What is Liposuction?
Liposuction, also called lipomodelling is the removal of unwanted fat using physical suction-assisted techniques. It is a useful and popular method of reducing bulges around the waistline, reshaping necks, arms and thighs and reducing unsightly breast tissue in men. The removal is facilitated through several very small incisions, situated in places that aim to keep the scars well hidden.
What are the non-surgical and surgical options available?
There are several non-surgical interventions that can be used to produce subtle fat reductions. Cryolipolysis is the most popular but frequently requires a number of treatments to create any noticeable effect. Liposuction can be completely tailored to an individual’s needs and any amount of fat can be removed in a simple procedure. Smaller volume liposuction can also be used to improve the outcome of other surgical procedures such as abdominoplasty and facelift surgeries.
How long do the results last for?
The results are often life long, although these can be impacted by significant weight change and ageing. For those who have a propensity to put on weight in specific areas, if weight is regained after lipomodelling, the problematic areas are likely to recur.
What are the risks?
Bruising, swelling and infection are risks, like in any surgery. The incisions are usually small and placed where the scar will be well hidden. Slight asymmetries may be evident post liposuction as each side of the body is naturally asymmetric and will therefore behave differently.
What are the success rates?
The area remains swollen for over three months following liposuction, but after this period the result is usually observed and most patients are very pleased. Satisfaction with this type of surgery is very high as it can address a number of concerns in one operation and the recovery time is short.
How much does the surgery cost?
The indicative prices below include the surgical fee, any anaesthetic used and the associated fees from the consultant administering this, in addition to the hospital fee and all tests and follow up. An accurate breakdown and a detailed quote will be given following the initial consultation.
From £4,000 for one area under general anaesthetic
What general advice is there?
A good supportive compression garment is advised after surgery. This holds the shape and form of the area and reduces swelling. Gentle sporting activity and driving can be introduced after one week with more physical activity beginning again at two weeks.
Facts for Liposuction
- Surgery duration: 1-2 hours
- Type of anaesthesia: Usually general anaesthetic
- Time in hospital: Day case
- Time off work: 3-5 days
- Recovery time: 4 weeks
- First follow up appointment: 1 week
- Total number of follow up appointments: 2
- Pain management: Simple pain relief with tramadol at night
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