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The Confusing World of Liposuction and Body Contouring

Internet discussion boards on liposuction can be a treasure trove of information or a vat of misinformation. One thing most of us can agree on is that it’s hard to know who to trust online. Here at The Private Clinic, we aim to give you the balanced information necessary for you to better understand our treatments, picture realistic results and make an informed decision when it comes to liposuction.



VASER (Vibration Amplification of Sound Energy at Resonance) liposuction – a leading method of minimally-invasive body contouring – is surely growing in popularity as it targets stubborn parts of the body, where shifting fat is hardest.  These areas can be particularly disproportionate to the rest of your body.  VASER liposuction utilises ultrasound technology to breakdown the structure of fat cells. The ultrasound energy only targets fat cells, leaving all surrounding tissues undamaged, requiring far less downtime compared to traditional liposuction. It is a minimally invasive and a walk-in, walk-out procedure with no overnight hospital stay or general anaesthetic required.

The areas of the body VASER liposuction can help include:

  • Thighs
  • Waist
  • Stomach
  • Buttocks
  • Hips/Flanks
  • Arms
  • Chin
  • Back
  • Neck
  • Breasts
  • Knees
  • Ankles

Traditional Liposuction

Liposuction is also known as liposculpture, lipoplasty or suction-assisted lipectomy and can be used on a number of different parts of the body, depending on the candidate, including: buttocks, hips, thighs, abdomen, chin, upper arms, breasts or knees. It can have the dramatic results we’ve come to expect when someone goes for cosmetic surgery, but requires a considerable amount of more time for your body to recover. Where possible, patients can choose to combine procedures to ensure the skin is left firm and tight.


There are a number of different methods of liposuction and the different methods are responsible for a lot of the confusion out there over the dramatic weight loss typically associated with liposuction. More intensive, complicated procedures, like traditional liposuction and abdominoplasty (tummy tuck), are sometimes grouped together with VASER liposuction. However, VASER liposuction is selective, minimally-invasive body contouring. Pockets of fat are targeted. Partly because of its specialisation, a full discussion and consultation is an important step towards determining the right procedure and treatment for the individual. Importantly, liposuction of any kind is also not an alternative to exercise and/or a healthy diet.

The Private Clinic

A consultation with The Private Clinic, involving our experienced medical team of surgeons, doctors, nurses, delivering honest advice as well as the research you should be doing into different procedures, will help guide you to the right treatment for you.

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