surgery that helps reshape your body by removing fat that is difficult to shift through diet or exercise alone. It is most often performed on your stomach, hips, buttocks, thighs, knees, and chin

Liposuction, also called ‘lipo’, liposculpture, or fat removal surgery, takes away stubborn unwanted fat from your body by sucking it out through a tube. It aims to give you a better shape and definition in problem areas. 

The most targeted problem areas where fatty deposits are difficult to shift include buttocks, hips, thighs, stomach, knees, neck, upper arms, and male breast. 

It is not a weight loss tool or a substitute for losing weight. It is most effective on people who are normal weight and performed in areas where the skin is firm and elastic.

What does a liposuction involve?

Liposuction is a one to two-hour day case procedure carried out under local or general anaesthetic. The length of the procedure will depend on the amount of fat that you would like removed and which area is being treated.

A small incision will be made to the treatment area. A thin plastic tube, called a cannula, will be inserted through this incision and will loosen the fat. The other end of the cannula is attached to a high-pressure vacuum that will powerfully remove fat deposits quickly and efficiently from beneath your skin.

There are a number of different techniques that your surgeon might use for liposuction. They may use a wet technique where solutions are injected into the treatment area or a dry technique without these. They may use ultrasound assisted lipectomy where ultrasound waves are used to help disrupt your fat cells and make them easier to remove.

Your surgeon can treat multiple areas during the same visit.

Once all the required fat is removed, the incision will be stitched using dissolvable sutures and bandaged.

What are the benefits of a liposuction?

The benefits of liposuction include:

  • An instantly firmer, sculpted, and proportional body.
  • Loss of fat that results in better health and often an improved wellbeing.
  • The opportunity to wear a greater choice of clothes.
  • Help losing the last pockets of excess fat for weight loss patients.
  • A permanent loss of body fat.
  • The removal of benign fatty tumours called lipomas.
  • Treats enlarged male breasts, called gynaecomastia, and removes the associated embarrassment.
  • Reduced excessive sweating.
  • Treats Lipodystrophy syndrome, the accumulation of fat in one body area.

How much does a liposuction cost?

The cost of a liposuction is based on the amount of fat being removed, the treatment area, and number of treatment areas targeted. As a guide, the cost of liposuction at Clifton Park Hospital starts from £3,950 to £4,600.

After your consultation, when you have discussed your individual liposuction treatment, you will be advised of the guide package price. This package price will give you direct access to all the treatment you need for your liposuction, including a follow up consultation and any outpatient care for 60 days post discharge.

Our finance options include the choice of: an All-inclusive Total Care where a single one-off payment at a pre-agreed price gives you all the treatment you need for complete reassurance, pay as you go and, interest-free finance loans so you can have your liposuction now without waiting and pay for your treatment in affordable instalments without interest.

What happens after a liposuction?

Depending on the amount of fat removed, you will either go home on the day of your liposuction or stay overnight in hospital.

Tight bandages or compression garments will be placed on your treated area to help reduce swelling and encourage your body to adapt to its new shape. Your surgeon will let you know how long you should wear these.  

The treated body areas will be bruised. This will fade with time.

You should be able to return to work within a few days if you have had only a small amount of fat removed. You may need up to two weeks for more substantial liposuction treatment.

It’s typically recommended that you return to normal exercise three to four weeks after your lipo procedure, and avoid strenuous activity for ten to 12 weeks.

You will be able to drive once you feel comfortable wearing a seat belt.

After six to 12 months you will be able to see the final result of your liposuction when all the swelling has gone.

Liposuction with Clifton Park Hospital

Our GMC-registered plastic surgeons regularly perform liposuction. With a wealth of knowledge and practised skills, you can rest-assured that they will perform your liposuction professionally to create your desired look.

They are supported by a caring and friendly team who are also highly experienced in cosmetic surgery and who are there to assist you throughout your liposuction treatment.

We will listen carefully to what you would like liposuction to achieve for your body, discuss in detail the anticipated results and answer any fully any questions you may have, so that your expectations are met and you are informed throughout.

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