Liposuction is a body reshaping procedure that is used to remove excess subcutaneous fat from a range of areas around the body. Also known as lipoplasty, this treatment is ideal for tackling localised fat deposits that develop in particular areas of the body as the operation works to remove excess fat tissue. This helps to create a slimmer appearance as well as improve the contours of your body.

What areas of my body can I have liposuction?

Typical areas to have liposuction include:

  • Stomach
  • Flanks
  • Inner and outer thighs
  • Buttocks
  • Below the chin
  • Below the knees

What does the lipo procedure involve?

There are a variety of liposuction techniques that can be utilised for your treatment, so all of these will be discussed thoroughly during your consultation to ensure that the right procedure is chosen for you and the results you want to achieve. Usually performed under a general anaesthetic, small 5mm incisions are made and a range of suction cannulas (these look like hollow tubes) are inserted – these remove the excess subcutaneous fat in the affected area, using a suction machine. The incisions are then sutured and a compression garment will be applied.

Anything else to bear in mind?

If you have good skin tone and your pockets of fat are well defined, then you should expect your results to be particularly good. Your surgeon can advise you of this during your in-depth consultation.

You can also combine your liposuction procedure with a few other treatment options, for example, an abdominoplasty or body lift – this can work harmoniously with your liposuction to improve the appearance across your flanks, thighs and buttocks.

As a side note, liposuction is not a solution for cellulite or obesity and we don’t advise that this treatment replace a healthy diet and regular exercise regime, although these lifestyle choices can work alongside this procedure to carve the body that you desire.

What is the recovery process like?

Depending on the extent of your liposuction, your surgery will either be performed as a day case or as an overnight stay. Your dressings will be changed after one week, although you will need to wear the compression garment for four to six weeks to really maximise the results of your procedure. This garment will tackle any swelling that occurs and also encourages the skin to conform to its new, slimmer shape.

You will be able to return to work after 10 to 14 days, but this will also depend on the extent of your surgery. Vigorous exercise should be avoided until your bruising has settled down – this usually takes between three to four weeks. If you suffer any discomfort or pain, then mild to moderate painkillers can be used to combat this. You’ll be able to get a glimpse of your final result after four to six weeks, however, improvements should continue for the following three to six months as your skin and fat soften and become smoother.

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