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We’ve performed over 11,000 Liposuction treatments, more than any other clinic in the UK

Specialists in liposuction: Micro, Traditional, Vaser & Vaser Hi Def

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Medically reviewed by Lorcan Sheppard BSc MBBS FRCA, Chief Medical Officer and the Medical Advisory Committee for The Private Clinic.
Last Reviewed June 8th 2022

The Private Clinic have carried out over 11,000 lipo procedures and more fat removal procedures than any other clinic in the UK. Our Consultant Plastic surgeons and lipo doctors will always advise you on the best liposuction option for your ideal body shape and needs.

Deciding on what type of liposuction is a big decision. Your journey to new found confidence starts with a consultation. Our expert medical staff thoroughly explain the procedures and outline the benefits of each so you can make an informed decision.

We do not just offer one liposuction method. No other clinic in the UK is able to do this – and if liposuction is not for you, we can also discuss the liposuction without surgery or non surgical fat freezing option CoolSculpting.

Our expert surgeons and doctors specialise in providing a wide range of Fat Reduction Treatment options which include:

Procedure Time
1 – 3 hours

Anaesthetic Type
General Anaesthetic

Hospital Stay
Day case

Day after

7-10 days

Reasonably Mobile
24 – 48 hours

Sexual Activity
4 – 6 weeks

Back to work
1 week

6 weeks

6 weeks

Full Recovery Time
6 weeks

Final Results
6 – 12 months

Support Garments
Compression garments for 6 weeks

Sleeping on back for 6 weeks

What is Liposuction?

Liposuction is a cosmetic surgery procedure that can help sculpt the body by removing unwanted excess fat from specific body areas, leaving a much more defined shape. Liposuction is best suited for body sculpting rather than weight loss and is suitable for men and women.  The surgical liposuction procedure is also known as liposculpture or suction-assisted lipectomy.

The Reasons for Choosing Liposuction

  • Treat areas of fat that are resistant to exercise and diet
  • Can be used to treat the abdomen, back, buttocks, chest, inner knees, waist, flanks, neckline, thighs, and upper arms
  • Comprehensive patient information, every step of the way
  • Feeling confident in your clothing

What areas can be treated with Liposuction?

Common areas that can be treated with liposuction surgery include; 

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Before & After

Our excellent reputation for patient safety and satisfaction, honest advice and outstanding care means your journey with The Private Clinic will be an exciting experience to a newfound shape. Take a look at some of the results below

What to Expect

The Private Clinic has been treating patients for over 35 years with thousands of people placing their trust in us each year. We pride ourselves on being able to offer a personalised service. We have a team of friendly nurses and expert surgeons and doctors who understand the importance of this decision and will support you throughout your journey with us.

The Consultation

The first stage of your liposuction treatment journey will be a consultation with one of our expert liposuction surgeons.

At your consultation, your surgeon will go through the liposuction procedure in detail and examine the areas that you are concerned about to assess your suitability for liposuction surgery and advise what may or may not be possible based on your existing shape and skin and fat levels.
Your surgeon will then discuss:

  • Your medical history
  • Your expectations from surgery
  • Risks and Complications of Liposuction surgery
  • Aftercare

Following your consultation, you will be introduced to your dedicated patient coordinator who will be your point of contact should you wish to proceed with liposuction surgery.

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Pre-Operative Advice

In the interests of patient safety all our patients are assessed against our patient selection criteria. Following your consultation and review of your past medical history, the physician or preoperative nurse will choose any pre-operative tests considered to be appropriate, most of which are routine blood tests.

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Traditional Liposuction Surgery

Your liposuction procedure will take place in hospital. Your arrival time is usually an hour before the agreed start time of surgery.

Once admitted:

  • The nursing team who will record your blood pressure and prep you for surgery.
  • You will then meet with your anaesthetist and surgeon who will answer any questions or concerns you may have
  • Pre-operative photos will be taken
  • The areas being treated will be marked up

The procedure:

  • Liposuction is usually carried out under general anaesthetic.
  • The areas to be treated are injected with a solution containing anaesthetic and medication, to reduce blood loss, bruising and swelling.
  • Fat cells are broken up using high-frequency vibrations, a weak laser pulse or a high-pressure water jet.
  • Small incisions are made in the areas being treated and a suction tube attached to a vacuum machine is inserted.
  • The surgeon will move the suction tube back and forth to help loosen fat in the areas being treated and suck it out.
  • The areas are then bandaged up and a drain may be inserted to help with excess fluid in the initial couple of days post-procedure.
  • You will be fitted into a support garment to help reduce swelling and returned to a recovery room to recover from the anaesthetic.
  • You will be required to stay after your surgical procedure for a couple of hours to ensure that you are medically well. You will then be released by your surgeon with an aftercare plan detailing your recovery.

