Liposuction is a surgical procedure that uses a suction technique and instrument to remove fat from specific body areas. Liposuction also shapes these areas. Liposuction is not considered an overall weight-loss method or a weight-loss alternative. This procedure is usually only recommended if you have too much body fat in specific areas but otherwise have stable body weight. It is not a weight-loss replacement nor a substitute for a healthy diet and exercise regime.

Common areas for liposuction can include:

  • Stomach
  • Hips and flanks
  • Thighs
  • Buttocks
  • Neck
  • Upper arms
  • Male breasts

Why Do People Get Liposuction?

Liposuction is used to remove fat from body areas that haven’t responded to diet and exercise. Liposuctions reduces the number of fat cells in the target area. The amount of fat removed depends on the volume of fat in the area. The resulting contour changes are generally permanent, as long as your weight remains stable.

The Liposuction Procedure Explained

Liposuction is usually carried out under general anaesthetic and takes between one and three hours, depending on the size of the area being treated. First, your surgeon will insert a thin tube, known as a cannula, into tiny incisions in the skin. Next, the cannula is used to loosen the fat to be suctioned out; this will also begin the contouring process. Following this, a suction device is attached to the cannula and the fat is removed from the body. The small incisions will then be sewn up.

Compression garments must be worn for up to two weeks post-surgery to ensure proper and effective recovery.

What Are The Risks of Liposuction?

Although a fairly standard procedure, liposuction does come with risks, much like all other surgical treatments. These risks can include:

  • Scars
  • Bruising and bleeding
  • Infection
  • Swelling
  • Asymmetry
  • Reduced sensation
  • Damage to deeper structures

How Much Does Liposuction Cost?

  1. In the UK, the price for liposuction may range from £2,000 to £6,000, depending on where you go and the body area that is treated.
  2. This procedure is only available on the NHS in the case of conditions characterised by abnormal fat build-up.
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