What areas can be treated by liposuction?
Although Liposuction can be performed on many parts of the body, some areas are not suitable for treatment due to the risk of complications occurring, or the development of contour irregularities. Areas which can be treated include:
Inner and outer thighs
Calves and ankles
How long do the results of liposuction last?
The fat cells which are removed during the liposuction procedure are removed permanently. However, if you gain weight after surgery, this will create new fat cells which will usually be found in different areas of your body. To keep your new shape after surgery you should follow a healthy diet and exercise regularly.
How much does liposuction cost?
Every patient’s individual procedure is different and is tailored specifically to your needs. As a result, liposuction costs can vary, but your Patient Advisor will be able to provide you with this during your free consultation.
It’s important to bear in mind that although cost is, of course, an important factor in your final decision as to whether you proceed with surgery, it should be considered alongside factors such as level of care, patient safety and surgeon experience.
Can liposuction help me lose weight?
While it's an extremely effective procedure which can provide a shapelier figure and make your body look more in proportion, liposuction is not a weight loss procedure in itself and is not a treatment for obesity. The amount of fat which is extracted from the body during the treatment doesn’t result in significant weight loss. What it will do, however, is shape problem areas which have remained resistant to lifestyle changes such as taking regular exercise and eating a healthy balanced diet.
What will the scarring be like?
The scars are small (just a few millimetres in length) and generally fade within a few months.
How long does liposuction surgery take?
Liposuction usually takes between one and three hours, depending on how much fat has to be removed and the area being treated.
How long will I have to stay in hospital?
After your liposuction surgery, you may be able to return home the same day, or you may prefer an overnight stay in one of our hospitals. You can discuss this, amongst other details, before your procedure.
How long will I need off work after liposuction surgery?
The recovery time after liposuction is usually quite quick and you should be able to go back to work after a few days. We generally advise that you take a week off to ensure the best recovery.
What is the maximum amount of fat that can be removed during liposuction?
This can be anything between three and four litres of fat per operation. If you need more fat than this removed, our consultants are likely to recommend multiple surgeries, or refer you to our sister company The Hospital Group for a weight loss consultation.
What areas can be treated with liposuction?
Liposuction can treat any area of the body, but popular areas include hips, thighs, stomach, chin, knees and the buttocks.
How long will I need to wear a pressure garment for?
This will need to be worn post-surgery for between one and eight weeks, depending on the advice of your surgeon.
What are the risks and complications of liposuction?
All types of surgery carry a level of risk. For liposuction these can include bruising, loose skin, infection, bleeding after surgery and irregularities of the skin. Your patient advisor will go through all the details and provide you with a detailed guide.
What's the difference between vaser and surgical liposuction?
Vaser liposuction uses ultrasound to target fat cells, whereas traditional liposuction involves surgery and making incisions in the skin.
What level of pain can I expect after the procedure?
Different people have different thresholds of pain, but usually liposuction isn't particularly painful. In rare cases where some pain is experienced, it can be controlled for a number of days.
What happens if I gain weight after liposuction surgery?
If you gain weight after liposuction, the area treated can also gain some of this weight. However, if you keep a healthy lifestyle and diet, you can continue to have the same results post-treatment.