Liposuction, otherwise known as fat removal, is a minimally invasive procedure to help patients remove areas of stubborn fat that have resisted dieting and exercise. Also known as lipoplasty (fat modelling) or simply as lipo this treatment is not to be seen as being a "quick fix" option for losing weight and can be an extremely effective means of permanently reshaping a wide variety of problem areas around the body.
Here you'll find information and advice on every aspect of treatment, from recovery tips to how to go about finding the best clinic in your area. If you have further questions then you can also refer to our Liposuction FAQ section where you'll find the most common questions that crop up when enquiring about surgery.
When calculating the potential cost of liposuction potential patients should take in to account a variety of different factors. With regards to the patient themselves their current weight, the amount of fat being removed and are being treated all have a deciding influence on the price of the treatment. Various other factors including the location and reputation of the clinic where the procedure is being performed as well as the skill, experience and quality of the practitioner performing the procedure also plays a large part in determining the final cost of the treatment.
On average potential patients can expect to pay anything from £1500 to upwards of £4000 to treat one area.
The best way to find cheap liposuction is to shop around the internet and visit comparison sites such as Clinic Compare, who can do the leg work for you by shopping around to find you the best possible deal that suits your specific requirements.
The majority of liposuction providers offer a variety of different finance options to help potential patients take advantage of the variety of treatments available. These include "buy now pay later" schemes, 0% interest loan and even specifically designed monthly payment plans to help a prospective patient fund their procedure and spread the cost of their surgery. Depending on their financial circumstances clinics may be willing to offer patients anything from £1000-£3000 to cover the cost of their procedure.
Also known as liposculpture or lipoplasty, this procedure has been in application since the 1970’s when doctors Giorgio and Arpad Fischer invented the procedure in 1974. 30 years of surgical and medical developments and enhancements have meant that more fat cells can more easily be removed, with less blood loss, less discomfort, and less risk throughout the procedure. However risks are part and parcel of any cosmetic surgery and those with diabetes, any infection, and heart or circulation problems will not qualify for surgery due to these potential patients being at increased risk of developing complications.
The procedure generally last between 30 and 90 minutes depending on the area(s) covered. The most popular treatment areas include buttocks, neck, chin (submental), face, arms, abdomen, thighs, hips, love handles (flanks).
Traditionally the treatment involves removing fat from various locations of the body via a cannula, a hollow tube, and a suction device called an aspirator. Liposuction surgery can also be used to reduce breast size in men suffering from gynecomastia, or can be performed to remove fat tumours (lipomas) in both men and women.
Due to advances in technology there are now several different techniques available including:
Laser Lipo involves using thermal energy to dissolve specifically targeted fatty deposits (Lipolysis). Once these cells have been broken down subsequently removed naturally using the body's lymphatic system or extracted with a gentle suction via a fine cannula which is inserted in the same incision.
The introduction of the Advanced Laser Lipo in many clinics as a lipo sculpting technique has the additional benefit of giving the option of the surgeon re-introducing the laser in to the area being treated to trigger skin contraction with the aim to provide a firm and even final result.
Involves using a specialised cannula that emits ultrasound vibrations inside the body to disturb and emulsify fat cells, making them easier to remove using a specially designed cannula.
In recent years medical developments have led to non-surgical procedures in fat modelling. They provide options for patients to take advantage of cheaper liposuction as techniques are not invasive and involve using the very latest ultrasound and radio-frequency (RF) technology as well as shapewear garments to help contour their body.
If the treatment requires you to undergo a general anaesthetic then the patient will be requested by your surgeon to refrain from eating or drinking for around 6 hours prior to surgery. A surgeon will then talk the patient through the procedure itself, what to expect before, during and after and any pain or discomfort that may occur. The surgeon will also give the patient the opportunity to pose questions regarding the treatment and help allay any uncertainties.
Next the surgeon and patient will talk through the areas that the prospective patient would like treating, marking out on the patients body the areas that will be targeted. This will hopefully give the patient a realistic understanding of what can be achieved.
Finally photographs will usually be taken as a visual comparison between the original and the final results of the Liposuction treatment.
Post treatment the targeted area will be securely wrapped in supportive bandages in an attempt to both improve the shape of results and reduce the swelling. If the patient has undergone a general anaesthetic then they will be required to rest and refrain from driving, operating heavy machinery, drinking alcohol for 24 hours.
A nurse will advise patients on after care and some mild pain killers may be prescribed to treat any discomfort.
In younger patients skin is more elastic, therefore, once the procedure has finished, skin can tighten up around the treated areas. This result is common place in liposuction in the arms and stomach areas where skin is known to tighten to its genetically predetermined position.
In older patients however, skin elasticity is not what it is in younger patients. Due to this, other cosmetic procedures, such as abdominoplasty (tummy tuck), rhytidectomy (facelift) and mastopexy (breast lift) are recommended as they will remove any excess skin left over from the surgery to help improve the results.