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.
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.
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.