Surgical Liposuction

What is Surgical Liposuction?

Surgical Liposuction is the most traditional form of Liposuction and involves fat being sucked either via pump or syringe. As with Laser and VASER liposuction, this method requires surgery to get results.

Surgical liposuction or fat removal surgery helps remove stubborn areas of fat, typically in arms, thighs, stomach, hips, chin or knees. These might be fat deposits that have been increasingly resistant to diet and exercise, so can be used to help sculpt body shape from perhaps a disproportionate figure.

Advantages of Surgical Liposuction

Whilst the surgery won’t remove cellulite or stretch marks, surgical lipo can help deliver a long-lasting change to your body shape. Benefits include:

  • Better option for targeting larger areas of body fat such as stomach, thighs, bottom or hips
  • Permanent fat cell removal
  • Targets difficult fat deposits
  • Immediate results

What the procedure involves

The surgery usually takes between one and three hours, depending upon the amount of fat to be removed. Surgical liposuction can be done under local anaesthetic for smaller areas but it more often requires a general anaesthetic, so you may need to stay overnight in one of our purpose built Transform hospitals.

Your surgeon will inject a salt water solution into the fatty area to be treated to break up the fat before inserting a thin metal tube called a cannula into the area. The fat is sucked out via the cannula using a vacuum pump (liposuction) or a syringe (liposculpture). The tube may need to be inserted a few more times to remove all the fat. The small incisions made often do not require any stitches so will heal by themselves and be unnoticeable in time.

Surgical Liposuction results

Surgical lipo can provide immediate results to larger areas of your body and therefore is popular for patients looking to remove fat from thighs, bottom, tummy or hips. Our patient care co-ordinators will  discuss with you at your free consultation your options and help decide the right treatment for the results you want to achieve.  View our before and after results to see a number of our case studies for surgical liposuction.


Your aftercare is as important as the surgery itself. With our 3 year aftercare programme, a 24/7 patient care line and our top tips for recovering at home you can be reassured that we will be with you every step of the way. As standard we will organise a number of follow up appointments with your nurse and surgeon to ensure that you achieve the very best results.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q. What will the scarring be like?

A: The scars are very little (a few mm in length) and generally fade within a few months

Q. How long will I have to stay in hospital?

A: Usually patients who undergo the Liposuction procedure can go home on the same day

Q. What happens if I gain weight after Liposuction surgery?

A: If you gain weight after Liposuction, you can still put on weight in the area treated. However, if you keep a healthy lifestyle and diet you can continue to have the same results as post-treatment.

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