Liposuction

Liposuction is a surgical procedure that uses suction to sculpt the body by removing unwanted fat deposits from areas like the abdomen, hips, thighs, arms and neck.

Liposuction

Liposuction is a surgical procedure that uses suction to sculpt the body by removing unwanted fat deposits from areas like the abdomen, hips, thighs, arms and neck.

Key Points

Surgery at a Glance

Procedure Time:

1 - 3 hours

Hospital Stay:

not required

Light Exercise:

4 - 6 weeks

Fully Recovered:

4 - 6 weeks

Procedure Time:

1 - 3 hours

Hospital Stay:

not required

Light Exercise:

4 - 6 weeks

Fully Recovered:

4 - 6 weeks

Liposuction Surgery in Detail

Liposuction is a surgical procedure that uses suction to sculpt the body by removing unwanted fat deposits from areas like the abdomen, hips, thighs, arms and neck. Liposuction isn’t a weight loss procedure, but targets areas with excess fat that are resistant to diet and exercise. 

  • Can result in permanent fat removal from the tummy, upper arms, buttocks, calves, ankles, chest, back, hips, thighs, chin and neck 
  • Can also be used to reduce extra breast tissue in men 
  • Can create a slimmer, more toned appearance 
  • Can improve body proportions 
  • Less invasive than other procedures like tummy tuck 
  • Can boost self confidence 
  • Has minimal scarring 
  • Is long lasting, provided weight is maintained 
  • Can make certain clothing feel more comfortable 
  • Infection 
  • Bleeding 
  • Bruising 
  • Blood clots 
  • Swelling 
  • Scarring 
  • Numbness 
  • Uneven results 

Liposuction is also known as lipoplasty and body contouring. It could help if you have excess body fat in specific places, but otherwise have a stable body weight, as it lowers the number of fat cells in a specific area. Liposuction typically results in a permanent change in body shape, so as long as you’re able to maintain your weight. If you have some areas of the body where stubborn pockets of fat have proved resistant to a healthy diet and exercise, liposuction could be the answer.  

During the consultation process, we’ll explain to you in detail what will happen during your liposuction surgery. Once the anaesthetic has taken effect, your surgeon will begin by injecting the targeted area with a solution containing local anaesthetic, which will numb it and help to reduce any bruising and swelling. They’ll then make small incisions in the area being targeted, before inserting a thin tube (a cannula) which is attached to a suction machine 

By moving the cannula back and forth, your surgeon loosens the fat and then vacuums it out to remove it. They’ll then drain any excess fluid, and suture and bandage the area. 

Liposuction can target specific areas where stubborn pockets of fat are proving resistant to diet and exercise. It can refine your body contours and improve your proportions to create a better overall balance. If you’ve lost a lot of weight, liposuction can remove residual fat deposits and excess skin. As a result of these benefits, liposuction can also improve your self-confidence. 

It’ll take around 6 weeks for you to be fully recovered from your liposuction procedure. It’s usual to have some pain, swelling and bruising afterwards, and taking painkillers will help.  

Avoid all kinds of exercise for at least the first week, and you may need to take a few days off work – this will depend on the nature of your job. Don’t do too much too soon, as it can take some weeks before you’re able to restart some of your usual activities.  

At the 2-week point, light exercise can be resumed, progressing to more intense exercise and activities after 3 weeks. At the 4 to 6 week stage, you’ll be able to return to your normal daily activities and lift heavy objects. 

The swelling after liposuction usually goes away within a few weeks, although it can take 6 months for it to settle completely and your final results to be apparent. 

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Your Journey

Step 1

Our surgeon assistant will guide you to a suitable surgeon for a video discussion. Should you choose to move forward, we will arrange a pre-surgery meeting, depending on your medical history.

Step 2

Being in good health is vital for surgery. We’ll arrange a pre-surgery check with our nurses to ensure you’re ready and right for the procedure.

Step 3

On your surgery day at SUR, we’ll ensure your comfort as we prepare. Your procedure will occur in a theatre or clinical room, based on its type. Afterwards, you’ll rest in a recovery area or room. Once you’re recovering well, you can head home.

