Liposculpture Vs Liposuction

What Is Liposculpture?

Liposculpture is an advanced form of liposuction but is slightly different to conventional liposuction. It is used particularly in the process of body contouring, which uses the removal and sometimes reshaping of fat to enhance the prominence and definition of muscles and certain problem areas of the body, like the stomach, chin and neck.

Because it is usually performed under local anaesthetic it can avoid a lot of the swelling and bleeding associated with earlier forms of liposuction. An anaestheic solution is usually injected into the area being treated to constrict the arteries and blood vessels and keep potential bleeding and swelling to a minimum. Liposculpture differs from liposuction mainly because liposculpture usually removes less amounts of fat than liposuction and is more concerned specifically with body sculpting and more subtly reshaping certain areas of the body. It is used most commonly on the stomach, upper thighs, back and upper arms.

How Much Does Liposculpture Cost?

Liposculpture prices vary depending on a number of factors including the amount of fat to be removed, the areas and number of areas to be operated on, the surgeons skill and reputation, the location of the clinic, the type and amount of anaesthesia used and whether alternative procedures, such as abdominoplasty (tummy tuck), rhytidectomy (facelift) and mastopexy (breast lift), should be required.

Liposculpture is generally more expensive than liposuction, however, the recovery period will be much quicker and the swelling, bruising and pain associated with a liposuction will be minimal due to the fact that the ultrasound removes stubborn fat that would otherwise be harder to remove.

Liposculpture prices are typically offered for one area of the body at a time, for example, for arm treatment one can expect to pay in the region of £700-£1000, while liposculpture in the abdomen region is likely to cost around £1,500 - £2000. Other factors that will affect the lipo price include which technique the surgeon prefers, whether it may be wet, super-wet, tumescent or ultrasound.

What Makes Liposculpture Different To Liposuction?

To be able to decide which of these two is best for you it's important to be aware of the benefits and disadvantages of both. If you are looking to just have a small amount of fat removed from a particular area then liposculpture would be preferable because liposculpture is not meant to significantly reduce body weight but instead is meant to improve the appearance of certain areas of the body.

The amount of fat being removed will also affect cost - put simply the more fat is being removed the more expensive it will be. It has to be remembered though, that liposculpture is much more precise than normal liposuction and is more focused on adding shape and definition to particular areas, as opposed to simply removing quantities of fat. So basically, if you are looking to possibly add tone and definition to a certain area, like say your stomach, liposculpture would be more appropriate but if the area in question is larger requiring a greater amount of fat being removed, then conventional liposuction is needed.

The Benefits And Drawbacks

There are a number of benefits associated with liposculpture.

The procedure only targets the fat cells and fatty tissue under the skin, leaving the surrounding cells intact. As it is less invasive than other procedures, it provides a faster healing process with less pain, and is a relatively quick and simple procedure. Though not suitable for individuals with a large amount of excess body fat, this procedure is ideal however for those who want to achieve an athletic and sculpted look.

There are some drawbacks to liposculpture as well. As it is a body contouring procedure that requires surgical incisions to be made, there may be scarring at the incision site(s), along with the risk of infection. There is also the potential for individuals to experience numbness and pain in the treated area, and there’s a risk of developing seroma and/or inflammation. Generally, the procedure is safe, fast and effective, although the fact that it can take up to six months to see final results can be considered a drawback to some.

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Preparing For Liposculpture

liposculpture is less painful and less invasive than traditional liposuction

A full medical history and clinical examination will be undertaken to make sure that liposculpture is suitable for you.

If this is determined to be the case, your consultant will ask you what you want to achieve, and then explain what is possible and what to expect. In preparation for your procedure, your surgeon may ask you to follow some strict guidelines. For example, you may be asked to stop smoking several weeks prior to the procedure, as it can hinder the healing process. You may be asked to refrain from taking aspirin a few days before to prevent the risk of bleeding, and to follow a healthy diet with no alcohol, more water, plenty of fresh food, vegetables and fruit. Having a massage to ensure the skin is in the best possible condition can also be helpful.

One thing that is crucial before undergoing liposculpture is taking an MRSA test. A positive result could cause an inherent infection to develop through the incision that is difficult to treat. If you test positive for MRSA, treatment will begin and your weight loss procedure will be postponed until you are given the all clear.


Recovery time is generally quite minimal although obviously recovery will be longer if general anaesthesia is used. Most procedures these days are carried out using the tumescent technique which uses only local anaesthetic and patients can generally be discharged within an hour to 90 minutes of having surgery.

Patients can expect most of the post-operative swelling to have completely gone after about 6 to 8 weeks. During this time patients should refrain from any vigorous physical activity to allow their wounds to heal smoothly. But most patients can return to work within a few days. Hopefully you now have a clearer idea of the differences between liposuction and liposculpture and what is involved in the respective procedures.

Liposculpture Abroad

Nowadays, like all forms of cosmetic surgery many patients prefer to travel abroad for the operation. While it is neither recommended nor condemned, many other factors have to be taken into account when traveling overseas for cosmetic surgery. Additional costs such as flights and accommodation have to be figured in, while clinics abroad may not offer the same quality care that clinics do here in the UK.

Although during these troubled times people are always on the look out for cheap cosmetic surgery, a quality, experienced and certified surgeon is always recommended as better results can be guaranteed.

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