Liposuction

The perfect solution for spot fat reduction

Fat deposits which cannot be removed by diet or exercise usually occur in areas such as the chin, chest, stomach, sides, back and thighs. Liposuction is a fat removal procedure that aims to eradicate excessive stubborn fat from these hard to shift areas. Liposuction should be thought of as a sculpting procedure that can change the contours of your body or face.

Is liposuction a solution for obesity?

Although liposuction can often provide very substantial improvements, it is rare for liposuction results to be absolutely perfect. It is not a weight-loss technique, or a solution for obesity. It is also not an effective treatment for cellulite, a condition that gives your skin an uneven, dimpled appearance. However, liposuction is a good procedure for spot fat reduction.

What is the procedure?

Liposuction is a procedure in which localised deposits of fat are removed to recontour one or more areas of the body. Through a tiny incision, a narrow tube (cannula) is inserted and used to vacuum the fat layer that lies deep beneath the skin. The cannula is pushed and then pulled through the fat layer, breaking up the fat cells and suctioning them out by a vacuum pump or a large syringe.

The incision sites will be carefully chosen so that scarring is as inconspicuous as possible. Naturally, fluid is lost along with the fat. To prevent shock, patients are carefully monitored and given intravenous fluids during and immediately after liposuction surgery.

On what areas of the body can liposuction be performed?

The liposuction sites may be the following: thighs, hips, knees, arms, neck, back, chin or buttocks.

Could I be a suitable candidate for liposuction?

This is a question that can only be answered after a full consultation with your plastic or reconstructive surgeon. Determining factors are your age and health.

In general, the best candidates for liposuction are individuals who:

  • Are in good health
  • Are within 25 lbs. of thir ideal weight
  • Are bothered by these fatty areas, and are motivated to get rid of these problem areas once and for all
  • Have had no previous surgery in the area where liposuction is desired
  • Have firm, elastic skin
  • Do not have frequent fluctuations in weight
  • Desire reshaping and not weight loss
  • Are psychologically stable
  • Do not smoke
  • Exercise regularly
  • Are accepting of any limitations, as discussed with the surgeon
  • Are well informed about the procedure

What is a suitable age for liposuction?

While age is not a major consideration, it is important for older patients to realise that because of diminished skin elasticity, they may not be able to achieve the same results as younger patients with tighter skin. Patients over 40 must recognise that skin contraction is less likely and loose skin can result. And some surgeons will not operate on patients with inelastic skin.

Can both men and women have liposuction?

Both men and women can be excellent candidates for liposuction. Approximately 75 per cent of patients are female and they most commonly have liposuction performed on the belly, the buttocks and thighs. About 25 per cent of patients are men, the most common location for liposuction in men is the ‘love handles’.

Will I really look and feel better after liposuction?

Your expectations need to be realistic. You will probably be very pleased with the results. Your body shape will be noticeably different quite soon after surgery and you will generally feel more at ease with your body.

The psychological benefit results in a greater confidence and self-esteem. This is the case, for example, of many women who find it hard to lose fat after giving birth.

Contact a featured cosmetic surgeon today

Every year, thousands of people throughout the UK benefit enormously from liposuction, but only through an in-depth discussion with your surgeon will you be able to truly understand the benefits, risks and expected outcomes of this procedure.

You will find further information on liposuction in our cosmetic surgery guide