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How to Remove Fat from Stubborn Areas

Stubborn areas of fat are a common complaint with our patients here at The Private Clinic. Stubborn areas of fat can take form anywhere from the stomach to the arms and even the legs. But what actually causes these stubborn areas?

Many of us can feel we spend the majority of our time exercising and eating healthily but with no physical reward of a flatter stomach for example.

Here at The Private Clinic we offer a range of procedures to help you reduce or remove stubborn areas of fat which we will go into below;

Vaser Lipo

Vaser (Vibration Amplification of Sound Energy at Resonance) liposuction is a specialised and minimally invasive fat removal procedure that uses the most advanced ultrasound technology which only targets fat cells leaving surrounding areas of tissue undamaged and fat cells dramatically reduced.

Areas: Thighs, Arms, Abdomen, Buttocks, Flanks, Back, Chest, Neck, Knees, Male chest reduction (gynecomastia)

Procedure: The procedure is usually performed under local anaesthetic but sedation is available if requested. A small probe is inserted through a small incision which is then used to transmit ultrasound energy which liquefies the fat cells before they are removed through a gentle suction process.

Results: You will see a result immediately after surgery however the final results are not seen until 5-6 weeks post procedure.

Downtime: There is minimal downtime and many patients get back to their daily routines within a couple of days depending on the areas and amount treated. You will experience bruising to some extent and some swelling, but wearing a pressure garment for 2-4 weeks after surgery will reduce this. To help speed up recovery we recommend a course of MLD massages after your treatment which can be performed in our London Harley Street, Leeds and Manchester clinics using the Body Ballancer treatment.


  • Dr Dennis Wolf, BSc(Hons), MBBCh, MRCS, DO-HNS. GMC Number: 4773959
  • Mr Philip Lim, BSc(Hons), MB ChB, AFRCS(Ed), MRCS(Eng), FRCS(Plast). GMC Number: 4219068

Micro Lipo

Micro Liposuction is a technique that uses smaller cannulas with smaller incisions allowing surgeons to target small delicate areas. MicroLipo is available exclusively at The Private Clinic, performed by one of the few surgeons in Europe offering this treatment – Mr Roberto Uccellini

Areas: Arms, Inner thighs, Knees, Flanks, Abdomen, Male Chest

Procedure:  The procedure begins with an anaesthetic fluid being injected into the area to be treated. The liquid fills and essentially swells the area making it tumescent as well as numbing it. The pressure in the now tumescent area is now increased which helps to separate the fat cells from the surrounding tissue. The fat cells are then easily and gently suctioned out using micro cannulas without damaging any of the surrounding tissue.

Results: Initial results can be seen immediately after the procedure but final results will be visible 3-4 weeks post-procedure.

Downtime: There is minimal downtime with this procedure but you will be required to wear a pressure garment which works to reduce swelling. The majority of patients are able to return to their normal routine within 48 hours.


Vaser Hi-Def

Assisted High Definition LipoSculpture, also known as Vaser Hi-Def is a pioneering body contouring treatment that aims to define and sculpt muscles resulting in a more athletic appearance.

Areas: Abdomen, Chest, Waist, Back, Buttocks, Arms, Flanks and Thighs

Procedure:  Vaser Hi-Def is performed under local anaesthetic and involves a probe being inserted via small incisions and an ultrasonic fat-specific wave breaks down the fat cells whilst leaving the surrounding tissue unharmed.  The surgeon at this point then works to remove superficial and deep fat surrounding muscle groups to improve the appearance of the underlying toning and muscle structure.

Results:  Results can include defined upper arms, an athletic six pack and even strong-looking pectorals.  The best results are seen after a couple of weeks.

Downtime:  Home rest is advised for the rest of the day after your procedure and some patients continue to take an additional 3-5 days off work. You may experience swelling for the first couple of weeks after the procedure but you should be fine to return to your usual day-to-day activities shortly after your procedure.


