Cost: £2,500 - £7,500
Treatment Time: 1.5 - 3 Hours
Recovery Time: Around 6 Weeks
Popularity: 1.6 Million procedures globally in 2017
Everything You need to know about Liposuction
What is Liposuction?
Liposuction is a technique designed to remove unwanted fatty deposits from a particular area of the body. The treatment involves a cannula being inserted through tiny incisions in the skin, with the fat being removed via a suction device.
Why do people have Liposuction?
Contrary to some beliefs, liposuction isn’t about drastic weight loss! Rather, liposuction is designed for those who have stubborn areas of fat that simply won’t shift through conventional methods like diet and exercise. The body has an inborn tendency to place fat in specific areas and this can leave patients feeling as though they have a disproportionate shape. Liposuction is ideal for those who want to create a smoother, more balanced silhouette.
Am I a good candidate?
As mentioned, liposuction isn’t about shedding the pounds on a vast scale and, as such, you are generally considered to be a good candidate if you are within 30% of your ideal weight. Those who store weight disproportionately on the thighs, bum, stomach and hips will get the best results from the treatment. Another key factor to consider is your skin tone. You will need to have firm, elastic skin and good muscle tone to undergo the procedure. From a wider health perspective, as with all cosmetic treatments, you should be in good health and avoid smoking prior to surgery.
It is also important that your weight is stable. If you are planning to lose a significant amount of weight or even gain weight (for example, due to pregnancy), this is not the time to undergo liposuction. Finally, it is very important that you are in good health, have a positive attitude and realistic expectations, before undergoing this procedure.
What are my options?
In Liposuction small, thin, blunt-tipped tubes (cannula) are inserted through small incisions in the skin. The surgeon moves these tubes under the skin to target fat deposits and then suction them out.
What should I look out for?
All surgical procedures have some degree of risk. Significant complications from liposuction are infrequent.
Other risks specific to liposuction are outlined below:
- Contour irregularities