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Liposuction

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. The surgical liposuction procedure is also known as liposculpture or suction-assisted lipectomy.

The Private Clinic are experts in body shaping liposuction for both men and women.

We have carried out over 7,000 lipo procedures and more procedures than any other clinic in the UK. Our expertise lies in the way we consult, advising you on the best liposuction option for your ideal shape, which could be Surgical Liposuction, Vaser LipoVASER Hi-DefVaser Mid-Def or Micro Lipo.

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 non surgical fat freezing option CoolSculpting.

What areas can be treated with Liposuction?

Common areas that can be treated with liposuction surgery include;

Am I suitable for Liposuction?

The ideal patient for liposuction is one that has stubborn areas of excess fat that they have struggled to loose with diet and exercise.

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The Procedure

What are the different types of liposuction available?

Vaser Liposuction

Vaser Lipo is a minimally invasive body contouring procedure aimed at removing stubborn fat pockets that are disproportionate to the rest of your body.

The Vaser technology initially targets and breaks down small pockets of fat, which are then removed using small cannulas and suction, without affecting surrounding tissue. Find out more about Vaser Lipo here.

Vaser Hi-Def

Vaser Hi-Def liposuction is a pioneering body contouring treatment designed to sculpt and define muscles for an athletic result.

The advanced technique works by removing both superficial and deep fat layers that surround the muscle groups which helps to enhance the visibility of underlying toning and musculature.

The Private Clinic was one of the UK’s first aesthetic clinics to offer Vaser Hi-Def. Find out more about Vaser Hi-Def here.

Vaser Mid-Def

Vaser Mid-Def is a unique liposuction technique, similar to Vaser Hi-Def but which offers patients a more subtle result.

Deposits of excess fat that are surrounding specific muscle groups are selectively removed with the aim of bringing out some slight definition with shadowing achieving a softer finish in comparison to Vaser Hi-Def.

It is the decreased body fat, not increased muscularity that gives clear definition to muscles seen through the skin. Find out more about Vaser Mid-Def here.

Vaser 4D

Vaser 4D is a specialist form of vaser liposuction that is similar to vaser hi-def which highlights the muscles.

Vaser 4D goes one step further to sculpt the muscles whilst following their natural movement achieving impressive results. Find out more about Vaser 4D here.

Vaser 360

Vaser 360 is vaser lipsuction technique designed to contour the lower buttocks, thighs, upper legs and knees.

It is a great way to ensure smooth and shapely results when treating the legs. Find out more about Vaser 360 here.

Micro Lipo

Micro Lipo gets its name from the tiny size of the cannulas used to extract the fat which are 0.9mm to 3mm wide.

The technique can remove up to 3.5 litres of fat so it is a great option for those wanting to target specific areas such as bingo wings/ arm fat, inner thighs and knees. Find out more about Micro Lipo here.

Surgical Liposuction / Traditional Liposuction

Surgical Liposuction is usually performed under general anaesthetic but in some cases can be carried out with local anaesthetic and sedation.

The procedure involves making a small incision in the area being treated and a small thin plastic tube known as a cannula or a micro cannula will be inserted. The cannula is attached to the vacuum device that is used it remove the fat.

What results can I expect from Liposuction?

A reduction in fat will be noticed immediately after any of our liposuction procedure however swelling is to be expected. which can last 1-2 weeks.

The results of your liposuction procedure will gradually start to show through as the swelling decreases and after 3-4 months most patients are able to appreciate the final results.

What is the downtime following Liposuction?

The downtime for liposuction will vary from patient to patient. Excerise and strenous activity should be avoided for several weeks but many patients are able to return to work in 1-2 weeks. We recommend allowing at least 10 days to recover and for any bruising and swelling to reduce.

Am I suitable for Liposuction?

The ideal candidate for any type of liposuction should be of average weight, with firm, elastic skin who has pockets of excess fat in certain areas. It is also important that they have realistic expectations of what results they can achieve from surgery.

Although liposuction can often provide very substantial improvements, it is not a weight-loss technique, or a solution for obesity. It is also not an effective treatment for cellulite. Ideally, any treatment should be viewed as a compliment to regular exercise and good diet, and not the replacement of a healthy lifestyle.

Why have Liposuction at The Private Clinic?

The Private Clinic’s Doctors have performed over 7,000 VASER Liposuction treatments to date, more than any other clinic in Europe. We were the first clinic to launch Vaser in the UK.

