Having a particular area of the body that you’re not happy with can really affect self-confidence. Liposuction, also known as Fat Removal surgery or Liposculpture, is usually chosen by people who have stubborn pockets of fat that no amount of diet and exercise can shift. However, liposuction surgery can be performed on any area of the body and the technique is often used as part of other cosmetic surgery procedures such as the tummy tuck, breast reduction and male chest reduction.
As one of our most frequently performed surgical procedures, our patients tell us that they feel happier and more confident in themselves afterwards.
Commonly Asked Questions
Why you might choose Liposuction surgery
- Sculpt a particular area of the body to achieve the figure you’ve always wanted
- Balance the proportions of your figure
- Increase body confidence especially when wearing tight or revealing clothing
- Motivate yourself to lead a healthier lifestyle
Is Liposuction (Fat Removal) right for me?
Liposuction should never be used as a quick, easy solution to weight loss; it is not an operation that will enable you to lose a significant amount of weight. Therefore if you’re not already at (or close to) your ideal weight, Liposuction may not be a suitable option. If you’re at your ideal weight but for example your thighs, arms, knees, buttocks, stomach or hips are not as proportionate as you’d like them to be, then Liposuction could be right for you.
What does the procedure entail and how long does it take?
It is performed under a general anaesthetic or a local anaesthetic with sedation, depending on the area of the body being treated and amount of fat being removed. Often a day case, the operation can take between one and two hours. Your Cosmetic Surgeon will make a small incision in the area being treated and insert a very fine tube called a cannula, which is then attached to very powerful vacuum device that removes the fat cells quickly and efficiently.
How much does Liposuction cost?
Each patient has different needs so there isn’t one, single cost for Liposuction. We advise you to come in for a consultation to speak with a member of our qualified team. We can then determine the right type of procedure for you and give you an exact cost.
Almost any area of the body can be treated but the most common areas are the thighs, buttocks, back, chest, breast,upper arms, stomach, chin, and knees.
Am I too old / young for Liposuction?
As an ethical Cosmetic Surgery provider, we do not perform Cosmetic Surgery on people under 18. We do not set an upper age limit for Liposuction surgery. However, the older we get the longer it takes our bodies to recover, so your Cosmetic Surgeon will assess your current physical health and medical history to ensure you’re fit and well enough to undergo surgery.
Do I need to be at my ideal weight before surgery?
Liposuction is not a recommended weight loss method as it primarily removes stubborn pockets of fat from problem areas to create a more balanced proportion. So yes, you will need to be at your ideal weight in order to be a suitable candidate for surgery. You will need a Body Mass Index (BMI) of up to 30 to be a suitable candidate for Liposuction.
Can you perform Liposuction to help me lose weight?
Absolutely not. Liposuction is not designed to be a weight loss tool and we recommend prospective Fat Removal patients who are at or close to their ideal weight (Preferably within 10% of the ideal weight) at the time of surgery.
Are the results of Liposuction permanent?
The results following your procedure are generally long lasting, as long as you maintain a healthy diet and exercise routine.
Is there any reason why I might not be able to have Liposuction (Fat Removal) surgery?
Your Surgeon will assess your current state of health and your medical history before making a decision on your suitability for this procedure. Unfortunately, we are unable to accept patients with a Body Mass Index (BMI) of over 30 for Liposuction. We can advise you on any lifestyle changes you need to make before we can consider you for the procedure.
Can I combine Liposuction with a Tummy Tuck procedure?
Yes absolutely. Many of our patients, particularly those who come to us following significant weight loss or post pregnancy, choose to combine the two procedures. Liposuction is used to remove pockets of fat from the stomach whilst a Tummy Tuck can rid you of loose, excess skin.
Can I have multiple procedures at the same time (i.e. on the legs, tummy and bottom)?
Yes, within reason. Many patients choose to combine Liposuction with Tummy Tuck surgery if required at the same time, as they are complementary procedures, generally located within the same area. However we would not recommend having undergoing Liposuction with a Breast procedure (or other multiple procedures) on the same day, due to the intensive nature of the procedures combined.
How long will it take me to fully recover (and for any bruising or swelling to go)?
Any pain and bruising should subside one to two weeks after surgery. We usually recommend to take at least a week off from work. However full recovery from Liposuction surgery usually takes between six and eight weeks and during this time you are required to wear a light support garment to keep the treated area supported and protected. Some swelling can remain for a further four weeks and patients often see the full results of their surgery after six to eight months. Your Surgeon will advise you on when you can re-commence your exercise routine.
How much time will I need to take off work?
You can return to work within a few days after your procedure – your Surgeon will be able to advise further.
Will I be left with scars?
Because the incisions made by your Surgeon will be very small, scarring from Liposuction surgery is minimal and barely noticeable.
What are the risks?
The risks with Liposuction are the same as with all surgery performed under a general anaesthetic. However, your Surgeon will talk you through these before you make any decisions.
Do I need to take any long-term precautions after Liposuction surgery?
You can usually return to normal daily activities two weeks after surgery, but your Cosmetic Surgeon will let you know if there are any activities you should avoid or slowly ease yourself back into. Having Fat Removal surgery however should not stop you from doing anything long term.