Tummy Tuck / Brazillian Tummy Tuck

A tummy tuck also known as an Abdominoplasty is a surgical procedure that is designed to tighten the abdomen. An Abdominoplasty is more suited for patients who have loose skin or damage to their stomach muscles often as a result of pregnancy.

Areas: Stomach and Flanks (Extended Abdominoplasty)

Procedure: A tummy tuck is performed under general anaesthetic and an incision is made across the base of the abdomen from hip to hip. Your surgeon will take care to ensure that this incision sits within your natural bikini line. A second incision would also be made to remove your belly button before your stretched muscles are pulled together and any excess fat or skin is removed. Your belly button will then be placed in its new position and stitched into place along. Once the procedure is complete you will be stitched back up and you will wake up with your bandages already in place. A Brazilian tummy tuck is when liposuction is performed at the same time as the tummy tuck to help remove excess fat and contour the stomach.

Results:  The results are instant however you will experience swelling so it is best to wait for at least 2 weeks up until 6 months to see the final results.

Downtime: You will be required to stay in hospital after your procedure and you will need to wear an abdominal support garment. You will need to wear your support garment constantly for the first 2 weeks and then just during the day for the following month. The majority of patients tend to book 2-3 weeks off work to fully recover and ensure that they have someone to help at home for the first 1-2 weeks post-surgery.


Surgical Liposuction

Surgical liposuction is a surgical procedure where fat is removed from the body via a suction process. It is often combined with a tummy tuck for a full body sculpting procedure which is also known as a Brazilian tummy tuck.

Areas: Any area including; buttocks, hips, thighs, abdomen, chin, upper arms or knees

Procedure: Surgical liposuction is performed under general anaesthetic. Your surgeon will use a tube called a cannula that is inserted via a small incision. The cannula is connected to a powerful suction pump which works to take out the fat from the problem areas.

Results: You will see initial results immediately after your procedure but there will be swelling so the best results are not seen until several months after surgery.

Downtime: There is more downtime associated with surgical liposuction compared to Vaser Liposuction but many patients report being able to return to work a week after the procedure with minimal discomfort. You will be required to wear a support garment and avoid exercise for at least a month.



CoolSculpting or Fat Freezing is a non surgical fat reduction procedure that uses controlled cooling to remove excess fat from the body.

Areas: Chin, upper arms, bra fat, flanks, tummy, thighs, back and buttocks

Procedure: The treatment areas will be marked up and you will be able to lay on treatment bed. Once comfy, a gel pad is placed over the areas being treated to protect the skin. A CoolSculpting applicator is then applied to the area which then uses a vacuum to pull the skin into the applicator. The temperature in the applicator will then drop which will cause the area to become numb. Whilst the treatment is taking place many patients choose to read a book, watch a TV series on their tablet or check their phone. Treatment times range from 35 – 60 minutes depending on the areas being treated and after this time the applicator will be removed and the area will be specially massaged to help improve your final results.

Results: The results from CoolSculpting are gradual as it can take 4-6 months for all the targeted fat cells to be eliminated from the body. Most patients start to notice visible results within 8-12 weeks. Patients may require more than one treatment to reach their desired outcome.

Downtime: There is no downtime following a CoolSculpting treatment. You may experience soreness in the area treated similar to muscle soreness after a workout but this should settle after a few days.

The Private Clinic

With nearly 30 years’ experience in helping patients get back their body confidence, The Private Clinic prides itself on setting the highest industry standards and working with the most capable and experienced surgeons. From our relaxed, sympathetic and informative consultations to the very best aftercare, you’ll be given first-class treatment every step of the way. We specialise in all forms of fat removal treatments unlike others who may only specialise in one. We offer a full range of vaser liposuction techniques like vaser hi def and micro lipo as well as non surgical fat freezing and surgical fat removal such as the Brazilian tummy tuck.

We have clinics all across the UK including in:

London Harley Street, BirminghamLeeds, Manchester and Northampton

If you would like to discuss fat reduction treatments please call 0333 920 2471 to book a consultation with one of our surgeons or advisers. Or use our fat reduction online contact form.


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