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Which type of liposuction treatment is best?

You’ve made the decision to investigate fat reducing treatments, but it can be hard to know which way to turn with so many different kinds available. Traditional surgical liposuction is fairly well known, but how do less invasive options differ?

What are the different types of liposuction?

Traditional Liposuction

Surgical liposuction is something most of us have heard of. Long considered the holy grail of Hollywood royalty, the large volume liposuction treatment is designed to extract stubborn areas of fat to shape and tone the figure.  It is not, and should never be used as, a solution for obesity and patients are always recommended to be at least near a stable weight for it to work efficiently. It is full-blown surgery, meaning it is fairly invasive and will sometimes have to be performed under general anaesthetic with the possibility of a stay in hospital overnight, the treatment itself taking around 1-3 hours, depending on your individual case. The results, however, are dramatic and for large amounts of fat, it is often the best way forward.

Surgical Liposuction is available in London, Birmingham, Leeds, Manchester and Northampton. Find out more.

VASER Liposuction

One of the most popular less-invasive options is VASER Liposuction. Vaser lipo is a walk-in walk-out procedure performed under local anaesthetic. The treatment can remove a maximum of 3 litres (or 4% of your body weight) per sitting. It is less invasive than traditional liposuction as fat is liquefied through sound energy prior to removal, making bruising or damage less likely. The treatment takes around 1-2 hours and will nearly always be performed under local anaesthetic with patients able to return home afterwards.

VASER Hi-Def, performed by Dr. Dennis Wolf at The Private Clinic.
VASER Hi-Def, performed by Dr. Dennis Wolf at The Private Clinic.

VASER is particularly popular with those looking for contouring and definition. Because of its advanced method there are various specialist forms of the treatment, ranging from VASER Hi-Def (pictured above) and 4D which give extreme athletic definition, to VASER 360 which circumferentially removes fat from around the legs without risk of irregularities.

VASER Liposuction is carried out in London, BirminghamManchester and LeedsFind out more.

Microcannular Tumescent Liposuction (MicroLipo)

Before and after MicroLipo, performed by Dr. Gupta at The Private Clinic.

Perhaps lesser known than VASER and traditional Liposuction, MicroLipo is an extremely advanced body-toning technique. It works through the use of extremely small cannulas ranging in size from around 0.9mm – 3mm at biggest. Performed under local anaesthetic, it uses a special type of anaesthetic called tumescent anaesthesia which separates fat cells from other body tissues to minimise the risk of bruising and swelling during recovery. The method can remove up to  3.5 litres of fat, but its real bonus comes in its ability to target smaller areas of the body like the chin, knees, upper arms and inner thighs, as well as more common areas like the flanks, abdomen and chest with extreme precision.

Before and after MicroLipo treatment for Lymphoedema.
Before and after MicroLipo treatment for Lymphoedema.

Because of its less invasive precise nature, the treatment is also used to help control some medical conditions. It is commonly used by men for Gynecomastia (excess fat on the chest), and is a recognised method to control chronic conditions like Lymphoedema and Lipoedema.

MicroLipo is available in LondonFind out more.


This is just a basic outline of the different liposuction treatments on offer. Consultations with an expert doctor are the only way to really get an idea of which is the best way forward for you. It might be that a tummy tuck is needed instead of/in combination with some form of liposuction, particularly if you have a lot of excess skin. Remember your body is unique to you – your treatment should be too.

Liposuction at The Private Clinic

We only work with the most qualified, experienced doctors to ensure your treatment is unique to your needs and tailored around you. We have performed over 11,000 VASER Liposuction treatments to date, making us one of the largest providers in the UK. Working with pioneers of treatments, whether it’s surgical or less-invasive, means you’ll only ever get the best care.

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To find out more about Liposuction treatments call 0333 920 2471 or use our liposuction online contact form.

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