The Private Clinic prides itself on ensuring you have the best quality and most comprehensive care:

  • 24-hour patient helpline to ensure you are always in the best of hands.
  • As many post-operative care and appointments with your surgeon, doctor and nursing team as required.
  • One year cover for all surgical, hospital and nursing care, in case of any medical issue giving you peace of mind.
  • Comprehensive patient information, every step of the way
  • Highly experienced surgeons and doctors who have years of experience in vaser liposuction.
  • Outstanding hospital facilities.
  • Competitively priced for our expertise and experience.
  • With over 35 years’ experience of Cosmetic medical Excellence, you are in expert hands.
  • 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.

Consultations for liposuction are available at our clinics in London Harley Street, Birmingham, Bristol, Buckinghamshire, Glasgow, Leeds, Manchester, Northampton and Milton Keynes.

Liposuction FAQs

What is liposuction?

Liposuction is a surgical procedure used to remove excess fat through the use of a device called a cannula which is then attached to a liposuction machine. The cannula is inserted into the fat layer the skin where it removes the unwanted fatty deposits creating a smoother, slimmer and more contoured appearance to the areas being treated.

What areas can be treated with traditional liposuction?

Liposuction is suitable for fat removal of any area of the body including the buttocks, hips, thighs, abdomen/ stomach, chin, upper arms, breasts or knees. Usually surgical liposuction is advised for larger areas of fat removal. For smaller areas like bingo wings/ arm fat, double chin fat removal, inner thighs and knees micro lipo may be suggested as an alternative. Your plastic surgeon will advise on the best liposuction method for you at your consultation.

What does surgical liposuction involve?

Liposuction is usually carried out under general anaesthetic although other types of anaesthesia could be requested if appropriate. Your cosmetic surgeon will mark the areas on your body where fat is going to be removed and these areas are then injected with a solution containing anaesthetic and medication, to reduce blood loss, bruising and swelling. The fat cells are then broken up using high-frequency vibrations, a weak laser pulse or a high pressure water jet. Each surgeon has different liposuction techniques and preferences but this will be discussed with you at your consultation. Small incisions are then 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 then be fitted into a support garment to help reduce swelling and returned to a recovery room to recover from the anaesthetic.

What type of anaesthesia is used in traditional liposuction?

In most instances, surgical liposuction takes place under general anaesthetic. You will be gently put to sleep to ensure comfort throughout the procedure.

In some cases liposuction can be carried out under local anaesthetic but this is usually for smaller cases.

The type of anaesthesia used can be discussed with your surgeon at your consultation.

Am I suitable for surgical liposuction?

Patients who have stubborn areas of fat that cannot be reduced with diet or exercise are the best candidates for surgical liposuction. Liposuction is not a method of weight loss and you should be as close to your ideal weight as possible before the procedure. If you are unsure give us a call to discuss the areas you are interested in treating.

To find out if you are suitable for liposuction you will need to come in for a consultation with one of our surgeons who will be able to assess you and go through your medical history.

How long does traditional liposuction take?

The time it takes to complete liposuction surgery will depend on the amount of fat being removed and the amount of areas being treated but usually surgeries tend to last between 1 – 3 hours.

To find out more information about liposuction surgery give us a call or use our online contact form to book a consultation.

Does liposuction work?

Liposuction is a safe and effective way to permanently remove unwanted excess fat deposits from the body. As you begin to lose weight through diet and exercise, your fat cells shrink in size but they do not disappear.

When you have liposuction, the fat cells are removed from the body which means it is very unlikely that they will be able to develop and increase in size again.

Our surgeons will be able to explain how liposuction works in your consultation.

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.

What are the alternatives to surgical liposuction?

Liposuction may not be the best surgical procedure for every patient.

If you have loose or sagging skin then liposuction would not be suitable for you. You will be better suited to an abdominoplasty/tummy tuck, thigh or arm lift depending on which area you are looking to target. Liposuction is designed to target areas of unwanted fat but it will not be able to improve the appearance of loose skin.

Surgical liposuction is usually reserved for multiple or slightly larger amounts of fat. If you are just looking to improve a small area such as neck or arm fat then micro lipo or vaser lipo may be a more suitable alternative to help you achieve the best results.

