Liposuction (Fat reduction)

Sometimes, despite a good diet and exercise there can be stubborn areas of fat that do not shift. The areas where this can most commonly be a problem can vary depending on patients, but generally the areas include the inner/outer thighs, lower tummy and flanks. This can give the appearance of less toned and more fullness. Liposuction can be used to safely remove fat from areas of the body.

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Duration 30-90 mins
Anaesthesia Local anaesthetic Local anaesthetic + sedation General anaesthetic
Hospital Stay No if local or local +/- sedation. One night stay if large areas and/or under a general anaesthetic
Recovery 1 week
Addresses Areas of localised or stubborn fat

Is this right for me?

Liposuction can give you good results in the right patient and it is important that your plastic surgeon assesses your suitability for it. This is not a method of weight loss but if you cannot shift stubborn areas of fat despite diet and exercise then this can help to redefine and contour these areas.

If you have very little skin tone and your skin has lost its elasticity then aggressive liposuction to the area can leave you with unsightly loose skin or appearance of cellulite. Often liposuction is performed in conjunction with skin tightening such as in the neck, upper arms, tummy and thighs to reduce the volume of fat but also to tighten the overlying skin.

Sometimes the fat removed from one area is harvested and re-injected into another part of the body to enhance an area deficient in fat as part of body sculpting.

What does this involve?

Most areas of liposuction can be performed under local anaesthetic. The site of liposuction is cleaned with antiseptic solution in sterile operating theatres. Local anaesthetic infiltration to the area of fat is performed and once the area is numb small puncture holes are made within skin creases to the area where the liposuction cannula is introduced. The fat is then broken down and sucked through the cannula into a sealed vacuum container.

After the procedure the small puncture holes are closed with absorbable sutures and small dressings are applied over them. You will then be given a compression garment to wear for 4 to 6 weeks to support the area of liposuction, which will reduce your swelling and speed up your recovery.

Frequently asked questions

Find the answers to our most frequently asked questions.

Our plastic surgeons will offer you surgical garments after your surgery that will help provide support to the area in order to minimise swelling, give you comfort and speed up your healing. For most areas you will need to wear the surgical garment for around 4 to 6 weeks after your procedure.

Yes, depending on the area our plastic surgeons will advise you on how much liposuction can be performed safely on you.

Yes, when the swelling has settled we can assess and perform further liposuction to the area.

You will have small dressings at the sites of the liposuction and will be given compression garments to wear over the site of the liposuction for 4 to 6 weeks.

All your stitches are absorbable and will flake off when ready, generally within a few weeks.

The scars are small 3-5mm and are hidden in skin creases around the site of liposuction.

The swelling will take a few weeks to settle and you will be expected to see your final result in about 3 to 6 months depending on the area of the body.

Yes, there will be some discomfort and pain after your liposuction surgery. However our plastic surgeons will give you long lasting analgesia and you will be discharged with painkillers.

Yes, generally there is bruising and swelling for a few weeks to the site of liposuction.


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