Liposuction is a surgical procedure that removes excess fat from hard to shift locations using a cannula (hollow tube) and light suction. Liposuction in the UK has become popular due to the short recovery time and minimal amount of scarring. Tiny incisions are made in the skin through which thin, hollow tubes are inserted to remove the fat cells and tissue.
On average patients can expect to pay from £1,500 to £5,000 for liposuction surgery.
The cost of liposuction in the UK will depend on the type of liposuction performed, whether a local or general anaesthetic is used and the numbers of areas treated.
Liposuction surgery is generally performed under a general anaesthetic which requires the presence of a qualified anaesthesiologist. Liposuction tends to be more expensive if it requires a general, rather than local, anaesthesic. Your doctor will advise you which type of anaesthetic you need, based on the treatment area, the surgical procedure and your overall health.
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Liposuction is an increasingly popular choice for those who are looking to improve their body shape and remove unwanted areas of fat. It is generally considered a safe procedure with few complications, regardless of which technique is used.
People who have undergone liposuction surgery often talk about a number of benefits that it can bring. Liposuction is a safe method of fat removal which could help lessen the risks of problems associated with increased body fat.
Following a good healthy eating plan and exercise regime is the best way to keep fat at bay, but sometimes areas of fat develop which are difficult to target even with the best efforts. Liposuction can effectively target these hard to shift spots of stubborn fat.
Some patients also report that liposuction has resulted in a reduction or improvement in the appearance of unsightly cellulite.
If you are happy with the way your body looks, you are likely to feel more confident in yourself and have better self esteem - and this can affect every area of your life.
Tumescent Liposuction uses local anaesthetic so it has a quick recovery time and the patient is conscious throughout the procedure. It is also referred to as liposculpture because the surgeon is able to differentiate between muscle and fat and properly sculpt the fat away to reveal muscle tone. Despite the treatment only requiring a local anaesthetic, the complexity of the procedure means surgery can last up to 4 or 5 hours.
The average cost of undergoing a course of Tumescent Liposuction treatment in the UK is £1,800 to £2,100.
Laser liposuction or Smart Lipo is also carried out under a local anaesthetic. However, forms of liposuction such as Vaser tend to require a general anaesthesic due to the more invasive nature of the procedure.
Vaser Liposuction or Vaser Lipo is one of the most effective liposuction techniques for removing unwanted fat while causing minimal side effects. It is unlikely to damage the surrounding tissue. During Vaser liposuction, ultrasound is used to selectively target and break up fat cells whilst leaving muscles, blood vessels and nerves intact. The liquefied fat cells can then be gently suctioned away via a cannula. Since blood vessels, nerves and muscles are left undisturbed during the surgery there is less bruising and swelling than in more traditional forms of liposuction. For this reason Vaser Liposuction is also referred to as Vaser Liposelection.
Vaser Liposuction in the UK can be found from around £2,100.
A new “fat dissolving” injection developed by Professor Pasquale Motolese, Aqualyx is the only non-invasive way to target problem fatty areas such as “saddle bags” or “man boobs”. Given as a course of monthly injections, Aqualyx works to remove stubborn fat deposits that are resistant to diet and exercise. Treatment is quick and non-invasive with virtually non-existent side-effects and recovery, making it a quick and easy alternative to other, more invasive surgical procedures.
The Aqualyx injection solution is based around naturally occurring bile acids, which break down fat in our diets. By being injected directly into stubborn fat deposits, the solution can directly target fat cells, breaking them down and “dissolving” fatty areas. You should see a noticeable reduction after just one session, but following a full course of treatment you will notice a real difference in size as optimal fat reduction results are achieved.
Aqualyx treatment will costs will vary between providers, but typically costs around £350 per session. An average course of treatment involves around 5 sessions, making the total average cost around £1500; up to £1000-2000 cheaper than equivalent, more invasive liposuction procedures.
Payment plans mean patients can spread the cost of liposuction surgery over a number of years and 0% interest options are often offered by more established liposuction clinics. However, it is advisable to seek financial advice before signing any credit agreement to ensure that the calculated repayment amounts are viable.
As well as bespoke 0% interest payment plans, it is often possible to arrange other payment options and finance plans through your treatment provider. Many clinics offer interest free loans to finance your liposuction treatment, though these may be dependent on your credit rating. Patients with a poor credit history may still be eligible for finance options although this will at the discretion of the clinic.
It may also be possible to arrange a Buy Now, Pay Later payment plan with your treatment provider. Here payment will be due after an agreed period, sometimes up to 12 months after the treatment.
The areas most commonly targeted with liposuction are:
Men can also benefit from liposuction. Areas suitable for treatment are:
Modern techniques and faster recovery times have made liposuction a popular choice for men and women who want to have a slimmer and better sculpted body shape.