To find out which treatment is best for you, we recommend coming in for a consultation with one of our expert surgeons who can offer their advice to help you. The Private Clinic are specialists in  Micro, Traditional and Vaser liposuction procedures.

Is it possible to combine liposuction with another procedure?

Liposuction is commonly performed alongside other cosmetic surgery procedures such as tummy tucks, male chest reductions and arm lifts for example. Your surgeon will let you know what they believe will give you the best results. Pairing the two procedures together allows patients to obtain the benefits of both, while reducing the pain and recovery time needed if both procedures were performed separately.

Your surgeon will be able to advise if a combined procedure would be suitable for you at a consultation.

Is liposuction safe?

Surgical liposuction is a safe procedure but, as with any surgical procedures there are always risks and potential complications that may arise such as;

Bleeding, bruising, infection, swelling, scarring, asymmetry, contour irregularities and seromas.

During your consultation your cosmetic surgeon will go through the procedure and all of the risks and complication to ensure you fully understand them before going ahead with the procedure.

We offer a comprehensive and extensive post-operative care programme, which includes detailed post-operative instructions and follow-up appointments with nurses and surgeons at our clinics.

Is liposuction painful?

Patients are usually under general anaesthetic during liposuction but some may be suitable for local anaesthetic.

You should not be in pain during the surgical procedure but if you do only have local anaesthetic then you may feel a little uncomfortable at times. Your surgeon will be able to discuss what anaesthetic is going to be used at your consultation.

After the procedure you will have some local anaesthetic remaining in the areas so the pain will be minimal. You may begin to feel sore and this may become very tender 2-4 days after surgery but this should be easily managed with painkillers. Tenderness in the areas treated may continue for up to 4 weeks but should begin to subside after this.

Our 24-hour patient helpline is there to ensure you are always in the best of hands should you have any concerns post-surgery.

What is recovery like after liposuction?

We usually 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.

Our 24-hour patient helpline is there to ensure you are always in the best of hands should you have any concerns or questions post-surgery.

Will I need to stay overnight after liposuction?

In the majority of cases we aim to get patients home to recover on the same day. In some circumstances it may be essential for the patient to stay overnight but this will be discussed at your consultation with your surgeon.

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.

Will I need to wear a garment after liposuction?

Liposuction patients will be required to wear a surgical compression garment at all times apart from when showering for the initial 3-4 weeks after your procedure and then you may only need to wear it during the day for an additional 3 weeks but this will depend on how your own healing times and you will be advised on this at your post-op appointment.

The garment will only need to be worn in the areas that have been treated and you will be measured for these at your post-op examination so that they will fit you correctly and comfortably.

The purpose of post-surgical garments is too aid your healing process. The garment adds external pressure to the areas helping to reduce swelling and bruising from occurring and aids your body circulation.

Will I be able to wash my liposuction garment?

You will be able to wash your garment and they would usually have washing instructions attached. We advise not removing your garment for at least 2-3 days post procedure. You may find it useful to purchase a second compression garment to wear whilst one is in the wash as we don’t advise that you go for too long without wearing a garment in the early stages of your recovery.

Will I have scars after liposuction?

Liposuction incisions are very small and usually less than 5mm. The incisions are made close to areas where fat is being removed. Due to their small size, stitches are not usually required. They may initially appear red but should gradually fade over time.

Your surgeon will be able to discuss where your scars are likely to be at your consultation and will offer scar care advice post-surgery.

How soon can I exercise after liposuction?

Overall, exercise and sports should be avoided until 6 weeks post procedure and at this point you should receive advice from your surgeon as to whether they feel you are able to continue or not.

Some patients start to get back into gentle exercise at 4 weeks but listen to your body, it will tell you if you are not ready.

You can also phone into clinic for any additional aftercare advice if you are unsure or concerned.

How long do I need to stay off work after liposuction?

The amount of time you stay off work after liposuction will depend on the job role that you are in. Usually we recommend for patients to take at least 1 week off for office based jobs. If you are involved in heavy lifting or other strenuous physical activity during your job role then you may need to take a little longer. Your surgeon will be able to discuss this in your aftercare plan with you.

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.

Will I need drains after a liposuction?

Liposuction patients usually require drains to help aid recovery and reduce swelling. Surgical drains are used to remove blood, pus and other fluids from the incision sites. The drains are normally in place for up to 5 days before being removed by the surgeon or a nurse in clinic.