Vaser Liposuction is a great alternative for patients who are worried about the general anaesthetic involved in surgical liposuction. Vaser lipo procedures are performed under local anaesthetic with sedation. Click here to find out more.
Traditional liposuction surgery takes between 1-3 hours depending on the amount of fat being removed and the number of areas being treated.

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After your liposuction procedure

We recommend that you spend the first 10 days after your procedure taking it easy and relaxing. Bruising is common during this time so you may be feeling tender and uncomfortable. It is best to listen to your body and do not push yourself too soon as this will affect your recovery time.
Exercise or any strenuous activities should be avoided for at least 4 weeks. Vigorous lifting and extreme sports should be avoided for 6 weeks after surgery. This is all to help reduce swelling and improve your healing rate.
After 3 weeks, you can expect to be feeling like yourself again.
A follow-up appointment with a clinic nurse will be made to check your wounds which usually takes place approximately 4-14 days following your liposuction procedure. You will then be asked to return to see your surgeon around 6 weeks following your procedure for them to assess your results.

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What is the best type of liposuction?

There are a wide range of different liposuction treatments including traditional liposuction, vaser liposuction, laser liposuction, MPX laser, body jet liposuction and many more.

There is no clinical evidence to suggest that any of these are better or even safer than the other. The best type of liposuction is liposuction that has been performed by an expert surgeon or doctor on suitable patients. The best results come from the skill and experience of the surgeon and from the aftercare provided too.

Book a consultation to find out more about our experienced surgeons/doctors.

When can I see results after liposuction?

You are likely to see results immediately after surgery however you will be required to wear a compression garment after surgery so you may not be able to see straight away. Bruising and swelling may occur which can alter the appearance of your results slightly. The majority of patients are able to see great results after 6 weeks but the final results of your procedure are best seen 6-12 months afterwards once all swelling has resolved.

The results after vaser liposuction are instant although patients will be required to wear a compression garment immediately following surgery. Standard vaser results are very subtle and natural. If you prefer a more athletic, defined or sculpted appearance, VASER Hi-Def or VASER Mid-Def may be better options for you. To see vaser liposuction results click here to see our before and after photo gallery.

How much does Liposuction cost?

How much does liposuction cost in the UK?

The Private Clinic sees over 15,000 new patients every year and perform over 10,000 procedures, with one of the highest patients’ satisfaction in the sector, Trustpilot 9.4, 5 star rating, 96% would recommend us to their friends and family. We are a multi award winning provider and have been voted the Aesthetic award for Best UK Clinic Group 2017.

The Private Clinic prides itself on its commitment to Medical Expertise, Patient Care and Satisfaction, Honest advice and most importantly Results. We are above all committed to Quality. Please feel free to contact us for any Liposuction advice or to book a consultation with one of our expert Lipo surgeons.

Liposuction Cost can be part of your decision to undergo a procedure but it should never be the deciding factor. For more information about The Private Clinic, our experience and medical expertise click here

Surgical Liposuction cost

Surgical liposuction costs start from £3,690 (1 area) – but this will vary depending on the number of areas being treated and the length of your procedure.

Vaser Lipo cost

VASER Liposuction costs start from £3,100 (1 area) depending on the number of areas being treated.

Vaser liposuction can be performed under local anaesthetic with sedation and is a lot less invasive than Surgical liposuction resulting in a shorter recovery period and less bruising.

We offer consultations in Birmingham, Leeds, Manchester and Northampton with our highly experienced Patient Coordinators which require a £25 refundable deposit to secure your place. All available consultations at or London Harley Street clinic are with a plastic surgeon or liposuction doctor.

Patient coordinators are able to offer you all the information you require prior to meeting a surgeon.

Consultations with our liposuction plastic surgeons are £100 or consultations with our liposuction doctors are £50 at our clinics in London Harley Street, Birmingham, Leeds, Manchester and Northampton.

What are the different types of liposuction?