Step 4

At SUR, we prioritise outstanding aftercare. After your procedure, we’ll support you throughout. We’ll schedule check-ins to track your recovery, and our surgical assistant is on hand for any post-operative guidance.

Our surgeon assistant will guide you to a suitable surgeon for a video discussion. Should you choose to move forward, we will arrange a pre-surgery meeting, depending on your medical history.

Being in good health is vital for surgery. We’ll arrange a pre-surgery check with our nurses to ensure you’re ready and right for the procedure.

On your surgery day at SUR, we’ll ensure your comfort as we prepare. Your procedure will occur in a theatre or clinical room, based on its type. Afterwards, you’ll rest in a recovery area or room. Once you’re recovering well, you can head home.

At SUR, we prioritise outstanding aftercare. After your procedure, we’ll support you throughout. We’ll schedule check-ins to track your recovery, and our surgical assistant is on hand for any post-operative guidance.

Liposuction FAQ's

Liposuction only removes excess fat from the abdomen area, whereas a tummy tuck removes not just excess fat bit also excess skin. It also repairs the abdominal muscles. Your surgeon will be able to advise you as to which procedure will best address your concerns, but a tummy tuck could be a better solution if your excess skin has been caused by losing a significant amount of weight or because of pregnancy. 

Liposuction removes deeper fat, but it doesnt improve the appearance of cellulite dimpling in the skin. 

If you’re able to maintain your weight, the results from liposuction are permanent. If you gain substantial weight, however, new fat can accumulate. 

Liposuction does leave small scars from the incision sites, but these are typically minimal and will fade over time.  

Yes, there are a number of different types. The most popular are traditional or tumescent liposuction, where the area is injected with a solution of saline, lidocaine, and epinephrine before fat is removed via a cannula and suction, and Vaser liposuction, which uses sound waves to break up fat 

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Kinga’s Role: My responsibility is to assist patients right from their initial contact through to their post-operative care. Utilising video consultations, I can connect with patients regardless of their location across the UK, fostering a sense of trust and familiarity.

Most Enjoys: I find it gratifying to impart the essential information that patients require when contemplating surgery. Their post-procedure happiness is my driving force; it feels rewarding to have a hand in achieving the outcomes they desire.

Reasons to Choose Us: It’s not just the expertise of our carefully-selected surgeons but also our lifetime aftercare commitment that sets us apart. We focus on individualised care, appreciating that each patient is unique.

Outside the Office: Having recently relocated to Scotland, my leisure time is mostly spent exploring my new surroundings. I also enjoy moments with my partner and socialising with friends whenever possible.

Emma’s Role: I guide patients through their entire surgical experience, starting with their initial queries all the way to post-operative care. I walk them through every aspect of their chosen procedure and accompany them during their in-person consultations with surgeons.

Most Enjoys: Witnessing the transformation in patients’ self-confidence is incredibly rewarding. Hearing positive feedback, like a recent patient who was thrilled with her eye lift, affirms the high-quality care we provide.

Reasons to Choose Us: Our team is not only experienced but genuinely caring. We always strive to exceed expectations, delivering that little bit extra in every interaction.

Outside the Office: Socialising with family and friends fills my free time. I love travelling and exploring different cultures; so far, Mexico has been my favourite destination.

Emma’s Role: As a Surgeon Assistant, I’m here to provide patients with the critical information they need to make informed decisions about surgery. From initial consultations to post-operative care, my role is to ensure a seamless and supported experience.

Most Enjoys: The transformation I witness in our patients is truly rewarding. It’s incredible to see the shift in confidence before and after their procedure. I recently assisted a woman who had been planning her surgery for seven years; her happiness post-procedure was infectious.

Reasons to Choose Us: Choosing a healthcare provider is a major decision, and it’s crucial that you feel safe and supported. Rest assured, that’s exactly the experience you can expect with us.

Outside the Office: When I’m not at work, you’ll often find me spending quality time with my family and friends. I have a bit of a shopping habit I must admit, and to balance it out, I make time for regular gym sessions to stay fit.