Your surgeon will be able to discuss surgical drains in more detail at your consultation.

Why do I need to stop smoking before liposuction?

Our surgeons prefer patients to quit smoking before going ahead with any procedure at The Private Clinic. This is because smoking often causes the skin to heal poorly and cause unnecessary complications post-procedure and delayed recovery.

To allow your body to heal properly, we recommend that patients quit smoking as soon as you make the choice to undergo liposuction or we recommend that you at least stop 2 weeks before and do not smoke for at least 2 weeks after surgery.

Resuming smoking during recovery before your incision sites have healed puts you at risk of poor healing, infection, and other dangerous complications.

It is important to be honest in your medical questionnaire and make your surgeon aware if you smoke, take any medication or have any medical issues that may affect your recovery time.

When can I drive again after liposuction?

You will not be able to drive yourself home after your procedure. We advise that you bring someone with you that can transport you home and stay with you for at least 24 hours post-procedure.

Once you are able to move about without any discomfort, have stopped taking any medications and are generally feeling fit and well you will be able to start driving again. Please ensure that you are able to move comfortably within the vehicle and perform an emergency stop with ease. This is usually between 7-10 days.

If you are unsure then don’t hesitate to use our 24-hour patient helpline to ask for advice. You should also check the details within your insurance to ensure that you are appropriately covered for driving post-procedure.

When can I travel after liposuction?

We prefer our patients to wait until they are fully healed from surgery before taking long trips away and especially before flying.

As with any type of surgery, flying immediately after a procedure is not recommended due to an increased risk of blood clots in your leg known as deep vein thrombosis (DVT).

Liposuction patients should typically wait until around 10-14 days after surgery to fly.

During a flight you should take precautions such as wearing compression stockings and getting up to walk around regularly during the flight. If you are travelling by car then we recommend taking regular stops to get out and walk around.

Another reason we prefer patients to wait at least 6 weeks before travelling away is so that if any complication should arise during their recovery, they are able to return to clinic to see the surgeon if required.

If you are planning a holiday or trip away it is essential that you let your surgeon know at your consultation so an appropriate aftercare plan can be put in place.

Will I be bruised after liposuction?

Unfortunately bruising is a common side effect of liposuction surgery. This can make you feel tender in areas and uncomfortable. We recommend sticking to your aftercare plan as much as possible as this will help to reduce the amount of bruising. Bruising can take up to 3 weeks to completely subside.

Will liposuction leave me with loose skin?

Correctly performed liposuction should not leave you with loose skin. Your surgeon will take time to assess the quality of your skin before agreeing to perform the procedure as they will be able to predict how the skin will tighten or shrink during the years after healing. If you have stretched skin prior to liposuction then it is unlikely that it will tighten and an alternative surgical procedure may be suggested to help remove and tighten the skin instead.

To find out if you are suitable for liposuction or not then come in for a consultation with one of our expert surgeons who will be able to recommend which procedure is going to give you the best results.

How much does Liposuction cost?

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 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.

We offer FREE consultations with our highly experienced Patient Advisors who are able to offer you all the information your require prior to meeting a Doctor. Consultations with one of our specialist Consultant Plastic Surgeons or liposuction surgeons is £50. Please note all  consultations at our Harley Street clinic are with a surgeon.

Will there be swelling after liposuction?

Swelling is a common side effect of liposuction surgery unfortunately but our aftercare plans have been put in the place to try and reduce the amount of swelling that occurs post-surgery. You may have a drain in place for a few days after surgery and be required to wear a compression garment at all times except when washing. These will both help to reduce swelling. Swelling can take a number of weeks to fully subside but the majority of it will be gone within 3 weeks.

What are the different types of liposuction?

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

Liposuction
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. 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?

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

Our clinics are in;

  • London – 98 Harley street, W1G7HZ
  • Manchester –  25 St John Street, M3 4DT
  • Birmingham – 88 Hagley Road, B16 8LU – West Midlands
  • Leeds – 45 Park Square North, LS1 2NP – Yorkshire
  • Buckinghamshire – Stokenchurch Medical Center Oxford Road, HP14 3SX – South East England
  • Bristol – 92c Whiteladies Road, BS8 2QN – Clifton
  • Northampton – 82 Billing Road, NN1 5DF – East Midlands

We also have consulting rooms in Milton Keynes where you can have consultations with one of our patient advisors.

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

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