We offer a range of different liposuction procedures here at The Private Clinic.


This is known as traditional or surgical liposuction. It is usually recommended for patients who are having a larger amount of fat taken out or are having a number of different body areas being treated. It is usually performed under general anaesthetic for patient comfort but you will normally be able to go home the same day.

Vaser Liposuction

Vaser liposuction uses ultrasound energy to help liquefy the fat before it is removed. It is usually performed under local anaesthetic or sedation. Vaser liposuction is not as invasive as traditional liposuction and involves minimal downtime with less risk of bruising and swelling. Most patients are able to return to work and their daily routines a lot quicker post-procedure.

The Private Clinic is the UK’s leading provider of VASER Liposuction performing more vaser liposuction procedures than any other clinic in the UK.

Micro Lipo

Micro Lipo is similar to Vaser Liposuction however it uses a much smaller cannula making it ideal for treating small areas of stubborn fat such as the neck, chin, knees and arms.

Vaser Hi-Def

Vaser hi-def is a specialised technique of vaser liposuction which works to sculpt and define muscles for a more athletic result. The Private Clinic are one of very few groups in the UK to be certified to perform the revolutionary treatment as it requires extensive experience and well-practised skill in VASER treatments which our liposuction surgeons excel in.

Vaser Mid-Def

Vaser Mid-Def is The Private Clinic’s own, unique Vaser lipo technique that offers results in-between Vaser Lipo and Vaser Hi-Def. It is designed to offer a more defined and athletic appearance but not as extreme as the results of Vaser Hi-Def.

Vaser 4D

Vaser 4D is a specialised form of Vaser Lipo that is similar to Vaser Hi-Def which works to highlight your muscles. Vaser 4D instead is designed to sculpt your muscles following their natural movements and to create a 4D effect.

Vaser 360

Vaser 360 is a fat removal and body contouring vaser technique that specifically treats the upper leg circumferentially targeting the thighs, knees and buttock crease.

Your initial consultation with our expert surgeons will allow them to assess you and offer advice on which liposuction procedure is going to be right for you giving you the results that you desire to achieve.

Is there a liposuction clinic near me?

Where to get lipo in London?

Our London clinic is located on 98 Harley Street, W1G 7HZ.

The Private Clinic has clinics nationwide so we are sure to have an expert liposuction surgeon located near to you.

Where to get lipo in Manchester?

Manchester – 25 St John Street, M3 4DT

Where to get lipo in Birmingham?

Birmingham – 88 Hagley Road, B16 8LU – West Midlands

Where to get liposuction in Leeds?

Leeds – 45 Park Square North, LS1 2NP – Yorkshire

Where to get lipo in Bucks?

Buckinghamshire – Virtual Consultation only

Where to get lipo in Northampton?

Northampton – 82 Billing Road, NN1 5DF – East Midlands

To find out more about booking a consultation at a clinic near you, contact us here.

Things to Consider

Our advice on what to consider when deciding to have a liposuction procedure:

1. When choosing a clinic, you should always do your research, and only go to an established, reputable clinic.

The Private Clinic has been in the cosmetic surgery industry for over 35 years. We are here to answer all of your questions and give you peace of mind.

2. When choosing a surgeon, make sure you know who you’ll be seeing. Their expertise, qualifications and patient satisfaction rate are important factors to take into consideration.

At The Private Clinic, we only source the most experienced and specialised surgeons. Find out more about our plastic surgeons here.

3. Price should never be the deciding factor when choosing where to have your treatment. Safety should be your number one priority and feeling confident that they will look after you – not only before, but also after your procedure

4. When it sounds too good to be true, it often is. Always find out what what your clinic’s reputation is.

Our excellent reputation for patient safety and satisfaction, honest advice and outstanding care means your journey with The Private Clinic will be an exciting experience to a newfound shape.

Patient Stories

Outstanding care, patient satisfaction and results mean everything to The Private Clinic Team

Read about our patients’ experiences to see what you can expect from our award-winning procedures.

Why Choose The Private Clinic

  • Expert Cosmetic surgeons, see our before and after results here.
  • We have state of the art hospital facilities.
  • All of the options are discussed with you to provide all the solutions available.
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Meet our Surgeons

We have a dedicated medical team who will be with you throughout your journey.

At The Private Clinic liposuction is performed by some of the UK’s top medical experts who have decades of experience.